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Return to Mayberry (1986)

Return to Mayberry





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Inspired by the success of previous TV sitcom "reunion" films, Return to Mayberry debuted on April 13, 1986. Eleven of the original cast members of the classic Andy Griffith Show were reunited in this marvelous blast from the past. The plot finds former sheriff Andy Taylor (Griffith, of course), returning to Mayberry, North Carolina to visit his grown son Opie (Ron Howard, taking a break from his busy directorial career), who is now an expectant father. Andy's onetime deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) is running for the sheriff's post, so Andy decides to stick around to help out. Barney thinks he's found an excellent publicity ploy when he discovers what seems to be a bigfoot-style monster roaming around the Carolina hills. Actually, he's the victim of a cruel hoax, compelling Andy once more to come to Barn's rescue. Also in the cast is George Lindsay as Goober, Jim Nabors as Gomer, Aneta Corsaut as Helen, Betty Lynn as Thelma Lou, and Howard Morris as Ernest T. Bass. Conspicuous by her absence was Frances "Aunt Bee" Bavier, who was too ill to make a comeback. The highest-rated TV movie of 1986, Return to Mayberry might have resulted in a series, but Andy Griffith decided to switch professional gears and star as an attorney in Matlock.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Television, Comedy
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On DVD: May 31, 1989
Strathmore Productions


Andy Griffith
as Andy Taylor
Ron Howard
as Opie Taylor
Don Knotts
as Barney Fife
Aneta Corsaut
as Helen Crump Taylor
Karlene Crockett
as Eunice Taylor
Jim Nabors
as Gomer Pyle
Jack Dodson
as Howard Sprague
Rance Howard
as Preacher
George Lindsey
as Goober Pyle
Howard Morris
as Ernest T. Bass
Denver Pyle
as Briscoe Darling
Paul Willson
as Ben Woods
Allen Williams
as Lloyd Fox
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Pretty awful.

Tim Salmons

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"Return to Mayberry" is the 1986 Reunion special for the classic sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show". In it Andy has returned home to Mayberry after a long absence in order to be there for the birth of his grandson, Opie's firstborn! He and Helen have decided to move back for good, and he has even put in the paperwork to run for Sheriff again, though he decides against when he finds his former deputy and good friend Barney Fife is running...but Barney may lose the election to his main opponent due to his erratic behavior and belief that there is a monster in the lake (which is actually a really lame publicity stunt by a young business man hoping to drum up interest in Mayberry for his new hotel). Overall the plot is rather lame...but that isn't what is fun about "Return to Mayberry", what is fun about this TV movie is that you get to see the old gang from the classic show reunited and looking old. Despite the material not being up to the standards of the black and white seasons, Don Knotts makes the most of his performance, making everyone remember why they loved Barney, and why they missed him during the color episodes. I enjoy this for it's nostalgia factor, being that it does nothing but bring back fun characters (and a lot of them, from Ernest T. Bass and the Darlings to Howard Sprague and the Pyles). It's kind weak if your looking for plot, but if you just love "The Andy Griffith Show", then you'll enjoy this reunion special.

Ken Scheck

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