Make Room for Daddy: Season 7, Episode 20

Danny Meets Andy Griffith (15 Feb. 1960)

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Danny is arrested by Sheriff Andy Taylor for going through an unnoticed stop sign in the town of Mayberry.

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Danny is arrested by Sheriff Andy Taylor for going through an unnoticed stop sign in the town of Mayberry.

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This specific episode of the show immediately led to the creation of The Andy Griffith Show (1960). Three guest-stars were Andy Griffith, Ron Howard and Frances Bavier. Andy Griffith's role was Sheriff, Andy Taylor and Ron Howard's role was Opie Taylor. Their character roles remained the same, on the show it created. However, Frances Bavier's role was different, Henrietta Perkins, before she became Mayberry's Beatrice Taylor and Aunt Bee. See more »

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If you love "The Andy Griffith Show", then you really should see this program
2 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Back in the 1950s and early 60s, Danny Thomas was a HUGE TV star. His show "Make Room for Daddy" was very well regarded and lasted nearly a decade and helped to make him very rich. However, Thomas was not content to just do his show--he soon became the executive producer for two of the biggest hits on 1960s TV, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Andy Griffith Show". "Danny Meets Andy Griffith" is an episode of "Make Room for Daddy" which introduces Andy Taylor and this is an interesting spin-off that you can see today on YouTube and several other sources.

When the show begins, Danny his been arrested for running a red light in a small town. Instead of just paying the fine, Danny is obnoxious and berates the Sheriff--calling him all sorts of derogatory names. So, instead of a simple $5 fine, soon it's a lot larger and Danny refuses to pay--even though he's completely in the wrong. How will all this work out? See the show.

While like most first episodes the cast and style isn't quite what you'd grow to expect in the latter show, it is VERY funny. In fact, it's much more laugh-oriented than "The Andy Griffith Show". This isn't good or bad--just different. While on the later show much of the emphasis is on character development and plot, this episode of "Make Room for Daddy" is played more for laughs--and Griffith is at the top of his game. In many ways, he is being exactly what America expected, as at the time he was famous for his wonderful story-telling as well as his various versions of his hit Broadway play "No Time for Sergeants" (which became a live TV teleplay and later a very successful film).

As for the rest of the cast, Ron Howard is on hand to play Opie. Frances Bavier is also there--but plays an entirely different character, not Aunt Bea. And, the town drunk is Will (Frank Cady), not Otis. As for Barney, Floyd and the rest...they'd all be created once "The Andy Griffith Show" went into production.

Overall, a charming and funny show--one that also has incredible historical and cultural significance.


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