The Ultimate Fan Quiz: The Andy Griffith Show

By: Jim Moore

The Ultimate Fan Quiz: The Andy Griffith Show
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About This Quiz

Can you remember the name of the beloved aunt who cared for the widowed Andy and his young son? And what was the name of that town drunk who always found himself in one of the cells down at the station? If you can answer these questions while whistling the tune of "The Fishin' Hole" -- that's the show's iconic theme song -- then you might have what it takes to ace this "Andy Griffith Show" quiz!

Andy Griffith was a film actor and famous gospel singer when he scored his own show, starting in 1960. The series, which featured Griffith as a small-town sheriff maintaining the peace in a small town, was inspired by Griffith's own hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. 

The link between Mount Airy and Mayberry is so strong that the town holds an annual fall festival known as Mayberry Days to honor their hometown hero. Visitors can ride in police vehicles designed to look like the one Andy drove on the show, get a haircut at Floyd's barbershop, and stroll down a historic main street that looks like it came straight out of an episode of the TV show.

Though "The Andy Griffith Show" was cancelled way back in 1968, its spirit lives on in small towns across the U.S., and also in the 249 episodes still in regular rotation -- ready to give viewers a dose of nostalgia for a time when even the bumbling Barney could make a living as a Deputy Sheriff. 

Ready to test your knowledge of this classic series? Take our quiz to test your "Andy Griffith Show" IQ!



Barney had a steady girl for a while. What was her name?
Thelma Lou
Thelma Lou ( a lady with no last name, apparently) was a part of Barney's life for several seasons.
Ellie
Helen
Juanita

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What brand of car was Sheriff Taylor’s police car?
Ford
To quote the end-of-show credits: "Automobiles Furnished by...FORD MOTOR CO."
Chevrolet
Buick
Oldsmobile

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What secret did we learn about Andy and Barney in Episode 1?
They're cousins.
In Season 1, Episode 1, Barney thanks, "Cousin Andy" for selecting him as deputy.
They're in-laws.
They're Rotarians.
They're half-brothers.

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Which future actress from The Waltons sold Barney a used-car lemon?
Ronnie Claire Edwards
Helen Kleeb
Michael Learned
Ellen Corby
In "Barney's First Car," Ellen Corby—the future Grandma Walton—played used-car swindler, "Mrs. Lesh."

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What was the closest big town to Mayberry?
Charlotte
Mount Pilot
The fictional town of Mount Pilot was often mentioned by the good people of Mayberry.
Raleigh
Asheville

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What song proved to Mayberry that Gomer Pyle could sing?
Santa Lucia
In an episode called, "The Song Festers," Gomer surprises Mayberry by singing, "Santa Lucia."
Caro Mio Ben
La Donna è Mobile
O Sole Mio

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What talent got Howard Sprague into hot water with folks?
Card tricks
Painting
Stand-up comedy
In "Howard, the Comedian," Howard Sprague's stand-up comedy about Mayberry rankles some locals.
Journalism

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Whose place did Aunt Bee take over in the Taylor household?
Clara
Helen
Charlene
Rose
Season 1, Episode 1 begins with the marriage and departure of the Taylors' housekeeper, Rose.

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What’s Andy's favorite dish, according to Barney?
Spaghetti
Pork chops
Leg of lamb
In "A Wife for Andy," Barney is distressed to learn that Helen Crump doesn't know how to make leg of lamb, "Andy's favorite dish."
Pot roast

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What was the one Aunt Bee delicacy that Andy, Opie and Barney couldn’t stand?
Pickles
Aunt Bee's disastrous pickle recipe merited an episode all its own in Season 2.
Chili
Spaghetti
Stew

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What was the name of the musical family that visited Mayberry from time to time?
The Hollisters
The Pyles
The Campbells
The Darlings
Briscoe Darling and his family were featured in several great episodes.

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What banjo playing comedian briefly replaced Don Knotts?
Eddie Cantor
Jerry Van Dyke
Jerry Van Dyke briefly filled the comedic hole left behind when Don Knotts left the series.
Steve Martin
Buck Trent

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What was the title of the movie Hollywood made about Sheriff Taylor?
Marshall of Mayberry
The Quiet Lawman
Sheriff Without a Gun
In Season 6, the Taylors went to Hollywood for the making of "Sheriff Without a Gun."
Bumpkin with a Badge

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What kind of criminal activity once went on in Floyd’s Barbershop?
Bookmaking
In "The Bookie Barber," Floyd took on an assistant who turned out to be...well, a bookie.
Moonshining
Fencing
Loansharking

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What was the name of Opie’s “imaginary friend?”
Mr. McMillan
Mr. McNamara
Mr. McBeevee
Fortunately, Andy met Mr. McBeevee before punishing Opie for making up stories!
Mr. Maguire

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Name the British butler who spent some time in Mayberry.
Malcolm Merriweather
Malcolm Merriweather rode his bicycle into Mayberry in Season 3.
Alfred Pennyworth
Charles Carson
Marmaduke Ruggles

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Who was Gomer Pyle’s cousin on the show?
Goober
Goober Pyle, played by George Lindsey, was Gomer Pyle's cousin.
Otis
Rafe
Ernest

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What future granter of wishes once gave manicures in Mayberry?
Melody Patterson
Marlo Thomas
Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden—future "I Dream of Jeannie" genie—played an alluring manicurist doing nails at Floyd's.
Barbara Feldon

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Name the spinster sisters who ran a still near Mayberry.
The Morrison sisters
In the "Alcohol and Old Lace" episode, the Morrison sisters turned in several fellow moonshiners.
The Baldwin Sisters
The Bradley sisters
The Symanski sisters

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On what show did Andy Griffith first play Andy Taylor?
Texaco Star Theater
The Danny Thomas Show
The character of Sheriff Andy Taylor was introduced in a 1960 episode of "The Danny Thomas Show."
Colgate Comedy Hour
The Garry Moore Show

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What tune did Andy play with the Darlings when he and Barney visited their cabin?
Cindy
Salty Dog
Dooley
In "Mountain Wedding," Andy calls for "Dooley" when they need to choose a song to play.
Tear Your Old Clothes for Rags

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What real bluegrass group was hidden inside the fictional Darling family?
The Carter Family
The DeFrancos
The Dillards
The musical core of the Darlings was a quartet called "The Dillards."
The Cowsills

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What future WKRP DJ passed through Mayberry?
Howard Hesseman
Howard Hesseman—the future Dr. Johnny Fever—appeared in "Sam for Town Council" (Season 8) but was credited as Dan Sturdy.
Tim Reid
Richard Sanders
Gordon Jump

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What did the moonshining Morrison sisters call their "product?"
Aperatif
Elixir
The Morrison sisters didn't make moonshine; they made "elixir for celebrations and special occasions."
The Recipe
Sunshine

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What was the name of Mayberry’s men’s lodge?
Society for a Neighborly Way of Life
Townsmen of Mayberry
Knights of Niceness
Regal Order of the Golden Door to Good Fellowship
In the episode, "The Lodge," Howard Sprague tries to join the Regal Order of the Golden Door to Good Fellowship.

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Who was Andy’s first girlfriend on the show?
Charlene Darling
Ellie Walker
Within about a month of the show's premiere, Ellie Walker came to town and caught Andy's eye!
Helen Crump
Emma Watson

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What was the name of Aunt Bee’s TV cooking show?
The Cooking Bee
Chef Bee
The Mayberry Chef
"The Mayberry Chef" appeared on Channel 12 out of Siler City!
Mayberry Dinette

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Which actor's maid spoke to the Taylors in Hollywood?
Caesar Romero
While sight-seeing outside Caesar Romero's Hollywood home, the Taylors are asked to step off the lawn.
Burgess Meredith
Frank Gorshin
Vincent Price

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Which actor played the actor who was playing Andy Taylor in the Hollywood movie, “Sheriff Without a Gun?”
James Garner
Bernie Kopell
Gavin MacLeod
Gavin MacLeod—future captain of "The Love Boat"—played actor, Bryan Bender.
Alan Hale, Jr.

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What peddler of insults peddled merchandise out of his car?
Milton Berle
Don Rickles
Don Rickles played traveling salesman Newton Monroe in "The Luck of Newton Monroe" (Season 5).
Fred Allen
Groucho Marx

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Which major movie star made some early appearances in Mayberry?
James Caan
Al Pacino
Robert Redford
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson appeared on the show in both 1966 and 1967, as different characters.

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Who was the first actor to play Floyd the barber?
Walter Baldwin
Before Howard McNear's unforgettable Floyd, Walter Baldwin took a turn as Mayberry's eccentric barber.
Sam Cady
Edgar Buchanan
Paul Hartman

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What did Opie break while working in a drugstore?
Bottle of perfume
In "Opie's Drugstore Job," the newly employed Opie breaks a pricey bottle of perfume.
Display window
Medicine bottle
Mirror

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What was the name of Opie's rock band?
Mayberry Music Machine
The Sharp Shooters
Hometown Heroes
The Sound Committee
The Sound Committee even had their own printed bass drum head!

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What was the name of the newspaper Opie published?
The Mayberry Chronicle
The Mayberry Daily Planet
The Mayberry Gazette
The Mayberry Sun
In the "Opie's Newspaper" episode, Andy mentions "The Mayberry Sun" when showing the paper to Barney.

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