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Posted at 6:44 AM ET, 10/ 3/2010

'The Andy Griffith Show' turns 50. We pick our favorite clips

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney

Don Knotts, Ron Howard and show namesake Andy Griffith. (AP/Viacom)

If it isn't already crystal clear, Jen and I spent way too much time watching TV during our formative years. Which is why I can't remember my times tables, but can sum up the plot of most "Brady Bunch" episodes in a matter of seconds. And, like "The Flintstones," "The Andy Griffith Show" -- another fave for both of us -- is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend.

The show, a career-maker for Andy Griffith and launching pad for little Ronnie Howard, centered around a small-town North Carolina sheriff and his family and led a wave of country-fied sitcoms: "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Green Acres," "Petticoat Junction" and "Mr. Ed." Not to mention the spin-offs "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C." and "Mayberry R.F.D."

But it was "Andy Griffith" that stood tall as the top-rated sitcom of the 1960s, according to Variety.com, and is still No. 1 in daytime reruns for TVLand (which is hosting a Sunday marathon). Or, "Mad Men" fans can think about it like this: "The Andy Griffith Show" is probably what little Sally Draper was tuning in to the Tiffany Network to watch most Monday nights. As long as mom wasn't around to give her a hard time.

After the jump, Jen and I each share a favorite show clip (We limited ourselves to just one apiece. Kind of. You can thank us later.)

Source: Variety.com

Not surprisingly, both our picks feature Don Knotts's lovably loopy Deputy Barney Fife.

Jen's pick:

Liz's pick:


Bonus: The Barney Fife "Nip it in the bud" remix:

And... Barney demonstrates the Cobra:

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | October 3, 2010; 6:44 AM ET
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Comments

The show was perfect on every level. As a matter of fact, I'd love to see "Return to Mayberry" rerun.

Hard to pick a favorite episode. My husband loves the one where the two ladies escaped from jail and Barney had to re-capture them. Come to think of it, wasn't Barn always allowing someone to escape? He also loves any episode involving Floyd. Believe me, if the show was on 24/7, my beloved would be watching.

My hands-down favorite is the pilot, where Aunt Bee comes to stay and Opie rejects her. The ending is wonderful. I also love the episode where Andy visits Barney, now a detective in Raleigh, and pretty much saves his job.

In short, Andy and the gang are still frequent guests in our home. They are always welcome.

Posted by: jhershelredpuppy2 | October 3, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

The show was perfect on every level. As a matter of fact, I'd love to see "Return to Mayberry" rerun.

Hard to pick a favorite episode. My husband loves the one where the two ladies escaped from jail and Barney had to re-capture them. Come to think of it, wasn't Barn always allowing someone to escape? He also loves any episode involving Floyd. Believe me, if the show was on 24/7, my beloved would be watching.

My hands-down favorite is the pilot, where Aunt Bee comes to stay and Opie rejects her. The ending is wonderful. I also love the episode where Andy visits Barney, now a detective in Raleigh, and pretty much saves his job.

In short, Andy and the gang are still frequent guests in our home. They are always welcome.

Posted by: jhershelredpuppy2 | October 3, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

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