The Andy Griffith Show

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The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show-title.jpg
Premiere October 3, 1960
Finale April 1, 1968
Airs Weeknights at 8 PM and 8:30 PM on MeTV
Network/Provider CBS
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Mayberry Enterprises
Distributor CBS Films/Enterprises (until 1971)
Viacom Enterprises (1971-1995)
Paramount Domestic Television (1995-2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006-2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007-2021)
CBS Media Ventures (2021- )
Seasons 8
Episodes 249
Origin USA

The Andy Griffith Show is a sitcom that aired on CBS.

The show revolves around Sheriff Andy Taylor and his life in sleepy, slow-paced fictional Mayberry, North Carolina. Sheriff Taylor's level-headed approach to law enforcement makes him the scourge of local moonshiners and out-of-town criminals, while his abilities to settle community problems with common-sense advice, mediation, and conciliation make him popular with his fellow citizens. His professional life, however, is complicated by the gaffes of his inept deputy, Barney Fife. Barney is portrayed as Andy's cousin in the first, second, and sixth episodes, but is never again referenced as such. Andy socializes with male friends in the Main Street barber shop and dates various ladies until a schoolteacher becomes his steady interest in season three. At home, Andy enjoys fishing trips with his son, Opie, and quiet evenings on the front porch with his maiden aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee. Opie tests his father's parenting skills season after season, and Aunt Bee's ill-considered romances and adventures cause her nephew concern.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Andy Griffith Sheriff Andrew "Andy" Taylor * * * * * * * *
Ronny Howard Opie Taylor * * * * * * * *
Don Knotts Deputy Bernard "Barney" P. Fife * * * * * o o o
Frances Bavier Aunt Beatrice "Bee" Taylor o o o o o * * *
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Elinor Donahue Elinor "Ellie" Walker *
Dick Elliott Mayor Pike *
Howard McNear Floyd Lawson * * * * * * *
Hal Smith Otis Campbell * * * * * * *
Betty Lynn Thelma Lou * * * * * *
Hope Summers Clara Edwards * * * * * * *
Aneta Corsaut Helen Crump * * * * * *
Jim Nabors Gomer Pyle * *
George Lindsey Goober Pyle * * * *
Jack Burns Deputy Warren Ferguson *
Jack Dodson Howard Sprague * * *
Paul Hartman Emmett Clark *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One October 3, 1960 May 22, 1961 32
Season Two October 2, 1961 May 7, 1962 31
Season Three October 1, 1962 May 6, 1963 32
Season Four September 30, 1963 May 18, 1964 32
Season Five September 21, 1964 May 3, 1965 32
Season Six September 13, 1965 April 11, 1966 30
Season Seven September 12, 1966 April 10, 1967 30
Season Eight September 11, 1967 April 1, 1968 30

TV movie

Title Network Airdate
Return to Mayberry NBC April 13, 1986

In-Depth

DVD & Blu-Ray Releases

DVD

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series May 29, 2007 purchase 40
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season November 16, 2004 purchase 4
The Complete Second Season May 24, 2005 purchase 5
The Complete Third Season August 16, 2005 purchase 5
The Complete Fourth Season November 22, 2005 purchase 5
The Complete Fifth Season February 14, 2006 purchase 5
The Complete Sixth Season May 9, 2006 purchase 5
The Complete Seventh Season August 29, 2006 purchase 5
The Complete Eighth Season December 12, 2006 purchase 5
Partial Season Discs  (Region 1)
The 1st Season, Disc 1 October 3, 2006 purchase 1
Episode Collections  (Region 1)
The Best of The Andy Griffith Show November 11, 1997 purchase 1
The Best of Barney May 16, 2000 purchase 1
The Best of Andy May 30, 2000 purchase 1
The Best of Mayberry December 21, 2010 purchase 3

Blu-ray

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region A)
Season 1 May 6, 2014 purchase 4

External Sites