Revisiting the Emmy-winning ‘Barney Comes to Mayberry’ 1967 episode of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’

“Barney Comes to Mayberry” netted Don Knotts his fifth and final Emmy for personifying Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Learn why Emmy voters singled out Knotts’ bravura performance with a detailed review of the color episode taken from the venerable comedy series’ seventh season in 1967. Seen above is a still from the January 29, 1968, telecast of “Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting,” the highest rated episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” and not coincidentally Knotts’ final appearance as the multi-faceted Mayberry Deputy Sheriff. Written by series producer Aaron Ruben, “Summit Meeting” found Barney outlandishly championing Mayberry as the ultimate sit-down between Russian diplomats and American ambassadors. Image Credit: CBS Television

“Barney Comes to Mayberry” materialized during the seventh, next-to-last season of the beloved Andy Griffith Show. Broadcast on January 23, 1967, it was the 212th episode of the classic CBS situation comedy.

Don Knotts won his fifth and final Emmy for “Barney Comes to Mayberry.” Many dyed in the wool…

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Jeremy Roberts

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