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I recently purchased all 8 seasons of the Andy Griffith Show. I am a mother of 7 young children and was really concerned with what is on TV these days. The commercials are very often sexual, creepy, or violent and I was looking for something for my kids to watch on a rainy day. These discs are just what I was looking for. The kids enjoy it and I don't have to worry about them seeing or hearing things that are innapropriate. There are great lessons and I love sitting with them and watching with a bowl of popcorn! I recommend it to young and old alike!
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
"My pot of gold's right here in Mayberry"---Howard SpragueSept. 23 2006
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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.
"Howard's Main Event": Howard becomes friends with a girl who works at the bakery but is confronted by her ex-boyfriend (Allan Melvin).
"Aunt Bee the Juror": Jack Nicholson appears in this episode. Aunt Bee serves on a jury and is the only one who believes Nicholson's character is not guilty.
"The Tape Recorder": Opie and Arnold tape record a conversation between a prisoner and his attorney and find out the location of stolen loot. Andy refuses to listen to the tape because it goes against attorney/client confidentiality.
"Opie's Group": Opie is guitarist in a rock band and Clara warns them about the extravagance of making music the main part of one's life--and then joins the band.
"Aunt Bee and the Lecturer": Aunt Bee is creeped out when a lecturer falls for her because she reminds him of his departed wife.
"Andy's Investment": To help pay for Opie's college education, Andy moonlights as an owner of a laundromat and finds it may be more trouble than its worth. Sensing the dilemma, Opie reconsiders his future plans.
"Howard and Millie": Howard proposes to Millie (rather sudden?) and, on the train ride to visit Millie's family, find many areas where they are not compatible. You'd think Millie and Howard would've had more episodes together before this step, but I guess the series was moving things along quickly in their last season.
"Aunt Bee's Cousin": The episodes where relatives or old friends visit Aunt Bee are usually my least favorites, and this one is no exception. Aunt Bee's cousin tries to get her involved in a business venture but turns out to be all talk.
"Suppose Andy Gets Sick": Andy not having a deputy for the last two and ½ seasons was rather unrealistic and it shows in this episode. Goober makes a mess of things when he fills in for an ailing Andy.
"Howard's New Life": A rather strange episode. Howard decides to move to a Caribbean island, but soon realizes his pot of gold is back in Mayberry.
"Goober the Executive": Goober buys Wally's service station and worries he may not be cut out to be the boss.
"The Mayberry Chef": Aunt Bee stars in a cooking show and Opie and Andy find out it is much nicer eating Aunt Bee's cooking than watching it on television.
"Emmet's Brother-in-Law": Emmett's wife convinces him to join her brother's insurance agency, but his heart remains in his fix-it shop.
"Opie's Drugstore Job": At his new job at the drugstore, Opie accidentally breaks an expensive bottle of perfume and decides to buy one to replace it before his boss can find out.
"The Church Benefactors": The church committee is torn between spending its funds on repairing the church building or buying new choir robes.
"Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting": Mayberry takes on the Cold War. This episode, to me, is way over-the-top. Barney arranges for a meeting between Russian and American diplomats to take place in Mayberry, which turns out to be Andy's kitchen (another kitchen debate?).
"Goober Goes to an Auto Show": Goober meets up with an old friend who appears to be a big success, so Goober is loose with his money so as to appear a big shot and goes in over his head. Later, Goober has the chance to get revenge, but demonstrates he is a success in ways other than money.
Aunt Bee's Big Moment": Feeling like she has not accomplished much in her life, Aunt Bee takes flying lessons and prepares for her solo.
"Helen's Past": Andy finds a newspaper clipping showing Helen being arrested and decides to investigate further. When a busybody from the school board finds out, she decides Miss Crump may not be appropriate teacher material.
"Emmett's Anniversary": Emmett considers buying his wife a fur coat for their anniversary. He decides it is out of his means, but his wife learns about his plans.
"The Wedding": Howard's mother finally remarries and he fixes up his house to be a swinging bachelor pad (he sure forgot about Millie fast). The parties he puts on are very square until Emmett shows up.
"Sam for Town Council": Enter Sam Jones, a respected farmer who Andy urges to run for town council (funny, we never heard of him before until now). His opponent is Emmett.
"Opie and Mike": A bully threatens Sam's son, Mike. Opie becomes Mike's protector and Mike becomes overly dependent on Opie's friendship and is hurt when Opie's attentions turn to a new girl in town. There is a reference to the slightly controversial episode "Opie and the Bully." Sam Jones doesn't go along with Andy's idea of letting his son confront the bully.
"A Girl for Goober": A lady psychologist uses a computer match-making questionnaire for research purposes and is hooked up with Goober (they both read a lot; well, Goober reads lots of comic books anyway).
"Mayberry RFD": The characters in the next Mayberry series are introduced as Sam takes in an Italian family. Rather stereotypical, but that's how television was back then.
56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
'TAGS' goes out on top, at least in the ratings....as far as the show itself, well....Sept. 5 2006
Terry L. Vinson
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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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The last hurrah of a great showDec 20 2006
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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!!!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Out with a whimper, not a blastDec 17 2006
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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.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A tired show by this season.Nov. 21 2006
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As this is my all time favorite television show, it's hard to admit that this season was running on fumes. The best characters were dead or had moved on. Andy seemed like he was in a mad mood most of the time, and Don Knotts was gone. Ken Berry being brought in at the last to be set up for Mayberry R.F.D. was not a good idea. I will probably buy this so my set will be complete, but it's kind of sad to watch.