The Andy Griffith Show

This show aired on TV from 1960 to 1968. I have always enjoyed the simple shows from years gone by, than some of the more modern ones which are shown now. This show as all about a widowed sheriff living in the fictitious town of Mayberry somewhere in North Carolina. His aunt was the housekeeper and also looked after his young son Opie. The show was humorous and just delightful with the talents of Andy Griffith and his bumbling sheriff Barney Fife played by Don Knotts.

Andy’s little boy was played by Ron Howard who later moved on to the ever-popular show Happy Days and also became a Hollywood director. The show also included a great cast of characters – barber Floyd Lawson played by Howard McNear, cousins George Lindsay as Goober Pyle and Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle, Barney’s girl Betty Lynn as Thelma Lou and Andy’s love interest Aneta Corsaut as Helen Crump. There were other minor assorted characters. Every episode was a delight to watch and also included good old home values and a look into the simple life in a small town.

The show was always high on the Nielsen ratings and TV Guide ranked it as the 9th best show in American TV history. During the eight years on TV Griffith and Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee got a combined amount of six Emmy Awards. Jim Nabors played a gas station attendant on the show, Gomer Pyle and went on to his own show in 1964 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. When the show ended in 1968 there was a spin-off with Ken Berry titled Mayberry R.F.D. At present, you can see black and white reruns of the show on TV Land and all eight seasons are available through NetFlix.

There is a statue of Sherrif Andy Taylor and Opie in Mount Airy, North Carolina. The Andy Griffith Museum opened in Mount Airy, N.C. in 2009.


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