The Andy Griffith Show, the show that was filmed during the tumultuous 60’s, but felt like it was born and bred in the nostalgic 30’s. Even the theme song, “The Fishin’ Hole” creates a sense of ol’-timey goodness, painting the story of this widower sheriff and his young son just coming back from a day of fishing.

“And, Opie, if we can’t catch the fish, I’ll arrest them.”

The Andy Griffith Show

This is an American staple, running over 8 seasons and 249 episodes. It’s hard to describe something so ingrained in the culture, but for those who forgot: The Andy Griffith Show starred Matlock before he was Matlock, the father of Bryce Dallas Howard, and Don Knotts.

The show revolved around Andy Taylor, the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina who had to raise his son and deal with all the locals’ hi-jinks while keeping law and order. In short, it is a beloved treasure in TV history in which many comedy tropes continue to spring from to this day.

The Rimshaw House

Opie and his chum are playing baseball near the ol’ Rimshaw House, which is said to be haunted by an axe-murderer. One new baseball through a window pane, and they’re wishing that video games are invented soon. However, after getting spooked away by some eerie moans, the boys run back to Andy.

In the meanwhile, Andy, Barney and the town drunk are trying to figure out a sobriety test to let the drunk go. Barney has the idea to have him jump rope (this pays off, I promise). Enjoy the scene of Don Knotts skipping rope.

Once the boys rush back, Andy tells Barney to get the ball from the supposedly haunted house. Barney is then Barney.

As pictured.

After he drags Gomer Pyle to the house and they leave, terrified, Andy goes with them to figure out what’s going on in the house. Finding mysterious clues, Andy stumbles across a surprising discovery…

Follow the clues…

Thoughts: Brain Roll Juice

Okay, so…there’s not much to roll your brain in and soak about. I legit thought the ending was satisfying, and was charmed by the vintage spookiness of it (fake cobwebs, picture with eye holes, and mwahaha clarinet music).

What surprised me the most was how well some of the jokes held up. Comedy is the first to age and it just shows how talented the cast and writers were. Don Knotts can be hit-or-miss for me, but I found him endearing in this episode, especially the very beginning and end.

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
About the Author

When not ravaging through the wilds of Detroit with Jellybeans the Cat, J.M. Brannyk (a.k.a. Boxhuman) reviews mostly supernatural and slasher films from the 70's-90's and is dubiously HauntedMTL's Voice of Reason. Aside from writing, Brannyk dips into the podcasts, and is the composer of many of HauntedMTL's podcast themes.

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