The Andy Griffith Show

American sitcom (1960–1968)

The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom television series. The series won no awards, but it was very popular in its day. It was #1 in its final year on the air.

The Andy Griffith Show
Griffith and Howard
Created bySheldon Leonard
StarringAndy Griffith
Ronny Howard
Don Knotts
Frances Bavier
Theme music composerEarle Hagen
Opening theme"The Fishin' Hole"
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes249 (list of episodes)
Running time25-26 minutes per episode without ads
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack and white 1960-1965
Color 1965-1968
Full screen
Original releaseOctober 3, 1960 –
April 1, 1968
Followed byMayberry R.F.D.
Related showsThe Danny Thomas Show
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Cast Edit

  • Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife
  • Ron Howard as Andy's son Opie
  • Frances Bavier as Andy's aunt and housekeeper Aunt Bee
  • Elinor Donahue as Andy's girlfriend and drug store owner Ellie Walker
  • Jim Nabors as garage mechanic Gomer Pyle
  • Howard McNear as town barber Floyd Lawson
  • Aneta Corsaut as Andy's girlfriend and Opie's schoolteacher Helen Crump
  • Betty Lynn as Barney's girlfriend Thelma Lou
  • Hope Summers as Aunt Bee's friend Clara Edwards
  • Jack Dodson as county clerk Howard Sprague
  • George Lindsey as Gomer's cousin Goober Pyle

Story Edit

The series is about a sheriff in fictional Mayberry, North Carolina, a friendly, backward town with colorful characters. Andy is a widower with a young son named Opie. His paternal Aunt Bee, lives with them and maintains the home. Andy's friend/cousin (or cousin-in-law), Barney is his oddball deputy/ sidekick.

Production Edit

The show aired on CBS between October 3, 1960 and April 1, 1968. Griffith, Howard, and Bavier were introduced in an episode of The Danny Thomas Show. The show transitioned to color with the sixth season. The broad, cornball comedy was toned-down and the show was allowed to touch on serious themes.

Awards Edit

Don Knotts and Frances Bavier won a combined total of six Emmy Awards. Knotts left the show at the end of its fifth black and white season.

Spinoffs Edit

The series had two spin-off shows and one spin-off movie:

  • Mayberry: RFD, a sitcom series starring Ken Berry as Sam Jones, a councilman and farmer, and featured most of the characters from The Andy Griffith Show
  • Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. with filling station worker Gomer (Jim Nabors) becoming a Marine
  • Return To Mayberry, a 1986 NBC TV movie that reunited most of the cast members from the show