Barney Fife: The Law


Don Knotts was a comedy genius but he understood that his creation, the bumbling Deputy Barney Fife, needed depth to be an effective character.  Here he faces down two men, each far more physically powerful than himself, simply because his badge represents the Law and the people the Law represents.  It is an example of a character overcoming his fear and helps explain why Sheriff Taylor had Fife as his Deputy.  A bravura performance from the Silver Age of Television.



  1. Hi. My name is Veronica Buchanan and I serve as the Archivist for the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. I’m very interested to learn more about your article on Sister Blandina and Billy the Kid Leroy, especially what you’ve found about her visit at the jail in Santa Fe. Thanks!

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