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Andy Griffith Show - Season 7
     

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 7

Director: Alan Rafkin, Andy Griffith, Lee Philips, Aneta Corsaut

Cast: Alan Rafkin, Andy Griffith, Lee Philips, Aneta Corsaut

 
Proof positive that The Andy Griffith Show had been on the air for seven seasons by the fall of 1966 was offered in the season opener, "Opie's Girlfriend," in which Opie Taylor (Ronny Howard), all of six years old when the series started, has entered the dating scene! In a related development, it is clear that Opie's dad, Mayberry

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Proof positive that The Andy Griffith Show had been on the air for seven seasons by the fall of 1966 was offered in the season opener, "Opie's Girlfriend," in which Opie Taylor (Ronny Howard), all of six years old when the series started, has entered the dating scene! In a related development, it is clear that Opie's dad, Mayberry sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), is very, very serious about his longtime sweetheart Helen Crump (Aneta Corsaut), though wedding bells would not ring for at least another year. The basic cast lineup at this point includes Andy Griffith, Ronny Howard, Aneta Corsaut, Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee, George Lindsey as gas station attendant and erstwhile sheriff's deputy Goober Pyle, Jack Dodson as mother-dominated town clerk Howard Sprague, and Hal Smith as town drunk Otis Campbell. Also still on hand is Howard McNear as barber Floyd Lawson, but in a diminished capacity. Having suffered a serious stroke, actor McNear was unable to walk or to move his left arm. In a sweet, sentimental gesture, Andy Griffith insisted that the stricken actor remain on the series as long as he was able, seeing to it that Floyd's scenes were written so that he could remain seated and gesture only with his "good" arm. Having left the series as a regular at the end of season five, Don Knotts makes two more return appearances as Andy's former deputy in the episode "A Visit to Barney Fife" and "Barney Comes to Mayberry." This last-mentioned episode would earn Knotts another Emmy Award -- his fifth for playing the same role! Some viewers felt that The Andy Griffith Show had grown tired and predictable by the time its seventh season rolled around, with Andy Griffith's enthusiasm obviously waning. Other viewers didn't feel that way at all, as witnessed by the fact that the series closed out season seven as America's third highest-rated program.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The Andy Griffith Show disproves the old adage that you can't go home again. Although many familiar faces are gone (most prominently Jim Nabors's Gomer and Howard Morris's Ernest T. Bass), Mayberry is still as inviting as ever in its penultimate season, and Barney Fife (the inimitable Don Knotts) even pops in for two episodes. In "A Visit to Barney Fife," Andy helps his former sidekick, as hapless as ever, redeem himself in the Raleigh Police Department. In "Barney Comes to Mayberry," Barney's homecoming is bittersweet when he is reunited with a former flame who has become a famous movie star. Town drunk Otis Campbell (Hal Smith) is still stumbling about, and helps rescue a captured Andy in "Otis the Deputy." And the backcountry Darling Family (featuring the legendary bluegrass group the Dillards) stirs up more romantic ruckus in "The Darling Fortune." Series newcomer Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson), the county clerk, is not the liveliest of wires, but in "Howard the Comedian," he surprisingly proves himself to be "the merry madcap of Mayberry" when he jests about his fellow Mayberrians on a televised amateur talent contest ("Aunt Bea's family came over on the Mayflower. Of course, in those days, the immigration laws weren't so strict!"). Opie (future Oscar winner Ronny Howard) is growing apace and maturing gracefully, losing none of his endearing naturalism. And Andy? Well, he's a little less patient and quicker of temper than in earlier seasons. The old Andy would have found a more understanding way to deal with Goober (George Lindsey) when, in "Goober Makes History," the local yokel becomes an annoyance after a new beard inspires the confidence to impose himself as the town "thinker" and "philosopher." The new Andy loses his patience and reads him the riot act. This seventh season may not rank among the series' very best, but The Andy Griffith Show is the essence of comfort television. As a former convict tells an escapee on the lam in "The Barbershop Quartet": "Mayberry? Well, well. Sheriff Taylor still over there? He's a good guy. I like him."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
UPC:
0097360706420
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
12:44:00

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andy Griffith Actor
Aneta Corsaut Helen Crump
Don Knotts Barney Fife
Hal Smith Otis Campbell
Howard McNear Floyd Lawson
Jack Dodson Howard Sprague
Keith Andes Roger Bryant
Keye Luke Charlie Lee
Leon Ames Mr. Hampton
Rockne Tarkington Flip Conroy
Ron Howard Actor
Tom Tully Walt Simpson
William Christopher Dr. Thomas Peterson
Betty Kean Ma Parker
Denver Pyle Briscoe Darling
Diahn Williams Teena Andrews
Hope Summers Clara Edwards
Charles Dierkop Larry
Elizabeth MacRae Betty Parker

Technical Credits
Alan Rafkin Director
Lee Philips Director

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