Do you actually think Barney Fife is funnier than anybody else on TV?

Prove Barney Fife really nipped it in the bud.

 
Don Knotts is a comedy treasure, which is why he went on to become such a big movie star and prolific TV actor. But it all started with Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, and for many fans, Barney represents the end all and be all of hilarious TV characters.

Does that sound like you? Well steel your heart and watch your funny bone, because we're about to pit Barney Fife up against some of classic TV's most expressive characters.

Scroll through the images below and consider each set of scenes, then ask yourself: Which scene actually makes you laugh more, the one with Barney Fife, or the one with other comedy legends, from Bob Denver to Carol Burnett.

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  1. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or ALF (ALF)?
  2. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Maxwell Klinger (M*A*S*H)?
  3. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Gilligan (Gilligan's Island)
  4. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Norm Peterson (Cheers)
  5. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show)
  6. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Arnold Jackson (Diff'rent Strokes)?
  7. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Flo Johnston (The Jeffersons)?
  8. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Latka Gravas (Taxi)?
  9. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Johnny Fever (WKRP in Cincinnati)
  10. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Vinton Harper (Mama's Family)

Do you actually think Barney Fife is funnier than anybody else on TV?

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32 Comments

Xsquid 21 months ago
Tim conway beat them all. Never saw anyone funnier.

Saw Robin williams at the comedy store at La Jolla when he was starting out. He was a very close second but his act got old after a while.
frances3agape Xsquid 9 months ago
Conway was such a GREAT adlibber. Marvelous at breaking up the other cast members
VAC 24 months ago
Barney was funnier than all of them but watching all the old TAGS, barney did get annoying sometimes.

But not nearly enough as the color episodes were.
VAC VAC 24 months ago
BTW I got 100% similar.
Snickers 31 months ago
60% similar. I think Tim Conway was a much more funny man.
frances3agape Snickers 9 months ago
Please see my comment above to xsquid
idkwut2use 31 months ago
80%…ALF, Norm, and Gilligan are close… But with all due respect to Barney, the all-time funniest is Lucy Ricardo. No ifs, ands, buts, or bones about it!
hermanstein2015 45 months ago
Don Knott was a classic comedian! I love Barney Fife but they should have added Ed Norton and Ralph Kramden for comparison lol!
FrankensteinLover 45 months ago
Don Knotts was an Amazing Actor and Played Barney Fife Perfectly. If you dont like Don you can Nip It in the Bud.
kimmer 46 months ago
100%....my hubby was a dead ringer for Barney Fire in his cop uniform. His nickname was Barney at work..lol
RedSamRackham 47 months ago
* B-b-b-but Johnny Fever did throw darts at a Barely Manenough poster! ☺
BrendaGast 62 months ago
I thought Barney Fife was an amazing character! Other Don Knotts roles, not so much.
TomTerrrific 62 months ago
I'm not a big Don Knotts fan, he was funnier than 90% of the people in this quiz. But I did vote for Max Klinger over him.
BrittReid 63 months ago
Barney did not have much competition in this poll. Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton are way funnier.
VAC BrittReid 24 months ago
Ed Norton yes Ralph Kramden no. Didn't find his yelling all the time funny.
SalIanni 63 months ago
Other characters I would have added: Lucy, Rob Petrie, Hank Kimball, Ralph Kramden, Ed Norton, Gomer Pyle, Uncle Arthur, Archie Bunker, Al Bundy, Lenny & Squiggy, Mork, Jack Tripper, and (naturally) Ralph Furley. Any one of them would make great competition for Barney Fife. He might be able to beat about half of them but it would still be a close race.
Barry22 63 months ago
100%. Don Knotts was classic.
Lucyneenah19701 63 months ago
70% similar. But the funniest person on TV is Lucy! I Love Lucy is the best show! Please put I Love Lucy back on MeTV!
BettyJaneMaye 63 months ago
Actually I can't stand the character of Barney. He is such a know it all who is not very likable. Not sure why the writers turned him into such a self centered idiot - at the beginning of the show Barney was stupid but sweet later he is an ego-manic and mean.
MrsPhilHarris 63 months ago
100% similar. But really some of the choices. Barney vs Arnold Jackson?
63 months ago
Barney (Don Knotts) was such a good actor, had such a mobile face, he was 100% believable and endearing. But, there were those moments, I wanted to shake him until his teeth rattled! Like Lucy, he could be a bit much.
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