The Andy Griffith Show

Season 9 Episode 250

Return to Mayberry

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 13, 1986 on CBS

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  • Andy and Helen return to Mayberry. Andy has plans to run for Sheriff but changes his mind when he discovers Barney also plans to run for the office.

    Out of all the TV reunion movies, this is the only one (other than the possible exception of the "Star Trek" movies) that got it right. Everybody fits into their old characters perfectly. The relationship between Andy and Barney is shown to go both ways. Andy won't run against Barney, but when Barney finds out Andy came back to run for sheriff, he is quick to do what he considers "the right thing" even though in his eyes that means losing the love of his old sweetheart Thelma Lou. It's a very moving scene. "Return to Mayberry" is also very funny thanks to Knotts, Nabors, and the rest of the gang. As a result, watching this reunion movie is like getting together with a bunch of old friends.
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