The Andy Griffith Show Episode Review: Andy on Trial (1962)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season two television episode that first aired in April 1962.

Synopsis: After Andy (Andy Griffith) arrests a newspaper publisher (Roy Roberts) and brings him back to Mayberry to pay a $15 fine for speeding, the publisher decides to get revenge by having a reporter (Sally Mansfield) dig up dirt on the sheriff. Barney (Don Knotts), believing the reporter is a college student doing a research project, inadvertently provides fodder for a defamatory article and Andy is brought up on charges from the State Attorney's office as a result.

Review

I thoroughly enjoyed the Andy Griffith Show episode I watched earlier this morning and, because of that, decided to watch another one when I was home for lunch. I had seen this one previously. However, it had been a while since I last watched it and I figured I would give it a try. As it turns out, I enjoyed it.

I think the thing that really stood out for me when it came to this particular episode was the way it forced Barney to be humble and admit his tendency to push some boundaries when talking about his boss/friend, Andy. That isn't always the case with episodes from this series and, more often than not, Andy goes out of his way to avoid Barney feeling bad. So, watching him take the stand as a prosecution witness and turn things around by giving the full story was a nice change.

Also, unlike some other episodes from this series, I thought the overall premise was actually pretty believable, starting with a big shot publisher taking offense to the fact he was dragged all the way to Mayberry for a $15 fine he could have simply written a check out for. And, while I did have a somewhat hard time believing the reporter could pass herself off as a college student (she was young and pretty, but not THAT young and pretty), Barney letting little details slip because he was trying to impress her wasn't anything that unusual either.

My only real complaint about this episode is it would have been nice to see some sort of closure with the people making the accusations, whether it was some sort of punishment for the publisher or, at minimum, an apology from his reporter.

Heck, even the prosecutor (Robert Brubaker) should have had to pay some sort of penance considering he insisted on bringing Andy up on charges based solely on second-hand information he read in a newspaper article. Talk about jumping the gun on that one.

Andy Griffith Show: Season 2

Cast & Crew Performance Credits Allan MelvinDetective Bardoli,Doc Mallory Andy ClydeFrank Myers Barbara EdenEllen Brown Betty LynnThelma Lou Bill BixbyRon Bailey Bob McQuainJoe ...

View on Amazon

Final Opinion

Some parts of the episode were a little predictable. But, overall, I thought it was very entertaining and I enjoyed watching it again.

My Grade: A

More By This Writer

Love Poems for My Wife

When Steve first met Cynthia back in 2000, he knew she was the woman for him and proposed to her just three months after their first date.Married to her since 2003, he has often...

View on Amazon

A Messy House is a Home

In this companion book to "Love Poems for My Wife," Steven Helmer uses poetry to express his feelings about being a husband, a parent and about life in general.

View on Amazon

Elmer's Glue Deluxe Slime Starter Kit, Clear School Glue & Glitter Glue Pens, 3 Count

Experience the thrill of making out of this world slime with safe, nontoxic, and washable Elmer’s Glitter Glue. Loaded with three bottles of dazzling glitter glue, the Elmer’s G...

View on Amazon

Slime Kit for Girls and Boys - 2 in 1 - DIY Slime Making Kit Plus Slime Supplies Kit - All-Inclus...

glow in the dark slime containers with lids artificial snow unicorn slime kit for girls slime accessories jelly cube slime containers 8 oz rainbow slime fluffy glitter slime for...

View on Amazon

Updated: 05/30/2019, StevenHelmer
 
Thank you! Would you like to post a comment now?
1

Comments

Only logged-in users are allowed to comment. Login

You might also like

Movie Review: The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)

A review of the 1968 western/comedy starring Don Knotts and Barbara Rhoades.

Movie Review: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

A review of the 1966 movie starring Don Knotts and Dick Sargent.

Movie Review: No Time for Sergeants (1958)

A review of the military comedy starring Andy Griffith and Myron McCormick.


Disclosure: This page generates income for authors based on affiliate relationships with our partners, including Amazon, Google and others.
Loading ...
Error!