The Andy Griffith Show

The Andy Griffith Show (1960)

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Corrected entry: Barney is only a deputy but I'm sure make s a decent wage, however he lives like a poor college student, I'm sure rent can't be that expensive in a small town like Mayberry.


Correction: How much Barney makes is never discussed, so this is purely speculation.

Jason Hoffman

Andy's salary isn't mentioned either but he lives a descent middle class life. Barney has to make something, but he doesn't spend it on a family or hobbies, he doesn't travel, doesn't own a car, but lives just one step above a homeless person.


This is not a plot hole. And I don't think Barney "lives just one step above a homeless person" whatsoever. We don't know Barney's salary, but he seemingly chooses to live a frugal lifestyle. We know Barney's expenses include rent, food (he eats out all the time), dates with girlfriends, etc. We see in the season 1 episode "Runaway Kid" Barney owns a car. Then in season 3 "Barney's First Car" (it was actually his second car on the show) Barney withdrew $300 from his bank account to buy a car, so we know he had been saving money, and we learn that some time in the past he had purchased a septic tank, which was expensive, for his parents' anniversary present.

Super Grover Premium member

Guest of Honor - S2-E21

Corrected entry: Jay Novello gets the key to the city but he turns out to be a thief and breaks into the jewelry store. He leaves the store from the back door to an alley, only to have Andy there to capture him. Look at the back door. The hinges were on the outside. Anyone could take the hinges off from the outside of a jewelry store.

Correction: We're not actually shown enough of the back exit to determine if there is or isn't a second door, though we do see the inside door jamb is wide enough to accommodate a second door, which could be open behind Jay. Also, even if this wood door with its hinges on the outside is the only back door to the store, it's easy to believe in a town like Mayberry.

Super Grover Premium member

Thank you for the correction, but really if the hinges are on the outside then the door was put in backwards and it is shown, pause and see.

Barney Gets His Man - S1-E30

Corrected entry: When Barney first falls down with the convict, you see his ticket book fly out of his hand and over the car. The next scene also shows he has nothing in his left hand. The final struggle scene shows the ticket book back in his left hand.

Correction: During this scene, in the first shot just as Barney falls to the ground his ticket book flies out of his hand toward the roof of the car offscreen. In the next shot we see Barney on the ground, and his ticket book is lying open on the ground behind him, near the back of the car. We can presume that in the moment the ticket book was offscreen it hit the car's surface and landed on the ground, which does not grate with continuity between the first two shots. Then it cuts to the State Police car pulling up in the third shot, and in the fourth shot we see Barney picking up the ticket book from the ground, while he's lying on the convict. This sequence of four shots does not pose a continuity problem.

Super Grover Premium member

Cousin Virgil - S2-E30

Corrected entry: Virgil files the cell key down so it won't open the door, and they take the door off its hinges to let Otis out but there is another key hanging on the wall between the cells.

Ellise Ann Lemon

Correction: The key on the wall is the other key that Virgil polished. It is polished like the other one. Virgil polished two keys.

The Luck of Newton Monroe - S5-E29

Corrected entry: Newton Monroe, played by Don Rickles, is mopping the floor of the sheriff's office. As he moves the mop around, the mop handle breaks the glass on a bookcase and he freezes, embarrassed. In the very next shot, as Barney Fife (off-camera) is yelling at him, Newton is standing with his hands on his hips and the mop has disappeared.

Correction: The mop has not disappeared, it is in the very bottom left hand corner of the screen, stuck in the bookcase, as Newton puts his hands on his hip.

The Return of Malcolm Merriweather - S4-E28

Corrected entry: As Andy walks in the house with Malcolm and greets Aunt Bee, he asks her, "You remember Malcolm don't you?" She replies that she does. This is not possible because in the other episode he appeared in, "Andy and the English Valet", Aunt Bee left town to care for a sick cousin and never met him.


Correction: Malcolm and Aunt Bee met briefly as Malcolm was leaving the Taylor household and she said he should speak English because she couldn't understand him and Andy replied that he was.

The Big House - S3-E32

Corrected entry: When Andy and Barney first go out the back door of the jail house, there is a field and a grain & feed company outside the door. You can just barely see the grain & feed store. The next time they go out the back door, you can see all the grain store, however no field at all.


Correction: The second scene is from a different angle. It blocks out the field.

Mayberry R.F.D. - S8-E30

Corrected entry: The train that brings Sam Jones' relatives in is a Union Pacific train. Union Pacific never operated east of Chicago so they wouldn't have been in North Carolina.

terry s

Correction: Locomotives of foreign railroads can operate anywhere. For instance, a Union Pacific locomotive could easily end up on a route for the old Coastal Railway, or the BNSF or Norfolk Southern. I have actually myself seen a train in Georgia operating with 8 locomotives from 8 different companies on CSX track. So this is really not an error per se. A Union Pacific Locomotive could easily have operated there. I was a conductor for 5 years.

Quiet Sam - S1-E29

Corrected entry: Andy delivers a baby at a farmer's house. While still at the house at the end of the show, he tells everyone the baby is 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Bathroom scales aren't accurate enough for that weight and they didn't have electronic scales at that time. How could he know the exact weight?

terry s

Correction: How did they know my exactly weight when I was born in 1965? There are accurate scales readily available without having to be electronic.


The Great Filling Station Robbery - S3-E22

Corrected entry: When Barney is reciting his poem to Juanita, if you look to the right of the screen near what looks like a typewriter, there is a hidden sheet of paper with what Barney needs to say on it.

Correction: It was never implied that he was reciting from memory. He had to read it so Andy could come in and join in.


Barney's First Car - S3-E27

Corrected entry: In the end where the old lady asks for Mr. Fife the second time, she doesn't say Fife, she says something like "Mr. Fipe".

Correction: People mispronounce words and names all the time.


The Big House - S3-E32

Corrected entry: When Andy arrives back to the courthouse, just prior to Barney showing Andy that Gomer has been chosen as a second deputy, Andy gets out of the car and walks briskly to the courthouse. Right up until the time Andy reaches the courthouse his pant legs are tucked into his boots. The next shot is an inside the courthouse shot showing Andy walking in. His pant legs are nice and pressed and not tucked in.

Correction: Andy never "tucks" his pant legs into his boots. Due to the style of the boots - his pant legs occasionally get caught in the boot. However, just due to walking or stretching the leg - the pant leg becomes un-caught easily. So, it could looked tucked in one instant and untucked the next.

Zwn Annwn

Barney's First Car - S3-E27

Corrected entry: When the thing in the steering wheel comes out at Barney, during that scene look out the back window of the car. The background moves, yet Barney's hands on the wheel don't move.

Correction: I'm not quite sure how this is a mistake. The plot calls for the car to be moving - which, by looking at the background, it is. Barney's hands are normal for a person driving a car. He is "driving" straight - there is no real reason his hands can't remain fairly still.

Zwn Annwn

The Great Filling Station Robbery - S3-E22

Corrected entry: In the end where Andy overhears Barney on the phone saying his poem to Juanita, right before Andy starts saying it, Andy looks at the camera a few times.

Correction: An assumed look at the camera should not be considered a mistake - Andy could just have been looking in that direction.

Zwn Annwn

Christmas Story - S1-E10

Corrected entry: Ben brings Sam in to be arrested for moonshining. His argument is moonshiners cut into his profits because he sells spirits. Andy has said many times before that Mayberry is a dry county.

Correction: While Andy has said that, nowhere does Ben mention that he is selling spirits in Mayberry. He could be selling in a different county.

Zwn Annwn

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