The Andy Griffith Show

Season 5 Episode 12

The Darling Baby

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 07, 1964 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (5)

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  • A really special musical number.

    I really loved the first song in this episode. I think it was called “There was a time”. I have been trying to find a copy of that song for some time now. Sadly with no luck. Anyway I felt the episode was like some of the others that basically entertained us with very special and rare songs we would otherwise never hear. My thanks to this fine program for that treat.
  • There is a Time

    I loved the song "there is a time". It was so moving to me, I taped the show, memorized the lyrics and attempted to find a recording of it, to no avail. Now I don't have the show and can't find the song. I know that The Dillards played the music but I can't seem to find out if it's on any of their albums. Any help?
  • One of the best, especially with the song, There is a time. I downloaded the song. Really enjoy it.

    Excellent show. Enjoyed the Darling's song.There is a time, I downloaded from Itunes. Not by The Dillards,could not find, downloaded by The Ball Sisters Band. Sounds pretty good.

    Hope this helps the people who couldn't find the song.

    I probably have seen every show 15 times or more. Seems to make you forget the days cares.
  • Contrasts in culture and attitude are what make this show and this episode work well.

    The Darlings are back to to ensure that the mountain custom of betrothing Charlene's infant daughter is carried out.

    My favorite episodes of this series are ones that feature contrasts, most often, this means that Andy and the crew are thrown into situations with "city sophisticates" that make them feel lost for a time. What I like about the Darling episodes is the counter situation where Mayberry residents are actually the more progressive and worldly.

    Interesting plot, some funny lines about what young Opie stands to gain one day, and for me, my favorite of the Darlings (i.e. The Dillards) songs - "There Is A Time" with Andy providing a few chords on his own guitar. I can be a sucker for bluegrass, and the whistful lyrics of this one are really moving.

    The resolution to the dilemna of Opie's engagement is a little hokey, but what the heck, "The Andy Griffith Show" was one of those from the era of "rural comedy" that was often funny enough to overcome it.
  • Opie gets engaged?

    This episode is really stretching it in terms of the Darlings--I'm pretty sure this is the last appearance. Trying to get Opie engaged to their Baby, and then Andy pretending to be into witchcraft(!) is beyond comprehension. This is a very forgettable episode, and doesn't really have a point or reveal anything about the main characters.