The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 1

Opie the Birdman

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 30, 1963 on CBS

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  • The meaning of life

    This is of course the most dramatic and emotional episode of the entire series. Watching Opie pick up the dead bird that he hit with his sling shot is a heart-tugging moment. It is the moment when Opie realizes that his actions have consequences. A moment we can all relate to. A moment that defines for us life and death. Ron Howard's acting in this is dead on--and one of the reasons why he was such a star. Andy and Barney are superb in the support of this young star--particularly Barney who acts much like Doctor Dolittle in one particular scene, as he explains how birds talk (!) A not to be missed episode.