Return to Mayberry From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Return to Mayberry is a 1986 American made-for-television romantic comedy film based on the 1960s sitcoms The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D.. The film premiered on April 13, 1986 on NBC, and was the highest- rated television film of 1986.
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Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), now living in Cleveland as a U.S. Postal Inspector, returns to his native Mayberry to see his son Opie (Ron Howard) become a first-time father, and also to run in the soon-to-be held sheriff's election, as he has already asked county clerk Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson) to prepare the paperwork. But when Andy learns that his old deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts), now back in Mayberry working as acting sheriff, announced his own candidacy while Andy was on the road back to town he quietly tells Opie, "I won't run against Barney." Andy goes to visit Barney at the sheriff's office. Barney tells Andy that he decided to run for sheriff because nobody else would, and then his opponent Ben Woods decided to run shortly afterward. Andy then mentions that Barney's old girlfriend Thelma Lou, newly divorced after less than two years, is back in Mayberry staying with her sister; Barney nonchalantly says he'll eventuall...
Most of the surviving cast members of The Andy Griffith Show reprised their roles in the reunion movie. One notable exception was Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee for all eight seasons as well as two seasons of Mayberry R.F.D. Bavier had retired shortly after leaving R.F.D. in 1970. Her absence was explained by a scene in which Andy visits the cemetery where Aunt Bee is buried, confirming that Aunt Bee is deceased. (The official reason given for Bavier's absence was poor health. Bavier reportedly was also reclusive and ambivalent about coming out of retirement, but she did in fact die three years after the program was filmed.) Elinor Donahue (as Ellie Walker) and Jack Burns (as Warren Ferguson) were two other cast members not to be involved in the movie. Some of the main R.F.D. regulars, including Sam Jones, son Mike, and Millie Swanson—all of whom were first introduced on the last season of The Andy Griffith Show itself—were als...
Although Return to Mayberry was a ratings success, its critical reception was mixed. A review in The New York Times opined that its "slow pace, extremely modest level of humor and straightforward and predictable plotting make Return to Mayberry a less appealing reunion for the audience than it may have been for its actors." Time discussed the film only when it was in its last days of production, saying, "Even on TV's crowded reunion calendar, Return to Mayberry is a special event", but offering no substantive comment on the merits of the finished product. More recent reviews have been kinder, calling it "marvelous blast from the past"and a reunion that "worked largely because the producers kept the original flavour of the series yet brought the show up to date".
Mayberry was rebroadcast on Veterans Day in 2004 by some ABC affiliates as a replacement for the network's unedited rebroadcast of the film Saving Private Ryan. Ryan included language which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had ruled "indecent and profane" in March 2004, and Mayberry was seen as a safer alternative, despite the fact that Ryan had already aired on the network in 2001 and 2002. The chief executive of Citadel Communications — the main affiliate owner to rebroadcast Mayberry — cited the recent 2004 US Presidential election as a justification. "We're just coming off an election where moral issues were cited as a reason by people voting one way or another", the executive said, "and, in my opinion, the commissioners are fearful of the new Congress." In the end, however, no complaints were lodged against ABC affiliates which showed Ryan, perhaps because even conservative watchdogs...
In 2003, four surviving cast members (Griffith, Howard, Knotts, and Nabors) came together for a reunion special that featured the actors reminiscing about their time on the show. The production was interspersed with archival footage and short filmed interviews with some of the other surviving cast members. This special was called The Andy Griffith Show: Back to Mayberry. Some media outlets have occasionally called this show, too, Return to Mayberry, which led to some confusion between the two productions. The title, The Andy Griffith Show: Back to Mayberry, distinguishes this production from a 1993 production titled The Andy Griffith Show Reunion.
The film was originally released on NTSC VHS in 1989 by Forum Home Video under license from Viacom (ASIN B001D1G5KY). A budget reprint from Video Treasures followed. It was also re-released in 1994 by Regent Entertainment (ASIN B0001JUGLI). Later, the rights reverted to Paramount, which had been sold to Viacom in 1994. The film was re-released on DVD as a bonus feature included with The Andy Griffith Show boxed set (ASIN B000NA21YA). Film was released as a special feature on the DVD The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: The Best of Mayberryin December 2010. It will be released individually on DVD on June 13, 2017 The film was released as a special feature on The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1 Blu-ray.
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After being away for awhile, Andy Taylor returns home to Mayberry to visit Opie, now an expectant father. While there he ends up helping Barney Fife mount a campaign for sheriff, yet Barney doesn't know that Andy also wants to be sheriff once again.
Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), now a US Postal Inspector, returns to his hometown of Mayberry, North Carolina with wife Helen (Aneta Corsaut- whom he had married in 1968, on the sequel series Mayberry R.F.D.) but without his second-born son Andy, Jr. (christened on R.F.D.). Andy returns to Mayberry to see son Opie (Ron Howard) into fatherhood, and learns the office of sheriff is open. Andy puts aside any thoughts of running when he learns that his old deputy and cousin, Barney Fife (Don Knotts)...
1. Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor 2. Ron Howard as Opie Taylor 3. Don Knotts as Barney Fife 4. Aneta Corsaut as Helen Crump Taylor 5. Jack Dodson as Howard Sprague 6. Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle 7. George Lindsey as Goober Pyle 8. Betty Lynn as Thelma Lou 9. Howard Morris as Ernest T. Bass 10. Hal Smith as Otis Campbell 11. Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling 12. Maggie Peterson as Charlene Darling 13. Karlene Crockett as Eunice Taylor (Opie's wife) 14. Rance Howard as Preacher 15. Karen Knotts as Opi...
1. Barney refers to \\"Barney and the Choir\\". 2. Andy mentions \\"Opie the Birdman\\". 3. Barney mentions \\"The Fun Girls\\".
Gomer: (On Barney running for sheriff) \\"We think Barney’s going to win, he hasn’t done anything stupid in ohh, about a month.\\"Gomer: (Gomer taking a picture of Goober and his fish while the water creature rises) \\"I just took a picture of the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen!\\"
1. Although the series and both of its spin-off's aired on CBS, Return to Mayberry aired on NBC and had huge ratings putting in solidly in the top ten for TV movies of all time. The next season Andy Griffith would make his debut as Matlock on NBC and many think this movie helped revive has acting career. 1. Frances Bavier, who originally played Aunt Bee in the series, was ailing and homebound when this movie was made. She considered recording a brief audio segment but decided against it. Ano...
Apr 13, 1986 · This was a reunion bringing back most of the characters from The Andy Griffith Show. It begins with Andy Taylor returning to Mayberry and planning to run for his old job of Sheriff but when he arrives, he discovers that his old deputy and friend, Barney Fife, is planning to run also. So Andy decides to back down.
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She returned to the role of Helen Crump in the reunion shows Return to Mayberry in 1986 and The Andy Griffith Show Reunion in 1993.  As a writer, she coauthored The Mystery Reader's Quiz Book .
Andy and Helen in Return to Mayberry (1986). The couple move to Raleigh, North Carolina, but return to Mayberry at a later date on Mayberry R.F.D. to christen their newborn son, Andrew Samuel Taylor. In 1986, Andy and Helen made appearances in the reunion telemovie Return to Mayberry.
The episode served as a backdoor pilot for his self-titled show. Griffith left the series in 1968 and it became "Mayberry R.F.D." The late actor made his final appearance as the iconic Andy Taylor in the 1986 TV movie "Return to Mayberry." That was the same year Griffith assumed the role of "Matlock," a country lawyer from Atlanta. The series ...
As Flora, a waitress at the Mayberry Diner who becomes Goober's girlfriend, in three episodes As Nettie, a classmate who had a crush on Barney, in "The Return of Barney Fife" Rose Clara Lindsey: 1 1: 1 2: Mary Treen: As Rose, Taylor's old housekeeper who got married and moved away, in "The New Housekeeper"
This was a 1986 reunion bringing back most of the characters from The Andy Griffith Show. It begins with Andy Taylor returning to Mayberry and planning to run for his old job of Sheriff but when he arrives, he discovers that his old deputy and friend, Barney Fife, is planning to run also. So Andy decides to back down.
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