Season 6, Episode 17 The Return of Barney Fife

Guest star Don Knotts won an Emmy for his turn in this episode, in which Barney returns to Mayberry for a high-school reunion and tries to rekindle his relationship with Thelma Lou. This is the first of a two-part storyline in which Barney returned to Mayberry in 1966. It was Knotts' first appearance on the show since his departure at the end of the fifth season. The episode also marks the last appearance of Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn) on the series. Floss: Barbara Perry.

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  • Premise: Gentle humor and genuinely likable characters made Mayberry a beloved fixture on the TV landscape. A Top 10 hit throughout its eight-year run (it went out at No. 1), this low-key, down-home sitcom harkened back to a simpler time and place. Mayberry may be… (more)

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