The Andy Griffith Show

Season 8 Episode 27

Sam for Town Council

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Mar 11, 1968 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sam runs against Emmett for office.

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  • A Poorly Written Episode

    When Emmett wants to run for office, Goober, Howard and Andy all think he isn't fit for the job. They then decide Sam (a character that comes out of nowhere) is a suitable candidate and they go on a mission to make him win. I don't know why they are so uncharacteristically unkind to Emmett in this episode and I am confused as to why they thought Sam would do a much better job for town council. This episode has to be my least favorite TAGS episode because it's plot is contrived, disjointed and not particularly funny.

    I believe the character of Sam was introduced in this episode and then made the star of the often forgotten spin-off "Mayberry RFD". Even though the other reviewer on here thinks the character of Sam was "appealing" I found him rather bland, a poor man's version of Andy Taylor.moreless
  • Sam versus Emmett

    Ken Berry as Sam is so appealing--one wishes they would have made him a character a long time ago---the story is contrived and predictable--no real surprises. The ending is strange because it almost feels that it should have been in the middle and been the true thrust of the story--small town politics. Instead it becomes a race for the votes--and Sam doesn't really do much to justify winning over Emmet who's got a real political machine cranking out the votes. Not one of the best written episodes and it suffers because of it.moreless
George Lindsey

George Lindsey

Goober Pyle

Guest Star

Paul Hartman

Paul Hartman

Emmett Clark

Guest Star

Jack Dodson

Jack Dodson

Howard Sprague

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Sam Jones who would go on to be the star of the spin-off/replacement series "Mayberry RFD."

    • Howard and Andy can be seen playing chess in this episodes and not the typical game of checkers.

    • The funny thing about this episode is that Howard Sprague mentions in this episode that he can not run for office because he would not have time, but in a similar episode a season earlier called "politicts start at home", where Aunt Bee loses to Howard Sprague for the same city council position.


    • "Remember Sam, its not what Mayberry can give to you, its what you can give to Mayberry."

      Goober paraphrases President John F. Kennedy's famous speech line 'Ask not what your country can do for you, rather, ask what you can do for your country.'