Mayberry R.F.D.

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Mayberry R.F.D.
Mayberry RFD-Cast.jpg
Premiere September 23, 1968
Finale March 29, 1971
Creator Bob Ross
Network/Provider CBS
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company RFD Productions
Distributor Metromedia Producers Corporation (1971-?)[1]
Telepictures Distribution (?-1986, 1996-2003)
Lorimar-Telepictures (1986-1989)
Warner Bros. Television (1989-1996, 2003-)
Seasons 3
Episodes 78
Origin USA

Mayberry R.F.D. is a sitcom that aired on CBS.

A spin-off and direct continuation of The Andy Griffith Show, most of the supporting characters from that show returned for this show, including widower farmer Sam Jones (Ken Berry) and his young son Mike (Buddy Foster); they gradually become the show's focus. Sheriff Andy Taylor takes a backseat in the storylines, establishing the sequel series. The show's first episode, "Andy and Helen's Wedding", had the highest ratings in recorded television history (up to premiere date in 1968). Sheriff Taylor and newlywed wife Helen make guest appearances on RFD until late 1969, and then relocate with Opie.

Mayberry R.F.D. was popular throughout its entire run, but was canceled after its third season in CBS's infamous "rural purge" of 1971. R.F.D. stands for "Rural Free Delivery", a quaint postal depiction of the rural Mayberry community. Its theme song, "The Mayberry March", was originally used as incidental music in various interpretations on The Andy Griffith Show.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
Ken Berry Sam Jones * * *
Frances Bavier Aunt Bee Taylor * *
George Lindsey Goober Pyle * * *
Alice Ghostley Alice *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3
Jack Dodson Howard Sprague * * *
Paul Hartman Emmett Clark * * *
Arlene Golonka Millie Swanson * * *
Buddy Foster Mike Jones * * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One September 23, 1968 May 12, 1969 26
Season Two September 22, 1969 April 13, 1970 26
Season Three September 14, 1970 March 29, 1971 26

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season April 8, 2014 purchase 3

References

  1. Broadcasting Magazine, p. 76, April 3, 1972 (page 74)

External Sites