The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee 

After being treated to Aunt Bee's hospitality and home cooking, Briscoe Darling decides he is going to marry her. He even resorts to kidnapping her. Andy comes up with a clever solution to the whole mess.


Earl Bellamy


Everett Greenbaum, James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell)


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Episode credited cast:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Denver Pyle ... Briscoe Darling
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Dillard Doug Dillard ... Doug Darling (as The Dillards)
Rodney Dillard Rodney Dillard ... Rodney Darling (as The Dillards)
Mitch Jayne Mitch Jayne ... Mitch Darling
Dean Webb ... Dean Darling


Briscoe Darling and his boys come to Mayberry and after being thrown out of the diner, accept an invitation to Andy's house for dinner. He is mighty impressed with Aunt Bee's cooking and the cleanliness of the her house and kitchen. Misunderstanding something she says, he suddenly declares his love for her and asks her to be his bride. She turns him down of course but the next day when Opie comes home for lunch, he finds a note from the Darling patriarch saying he's taken her. Andy goes to their mountain cabin and finds that she is okay and decides the only way to get Briscoe to change his mind will be to show him exactly what it would be like to have Aunt Bee running his household. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

28 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marks the only time the Darling boys appear without their sister, Charlene (played by actress Maggie Peterson). See more »


Briscoe Darling: Briscoe: I can take a bossy mouth, but I ain't about to be beat to death with no spoon.
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Feudin' Banjos
(a.k.a. "Dueling Banjos") (instrumental)
Music composed by Arthur Smith (1955)
Performed by The Dillards and Andy Griffith
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Charming Episode
8 November 2014 | by MichaelMartinDeSapioSee all my reviews

While dining at the Taylors', Briscoe Darling forms the mistaken impression that Aunt Bee is sweet on him and takes to wooing her despite her protestations. This is an imaginative premise, and it is carried out with great charm and humor; one hardly misses the absence of Barney. The songs of the Darlings play an important part in the episode, which starts to feel like a musical at times (though with no detriment to the plot). In one scene, Briscoe and his boys stand outside Aunt Bee's window serenading her; actor Denver Pyle plays this scene with a clean-faced sincerity which is utterly winning. While TAGS fans have varied feelings about the Darlings, I always welcome them. Mayberry was richer for the presence of these "outsiders" and their unusual ways.

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