The Andy Griffith Show (Season 5) DVD Review

by : Britt Gillette

One of the most beloved shows in television history, The Andy Griffith Show takes its viewers back to a simpler time of small town America, apple pie, and black and white television… The trademark whistling theme song is one of the most recognizable in history, and the duration of the show in syndicated reruns is unrivaled by its peers. The Andy Griffith Show follows the exploits of the small town of Mayberry and its family values, no nonsense sheriff Andy. Widowed, and father to a small boy named Opie (Ron Howard), Andy is joined in Mayberry by his sidekick Deputy Barney Fife, his relative and housekeeper Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), and a host of other eccentric characters.

But the show stealer is Barney Fife (Don Knotts) who plays the role of a sometimes incompetent, kooky deputy always in over his head. The onscreen dynamic between Griffith and Knotts is truly magical. Both men would go on to heralded careers in show business with Knotts starring in numerous roles, such as Mr. Furley on Three’s Company, and Griffith as the title star of Matlock. And Ron Howard (Opie) would go on to establish himself as one of Hollywood’s most well-known directors…

The Andy Griffith Show (Season 5) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere “Opie Loves Helen" in which Opie falls head over heals into puppy love with his teacher, Helen Crump, lavishly spending seventy-four cents on a gift for her… Other notable episodes include “Otis Sues the County" in which the appearance of an ambulance-chasing lawyer leads to trouble when he convinces Otis to sue the county for hazardous jail cell conditions, and “Banjo-Playing Deputy" in which Jerry Van Dyke makes a hilarious guest appearance as Jerry Miller, a carnival act who becomes Andy’s deputy for a short time after losing his job…

Below is a list of episodes included on The Andy Griffith Show (Season 5) DVD:

Episode 128 (Opie Loves Helen) Air Date: 09-21-1964
Episode 129 (Barney’s Physical) Air Date: 09-28-1964
Episode 130 (Family Visit) Air Date: 10-05-1964
Episode 131 (The Education of Ernest T. Bass) Air Date: 10-12-1964
Episode 132 (Aunt Bee’s Romance) Air Date: 10-19-1964
Episode 133 (Barney’s Bloodhound) Air Date: 10-26-1964
Episode 134 (Man in the Middle) Air Date: 11-02-1964
Episode 135 (Barney’s Uniform) Air Date: 11-09-1964
Episode 136 (Opie’s Fortune) Air Date: 11-16-1964
Episode 137 (Goodbye, Sheriff Taylor) Air Date: 11-23-1964
Episode 138 (The Pageant) Air Date: 11-30-1964
Episode 139 (The Darling Baby) Air Date: 12-07-1964
Episode 140 (Andy and Helen Have Their Day) Air Date: 12-14-1964
Episode 141 (Three Wishes for Opie) Air Date: 12-21-1964
Episode 142 (Otis Sues the County) Air Date: 12-28-1964
Episode 143 (Barney Fife, Realtor) Air Date: 01-04-1965
Episode 144 (Goober Takes a Car Apart) Air Date: 01-11-1965
Episode 145 (The Rehabilitation of Otis) Air Date: 01-18-1965
Episode 146 (The Lucky Letter) Air Date: 01-25-1965
Episode 147 (Goober and the Art of Love) Air Date: 02-01-1965
Episode 148 (Barney Runs for Sheriff) Air Date: 02-08-1965
Episode 149 (If I Had a Quarter-Million) Air Date: 02-15-1965
Episode 150 (TV or Not TV) Air Date: 03-01-1965
Episode 151 (Guest in the House) Air Date: 03-08-1965
Episode 152 (The Case of the Punch in the Nose) Air Date: 03-15-1965
Episode 153 (Opie’s Newspaper) Air Date: 03-22-1965
Episode 154 (Aunt Bee’s Invisible Beau) Air Date: 03-29-1965
Episode 155 (The Arrest of the Fun Girls) Air Date: 04-05-1965
Episode 156 (The Luck of Newton Monroe) Air Date: 04-12-1965
Episode 157 (Opie Flunks Arithmetic) Air Date: 04-19-1965
Episode 158 (Opie and the Carnival) Air Date: 04-26-1965
Episode 159 (Banjo-Playing Deputy) Air Date: 05-03-1965