The Andy Griffith Show

Season 7 Episode 18

A Visit to Barney Fife

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 16, 1967 on CBS

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  • Poor Barney. The writers won\\\'t ever let him grow.

    One of the greatest television series ever had a serious flaw. The writers never allowed the Barney character to grow. We wondered what happened to him after he left Mayberry. It turns out that nothing has changed. He\\\'s still every bit as incompetent as ever.

    In this episode, Andy comes to Raleigh to see Barney. He\\\'s in the detective\\\'s office. There is hope that his career has taken off. Andy enters the office to find Barney painting the wall. We see him fetching paper towels and coffee. Nobody likes him. We later learn that he\\\'s on the edge of losing his job. It\\\'s all very sad.

    The show ends exactly the same as any number of shows where Andy solves the crime and hands the glory over to Barney.

    How much better if Barney could have evolved, especially after leaving Mayberry. Instead, he remains a tragic figure.
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