The Andy Griffith Show

The Andy Griffith Show (1960)

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New this month Plot hole: 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.

hifijohn
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New this month Suggested 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.

hifijohn

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.

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New this month Factual error: A town like Mayberry with a mayor and council would have its own police force, not just a sheriff.

hifijohn

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Continuity mistake: At the "Hen Party", Jeff Pruitt says hello to Thelma Lou and she states she is going to get coffee, then goes to the kitchen. However, when Jeff walks across the room and looks back, Thelma Lou is back in the same area. She never walked back from the kitchen.

Pam-I-am

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Factual error: When you walk into the courthouse the first jailhouse to the left has a window. But the courthouse is connected to another establishment on that side. A window would be impossible.

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Continuity mistake: In the initial episode, and Runaway Kid in season 1, Barney is a cousin of Andy's. In subsequent episodes, they are unrelated.

Mozzie-6

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Continuity mistake: Scenes shot at Andy's porch have significant differences depending on the filming location, as there are two sets of Andy's porch. One is just the facade of the house in the 'town of Mayberry' in the studio's 40 Acre backlot; and the second is located in the studio's soundstage. Note in some shots the door's sidelights have vertical muntin bars, the screen door has a white handle, whereas in other shots the sidelights' muntin bars are gone and the screen door handle is black (screen door's gone season 5). Also, note the significant difference in the width of the wall between the parlor windows and the door, the height of the parlor windows from the floor, etc.

Super Grover Premium member

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Other mistake: The radio communications consoles on the side desk in the courthouse have a few pieces of black tape covering their brand name (though we know it's Motorola from the visible "M" logo).

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Deliberate mistake: During scenes at Walker's Drugstore there are many magazines by the wall near the door, which have tape/paint hiding part or all of their cover titles. Examples are: all the Sports Illustrated have tape across the word "Illustrated", the House and Garden has its "House &" covered, and Time magazine's entire title is blacked out.

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Revealing mistake: On most of the corners of the buildings, you can see seam lines running down between the different sides of the buildings. The bricks on the opposite sides usually don't line up with each other either even though they are supposed to be the same brick.

terry s

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Other mistake: In some episodes Barney can sing and in others he can't.

hifijohn

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