The Andy Griffith Show

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The Andy Griffith Show
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Sheriff Andy Taylor: There goes a happy man.
Deputy Barney Fife: There goes a happy nut.
Genre: Sitcom
Comedy
Running Time: 25 - 26 minutes
Release Date: October 3, 1960 - April 1, 1968
Network(s): CBS
Created by: Sheldon Leonard
Distributed by: Desilu Culver (1960–1967)
Paramount Studios (1967–1968)
Starring: Andy Griffith
Ronny Howard
Don Knotts (seasons 1-5)
Frances Bavier
Elinor Donahue (season 1)
Jim Nabors (seasons 3-4)
Seasons: 8
Episodes: 249
Next show: Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964 - 1969)


"The Andy Griffith Show" is an American situation comedy television series, that aired on CBS from October 3, 1960, to April 1, 1968, with a total of 249 half-hour episodes spanning eight seasons—159 in black and white and 90 in color. The series originated partly from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show.

The show starred Andy Griffith in the role of Andy Taylor, the widowed sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, a fictional community of 2,000 people. Other major characters include Andy's well-meaning cousin and deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts); Andy's aunt and housekeeper, Bea Taylor (Frances Bavier); and Andy's young son, Opie (Ron Howard). Eccentric townspeople and temperamental girlfriends complete the cast.

Summary

Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy's Aunt Bea in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife.

Why It Rocks

  1. It shows the life and times of a southern sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina in the 1960's.
  2. It teaches good morals for families, especially kids, such as keeping promises.
  3. It's episode, "The Christmas Story" was heart-warming and sweet.
  4. The intro is iconic and memorable.
  5. Andy and Barney do humorous police work. Like Andy playing the straight man, and Barney providing his quota of laughs.
  6. His wife was revealed as they got married in the pilot episode of Mayberry R.F.D.
  7. Likable characters such as Andy Taylor, Opie Taylor, Barney Fife, and Aunt Bea.
  8. It spawned 3 shows and 1 television film, such as Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Mayberry R.F.D., The New Andy Griffith Show, and Return to Mayberry.
  9. Opie deciding to keep Aunt Bea in the first episode is heart-warming.
  10. The black-and-white cinematography is a nice touch for the 1960s until when Season 6 came out in color.

Bad Qualities

  1. The show did start to decline in quality in season 6, since Barney Fife was no longer a main character in the show, despite his guest appearances.
  2. There were some unlikable characters, especially Arnold Winkler.
  3. It's last episode, "Mayberry R.F.D." was mediocre.
  4. Barney can get crazy and unlikable at times.

Trivia

  • Andy Griffith later went to star on Matlock in 1986.
  • Only episodes 80 - 95 are in the public domain due to failure of renewing the copyright.

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