Gentle humor and genuinely likable characters made Mayberry a beloved fixture on the TV landscape. A Top 10 hit throughout its eight-year run (it went out at No. 1), this low-key, down-home sitcom harkened back to a simpler time and place. Mayberry may be a state of mind, but the sunny optimism and simple virtues it represents have actually been set in (more…)
The fifth season opened with Opie developing a crush on Andy's main squeeze---his teacher, Helen Crump. He falls for her when his school-dance partner fails to show up and he is paired instead with Helen. Before long, Opie's planning to spend his entire savings---74 cents---on his new love. Opie: Ronny Howard. Barney: Don Knotts. Helen: Aneta Corsaut.