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Writers:
Sheldon Leonard (created by)
Danny Thomas (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Release Date:
3 October 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney.
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Awards:
Won 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Why don't they release more of the B&W Episodes on DVD? See more (54 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 200)

Andy Griffith ... Sheriff Andy Taylor (249 episodes, 1960-1968)

Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (210 episodes, 1960-1968)

Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor / ... (177 episodes, 1960-1968)

Don Knotts ... Deputy Barney Fife / ... (143 episodes, 1960-1968)
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Series Directed by
Bob Sweeney (80 episodes, 1960-1963)
Lee Philips (60 episodes, 1965-1968)
Alan Rafkin (27 episodes, 1964-1967)
Coby Ruskin (18 episodes, 1964-1965)
Don Weis (9 episodes, 1960)
Richard Crenna (8 episodes, 1963-1964)
Jeffrey Hayden (8 episodes, 1963-1964)
Howard Morris (8 episodes, 1964)
Earl Bellamy (7 episodes, 1963-1964)
Peter Baldwin (7 episodes, 1965-1968)
Gene Reynolds (3 episodes, 1961)
Theodore J. Flicker (3 episodes, 1965)
Sheldon Leonard (2 episodes, 1960-1965)
Charles Irving (2 episodes, 1963)
Gene Nelson (2 episodes, 1964)
Aaron Ruben (2 episodes, 1964)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Writing credits
Sheldon Leonard (249 episodes, 1960-1968)
Aaron Ruben (249 episodes, 1960-1968)
Danny Thomas (249 episodes, 1960-1968)
Jack Elinson (34 episodes, 1960-1966)
Harvey Bullock (31 episodes, 1961-1966)
Charles Stewart (29 episodes, 1960-1962)
James Fritzell (29 episodes, 1961-1964)
Everett Greenbaum (29 episodes, 1961-1964)
Sam Bobrick (19 episodes, 1964-1967)
Bill Idelson (19 episodes, 1964-1967)
Frank Tarloff (9 episodes, 1960-1962)
Lawrence J. Cohen (9 episodes, 1964-1966)
Fred Freeman (9 episodes, 1964-1966)
Ben Gershman (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
Leo Solomon (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Whedon (8 episodes, 1963-1964)
Bob Ross (8 episodes, 1964-1968)
Fred S. Fox (7 episodes, 1961-1967)
Art Baer (7 episodes, 1964-1966)
Ben Joelson (7 episodes, 1964-1966)
Dick Bensfield (7 episodes, 1967-1968)
Perry Grant (7 episodes, 1967-1968)
Seaman Jacobs (7 episodes, 1967)
Michael Morris (7 episodes, 1967)
Sidney Morse (5 episodes, 1962-1967)
R.S. Allen (5 episodes, 1962)
Arnold Margolin (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jim Parker (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Joseph Bonaduce (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Doug Tibbles (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Arthur Stander (4 episodes, 1960)
John L. Greene (4 episodes, 1962-1966)
Richard Powell (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Irving Elinson (3 episodes, 1961-1966)
Paul David (3 episodes, 1966)
Stan Dreben (3 episodes, 1966)
Benedict Freedman (2 episodes, 1961)
John Fenton Murray (2 episodes, 1961)
Ronald Axe (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ron Friedman (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Budd Grossman (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Pat McCormick (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Howard Merrill (2 episodes, 1966)
Earl Barret (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Robert C. Dennis (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Kent Wilson (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
James L. Brooks (2 episodes, 1968)

Series Produced by
Sheldon Leonard .... executive producer (249 episodes, 1960-1968)
Aaron Ruben .... producer (159 episodes, 1960-1965)
Richard O. Linke .... associate producer (126 episodes, 1960-1964)
Bob Ross .... producer (90 episodes, 1965-1968)
Jerry Jameson .... associate producer (60 episodes, 1965-1967)
Jay Sandrich .... associate producer (32 episodes, 1964-1965)
Danny Thomas .... executive producer (8 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Original Music by
Earle Hagen (249 episodes, 1960-1968)
Pete Carpenter (14 episodes, 1966-1967)
Carl Brandt (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox (249 episodes, 1960-1968)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tom Stevens (32 episodes, 1964-1968)
Ben Ray (28 episodes, 1964-1966)
Bob Lewis (17 episodes, 1964-1968)
Marshall Neilan Jr. (16 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alan Jaggs (15 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert Fritch (12 episodes, 1960-1963)
Bud S. Isaacs (2 episodes, 1960)
Bud Molin (2 episodes, 1961-1966)
Leon Selditz (2 episodes, 1963)
Joseph Gluck (2 episodes, 1964)
Robert Moore (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Casting by
Ruth Burch (186 episodes, 1960-1966)
Fred Roos (60 episodes, 1966-1968)
Mike Fenton (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Art Direction by
Kenneth A. Reid (235 episodes, 1960-1968)
Harold Michelson (48 episodes, 1965-1967)
Howard Campbell (26 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ralph Berger (14 episodes, 1960-1961)
Walter Holscher (12 episodes, 1965)
Rolland M. Brooks (11 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Ken Swartz (126 episodes, 1961-1965)
Harry Gordon (101 episodes, 1961-1968)
Robert Priestley (21 episodes, 1960-1961)
 
Series Costume Design by
Stanley Kufel (121 episodes, 1964-1968)
Robert O'Dell (64 episodes, 1962-1964)
Bob Christenson (31 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ann Helfgott (22 episodes, 1960-1961)
Marge Makau (6 episodes, 1961)
Florence Albert (5 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist (249 episodes, 1960-1968)
Eva Kryger .... hair stylist (183 episodes, 1962-1968)
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist (31 episodes, 1961-1962)
Eleanor Edwards .... hair stylist (15 episodes, 1961)
Donna McDonough .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Production Management
Frank E. Myers .... production manager (219 episodes, 1960-1967)
Ronald Jacobs .... production supervisor (154 episodes, 1963-1968)
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor (64 episodes, 1960-1962)
Edward M. Hillie .... production manager (30 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Saunders .... assistant director (186 episodes, 1962-1968)
Bruce Bilson .... assistant director (58 episodes, 1960-1962)
Buddy Messinger .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1962)
 
Series Art Department
Reggie Smith .... property master (248 episodes, 1960-1968)
Ideal Dottini .... construction coordinator (60 episodes, 1966-1968)
 
Series Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound engineer (122 episodes, 1960-1964)
Robert Reeve .... re-recording editor (94 episodes, 1960-1963)
Eldon Campbell .... sound engineer (93 episodes, 1964-1968)
Victor Guarnier .... sound editor (52 episodes, 1966-1968)
Dick Maier .... re-recording editor / sound editor (32 episodes, 1964-1966)
Max M. Hutchinson .... sound engineer (32 episodes, 1964-1965)
Dick Le Grand .... re-recording editor (31 episodes, 1963-1964)
Gene Corso .... sound editor (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
James M. Falkinburg .... sound editor (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Leonard Davison .... sound editor (8 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael A. Jones .... electrician (32 episodes, 1960-1961)
 
Series Editorial Department
Joseph Gluck .... supervising editor (72 episodes, 1960-1964)
Ben Ray .... supervising editor (41 episodes, 1965-1968)
Jerry Jameson .... editorial supervisor (30 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Music Department
Herbert W. Spencer .... composer: theme music (214 episodes, 1960-1968)
Donn Cambern .... music editor (69 episodes, 1963-1966)
Alan Jaggs .... music editor (63 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ken Johnson .... music editor (53 episodes, 1964-1967)
Mark Southern .... music editor (30 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ed. Norton .... music editor (10 episodes, 1965)
John Mick .... music editor (7 episodes, 1966)
Lloyd Young .... music editor (2 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (2 episodes, 1962)
 
Series Other crew
Aaron Ruben .... story consultant (124 episodes, 1960-1964)
Bob Ross .... script consultant / story consultant (119 episodes, 1964-1968)
Hazel W. Hall .... continuity (108 episodes, 1960-1964)
Joel Swanson .... assistant to producer / production assistant (105 episodes, 1963-1968)
Rosemary Dorsey .... continuity (85 episodes, 1965-1968)
Jay Sandrich .... assistant to producer (63 episodes, 1961-1963)
Ronald Jacobs .... assistant to producer (32 episodes, 1960-1961)
Kay Thackery .... continuity (32 episodes, 1964-1965)
Fred S. Fox .... script consultant / story consultant (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Mitch DeWood .... assistant to producer (26 episodes, 1966-1967)
Mike Fenton .... assistant to producer (18 episodes, 1965-1966)
Dorothy Aldworth .... continuity (6 episodes, 1964)
Pat Miller .... continuity (3 episodes, 1967)
Marjorie Mullen .... continuity (2 episodes, 1962)
Mollie Kent .... continuity (2 episodes, 1963)
Jane Ficker .... continuity (2 episodes, 1965)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Andy of Mayberry" - USA (rerun title)
"T.A.G.S." - International (English title) (informal short title)
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Runtime:
30 min (249 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Black and White (1960-1965) | Color (1965-1968)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) (video rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The theme song for the series was titled "The Fishin' Hole". Lyrics for the song were written by Everett Sloane but the producers decided that whistling the tune set the tone for the show, so the words were dropped. You can listen to Andy Griffith singing "The Fishin' Hole" on YouTube. The song can also be purchased from iTunes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first couple of seasons there is window to the left of the entrance (as seen from the street outside) but inside the Sheriff's office there is no window. In later seasons this error was corrected.See more »
Quotes:
Barney Fife:If there's anything that upsets me, it's having people say I'm sensitive.See more »
Soundtrack:
Fishin' Hole ThemeSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Why don't they release more of the B&W Episodes on DVD?, 7 December 2003
Author: scaves from USA

I recently purchased the double DVD of "Andy of Mayberry" at MediaPlay and my spouse and I had a good laugh looking at all of them. We also saw the Andy Griffith Reunion Show on TV a few weeks ago. I've always had a tremendous fondness for this series, and such a crush on Andy when I was a girl. The series was ahead of itself in its day in concept and psychology; I don't think any of the other series at or around the time ("Bewitched," "I Dream of Genie," "Father Knows Best," "Leave it to Beaver" or "I Love Lucy") had quite the same combination of warmth and realism that this show had, despite its zaniness.

At present, there are two versions of the double DVD that you get at media stores, both with all the same episodes: "High Noon at Mayberry" (one of the funniest!), "The Big House" ("Here at the ROCK..."), "Andy Discovers America" (one of my faves because Griffith gives a tour de force performance in his story about Paul Revere to the rapt school boys and the credulous Barney. This episode also introduces Helen Crump, the exacting school teacher). "Barney's New Car" (terrific! Knott's at his funniest!). Then there is "Class Reunion," which in my opinion has one of the sexiest and most romantic--because restrained and shy--kisses in all of film history besides "It's a Wonderful Life." Poor Sharon and Andy, drawn to one another and drawn away from one another because of professional differences and attitudes about fulfillment. "I like "A Wife for Andy" because of the hilarious demonstration of reverse psychology: Barney gets Andy interested in Helen precisely because she is "all wrong for him": a modern career woman who can't cook: "This dame's not for Andy. Let's get this dinner over with." I could do without "Here Come the Darlin's" (Charlene annoyed me), as much as I admire the Dillards and their fine Blue Grass music. And why oh why do they have "Dogs Dogs Dogs" and not "Opie the Birdman"? I'd also like to see the episode where Gomer runs around after Barney: "Citizen's Arrayest! Citizen's Arrayest!" And the one where Aunt Bee is eager for Andy to buy her a little cape she sees in one of the department store windows, but he doesn't take the hint and gets her pickling jars instead. Then the rotten mayor (I think), knowing Aunt Bee wants the cape, buys it himself and Andy has to negotiate with him. In short, I want more of the B&W episodes on DVD, but they seem to have stopped at sixteen.

On TVL presently, it seems to be mostly the color-episodes. I've read every comment on this board before offering my own, and y'all are right: WHAT HAPPENED TO ANDY? It's as though when Don Knotts left the show, all the "twinkle" went out of Sheriff Taylor. Maybe it's because the rapport built up between the two, where Andy would tease and Barney would get "sensitive," wasn't there any more, but like many of you said, Andy turns into a curmudgeon, a nag, constantly annoyed, inflexible in his handling of Opie, unresourceful, and lacking in that incandescent joy that was his hallmark early on--as though he has fallen into a depression. What made the series for me in its early years (besides the incredible comic talent of Knotts!) was the steady and happy presence of this sheriff who acted as a catalyst for settling chaos, whose patience, intelligence, sense of humor, keen observation, and basic love of life--that electrifying grin!--was a stabilizing presence on the show. Look at how he dealt with Opie's request to run away in the first episode! When they made the color episode about "Daisy," and Andy's so ticked off about Opie bringing the sick horse home, had the writers forgotten what he taught Opie about respecting animals in "Birdman?" In the color episode where Opie wants to take piano lessons and play football but the activities conflict, why did it take the coach to teach Andy, whose IQ seems to have declined, that an athlete can also be a pianist: just reschedule Opie's practice time! Had the writers forgotten that Andy Taylor the Sheriff (along with Andy Griffith the actor) is also a keen musician? Look at him playing Blue Grass with the Dillards. Or accompanying Rafe Hollister.

In short, I'd like to have access to more of the black and white episodes on DVD. Is that a possibility, O Beings In Charge?

Post Script: What is "Opie" short for? Is it Obadiah, or is it the initials O. P.? Do we ever find out? :)

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