Andy Griffith Show 8 Seasons 1968


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Season 8
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(133) IMDb 6.2/10

18. Emmett's Brother In-Law TV-Y CC

Emmett is needled into becoming an insurance salesman by his wife and her brother, a successful broker.

Andy Griffith, Paul Hartman
26 minutes
Original air date:
January 8, 1968

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Season 8

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Genres Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Lee Philips
Starring Andy Griffith, Paul Hartman
Supporting actors George Lindsey, Jack Dodson, Aneta Corsaut, Dub Taylor, Mary Lansing
Network CBS
Producers Sheldon Leonard, Bob Ross
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on September 23, 2006
Format: DVD
Season 8 was the final season of the Andy Griffith Show. The last episodes of this season introduced the character Sam Jones (Ken Berry) who would continue the Mayberry tradition in the series Mayberry RFD that would last three seasons and did well in the ratings until it and other rural-oriented shows were canceled. Season 8 of TAGS was the only season the legendary sitcom was rated #1. Perhaps it was known that this would be the final season, so folks tuned in knowing a good thing was about to end. I like seasons six and seven and I think the color seasons are, for the most part, terribly underrated, but season 8 is my least favorite. Reviewing the list of episodes, only "Howard the Bowler," "The Wedding," and "Goober Goes to the Auto Show" I consider to be above average. The rest are rather stale. Don Knotts makes one appearance in the rather odd episode "Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting." Here's what you get:

"Opie's First Love": Opie's big date jilts him for another guy.

"Howard the Bowler": In a bowling match between Mayberry and Mt. Pilot, Howard is one strike away from a perfect game only to have the lights go out due to a power overload. He has a day to think about it before he tries for the final strike.

"A Trip to Mexico": Aunt Bee wins a trip to Mexico and takes two of her friends. She learns that one of the best ways to lose friends is to travel with them.

"Andy's Trip to Raleigh": Another Helen blow-up episode. This time, Andy meets with a lawyer in Raleigh but doesn't let Helen know the minor detail of the lawyer being a hot female.

"Opie Steps Up in Class": Opie becomes friends with a kid from a wealthy family and Andy and Aunt Bee fear they won't be able to measure up.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Terry L. Vinson on September 5, 2006
Format: DVD
To this point I've reviewed all seven seasons of TAGS, my all-time favorite show. This is the first season I've given less than at least four stars. My reasons? Simply that in my opinion this was the weakest season of the series. Andy Griffith had basically been 'bribed' to come back for an eighth season, and in the last five or so episodes it was clear the show was being groomed for Ken Berry and the 'Mayberry RFD' years. Still, there are a few hidden gems in there, including:

Episode 221: 'Goober, The Executive'. Goober buys the filling station from Wally, and is soon gulping down aspirin like M&M's while trying to figure how to keep the place afloat.

Episode 224: 'Howard, The Bowler'. Howard is one ball away from a perfect game after a power outage cuts off his hot streak.

Episode 232: 'Suppose Andy Gets Sick'. Andy catches a touch of the flu, leaving Goober in charge of local law enforcement, with predictable results. (NOTE: Hey, isn't that 'Asa' the former bank security guard playing the town doctor? Man, that Asa is sure 'multi-talented')

Episode 235: 'Howard's New Life'. Howard chunks it all for the island life, but finds the end of his rainbow lies in good ol' Mayberry after all. The ending of this episode is truly one of the best the color years has to offer.

Episode 240: "Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting'. Big Barn's last appearance. Just listen to him butcher the Russian representative's name as only 'Fast Gun Fife' could. Don Knotts won his fifth emmy award from this episode.

Definitely the weakest the show had to offer was season eight, though as I've said before, even the 'worst' of TAGS beats the majority of today's TV 'best'.

I truly hope Paramount follows this up with the 1986 movie 'Return to Mayberry', thus finishing off my collectin of TAGS in style.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sam Loomis on December 20, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Well, Paramount has finally gotten all 8 seasons out and what a treat is has been to have them all. Would have liked to had more extras but to get the episodes complete and uncut, and at a very reasonable price has been just great.

Again, season 8 is probably the weakest year, but it's still Andy. Some episodes Andy does look like he's sleepwalking through the motions. But, for me, the best part is to see these episodes without all the syndication cuts for the first time since original broadcast. In many ways, it's like seeing these for the first time.

For me, the epilogue in the episode "Howard's New Life" sums up the essence of Mayberry. Goober, Andy, Emmett, and Howard sitting around the gas station at sunset having a bottle of pop. Listening to the crickets chirping and the dogs barking and enjoying a bottle of soda is just awesome!

Well done Andy!!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Robinson on December 17, 2006
Format: DVD
One of the all-time greatest TV shows ends with no fanfare; it lopes along for 30 shows until the very last episode. This last season DOES have it's memorable moments though: Goober is mis-matched with computer dating, Howard retires to a tropical island, Howard turns his house into a swingin' bachelor pad, Andy discovers Helen was arrested in Kansas City and Barney visits & turns the Taylor home into a summit meeting.

We still have Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee and Clara Edwards; but by this time, many characters we came to love on this show were gone: Floyd, Otis, Ernest T. Bass, Gomer, Barney, Thelma Lou, The Darling Family, Rafe Hollister, Leon, Ben Weaver and other lesser but recognizable town characters, like the one played by Burt Mustin. Instead, we have the replacements: Goober, Howard, Emmett & Martha Clark and, by the last four episodes, Sam & Mike Jones. These last four episodes are hard to watch, as Ken Berry just doesn't fit in. Berry was great on "F-Troop" and "Mama's Family," but here his character is as bland and useless as soggy cardboard...and when his son Mike calls him "Paw," there's no southern twang in his voice; he sounds like a geeky city boy! The final show (basically, the pilot for "Mayberry R.F.D.") is so wretched, I couldn't even watch it...(Sam hires an Italian family to work on his farm); it was so UNLIKE an Andy Griffith Show episode, that I couldn't sit through it...I had to take the disc out and put it away!

Andy was the wise, all-knowing and humble caretaker at the beginning of the series; after Don Knotts left, Andy became surly and made more and more mistakes; by this final season, a lot of the surliness had left and he mellowed somewhat, just going through the motions, knowing the end was finally coming.

I know I'm knocking this final season, but that's because I care about the show. If you're a fan like me, you'll buy it to complete the collection and enjoy the good moments on this package.
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