The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 1

The New Housekeeper

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 03, 1960 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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.

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