The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 1

The New Housekeeper

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 03, 1960 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

With Rose, Andy's long-time housekeeper and Opie's surrogate mother, getting married and moving away, Andy invites his Aunt Bee, who raised him, to take her place. This idea, however, doesn't set well with Opie who refuses to even give Bee a chance - despite Andy's best efforts.moreless

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  • Quality Writing and Acting

    Bringing its audience up-to-date in the lives of its new series within ten minutes is brilliantly written. Ron Howard is THE most adorable and talented child actor of all time!
  • I just can\'t say enough about the Andy Griffith show. To me all the episodes are great. Of course when they center around Barney then the greatness really stands out. This first episode was one that brought people back for more.moreless

    I just can\'t say enough about the Andy Griffith show. To me all the episodes are great. Of course when they center around Barney then the greatness really stands out. This first episode was one that brought people back for more. Great show and I wish they had more times during the day that it was on. TV needs to get back to these kinds of shows.
  • Not The Pilot, But Close Enough

    Wow did this series start out strong. Most long running television shows tend to look and feel totally different in their early seasons as both the writers and actors feel out their characters and the show. The characters and stories in the first season of TAGS are some of the strongest of the entire series...and the show only gets better! As typical of most situation comedies the first epiosde (the actual pilot episode was an episode of The Danny Thomas Show the previous season) sets up the sitatuion of the series, the situation here being the introduction of Aunt Bee as the new matriarch of the Taylor household. This episode is both funny and touching. It introduces us to Aunt Bee and Barney Fife for the first time (Opie and Andy appeared in the pilot), we see the courthouse, the Taylor home, and the squad car for the firt time as well. If the end of this one doesn't choke you up you just ain't breathin! What a way to start this, the greatest of all television series!moreless
  • And so it begins...

    I've given this episode a 10 more for sentimental reasons than for actual performance. I would probably rate this a 9 in pure review mode. There is nothing quite like seeing the beginning of something. The roots of the dynamic between Aunt Bee, Andy and Opie are found here. Meeting Barney for the first time, and seeing his character revealed. Seeing Andy so young and vibrant, warm and wise is like cuddling up beneath a well loved blanket. The world is suddenly made right because these people are somehow now connected! Andy's southern drawl is perhaps the thickest you'll ever see it and it's very amusing as he comes out with his southern wisdoms. All in all, a wonderful start to an amazing series.moreless
  • Aunt Bea joins Andy and Opie in their houshold.

    A great and fun filled epiosde,has most if not all the main and back charecters in this one,I think it's great due to the fact,we see Aunt Bea,who is without a doubt everybody's favorite Aunt as human as she can be.

    Barney, not yet a major charecter will become one in the next few epiosdes.

    The down home humor of the first episode will continue through out the series.

    One of the best comedies to come out of the 1960's.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Barney is booking Emma Watson for jaywalking, look closely and you'll see that both courthouse doors are open. This is the first of only two times in the entire series that the left hand door (if you're inside the courthouse facing the doors, the one with the mail slot) is opened. The other episode is season five's The Rehabilitation of Otis.

    • Opie mentions his dog Gulliver. As a boy, Ron Howard had a dog named Gulliver.

    • In this episode, Barney is referred to as Andy's cousin.

    • About 15:11 into this first episode, when Andy is up in Opie's room for the second time, the shadow of a boom microphone comes into view on the wall near the upper right corner of the picture. After a second or two it moves up out of view. Then, as Andy lays across the bed to talk with his son, the shadow reappears, follows him and settles mostly out of the picture on the right. When Andy gets up from the bed, at about 16:15, the whole shadow appears again from the right and follows him for several seconds. The shadow travels left across the wall, is lost in the shadow of the open doorway, then reappears and crosses the top edge of the open door, reverses and drops down to settle on the right side of the door at the edge of the picture.

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  • NOTES (8)

    • Sarah, the telephone operator is mentioned in the series, but was never seen in any episode.

    • Frank Ferguson makes his first appearance was Wilbur, Roses new husband. Ferguson would appear throughout the series as Mr. Foley, the grocer.

    • In this episode Andy first mentions the fact that he was at least partially raised by Aunt Bee, seeming to imply that Andy was possibly an orphan. Aunt Bee also mentions that "all those younguns" she raised have grown up, implying that Aunt Bee raised a number of children not her own. This could possibly be Andy's siblings though none are ever mentioned in the series.

    • The front porch of the Taylor home is a slightly different in this episode. It's much shorter and there's a wall just to the right of the front windows so that the porch doesn't go all the way to the driveway. It can be seen in the epilogue.

    • Barney's appearance in this episode seems to imply that he has just joined the force. However, a few episodes later in Irresistible Andy, Barney states that he has been on Andy's squad for more than a year. In later episodes the number of years of Barney's tenure would vary from five to as many as ten.

    • When Andy takes Aunt Bee home in his pickup truck, it's the only time his pickup truck is seen. Andy uses the patrol car throughout the remainder of the series.

    • This is the first appearance of Don Knotts in the series. Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier all appeared in the pilot episode though Frances Bavier played a widower and not Aunt Bee.

      This is also the first of three times that the relationship between Barney and Andy is alluded to - Barney calls Andy "Cousin Andy."

    • The Andy Griffith Show's sole sponsor was General Foods, with promotional consideration paid for (in the form of cars) by Ford Motor Company, which was mentioned in the credits.