The Andy Griffith Show

The Andy Griffith Show (1960)

46 mistakes in season 1

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Andy Forecloses - S1-E28

Visible crew/equipment: At the Scobey house, after Ben sits in the unstable chair and it breaks, when Andy and the Scobeys rush over to him we can see the two curved chalk actor's marks on the floor, where Ben had been standing moments before.

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Ellie Saves a Female - S1-E27

Continuity mistake: When Barney walks into the chicken coop there's a window on its door, but when Barney hides from Flint there's no such window on its door.

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Barney Gets His Man - S1-E30

Continuity mistake: After Eddie Brooke offers Barney five dollars and asks to be let go, it cuts to the State Police car passing the "drugs prescriptions" storefront, then Barney and Eddie trip and scuffle for two consecutive shots, and when it cuts back to the State Police car they haven't even passed that storefront yet. Additionally, that storefront is only two stores down from the coffee shop where Barney and Eddie are.

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Irresistible Andy - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: After Opie tells Ellie everything that Andy told Aunt Bee, Ellie tells Opie that she's on the trail of a baboon, and when it cuts to the next shot of Ellie coming down the stairs we can see the chalk T-mark on the floor where she stands.

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Barney Gets His Man - S1-E30

Visible crew/equipment: While waiting for Barney to show up at the surprise party, Opie looks out the window and spots Barney, then when Aunt Bee and Thelma Lou take their places we can see both actors' marks on the floor - the chalk T-mark and the curved chalk mark.

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Mayberry Goes Hollywood - S1-E13

Visible crew/equipment: When Andy sees that several stores have made 'Hollywood' changes and then walks past the two men wearing suits, it cuts to Andy walking up to 'Hollywood funerals' and we can see the reflection of a crew member pushing the camera dolly with other crew members.

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The Guitar Player - S1-E3

Visible crew/equipment: While Andy and Barney are standing beside Bobby Fleet's vehicle, Andy mentions that it's too bad they're all not staying overnight so they could hear Jim play, and when it cuts to the next shot the reflection of the overhead boom pole and mic can be seen moving on the surface of the vehicle.

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Ellie for Council - S1-E12

Visible crew/equipment: While Andy and Otis are talking about women Barney opens the door and rushes into the courthouse, and behind him a crewmember's hand (looks like a woman wearing bracelets) can be seen catching the door as Barney swings it shut.

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Andy the Matchmaker - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: As Barney is turning in his deputy equipment to resign his handcuffs are hanging out of his pocket. After Barney states he wishes someone would just commit a crime, Opie enters. As the camera pans out so Andy can ask Opie what happened, the handcuffs are no longer in Barney's pocket, and he didn't put them on the desk with the rest of the equipment.

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The Beauty Contest - S1-E20

Audio problem: After the mayor tells Andy that his three daughters will be in the beauty contest, Andy phones Ellie and when she hangs up on him we hear Andy say, "Hello? Hello?" but we see him only mouthing the second hello.

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Those Gossipin' Men - S1-E15

Visible crew/equipment: When Wilbur's in his car he thanks Andy and the rest of the men for all the shoe sales then drives off, and the reflection of filming equipment is visible on the surface of the car.

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Those Gossipin' Men - S1-E15

Visible crew/equipment: When the men have the misconception that Wilbur is a TV show talent scout, while they're at the barber shop talking about it, just as Floyd moves his legs to get up from the barber chair we can see the white T-mark at Jason's feet.

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Barney Gets His Man - S1-E30

Revealing mistake: During the manhunt in the woods, Andy, Barney, the trees, etc., cast long shadows due to the overhead sun, but the problem is that we also see Andy's and Barney's shadows being cast in another direction as well, due to the set lighting on location.

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Ellie Saves a Female - S1-E27

Continuity mistake: After Frankie pays for the chewing tobacco in the drugstore, in the next closeup of Ellie the cigar box on the shelf behind her has black lines scribbled over all its identifying brand names (which is Van Dyck 43's), but when Frankie walks out the door, in Ellie's next semi-closeup that cigar box is unmarked again.

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The Horse Trader - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: While Andy and Barney are trying to sell the cannon, when they're talking to the shop owner who's seated in the rocking chair we can see the area between the squad car and storefront, with various items for sale, but in the next shot the covered cannon has suddenly appeared - and it's tall enough to have been in view in the previous shot had it actually have been there.

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The Horse Trader - S1-E14

Other mistake: When Ralph Mason walks into Walker's Drugstore and asks to purchase a tin of pipe tobacco, the tobacco tin that Ellie puts on the counter has black tape across the top covering its brand name, which is "Tuxedo."

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Mayberry Goes Hollywood - S1-E13

Visible crew/equipment: Before the producer's arrival in his car, when Barney's telling Andy that it'll serve him right if they don't put him in the picture because Andy's not wearing his new uniform, we can see the moving shadow of the boom's hinge and mic on Andy's shirt.

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Mayberry Goes Hollywood - S1-E13

Visible crew/equipment: Near the end, after the producer tells the townspeople to get back to normal and out of their trick or treat outfits, when the crowd disperses we can see some curved chalk lines on the ground near the producer's feet, to mark actors' positions.

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A Plaque for Mayberry - S1-E25

Visible crew/equipment: While everyone's waiting for Otis to arrive at the plaque presentation in Mayor Pike's office, after Andy admits to the mayor that he asked the real Otis to show up, it cuts to the mayor walking behind his desk, and we can see the chalk T-mark on the floor where Mrs. Bixby stands.

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Andy the Matchmaker - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Barney and Andy are looking at Barney's picture on the front page of the newspaper, first, the article has nothing to do with Barney or the arrest, and second, when Barney takes the paper from Andy he folds it with the front page on the outside, and the page we see is not the same front page from the closeup.

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Andy: Clara, sometimes a parent can't see what he should do, and sometimes it takes a person from the outside to show him. And I'd like to thank you.
Clara: Groovy.

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In Walker's Drugstore, among all the magazines by the wall there's a TV Guide magazine (from Oct 9, 1954) on the shelf, and on its cover is Lucille Ball the co-owner of Desilu Productions - which produced TAGS, and also filmed at Desilu Studios.

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