The Andy Griffith Show

Season 2 Episode 20

Barney and the Choir

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 19, 1962 on CBS
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When the awful sound coming from the Mayberry choir is narrowed down to Barney, the members decide they must get rid of him. Since no one has the heart to do it, they set him up telling him he is singing into a supersensitive microphone, while someone else is actually singing the part back stage.moreless

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  • Barney Joins the Choir in One of the Shows Greatest Episodes

    10
    Barney joins the Mayberry Choir as the tenor, but when it's revealed that he "can't sing a lick", the choir director wants to throw him out. But Andy figures out a way to keep Barney in without kicking him out... and the results are extremely hilarious.



    There's a reason why The Andy Griffith Show is one of the greatest TV comedies out there, and this is one of those episodes. Had Don Knotts not been a part of this show, this show would not have been as memorable or as great as what we got. The sequence where he performs his solo alone is worth watching any day of the week. Knotts' facial expressions here is just priceless! Honestly there will never be a comedian as talented in his works as Don Knotts. He makes this episode extremely funny. Definitely gets a perfect score in my book!moreless
  • Barney the Soloist!

    9.0
    One of the series best entries--and certainly a highlight of the second season. This is a very cleverly done episode and extremely well written. Barney cannot sing, and yet he somehow winds up in the Mayberry Choir--much to the dismay of all the choir members! Andy tries many approaches to gently remove him from the choir but in the end, comes up with a unique approach (that only Barney would do!) where Barney sings to a dead microphone and someone else sings his solo (unbenownst to Barney). This is a priceless and hysterical moment--that MUST be seen by all lovers of Barney and this show! A gem of an episode!moreless
Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

Don Knotts

Don Knotts

Barney Fife (1960-1965)

Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor (1960-1968)

Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Aunt Bee Taylor (1960-1968)

Beatrice Fish

Beatrice Fish

Choir Member #8

Guest Star

Marjorie McKay

Marjorie McKay

Choir Member #6

Guest Star

Delos Jewkes

Delos Jewkes

Glenn Cripe/Choir Member #2

Guest Star

Hope Summers

Hope Summers

Bertha Johnson/Clara Edwards

Recurring Role

Betty Lynn

Betty Lynn

Thelma Lou

Recurring Role

Olan Soule

Olan Soule

John Masters

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • "WELCOME SWEET SPRINGTIME"
      (a.k.a. "Good ole 14-A")

      Welcome sweet springtime,
      We greet thee in song,
      Mummers of gladness,
      Fall on the ear.

      Voices long hushed,
      Now hear full notes, prolong,
      Echoing far and near.

      {CHORUS}
      Sunshine awaits for,
      The flower that's from seed,
      Joy giving incense,
      Fall on the air.

      Snowdrops and primrose,
      Both timidly beam,
      Hailing the glad new year.

      {BARN}
      Balmy in life,
      Breathing breezes are blowing,
      Swiftly to nature,
      New vigor's bestowing.

      Oh, how my heart beats,
      With rapture anew,
      Earth's flower in beauty,
      Again feeds my view.

      {CHORUS}
      Sunshine awaits for,
      The flower that's from seed,
      Joy giving incense,
      Fall on the air.

      {BARN}
      Snowdrops and primrose,
      Both timidly beam,
      Hailing the glad new year.

    • (Thelma Lou hears that Barney is going to join the choir)
      Thelma Lou: Barney's going to be in the choir? My Barney?
      Andy: That's right.
      Thelma Lou: But Barney can't sing.
      Andy: I know.
      Thelma Lou: He's a warm, wonderful person and I love him dearly; but he can't sing.
      Andy: That's true.
      Thelma Lou: He's kind, considerate, good-hearted - the most gentle person I've ever known; but he can't sing.
      Andy: You're right.
      Thelma Lou: He's the man I want to marry - the man I want to be the father of my children...
      Andy: But he can't sing.
      Thelma Lou: Not a lick!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Despite Barney's tone deaf singing voice in this particular episode, in most instances Barney actually seems to have a decent voice, even harmonizing with Andy on a number of occasions.

    • The is the first appearance of John Masters, Mayberry Choir Director (and part time hotel clerk).

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