Well, I've gone through the first five seasons and identified episodes from each season that are not my favorites. My list contains 12 episodes. I will have to narrow it down. Maybe we should do it by season.
Well now, I find the very early 'sodes irritating where Andy talks in a drawl.
Sometimes the drawl was a bit much, but I much prefer the first few seasons, with Ellie, the little fat mayor, a healthy Floyd, more folksy music....my happiest memories are back then. Didn't like it at all when Andy got too prim and proper with his speech, seemed like the slingshot effect. Anyway, there's room in Mayberry for everyone's feelings. We love 'em, or we wouldn't be here.
That drawl in the early episodes is very interesting isn't it? And dare I say, Andy's conversations with Opie in the early episodes come off just a little too sickeningly sweet.
I know what you mean, Deborah. Love them all, but everyone has their favorites, hey?
I needed someone to say this. Sickenly sweet. Thanks Deborah R
Here is my list of least favorite episodes by season. The “stared” episodes are the episodes from that season that are hard for me to watch.
Season one The New Housekeeper
*Ellie Saves a Female
Season Two Opie and the Bully
The Pickle Story
Season three *Floyd the Gay Deceiver
Season four *Opie the Birdman
Season five Andy and Helen have their day
The luck of Newton Monroe
*Banjo Playing Deputy
Note that some of these listed are the favorites of some. There is quite a bit of variety in tags due to the many different writers, the rapidly changing culture, and the general evolution of characters. You could almost classify it as 3 different shows, early Andy, the mid-series b/w era, and the counter-culture done Mayberry style.
I will just say I loved the show, start to finish :)
I learn something new everyday....There are episodes after season five????
Funny - but you might not know it to watch reruns these days. Networks that show the color episodes are as scarce as hen's teeth!
Every now and then, I pull up a color episode on Netflix...but it's not very often. Something about seeing those green walls in the courthouse turns me off. Seems like a whole different world.
TVLand tries showing the color, Fife-less episodes once in a while, but they quickly figure out that only the crickets and a few faithful are watching, and switch back to the B&W episodes.
Being a late bloomer, I discovered MASH4077, the superb series of the '70s and early '80s. I am a little worn around the edges with TAGS.