The Andy Griffith Show

Season 8 Episode 30

Mayberry R.F.D.

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 01, 1968 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sam brings over one of his Italian friends from the war--but unbenowst to him the friend brings over his elderly father and sister--and this creates mayhem in his family and business.

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  • Story never got going and only made you feel bad most of the show.

    Seemed odd to end the show this way with an episode involving characters arriving from out of the country.A couple of mistakes in the episode. First the Mayberry train station. Why wasn\\\'t it used the past 7 years? Aunt Bee always had to take the bus. Second the train itself was a Union Pacific train. Funny though,Union Pacific never serviced North Carolina.Should have been a Norfolk and Southern train.
  • Good but Sam is no Andy!

    Even though Sam does his best to try to fill in the shows of Andy Griffith. Nobody and I mean nobody can and will replace Andy at all. As the Original is the original. Wonder what would had happened if the immigrant family would had been there and not dropped. Think there would be a lot of potential.
  • Mayberry begins again...

    This is an awkward episode, in that if one is used to watching Andy Griffith, and then all of a sudden we get a slew of other characters, we are slightly disjarred. This episode if I understand correctly was the true pilot of the new show Mayberry R.F.D. and ran at the end of the 8th season of Andy Griffith. I'm not sure what to make of it as an episode, because I did not watch the entire Mayberry series, so it's difficult for me to pass a true critical assessmemt of it. It is nice to see Howard and Goober go ga-ga over the italian sister, and quite hysterical when Aunt Bee plays That's Amore as the Italian national anthem at a special town meeting to "welcome" the new neighbors(only in Mayberry!) It's so sad to see Andy Griffith end in such a "unending" way--the true ending with Andy and Helen getting married would come in the first episode in the fall. I think had they done the wedding episode first, and THEN did this one, it might have "flowed" better.moreless
George Lindsey

George Lindsey

Goober Pyle

Guest Star

Aneta Corsaut

Aneta Corsaut

Helen Crump

Guest Star

Jack Dodson

Jack Dodson

Howard Sprague

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode. Sam, is standing in front of his barn. A White Barn. Yet, in the previous episode #248 (A girl for Goober).Goober, tells his computer date, about his painting skills. He says, a Red Barn is a Red Barn. I just painted Sam's last summer.

    • Sam's friend arrives on a Union Pacific train, even though Union Pacific goes nowhere near North Carolina.

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  • NOTES (6)

    • Although Andy is the only character to appear in every episode of The Andy Griffith Show, a number of characters would continue in the spin-off series, Mayberry RFD and it would ultimately be the character of Goober Pyle who would log the most TV air time of any of the characters. Between, The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry RFD, and Hee-Haw Goober would remain on first run television for 28 years! Hee-Haw was canceled in 1992.

    • With this episode Andy Griffith became the only cast member to appear in all 249 episodes of the series. In second place is Ron Howard who appeared in 210 episodes and in third place, Frances Bavier, who appeared in 175 episodes.

    • When The Andy Griffith Show ended it was the #1 rated show on television.  To this date, it is one of only three shows to end on top, the other two being I Love Lucy and Seinfeld.

    • This episode served as the pilot episode for the spin-off Mayberry RFD yet the set up for the potential series (the "situation" of the situation comedy) involved a family of immigrants coming to live in Mayberry. Sam (who had already made several appearances in the series during the final season) would take over for Andy as the town patriarch and friend to these new characters. However, when RFD premiered during the following television season the immigrant family angle was dropped (as were the immigrants) and RFD pretty much became a continuation of the original Andy Griffith Show without Andy Griffith.

    • The Repeats from April 8 to September 16, 1968 except CBS-TV coverage of "Campaign '68" for "THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION" & "THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION".

      On Monday September 16, 1968, "THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW" canceled on CBS-TV.
      On Monday September 23, 1968, "MAYBERRY R.F.D." debuts on CBS-TV.

    • Last episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" series, first episode of "Mayberry RFD" series


    • The R.F.D. in the title of this episode (which would become the title of new spin-off series) stands for Rural Free Delivery. Rural Mail Delivery began on October 1st, 1891 to determine the viability of Rural Free Delivery (RFD). Formerly, residents of rural areas traveled to the Post office to pick up their mail or pay for delivery by a private carrier. Why this designation was used for this episode and the series that followed has never been revealed.