The Ultimate Andy Griffith Show Quiz


By: Jim Moore

6 Min Quiz

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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,"  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 in 1960. The series, which featured Griffith as a small-town sheriff maintaining the peace in his cozy community, 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 show.

Though "The Andy Griffith Show" was cancelled in 1968, its spirit lives on in the 249 episodes still in regular syndicated rotation.

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

What was the one Aunt Bee delicacy that Andy, Opie and Barney couldn’t stand?

Aunt Bee's disastrous pickle recipe merited an episode all its own, "The Pickle Story." You can find the recipe in "Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook."


Barney had a steady girl for a while. What was her name?

Thelma Lou (a lady with no last name, apparently) was a part of Barney's life for several seasons, although she only appeared in 26 episodes of the show.


Who was Gomer Pyle’s cousin on the show?

Goober Pyle, played by George Lindsey, was Gomer Pyle's cousin. The two only appeared in one episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" together.


What secret did we learn about Andy and Barney in season one?

In Season 1, Episode 1, Barney thanks "Cousin Andy" for selecting him as deputy. Don Knotts, the actor who played Barney Fife, won five Emmy Awards during his tenure on the show.


What was the title of the movie Hollywood made about Sheriff Taylor?

In Season 6, the Taylors went to Hollywood for the making of "Sheriff Without a Gun." This comes after an article is written about Sheriff Taylor in a national magazine.


What banjo-playing comedian briefly replaced Don Knotts as a deputy?

Jerry Van Dyke briefly filled the comedic hole left behind when Don Knotts left the series. Knotts continued to make guest appearances in the franchise after leaving the show.


What was the name of Opie’s "imaginary friend?"

Fortunately, Andy met Mr. McBeevee before punishing Opie for making up stories. Mr. McBeevee was real, and he was played by Karl Swenson.


What future granter of wishes once gave manicures in Mayberry?

Barbara Eden, future "I Dream of Jeannie" genie, played an alluring manicurist doing nails at Floyd's.


Name the spinster sisters who ran a moonshine still.

In the episode,"Alcohol and Old Lace," (a play on "Arsenic and Old Lace") the Morrison sisters turned in several fellow moonshine makers.


What’s Andy's favorite dish, according to Barney?

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." She does become his girlfriend, despite the lack of lamb experience. In the spin-off series, "Mayberry R.F.D.," they get married.


What was the name of Opie's rock band?

The Sound Committee even had their own printed bass drum head!


Name the British butler who spent some time in Mayberry.

Malcolm Merriweather rode his bicycle into Mayberry during the third season. He takes over Aunt Bee's duties so she can relax, but instead, she feels useless.


What was the closest big town to Mayberry?

The fictional town of Mount Pilot was often mentioned by the good people of Mayberry. There is a real place called Pilot Mountain, though, and it's home to Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina.


What was the name of the newspaper Opie published?

In the "Opie's Newspaper" episode, Andy mentions "The Mayberry Sun" when showing the paper to Barney Fife.


Whose place did Aunt Bee take over in the Taylor household?

Season 1, Episode 1 begins with the marriage and departure of the Taylors' housekeeper, Rose. Aunt Bee had to take on the housekeeping duties.


What peddler of insults peddled merchandise out of his car?

Don Rickles played traveling salesman, Newton Monroe, in "The Luck of Newton Monroe" in the fifth season of the show. Rickles is most famous for his insult-heavy brand of stand-up comedy.


Who was Andy’s first girlfriend on the show?

Near the show's premiere, Ellie Walker came to town and caught Andy's eye! Ellie only appeared in 12 episodes of the first season, though, and her disappearance was never explained in the series.


On what show did Andy Griffith first play Andy Taylor?

The character of Sheriff Andy Taylor was introduced in a 1960 episode of "The Danny Thomas Show." The first few seasons of the show were called, "Make Room for Daddy."


What did Opie break while working in a drugstore?

In "Opie's Drugstore Job," the newly employed Opie breaks a pricey bottle of perfume.


What song proved to Mayberry that Gomer Pyle could sing?

In an episode called, "The Song Festers," Gomer surprises Mayberry by singing, "Santa Lucia." It's a traditional song from Naples, Italy.


What tune did Andy play with the Darlings when he and Barney visited their cabin?

In "Mountain Wedding," Andy calls for "Dooley" when they need to choose a song to play. The song is by The Dillards.


What did the moonshine-making Morrison sisters call their product?

The Morrison sisters didn't make moonshine; they made "elixir for celebrations and special occasions."


Which future actress from "The Waltons" sold Barney a used-car lemon?

In "Barney's First Car," Ellen Corby, the future Grandma Walton, played used-car swindler, Myrt "Hubcaps" Lesh.


What real bluegrass group was hidden inside the fictional Darling family?

The musical core of the Darlings was a quartet called "The Dillards." The band originally consisted of the Dillar brothers, Rodney and Douglas, as well as Dean Webb and Mitch Jayne.


What kind of criminal activity once went on in Floyd’s Barbershop?

In "The Bookie Barber," Floyd took on an assistant who turned out to be...well, a bookie. Barney Fife has to dress up as an old lady to catch the criminal.


What future "WKRP in Cincinatti" DJ passed through Mayberry?

Howard Hesseman, the future Dr. Johnny Fever, appeared in "Sam for Town Council" (Season 8) and was credited as Dan Sturdy.


What was the name of Mayberry’s men’s lodge?

In the episode, "The Lodge," Howard Sprague tries to join the Regal Order of the Golden Door to Good Fellowship.


Which actor's maid spoke to the Taylors in Hollywood?

While sight-seeing outside Caesar Romero's Hollywood home, the Taylors are asked to step off the lawn by his maid.


What talent got Howard Sprague into hot water with folks?

In "Howard, the Comedian," Howard Sprague's stand-up comedy about Mayberry rankles some locals.


What was the name of the musical family that visited Mayberry from time to time?

Briscoe Darling and his family were featured in several episodes. The single father, four sons and only daughter formed a bluegrass band.


Which major movie star made some early appearances in Mayberry?

Jack Nicholson appeared on the show in both 1966 and 1967, as different characters.


What brand of car was Sheriff Taylor’s police car?

To quote the end-of-show credits: "Automobiles Furnished by...FORD MOTOR CO." It was technically a Ford Galaxie 500 sedan.


What was the name of Aunt Bee’s TV cooking show?

"The Mayberry Chef" appeared on Channel 12 out of Siler City. It also happened to be the name of the episode from the eighth season.


Who was the first actor to play Floyd the barber?

Before Howard McNear's unforgettable Floyd, Walter Baldwin took a turn as Mayberry's eccentric barber. He only played the character in one episode in the first season.


Which actor played the actor who was playing Andy Taylor in the Hollywood movie, “Sheriff Without a Gun?”

Gavin MacLeod, the future captain of "The Love Boat," played actor, Bryan Bender in "Sheriff Without a Gun."


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