Frequently Asked Questions
1) Why the name BarneyFife.com?
Well, I wanted the website name to be easily recognizable and associated with Mayberry...
2) What is available on the BarneyFife.com website?
BarneyFife.com was originally created to provide information on the creation of an informal inspirational class using The Andy Griffith Show as a basis. There are several written resources available including a class intro, episode summaries, and lesson plans.
3) When and where did the Mayberry class mentioned on the website occur?
The Finding the Way Back to Mayberry class debuted in June of 1998 at the Twickenham Church of Christ in Huntsville Alabama. The class was facilitated by Brad Grasham and Joey Fann
4) Is the class currently running at Twickenham?
No. After four very successful quarters, the class has ended at Twickenham..
5) Can I use the lesson plans and other information on the website for my own Mayberry class?
Yes. The purpose of the website is to provide information and ideas about the Mayberry class concept to the public.
6) Where can I learn more about the inspirational lessons from Mayberry?
The Way Back to Mayberry (published by Broadman & Holman) was written by Joey Fann, who founded the original Mayberry class (along with Brad Grasham) and created the BarneyFife.com website. In this book, Joey features thirty selected episodes from the The Andy Griffith Show series and offers his interpretation of the message presented by reflecting on experiences and events in his own life. This book features a Foreword by cast member George Lindsey and is peppered with well-chosen photographs from the original series. Ask for the book at you local bookstore, or order on-line at Weaver's Department Store.
7) Does BarneyFife.com sell, rent, or loan videos of The Andy Griffith Show?
No. Although The Andy Griffith Show is televised daily on cable and local television stations, locating retail collections of the television series has historically been a challenge [see Question 9 for an important update!]. An exception has been the 16 episodes (#80-95) that are sometimes referred to as the "Public Domain" episodes. Years ago, the series owner let the copyrights for these episodes expire for a length of time which allowed other companies to license the episodes for distribution. These 16 episodes are readily available at an economical price as part of VHS and DVD boxed sets from a variety of distributors.
8) I've seen Bible study workbooks and videos for sale in Christian bookstores. Are these sets based on or related to the material on the BarneyFife.com website?
No. While there are multiple companies marketing Mayberry-related study sets, none are directly related to the original class at Twickenham or this website. The study sets you see in stores are limited to a handful of "Public Domain" episodes (see previous Question 7). The original purpose of this website remains to provide a free resource for written material in support of the Mayberry class concept. However, if you wish to purchase material for a class, Parables from the Fishin' Hole by Nelson Multi Media Group is the recommended product.
9) I've noticed some episodes of The Andy Griffith Show shown on television are cut to make time for more commercials. Is it possible to purchase the complete episodes?
After much anticipation, Yes!!! The complete EIGHT seasons of The Andy Griffith Show have been released on DVD by Paramount Home Video! These DVDs are of exceptional quality and feature uncut episodes. You can order the entire series from Weaver's Department Store today!
10) Where can I buy cool Barney Fife stuff and other Mayberry collectibles?
Again, Weaver's Department Store is an excellent on-line source of all kinds of Mayberry related merchandise. The extensive product list and outstanding service comes highly recommended!
11) What is Barney's middle name?
Take your pick! Milton, Oliver, and the middle initial "P." were all given as Barney's middle name at one time or another during the series.
12) In which episode does Barney perform the hilarious recitation of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States?
Episode #103, "Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain", Original Air Date: 11-18-63.
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