The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Opie's Newspaper 

When nobody buys Opie's newspaper, Andy and Barney encourage him to print more interesting stories. Opie solves his circulation problem by publishing all the scandalous gossip from around town.


Coby Ruskin


Harvey Bullock




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Kelly Thordsen ... Harold Grigsby
Vici Raaf ... Sue Grigsby
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Foster
Dennis Rush Dennis Rush ... Howie Pruitt
William Keene ... Reverend Martin
Burt Mustin ... Sam Benson


Opie and a classmate start to produce their own news sheet, the Mayberry Sun, but sales are pretty slow. Barney tells the boy that he knows exactly what's wrong: he needs to broaden the scope of his stories beyond his classroom and publish news articles that people want to read. He and his friend Howie decide they are going to publish all the gossip that's fit to print. Soon, they are eavesdropping on private conversation printing verbatim what they say and with full attribution. Soon, everyone in Mayberry will know exactly what Aunt Bee thought of the lunch at the social, that Andy thinks the Reverend Martin's sermons are dry as dust and comments about a local May-December romance. When they realize what has happened, Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee scour the town to try and retrieve all of the copies the boys have distributed. Written by garykmcd

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boy | gossip | newspaper | See All (3) »


Comedy | Family







Release Date:

22 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The printing press Howie and Opie use is the Ideal Printing Press, a toy that sold for 11.44. See more »


Sheriff Andy Taylor and old Burt Mustin are sitting on a sidewalk bench in front of a store display window discussing the apparent length and dryness of the preacher's sermons. Young newspaper reporter Howie is eavesdropping nearby. There is a slight breeze blowing that is enough to move Howie's cowlick. The revealing mistake is that the breeze is also moving the drawstrings on the blinds inside the window and moving some loose packaging on a product displayed inside the window directly behind Burt Mustin. This reveals that there isn't any glass in the store's display window. See more »


Barney Fife: Always had a nose for news.
Andy Taylor: That's right, Ope. Actually, Barney's nose came first and then he kinda grew around it.
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Mayberry Scandal Sheet
18 December 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When Opie's little newspaper gets no takers, he resorts to a gossip sheet. He and his friend keep their ears open and print what people are saying unawares. This leads to big trouble for the adults who pushed a "bigger picture." Andy, Barney, and Aunt Bee have to go around getting the papers from everyone. A pretty safe topic and a not so great conclusion.

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