Cast & Characters
- Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor
- Ron Howard as Opie Taylor
- Don Knotts as Barney Fife (1960-1965)
- Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee Taylor
- Hope Summers as Clara Edwards
- Aneta Corsaut as Helen Crump (1964-1968)
- George Lindsey as Goober Pyle (1965-1968)
- Howard McNear as Floyd Lawson
- Betty Lynn as Thelma Lou (1960-1965)
- Hal Smith as Otis Campbell (1960-1967)
- Burt Mustin as Jud Crowley (1961-1966)
Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: October 3, 1960
Last Telecast: September 16, 1968
Original Network: CBS
Number of Seasons: 8
Number of Episodes: 249
The Andy Griffith Show Episode Guide
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
- October 1960- July 1963, CBS, Monday 9:30-10:00pm
- September 1963- September 1964, CBS, Monday 9:30-10:00pm
- September 1964- June 1965, CBS, Monday 8:30-9:00pm
- September 1965- September 1968, CBS, Monday 9:00-9:30pm
Theme Song & Opening Credits
"The Fishing Hole" by Earle Hagen
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The Andy Griffith Show TriviaThe Andy Griffith Show was a spin-off of the "Make Room For Daddy TV show" (aka: "The Danny Thomas Show"). Andy Griffith guest starred as Sheriff Andy Taylor on one episode! It was obviously a marketing tool by having the main character for a new series appear on a highly successful series. Danny Thomas' production company produced both series. That episode is considered the be the pilot for the Andy Griffith Show.
Andy Taylor's wife and Opie's mom's fate was mentioned in the pilot. Andy said that his wife had died when Opie was "the least little speck of a baby". The only other time she was mentioned was on the episode, "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee" when Andy explained to Opie how he loved Opie's mom just like Aunt Bee loved her fiance. Other than that, she was never mentioned again and their were absolutely no photos of her and no grave site is ever visited or mentioned. Her parents (Opie's grandparents) never appear and neither do any maternal aunts or uncles.
Andy Griffith got his first major part on TV on an episode of "The United States Steel Hour" titled, "No Time For Sergeants". Andy played a dim-witted but loveable soldier who caused never-ending problems for his Sergeant. It was a ratings hit and five years later in 1958 Andy agreed to reprise his role in a movie based on that episode! Six years after the movie hit theaters, the Andy Griffith Show generated a "spinoff TV series" with the same storyline titled, "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C." which also ran for five seasons and 150 episodes!
The Andy Griffith Show also spawned a second spin-off titled, "Mayberry R.F.D.".
Don Knots played such goofy characters on the Andy Griffith Show and in the movies that many people believed he was like that in real life. In actuality, he was so good at playing those roles that he won five Emmy Awards for his role as Barney Fife!
Mayberry, North Carolina was based opon Mt. Airy, North Carolina: Andy Griffith was born in a small North Carolina town named "Mount Airy" and he used it as the basis for the ficticious town of Mayberry.
You may have thought that Barney Fife was just Andy Taylor's dim-witted deputy but he was also Andy's cousin.
A young Jack Nicholson guest starred on episode #226 titled, "Aunt Bee, the Juror".
Eighteen years after the final episode of the Andy Griffith Show and fifteen years after Mayberry R.F.D. ended, a reunion movie titled, "Return to Mayberry" aired on NBC. The old, cherished characters that appeared as they were eighteen years into the future included Andy Taylor, Barney Fife, Opie Taylor, Helen Crump, Gomer Pyle, Goober Pyle, Thelma Lou, Ernest T. Bass, Otis Campbell, and Charlene Darling. Unfortunately, Aunt Bee did not appear.
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