The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Lawman Barney 

Two intimidating farmers test Barney's effectiveness as a lawman when they scare him off after refusing to obey his directive to stop illegally selling produce roadside.


Bob Sweeney


Aaron Ruben


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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson
Allan Melvin ... Neal
Orville Sherman ... Matt
Norman Leavitt ... Wally
Robert McQuain Robert McQuain ... Joe Waters (as Bob McQuain)


Two farmers ignore Barney's warning to stop selling their vegetables on the street and make fun of him. Andy tells them a big story about Barney being a cold-hearted killer known as Barney the Beast and Crazy Gun Barney. When they find out the truth, they go right back to selling in the street. Written by Ronny Bailey

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

12 November 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Allan Melvin, who plays one of the vegetable farmers, was practically a regular, appearing in seven other episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. See more »


The outside scenery as seen from the door of the office/jail set generally shows a column (which matches the exterior shots) but in a few episodes of Season 3, the scenery features a painting of the patrol car parked right outside the door with no column. See more »


Neal: Oh, by the way, if you see your deputy, you tell 'im those two farmers that were out in the roadside selling are back in business, and we want him for a customer. He'll understand.
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References The Lone Ranger (1956) See more »

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Barney and the Adult Bullies
12 March 2014 | by MichaelMartinDeSapioSee all my reviews

A couple of farmers are selling produce illegally on the side of the road just outside Mayberry. Barney, in his usual imperious way, tells them to move on, but the two men just make fun of him. Andy (as he often does) creates a ruse to bolster Barney's confidence and allow him to scare the farmers out of town. That's the first act. In the second act, the conflict is deepened and broadened, and Barney must finally face the bullies without the "crutch" that Andy often provides him.

This is one of my favorite episodes of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW. It demonstrates several aspects of what made the series so great: of how it trod the delicate line between comedy and pathos, and between being a kids' show and an adults' show. Certainly, seeing Barney face off the two adult "bullies" is a heartening spectacle for younger viewers, while for adults the episode offers object lessons in different approaches to human relations (Barney's pomposity versus Andy's calm, friendly yet firm approach). Unlike some other episodes in which Andy bails Barney out of a tough spot, this one plays for poignancy rather than laughs, and we see Barney genuinely grow in stature as a person thanks to Andy's guidance. The episode also features beautiful photography of the country road and the produce truck, and a great cinematographic moment as Barney, swelling with pride at his policing skill, stands with his hands on his hips as Earle Hagen's mock-police music blares. After so much dramatic tension, the "epilogue" is a little weak; but that is a small flaw in an outstanding episode.

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