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(1960–1968)

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Andy Griffith and Frances Bavier did not get along during the series. According to Griffith and Howard Morris, Bavier was extremely sensitive, and resented her role of Aunt Bee. In 1972 Griffith and Ron Howard paid her a visit at her home in Siler City, NC, but she turned them away. When Bavier was terminally ill in 1989, she contacted Griffith to say that she regretted that they did not get along better.
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Andy Griffith originally told Don Knotts that he only wanted to do the show for five years, so they both signed five-year contracts. During the fifth season, Knotts began looking for other work and signed a five-year deal with Universal Pictures. Griffith decided to continue with the series for three more years, and offered Knotts a new contract. Knotts, already bound by his contract with Universal, left the show.
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The series ended while still at the top of the Nielsen's Ratings, one of only three shows to have done so, along with I Love Lucy (1951) and Seinfeld (1989).
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They never mention what happened to Opie's mother. Opie was said to be just "a speck of a boy" when she died. Her first name is never given, her picture is never shown in Andy's house, nor anywhere else, and her grave is never shown.
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The character "Andy Taylor" was ranked #8 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (June 20, 2004 issue).
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Elinor Donahue decided not to return after the first season because she felt she had no on-screen chemistry with Andy Griffith. He later admitted that he had a hard time showing affection on-screen, and the relationship didn't appear real or believable. Griffith had no problem showing affection toward Aneta Corsaut. The two often flirted and went off together in private, even though Griffith was married at the time.
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Ron Howard's real-life brother, Clint Howard, appeared in many episodes as the peanut butter and jelly-eating cowboy, "Leon."
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During the opening credits, as Andy and Opie walk down the path, Opie picks up a rock and throws it off-camera right as Andy nods in a very distinct manner, before they start walking again. Years later, Andy Griffith watched this and realized he was unintentionally imitating a certain nod that his father would give him to show approval.
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The character Helen Crump, first seen in The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Discovers America (1963), was supposed to be a one-time appearance. The producers were so impressed with Aneta Corsaut's performance, and her rapport with Andy Griffith, that they made her a regular cast member.
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Aunt Bee was originally from Morgantown, WV. This is believed to be the town where Don Knotts was born and raised. Knotts even graduated from Morgantown's West Virginia University. Tributes to Knotts include a statue and a street named in his honor.
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In two episodes of the second season, Andy Griffith's hand is heavily bandaged. Griffith had broken his hand by punching a wall. On the show, the bandage was explained by Sheriff Taylor saying he hurt his hand apprehending some criminals.
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In many episodes, Barney refers to Andy Taylor as "Ange." That was Don Knotts' real nickname for Andy Griffith, shortening Andy and Griffith into "Ange."
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Andy and Barney's squad car was a Ford Galaxy. The cars were supplied free of charge by a nearby Ford dealer. Whenever the newest model came out, it was sent to the studio, and the old one was returned to the dealer, who re-painted it and sold it. Ten different Ford Galaxies were used throughout the series.
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Opie Taylor was named for Opie Cates, a prominent band leader of the 1930s and 1940s who Andy Griffith and Sheldon Leonard, the show's producer, both admired.
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Rance Howard, Ron Howard's father, appeared in several episodes, including in one as the limo driver for the North Carolina governor who gets a parking ticket from Barney. Barney actually receives a personal visit from the governor congratulating him for giving the driver the ticket.
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The chart over the bookcase in the Sheriff's office depicts the Presidents of the United States, and information about them. It was commonly displayed in elementary school classrooms in the early 1960s.
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Frances Bavier did not like the coarse language her co-stars used off-camera. She once hit George Lindsey with an umbrella over it.
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When the series began, Andy and Barney were cousins in the first few episodes. This was a joke based on the stereotype that the only reason people in small towns get jobs in the local government is because they are related to someone, and not based on the merits of their abilities. However, after a few well placed references of Andy and Barney's relation (usually to cap off a joke) in the first season, this idea was dropped, and the backstory of their relationship became simply that they were friends since childhood.
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A severe stroke left Howard McNear with slowed speech and trouble standing. A special stool was created to make Floyd the Barber look like he was standing when he was actually leaning or half sitting. In other episodes, he was sitting in the barber's chair inside his shop, or on the bench outside.
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A character named "Mister Schwamp" occasionally appeared in episodes. He was a middle-aged man with a slumped demeanor and dark hair (which looked like a comb over, or a toupee). He was usually sitting on a park bench or in crowd scenes. He never had any lines. One of the characters (usually Andy or Barney) would acknowledge him with "Hello, Mister Schwamp," and he would smile and nod. He also appeared in two episodes of Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964).
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When going out on a date or to a formal affair, Barney Fife usually wore a white straw boater, salt-and-pepper-pattern coat, and a red bow tie. During his movie career, after leaving the series, Don Knotts almost always wore the same suit. It appears in films including The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), and How to Frame a Figg (1971).
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The entire series was shot on-location, not on a sound stage like most comedies. Laugh tracks were added in post-production. Andy Griffith stated he wanted it done this way to keep the actors focused on acting, and to make Mayberry feel authentic.
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The character of Warren Ferguson was brought in to replace Barney Fife after Don Knotts left the show. Warren was referred to on occasion as Floyd the barber's nephew. Ferguson did not catch on with the viewers, and he was written out of the series after appearing in eleven episodes. There was no explanation in any episode storyline for Warren's departure. He simply stopped appearing.
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Andy Griffith had been a successful stand-up comedian as well as an actor before beginning the show, and he had fully expected to be the main funny character on it, and in the first few episodes even performed some of his stand-up routines, like his countrified versions of classic fairy tales. However, when Don Knotts became such a popular favorite as Deputy Barney Fife, Griffith decided for the good of the show to let Knotts be the main comic figure, and let Sheriff Taylor react to him as his "straight man."
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According to Ron Howard, Andy and Opie's relationship as father and son was influenced by Howard's relationship with his own father Rance Howard.
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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. The whistling was done by Earle Hagen, who also wrote the music.
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According to Andy Griffith, the show's original premise was to follow the story line set up in his appearance on The Danny Thomas Show: Danny Meets Andy Griffith (1960). The premise was that Mayberry was so small that Andy Taylor was not only the Sheriff, but the Justice of the Peace, the editor of the local newspaper, and the Mayor. However, when it came time to write the series, Andy decided that was too ridiculous, so he asked that Andy Taylor's duties be confined to being the Sheriff and the Justice of the Peace. However, the "Justice of the Peace" task was used sparingly, and usually only with out-of-town troublemakers.
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Nurse Peggy was played by Joanna Moore. In real life she was married to Ryan O'Neal, and was the mother of Tatum O'Neal.
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After Howard McNear left the show, Floyd's Barber Shop became Emmett's Fix-It Shop.
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Don Knotts' (Deputy Barney Fife) birth name was Jesse Donald Knotts. Andy Griffith, in interviews, often referred to him as "Jesse."
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Mary (Sue Ane Langdon) and Peggy (Joanna Moore) were nurses for the county.
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Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, Dean Webb, and Mitch Jayne, who played the four Darling sons, were members of the bluegrass group The Dillards. Years later, Andy Griffith said that he actually performed with them on the show.
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The show was shot on Gone with the Wind (1939)'s Atlanta set. The old Atlanta train station is visible in many episodes, to the right of the courthouse, at the end of the street.
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When Don Knotts left the show, his absence was explained by having Barney move to Raleigh, NC, to join their Police Department.
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When Howard McNear left the show after years of declining health, his departure was explained by having Floyd sell the barber shop and move away to be with his daughter.
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When Don Knotts left the show, Jerry Van Dyke was considered for the part of a deputy, who would have replaced Barney Fife, and even appears in a deputy's uniform in a fifth-season episode. However, Van Dyke chose instead to star in My Mother the Car (1965), and later said if he had to do it over again, he would have taken the deputy part instead.
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The show debuted in October 1960, but the characters of Andy and Opie originally debuted on The Danny Thomas Show: Danny Meets Andy Griffith (1960) in February 1960. Danny Thomas' production company produced both shows. Frances Bavier, who later played Aunt Bea, was introduced as Harriet Perkins.
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While most residential scenes were filmed out at the eastern end of the forty acres lot in Culver City, CA, where Andy's house sat next to the "Aunt Pittypat House" from Gone with the Wind (1939) fame, there was a mystery location that no one in the show's fan base could identify. Used extensively for Thelma Lou's residence, as well as various other incidental homes for minor characters, it was in fact a group of three small bungalows across Lillian Way from Desilu Studios in Hollywood.
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When Andy first introduced Goober, sitting on a bench, his name was Goober Beasley. Later on, it became Goober Pyle.
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One of the maps used for a while behind Andy's desk was simply a state map of Idaho turned upside down The map behind Andy's desk is actually a map of Cincinnati, OH.
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Before Aunt Bee moved in with Andy, he had a housekeeper named Rose. Andy performed her wedding ceremony in The Andy Griffith Show: The New Housekeeper (1960).
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In real-life, Don Knotts and Ron Howard were sixth cousins through Ron Howard's ancestor, Lucinda Knotts.
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Contrary to popular belief, Rockne Tarkington is not the only Black actor to have a speaking role on the show, in The Andy Griffith Show: Opie's Piano Lesson (1967). Two Black actors have speaking roles in "Howard's New Life."
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Voted #9 on "T'V Guide"'s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
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During most of the first season, a beauty shop is next to Floyd's Barber Shop, with a door in the common wall between them. The door is just to the left of the waiting chairs in the barber shop, with "Beauty Shop" printed on the glass. By the end of season one, the words were gone. In season two, the beauty shop was replaced with a TV repair shop, and the door appears for the last time in The Andy Griffith Show: The Clubmen (1961). Six weeks later in The Andy Griffith Show: The Manicurist (1962), the door is gone. No one ever used this door or ever commented on it in any episodes.
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It always appeared that the telephone operator, Sarah, was on-duty, 24 hours a day. She didn't have a last name, nor was she ever seen.
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Thelma Lou's last name and occupation were never revealed.
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In early episodes, to the right of the cells above the glass-covered shelves is a small picture of President Woodrow Wilson and the Presidents before him. Later, during most seasons, a different poster is there, also of the Presidents, this time up to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was published by Woman's Day Magazine in 1956.
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In the classic episode, in which businessman Malcolm Tucker breaks down on the Sabbath in Mayberry, Opie is chastized by Andy for pulling horse hairs from the lapel of his suit and trading them with Johnny Paul Jason for a penny run over by a train. Pulling the horse hairs out damages the suit. How? According to Andy it makes the suit become "soft." Men's traditionally tailored suits have a stiff lining inside the lapels and chest which helps the front and lapels retain their shape, and also gives a smooth look over the pectoral muscles. This lining fabric usually contains horse hair to make it stiff, yet flexible and able to be steamed into shape.
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Milton, Oliver, and the middle initial "P" were all given as Barney Fife's middle name at one time or another during the series.
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The calendar in Floyd's Barber Shop is always on February.
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The opening credits were expanded slightly during the original network run. After Opie throws the rock into the lake, the camera shot would change to a close-up of the water rippling, with the logo of the sponsor's product appearing in the middle.
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It's a long-held belief that the fictional town of Mayberry is based on Andy Griffith's real birthplace and hometown of Mount Airy, NC. However, Andy Griffith disputes this idea, in the opening scene of The Andy Griffith Show: A Black Day for Mayberry (1963), Barney picks up the phone book from the Sheriff's desk and begins to nervously flip through it. In several screenshots of Barney holding the phone book, you can plainly read "Mount Airy" on the front cover. It appears to be a genuine Mount Airy telephone Directory, posing as a directory of the town of Mayberry.
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Sheriff Andy Taylor did not routinely appear wearing a hat, necktie or a sidearm. In several episodes, he wears a hat, necktie or a sidearm in special circumstances, such as when a VIP visited Mayberry, or if he had to track an escaped convict reported to be in the vicinity. He rarely was shown smoking, but did so in several episodes.
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Allan Melvin made eight guest appearances throughout the run of the series, usually playing a criminal or some type of bully. There are only two occasions in which he played any type of good guy: In The Andy Griffith Show: Andy and Barney in the Big City (1962), he played a "house detective" working at the hotel, in which Andy and Barney stayed, and in The Andy Griffith Show: Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army (1963), he played the Army Recruiting Sergeant.
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Barney Fife becomes intoxicated in six episodes. He eats the Morrison sisters' alcoholic preserves. He drinks from the spiked water crock when the Governor comes to shake his hand. He drinks mulberry squeezings when the Darlings wanted to sign a betrothal agreement between Opie and Andelina. He drinks hard cider waiting for a phone call about Mrs. Mendelbright's suitor. He drinks Jubal Foster's moonshine by mistake, as Andy tries to pay for Jubal's burned barn. He drinks with Otis when trying to record why Otis fell in the jail, prompting a lawsuit.
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Songwriter Earle Hagen provided the whistling to the theme song in the show's opening credits, which is titled "The Fishin' Hole." Andy Griffith recorded a lyric version of the song, but it was never aired.
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In episodes where Andy and Barney are dealing with out-of-town criminals, gangsters, or swindlers, most of the actors were former members of movie troupes The Dead End Kids and "The Bowery Boys."
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The character played by Hope Summers was originally named "Bertha Edwards" in the first season. In the second season, the character came to be known as "Clara" and she referred to her late husband as "Mr. Johnson." Later, she came to be known as "Clara Edwards."
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The scripts used during Jack Burns' time on the show as Deputy Warren Ferguson were originally written for Don Knotts' Barney Fife.
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Andy's full name is Andrew Samuel Griffith.
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In the first season, Barney Fife courted several women including Thelma Lou. In The Andy Griffith Show: Andy the Matchmaker (1960), Barney courted Miss Rosemary. In The Andy Griffith Show: Ellie for Council (1960), Barney dates Hilda May, who is mentioned again in The Andy Griffith Show: Christmas Story (1960). Juanita, the never-seen waitress at the local diner, was also serenaded by Barney in a few episodes in later seasons. Thelma Lou appears in two episodes of the first season, but appears later as Barney's main squeeze.
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Barney Fife kept one bullet in his shirt pocket and his citation booklet in his cap.
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The final season of the show was pretty much a set-up for Mayberry R.F.D. (1968).
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During the earlier seasons of the show, the opening credits of cast member names were verbally spoken by an announcer. In later seasons, the audio credits ceased and cast member names were visually displayed on the screen.
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Frances Bavier never married, nor had any children.
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Also located on the Culver City forty acre lot, along with Mayberry and Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964)'s "Camp Henderson," was the exterior set of "Stalag 13" from Hogan's Heroes (1965). The forty acre lot was demolished in 1976, and is now a business park.
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One of the most recognizable theme songs in television history is the subject of a lawsuit by the heirs of the men who wrote it. The federal court suit against CBS claims that the network is using the work, titled "Theme For the Andy Griffith Show" without a license. The whistling theme opened and closed the show. Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer wrote the tune in the 1950s and registered its copyright in 1960, according to the complaint, which was filed in California federal court. Rights to the theme music were transferred to a partnership, Larrabee Music. Upon the songwriters' deaths, the rights were transferred to The Diana R. Spencer Trust and the Hagen Family Trust. They, in turn, dissolved Larrabee and gave partial copyright ownership to the Hagen Children's Trust and the Hagen Decedent's Trust. The suit claims CBS is selling DVDs of the series without licensing the music. CBS is, according to the complaint, relying on a 1978 agreement between Viacom and Mayberry Enterprises concerning rights to the series. However, that agreement doesn't cover DVDs. "CBS has refused to enter into a new agreement with Plaintiffs to authorize its exploitation of the Theme in additional media or to otherwise cease conducting such unauthorized exploitation," said attorney Neville Johnson in the complaint. "To the contrary, Plaintiffs have since learned that CBS has licensed the Series to digital services such as iTunes and Amazon for distribution and public performance." The heirs are asking for an injunction to stop CBS from exploiting the theme and is seeking damages for direct and contributory copyright infringement. CBS could not immediately be reached for comment.
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Josie Lloyd, who played Mayor Pike's daughter Juanita in The Andy Griffith Show: Mayberry Goes Hollywood (1961), appears in The Andy Griffith Show: The Beauty Contest (1961) and plays the Mayor's daughter, Josephine. Her character is not Juanita, the waitress for whom Barney pines. Lloyd also had a recurring role in the third and fifth seasons as Lydia Crosswaithe.
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Both of Gavin MacLeod's guest appearances on the series are tied to the storyline of Andy getting mentioned in a magazine article called "Sheriff Without a Gun." In The Andy Griffith Show: TV or Not TV (1965), he played a bank robber posing as a television producer, using the article as a cover to rob the Mayberry Bank. In The Andy Griffith Show: The Taylors in Hollywood (1965), he played an actor who is to portray Andy in a movie version of the article.
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There isn't a visible restroom in the Sheriff's Office.
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The unofficial pilot for this series actually aired on The Danny Thomas Show: Danny Meets Andy Griffith (1960), in which Danny Williams got stopped for a traffic violation in Mayberry. Andy Griffith played the same role there as in this show, but Frank Cady played the town drunk, with Frances Bavier showing up, not as Aunt Bee, but as Henrietta Perkins.
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There is speculation about Barney Fife's middle name. In several episodes he has been called or says his name is "Barnard P. Fife" when in The Andy Griffith Show: A Plaque for Mayberry (1961), Andy says to Barney, "I thought your middle name was Oliver." Also, in "Class Reunion," Barney's Middle name is 'Milton.' As seen in their Mayberry Union High School year book.
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In several episodes Andy uses the old Southern phrase, "That's a time," which means "good," "okay," or "That's the right thing to do."
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According to an early episode, Barney was in the Army. He was stationed on Staten Island and was in charge of safe-keeping over 3,000 books.
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Everett Sloane, who wrote the lyrics for the iconic series theme tune, played moonshiner Jubal Foster in The Andy Griffith Show: The Keeper of the Flame (1962).
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When Barney places people in the cells he almost always instructs the inmate to "Suck in that gut!"
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The Mayberry set "played" other locations a few times in early Star Trek. In Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967), Floyd's Barber Shop can be seen in a Depression-era New York ghetto as Captain Kirk and Edith Keeler walk past it . In Star Trek: Miri (1966), the center of Mayberry is used as a long-deserted city on a mysterious planet. The fishing hole from the opening credits was used as the site of the Amerind monolith in Star Trek: The Paradise Syndrome (1968).
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In the early years of the show Andy employs many colloquialisms and slang used in the Appalachian South. For example, The Andy Griffith Show: The Beauty Contest (1961) has him saying, "So I says to myself I says . . ." Also, when Andy is frustrated with his role as Judge, he exclaims "Lawwwww," a condensed form of "Lorrrrd!" As his character, Andy Taylor, morphs into the straight man to play off Don Knotts' Barney Fife, he drops many of these colorful adages and phrases. Yet, they never fall out of use, because he's a genuine son of the South in real life, and in the television character. Even in his later hit show Matlock (1986), now and then you can hear the language of his roots in the Appalachian South.
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Barney has been seen studying two kinds of martial arts throughout the series: Karate, and Judo.
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In The Andy Griffith Show: Andy and Barney in the Big City (1962), when Andy and Barney sign into the hotel, Barney signs his name "Bernard Fife M.D.," which he says means "Bernard Fife, Mayberry Deputy."
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Frances Bavier was a fan of Studebaker cars. At the time of her death she owned a 1966 Studebaker Daytona. A year after her death it was was sold for $20,000. In episode 21 of season 6, titled "Aunt Bea Learns To Drive," she buys a black 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner convertible that she purchased from Goober Pyle for $295. In the same episode, Goober also had to teach Aunt Bee how to drive before Andy would agree to let her by the car.
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The Quonset huts used in Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) were across from Wally's Filling Station. The producers and crew had to use some creative methods to hide that fact.
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The window in Otis' cell is moved around in three places. In The Andy Griffith Show: Christmas Story (1960), it is in the center of the back wall without glass; same spot for The Andy Griffith Show: Cousin Virgil (1962), also without glass. When Andy and Barney try to wake Otis, it is on the far right wall with glass. More often, there is no window.
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Juanita, the waitress that Barney often courted on the phone, had the last name Beasley. This was revealed in The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Forecloses (1961). It was written in Barney's ticket book.
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The hotel clerk is John Masters when the Darlings come to town (he also plays the choir master in several episodes). It is Asa during the gold truck episode. It is another character, Jason, when the stranger comes to town.
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It is a common misconception that Mount Pilot was based on Pilot Mountain, NC, a small town located nine miles away from Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Mayberry was actually based on Pilot Mountain, NC and the much larger town of Mount Airy, NC was the bases for Mount Pilot.
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Ron Howard's father Rance Howard appears in several bit roles throughout the series, and was also in the original "backdoor pilot" The Danny Thomas Show: Danny Meets Andy Griffith (1960).
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Don Knotts hated being called "Jesse," his real given first name, and Andy Griffith often teased him by calling him "Jess."
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Starting with Season 6--the seasons without Barney Fife and filmed in color--the kitchen door in Andy's house has been moved. It used to be on the same wall as the sink. Now it's on the wall perpendicular to where it used to be.
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The character of Asa is at one point a hotel clerk at the Mayberry Hotel, and at another point a security guard for the bank and for Weaver's Department Store. In the security guard episodes, he falls asleep. He also has different last names during the show at one point Breeney and Bascomb
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Barney becomes intoxicated trying to gain a confession from Otis as to how he really fell in the jail. In this episode, Barney reveals the reason he becomes intoxicated so easily: "I guess I had an immediate liver reaction."
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The same dark colored, 2 door, 1961 Mercury Comet is visible around Mayberry throughout the series.
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Andy Griffith (Andy Taylor) was the only actor to appear in every episode of the series.
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Howard McNear (Floyd) and Parley Baer (Mayor Stoner) starred on the radio version of Gunsmoke as Doc Adams and Chester, respectively.
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Many of the shows featured Andy sitting on the porch, by the fireplace in the living room, and even in the jail/courthouse relaxing by playing his 1956 Martin D-18. At times he would play music with The Darling family, who were played by the well-known bluegrass group, The Dillards. In 2004 Martin Guitars came out with an Andy Griffith tribute model.
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The shooting location of "Myers Lake" (the Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir in the hills above Beverly Hills) appears deceptively small on-screen. It is only about two acres in size, perhaps three when it contains more water, but looks far larger in the various "Andy Griffith" episodes in which it is featured. One end of the reservoir is a 200 foot long concrete retaining wall that is very rarely seen in episodes (for example, The Andy Griffith Show: The Manhunt (1960)).
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Unsung lyrics to the whistled opening theme song, "The Fishing Hole": Lyrics Well now, take down your fishing pole And meet me at the fishing hole We may not get a bite all day But don't you rush away What a great place to rest your bones And mighty fine for skipping stones You'll feel fresh as a lemonade a-setting in the shade Whether it's hot, whether it's cool Oh what a spot for whistling like a fool What a fine day to take a stroll and wind up at the fishing hole I can't think of a better way to pass the time of day We'll have no need to call the roll When we get to the fishing hole They'll be you, me, and old dog, trey to do the time away If we don't hook a perch or bass We'll cool our toes in dewy grass Or else pull up a weed to chaw And maybe sit and jaw Hanging around, taking our ease Watching that hound a scratching at his fleas I'm gonna take down my fishing pole And meet you at the fishing hole I can't think of a better way To pass the time of day
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A recurring gag in the early seasons of the series involved Andy and Barney reading a postcard/letter from a group of brothers called the "Eubacher Brothers" whom Andy and Barney had arrested and sent to prison. The gag involved the brothers writing from prison about their (humorous) experiences and sometimes sending Andy and Barney gifts they've made in the prison workshop. Each moment ends with Andy and Barney talking about taking a day off to go visit them in prison.
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Barney's bullet is in his left pocket in almost every scene. Floyd even confesses the bullet is in the left on the three women prison escapees episode. However, in the episode of Barney preparing to foil a bank robbery, it is in his right.
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Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) lived in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith's hometown, until her death in 2021.
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In an interview for the Archives of American Television, Ron Howard says that Opie was originally written to be the typical TV kid trope of the smart aleck kid that makes fun of his dad. Ron said that his father, Rance Howard, took Andy Griffith aside early in production and asked if they would be willing to change the character so that Opie actually respected and looked up to his father. Andy Griffith liked that idea and Opie was thus changed. Additionally, Andy would observe the interactions between Ron and Rance as inspiration as to how Andy Taylor should handle Opie.
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Barney's birthstone is a ruby.
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The picture over the bookcase in the Sheriff's Office is a 1952 Woman's Day chart of Presidents of the United States.
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Long before the term "product placement" was coined, it was already a common practice. In the case of this series, the Ford Motor Company furnished a new Galaxy 500 every year it was in production.
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The body of water, and surrounding land used in the opening of every episode called "Myers Lake" on The Andy Griffith Show is actually called the "Upper Franklin Reservoir." It was extensively used as a backdrop for The Andy Griffith Show: Opie and the Bully (1961). The reservoir is located in Franklin Canyon Park in Hollywood hill of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.
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Joanne Moore who played Andy's girlfriend Peggy in season 3 was Ryan O'neal's girlfriend in real life; and the mother of Academy Award winner Tatum O'Neal.
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In season 2 episode 18 "Jailbreak" Barney tells Mr. Horton that Andy's address is 24 Elm Street. In season 3 episode 24 "Aunt Bee's Medicine Man" Aunt Bee tells Colonel Harvey their address is 332 Maple Road. In season 4 episode 16 Opie starts to burn their address on the house starting with a "3." In season 7 episode 15 Andy tells Dr. Thomas Petersen his address is 14 Maple.
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In the first season, Sheriff Andy Taylor has a very strong country/Southern accent (something Andy Griffith had employed successfully in his earlier movies and comic routines, such as "No Time for Sergeants") But over the eight seasons that the show was on the air, that Southern twang became much less exaggerated. It never completely went away, because Andy Griffith was indeed from North Carolina, but the accent became much more mild as the show progressed.
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There are only two episodes of the show where Chattanooga, TN, is mentioned: The Andy Griffith Show: Andy the Matchmaker (1960) and The Andy Griffith Show: The Shoplifters (1964).
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Foul language was forbidden on the show, and on network television. However, there is one moment when the character Rafe Hollister comes pretty close. When Andy tries to give Rafe a suit of clothes, that he might not appear "seedy" at the Ladies' Musicale, he must do so in a manner that doesn't hurt Rafe's pride. Thus, he creates the scenario of prisoners receiving a suit of clothes upon release from jail. When Andy acts perplexed at having missed giving a prisoner his clothes, he reads Rafe's address as the one due the clothes, Rafe says, "Well hawl, that's me!" He almost uses the word "hell."
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The residents of Mayberry upheld the strict moral culture of the 1950s through the early 1960s. Not only did they avoid all cursing (though Rafe Hollister almost crossed the line when he avoided saying, "Well hell, that's me!" He caught himself and said, "Well hawl, that's me!" in the episode in which he sings at the Ladies' Musicale), they also avoided references to nudity. Barney did not want to wade barefooted in front of Thelma Lou, Andy, and Peggy. When Barney tried to help Otis' drinking, by trying psychiatry he learned in a magazine, he said, "You may not know it Otis, but you stood naked in front of me!" (psychologically naked) Otis recoiled "Andy, I was not!" (O, the horror of the thought!) When Andy and Barney were headed to Raleigh to submit their law enforcement budget, Barney appeared in his tweed suit. When they noted Barney looking nice in his suit, he responded, "I almost felt naked not wearing my uniform!" He immediately blushed and apologized to Aunt Bee for the reference to nudity. Finally, in the episode in which the second hand freezer is holding newly purchased beef, and the day is blistering hot, Opie appears at breakfast without a shirt. Aunt Bee scolded him to put on a shirt, for you don't come breakfast like a savage! So in Mayberry, "hawl" don't talk of nudity.
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As seen in several background shots, before Floyd took over the barber shop, the shop was owned by Mr. Elison.
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In The Andy Griffith Show: The Rivals (1963), Barney relates that one of his first crushes as a boy was Vicki Harms, whom he allowed a taste of his snow cone. She bit off the end and sucked out all the syrup. It is then, that Barney reveals his favorite flavor of snow cone: raspberry.
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When circumstances forced Don Knotts to leave the series, reportedly the first choice for a replacement was Jerry Van Dyke. He turned down the offer in order to do "My Mother the Car" (1965). It was a decision he long regretted.
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George Lindsey's character of "Goober" appeared in far more episodes than his more famous cousin "Gomer" (Jim Nabors).
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The biggest misconception about The Andy Griffith Show is that Mayberry is based on Mount Airy, North Carolina. Andy Griffith's hometown. When in actuality, Andy Griffith based Mayberry on Pilot Mountain, North Carolina and Mount Pilot is based on Mount Airy, North Carolina. Both Mount Airy and Pilot Mountain are in Surry County, North Carolina. Pilot Mountain being a very small town (approximately 1,600 people) and Mount Airy being a much larger town (approximately 10,200 people) than Pilot Mountain.
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Barney Fife's real first name is Bernard, as he states in several episodes. Skippy, one of "The Fun Girls," continually calls him Bernie in every episode she's in, even though he corrects her every time with "It's Barney."
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An alternate title for the series was "Andy of Mayberry." It was common practice in the early years of television for episodes shown in syndicated reruns to have an alternate title to differentiate the reruns from the first run episodes on prime time television. Another example is the original 1950's run of "Dragnet." Reruns of that series ran under the title "Badge 714."
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Actor Allan Melvin played eight different roles in eight episodes of The Andy Griffith Show before becoming a regular on Gomer Pyle, USMC.
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Only 5 cast members are still alive as of June 2022: Clint Howard, Ron Howard, Elinor Donahue, Keith Thibodeaux, and Rodney Dillard. ********* UPDATE ************ The original poster is WRONG! There are still a few adults that appeared on the show that are still alive. Barbara Eden, Sue Ane Landon, Ruta Lee, and Margaret Kerry just to name a few. There are still many child actors still alive, like Dennis Rush that played Howie Pruitt/Williams.
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The show might have never happened if Griffith had not had such an emotionally brutal experience in his critically acclaimed role as Lonesome Rhodes in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd." Because of his stellar performance, other dramatic film roles would've fallen into his lap, but he swore he would never put himself through that kind of psychic pain again, and turned back to comedy as his stock in trade.
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Peggy McMillian was originally added to be a steady girlfriend for Sheriff Taylor. However, the producers felt Joanna Moore was "too glamorous" for the role, and she was written out after four episodes.
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Some cast members were real-life musicians, who performed on the series as well. Andy Griffith was an accomplished guitarist and singer. Jack Prince appeared in Broadway musicals, theater, and nightclubs. Maggie Peterson grew up in a musical family, and was discovered while singing with the Ja-Da Quartet. The Dillards and The Country Boys were bluegrass groups. Jim Nabors had a legendary singing voice. Multiple episodes implied that Barney Fife could not sing, but on Biography: Don Knotts: Nervous Laughter (2000) members of Don Knotts's family stated that he had an excellent singing voice. One exception was James Best, who appeared in two episodes as guitarist Jim Lindsey, but did not play guitar.
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Barney often sings to Juanita, the never seen waitress he has an on and off relationship with. The song he sings is called Juanita and it is a love ballad composed by Victorian social reformer Caroline Norton (1808-1877). It was first sung in a sitcom by the Ward Cleaver character played by Hugh Beaumont in the sitcom Leave It to Beaver (1957).
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With the death of Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling Walsh) there are only 4 surviving cast members. Ron Howard (Opie) Clint Howard (Leon) Rodney Dillard (Rodney Darling) and Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker)
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The character of Andy Taylor changes drastically from roughly the first three or four into the rest of the series. In the early seasons, Andy was a friendly and folksy character who acted as the calm inside the storm of the hijinks going on around him. (Particularly as a contrast to Barney who is always panicking and overreacting.) However, by at least season four and onward (especially after the departure of Barney Fife), Andy becomes more serious and authoritarian. Oftentimes he's exploding with anger at whatever situation going on rather than being a calm and sensible person.
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Gomer's catchphrase "Shazam!" is a reference to the DC Comics character, Captain Marvel. "Shazam!" is the phrase the young boy Billy Batson shouts to morph into the adult superhero Captain Marvel. (This is not the same Captain Marvel as the one in the Marvel Comics. Because of a copyright dispute between DC and Marvel over the use of the name, DC cannot put Captain Marvel in the title of their comic, so the comic is known as SHAZAM! and as such many readers unfamiliar with the character erroneously call the DC version Shazam.)
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Launched the acting careers of Andy Griffith, Don Knotts and Ron Howard.
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In The Andy Griffith Show: The Keeper of the Flame (1962), Andy had threatened Opie to give him a spanking, when he was playing with both the candles and the matches, in real-life, Ron Howard said in an interview that during filming, his real-life father Rance Howard, who was there on-set, found out Ron was not only acting rude, yet, he was behaving too insensitive towards Andy Griffith, and the director, led Ron in getting an off-screen spanking.
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One of the directors on the show was Richard Crenna. While Crenna had a number of television directorial credits to his name, he's perhaps best known for being the actor who played Col. Trautman in the Rambo film franchise.
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During the black & white era of the show (1960-65), Opie had a friend named "Johnny Paul" who was one of those classic TV tropes of a character who was only talked about but never seen. (Like Juanita the waitress or Sarah the phone operator) Typical of kids, Johnny Paul's defining characteristic was that he was always telling Opie wild facts that Opie would believe and then relay to Andy. It wasn't until the Season Three episode "Man In A Hurry" that Johnny Paul is finally seen. After church, he's seen trading pennies that were run over by a train for horse hairs out of Opie's Sunday jacket. When Andy asks why, Opie explains that Johnny Paul says if a horse hair is placed in a stream, it will turn into a snake and that pennies run over by trains brings good luck.
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A running gag in the series is that every time his name gets mentioned in the newspaper, his last name of "Fife" is always misspelled. He's been called "Fike," "Fice," and "Fite" among other things.
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Beatrice Taylor (Aunt Bee) is Andy's aunt, his father's sister. That makes her the great-aunt of Opie, although most people in Mayberry also refer to her simply as "Aunt Bee." When she opens a Chinese restaurant in the 7th season, the sign reads "Aunt Bee's Canton Palace."
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When Andy and Barney are on duty in their office (at the courthouse), deputy Barney Fife usually wears his uniform hat. But Sheriff Andy Taylor never does. He is always bare-headed. Likewise, Barney usually wears a black uniform tie, while Andy usually does not, preferring to wear just a uniform shirt. And finally, Barney usually wears a black gun belt, complete with a pistol, while Andy only puts on a gun belt in crisis situations (such as when they are tracking an escaped convict). This difference in clothing serves to emphasize the fact that Deputy Barney is much more of a stickler for rules than Andy, who prefers a more laid-back approach to policing his small-town community. But Andy's choice not to wear the gun belt (on a regular basis) was emphasized in a few episodes where a Hollywood movie was being made about Andy, called "Sheriff Without a Gun."
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There are two characters on "The Andy Griffith Show" who are never seen or heard, and are only known to the audience because they are on the other end of numerous telephone calls. One of these characters is 'Sarah,' the switchboard operator who the people of Mayberry speak with whenever they place a call on their old-style telephones. (It is strongly indicated that Sarah eavesdrops on the conversations, and the townspeople know it). The other unseen character is 'Juanita,' a waitress who Barney frequently calls when he needs a date. It is somewhat implied that she may be "easy" (in the parlance of the 1960s), at least by Mayberry standards. Neither 'Sarah' nor 'Juanita' ever appear in person.
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Griffith's Lincoln-esque approach to sheriff Taylor's character was obviously one of the major factors that insured the show was a hit. Ron Howard speculated years later that after "Gomer the House Guest," which coincided with JFK's assassination, the nation also yearned for a another "regular guy" persona to be looked up to as a forthright community leader.
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The southern accent spoken by Joanna Moore (Peggy McMillan) was authentic, as she was born and raised in Americus, Georgia.
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The first seven seasons were filmed at Desilu Studio, while the final season was filmed at Paramount Studios, A Gulf + Western Company.
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Fred Roos did the casting for seasons' 7 and eight of the series. In 1972 he was one of three people did the casting for The Godfather.
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With the exception of the public domain episodes, the copyrights to the series were renewed by Viacom in the 1980s and 1990s, making the series one of several CBS Films properties that became owned by Viacom outright after its 1971 spin-off from CBS.
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Based on the number of episodes in the series, over an eight year run, each story would have taken place in Mayberry-time about every 12 days, or roughly every week and a half.
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The name of the show's town was inspired by the surname of family friends. The Griffith's and the Mayberry's both lived in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and were close family friends.
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It is a common misconception that Mayberry is based on Mount Airy, North Carolina (Andy Griffith's hometown). When in fact Andy Griffith has stated that Mayberry is based on the smaller town of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, and Mount Pilot is based on Mount Airy, North Carolina.
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Despite high ratings, the show was canceled after 8 seasons, all because Andy Griffith wanted to pursue other projects, whilst focusing on a movie career.
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Frances Bavier will play Andy's maiden-aunt Bee Taylor throughout the series and into the sequel, "Mayberry, R.F.D.". In real life the actress never married, nor had any children.
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RUNNING GAG: Barney mispronouncing fancy/intellectual words. For instance: "kleptominerite" for "kleptomaniac" and "compellsion" for "compulsion." He will also get names wrong. For instance: "Smith Brothers Institute" instead of "Smithsonian Institute."
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Howard Morris (Ernest T. Bass) was also George the television repairman and the radio voice from the Mount Pilot radio station. He interrupted the singing of Leonard Blush to announce that a convict had escaped. He also directed many episodes.
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In the episode The Andy Griffith Show: Quiet Sam (1961), there is a scene where Barney is reading an emergency births "how-to" book to Andy. There is a newspaper on the table between them called the "Mount Airy Times." Mount Airy is Andy Griffith's hometown, and the town that many believe Mayberry is loosely based on.
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