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The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Fourth Season

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Goober fans, rejoice--the arrival of George Lindsay's popular character is just one of the homespun joys of The Andy Griffith Show's fourth season, which has been compiled on this five-disc set. Lindsay as Goober Pyle, cousin to Jim Nabors's Gomer, makes his debut in one of the season's funniest episodes, "Fun Girls," which is also the only time Gomer and Goober appeared together on screen. By season's end, Gomer would depart for his own series (season 4's final episode, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," would serve as the pilot for that program), but before then, he enjoyed some fine episodes, including "Andy Saves Gomer" (from a fire at the filing station) and "Citizen's Arrest" (a knockout showcase for Nabors and Don Knotts, who is topnotch, as always, as Barney Fife). Other supporting characters get a spotlight or two in season 4, including Howard Morris's Ernest T. Bass ("Hot Rod Otis, "Otis T. Bass Joins the Army") and Denver Pyle and Maggie Peterson's Briscoe and Charlene Darling ("Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee"), but of course, the crux of the show remains Andy and son Opie (Ron Howard), who do stand-out work in the well-loved "Opie the Birdman," which addresses serious topics--death and responsibility--in the series' typically warm and humane manner. No supplemental features accompany the 32 black-and-white episodes, but that won't detract one bit from spending some quality time with the good people of Mayberry. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • 32 episodes on five discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier, George Lindsey
  • Directors: Aaron Ruben, Coby Ruskin, Earl Bellamy, Jeffrey Hayden, Richard Crenna
  • Writers: Aaron Ruben, Bill Idelson, Danny Thomas
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 811 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (605 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B6TTBE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Fourth Season" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Paramount is really putting out these TAGS seasons quickly. Keep them coming UNCUT (INCLUDING THE COLORED SEASONS PLEEEASE). After reviewing the episodes, I don't consider season four as one of their best. There are not many stand-out episodes, but there are not many poor ones either. This season marks the last we'll see of Gomer, the first we'll see of Goober, plus returns of the Fun Girls, the Darlings, Malcolm Merriweather, and Ernest T. Bass. Five of the episodes are often listed among TAGS top 20 fan favorites, although they are not favorites of mine. Here's what you get:

Opie the Birdman: All TAGS seasons opened with a story about Opie, and this one may be the most famous one (and usually a top 10 fan fave). Opie tries to raise three baby birds (Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod) after inadvertently killing their mother with a sling-shot.

The Haunted House: This episode inspired Don Knotts' film The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. Is it just the moonshine or is there a haunted house in Mayberry?

Ernest T. Bass Joins The Army: I'm not a fan of Ernest T. but for those who are, this set offers two of his episodes. This one has him trying to join the Army so he can get a uniform.

The Sermon For Today: A visiting preacher comes to Mayberry and preaches a sermon of taking it easy (probably the last thing that needed to be preached in Mayberry). The folks take this sermon in an entirely different direction. Usually a top 5 episode.

Briscoe Declares For Aunt Bee: The Darlings are back and Briscoe decides to court Aunt Bee. Bee is not so keen on the idea.

Gomer the House Guest: Gomer loses his job at the filling station and moves in with the Taylors.
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Just wondering after two wonderful releases if Paramount will continue to give us edited episodes, as with the release of Season Three?? This was such a great disappointment after waiting so many long years for uncut and complete episodes. Especially when as others have mentioned that some of these edited episodes have scenes included on TV Land that are missing from Paramount's Season Three release!! This is shameful!! How can they possibly justify using the word "complete"!! Please Paramount, if this is the best you can offer us, then maybe you should warn us ahead of time what we can expect in the future.
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This set was originally released without laugh tracks on the following four episodes:

Disc 1
"Opie The Birdman" and "A Black Day For Mayberry"

Disc 2
"Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain" and "Up In Barney's Room."

If you purchased the set without laugh tracks, you can get corrected replacement discs from Paramount Home Video free of charge.

Just send your name, address, telephone number, and the proof of purchase tab (found on the inside flap of the box) to:

Paramount Pictures Home Video
Bluhdorn 308A
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038

You do not need to send your discs to them. Only the proof of purchase tab from the box is required.

Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery (but I got mine within 2).

This is a major deal. Kudos to Paramount for taking care of this quickly. I won't hold my breath for the few minor corrections needed in the Season 3 set, though.
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Received this set for a Christmas gift so had to comment:

It's actually sad that Paramount has the rights to The Andy Griffith Show, and released it like this. Of course, I'm complaining about the sloppy production of the DVD box set with missing laugh tracks and strange editing.

The missing laugh tracks give the episodes an eerie atmosphere, and the sloppy editing is just plain annoying.

Viewers should and will be outraged at the chipping away of pieces of what is the equivalent Hope Diamond of vintage television.

If the executives quell their thirst for short-term corporate profits, a real attempt can be made to restore the episodes and release them in their pristine original condition. C'mon Paramount, with this release you've proved that you're greedy pigs at the money trough. Can't you see if you did this properly your sales will be higher over the long term.

Paramount, if you don't want to do it correctly, let someone else do it who will.

Of course, you can call me a sheep because I like the show so well that I would have bought it anyway even if I didn't receive it as a gift.

Rated: 5 stars for the show, 1 star for the feeble DVD attempt.

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One of the most beloved shows in television history, The Andy Griffith Show takes its viewers back to a simpler time of small town America, apple pie, and black and white television... The trademark whistling theme song is one of the most recognizable in history, and the duration of the show in syndicated reruns is unrivaled by its peers. The Andy Griffith Show follows the exploits of the small town of Mayberry and its family values, no nonsense sheriff Andy. Widowed, and father to a small boy named Opie (Ron Howard), Andy is joined in Mayberry by his sidekick Deputy Barney Fife, his relative and housekeeper Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), and a host of other eccentric characters.

But the show stealer is Barney Fife (Don Knotts) who plays the role of a sometimes incompetent, kooky deputy always in over his head. The onscreen dynamic between Griffith and Knotts is truly magical. Both men would go on to heralded careers in show business with Knotts starring in numerous roles, such as Mr. Furley on Three's Company, and Griffith as the title star of Matlock. And Ron Howard (Opie) would go on to establish himself as one of Hollywood's most well-known directors...

The Andy Griffith Show (Season 4) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Opie the Birdman" in which Opie becomes the adoptive father of several orphaned baby birds after he inadvertently kills their mother with his slingshot. Developing a personal attachment to the birds, Opie struggles with the notion that once they're grown, he'll have to set them free... Other notable episodes include "Barney's Sidecar" in which Barney acquires a sidecar for his motorcycle a local auction, but his daily antics quickly have all of Mayberry up in arms, and "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
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