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The Andy Griffith Show Cast, Theme Song, Episodes


The Andy Griffith Show Cast

Series Description

The Andy Griffith Show was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about a kind-hearted widower who was also a small-town sheriff. He raised his son with the help of his Aunt. He also had to deal with a zany cast of characters including a deputy who was so inept that the sheriff only allowed him one bullet and the deputy had to carry that in his pocket. The Andy Griffith Show was a good, wholesome, family-oriented series with lots of laughs.

The Andy Griffith Show Cast

Andy Griffith ....... Sheriff Andy Taylor
Don Knotts .......... Deputy Barney Fife
Ron Howard .......... Opie Taylor
Frances Bavier ...... Aunt Bee Taylor
Hope Summers ........ Bertha Johnson/Clara Edwards
Howard McNear ....... Floyd Lawson
Hal Smith ........... Otis Campbell
Betty Lynn .......... Thelma Lou
Aneta Corsaut ....... Helen Crump
Jim Nabors .......... Gomer Pyle
Howard Morris ....... Ernest T. Bass
Jack Dodson ......... Howard Sprague
Maggie Peterson ..... Charlene Darling
Denver Pyle ......... Briscoe Darling
Elinor Donahue ...... Ellie Walker
Arlene Golonka ...... Millie Hutchins
Parley Baer ......... Mayor Stoner

The Andy Griffith Show Trivia

    

The Andy Griffith Show was a spin-off of the "Make Room For Daddy TV show" (aka: "The Danny Thomas Show"). Andy Griffith guest starred as Sheriff Andy Taylor on one episode! It was obviously a marketing tool by having the main character for a new series appear on a highly successful series. Danny Thomas' production company produced both series. That episode is considered the be the pilot for the Andy Griffith Show.

Andy Taylor's wife and Opie's mom's fate was mentioned in the pilot. Andy said that his wife had died when Opie was "the least little speck of a baby". The only other time she was mentioned was on the episode, "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee" when Andy explained to Opie how he loved Opie's mom just like Aunt Bee loved her fiance. Other than that, she was never mentioned again and their were absolutely no photos of her and no grave site is ever visited or mentioned. Her parents (Opie's grandparents) never appear and neither do any maternal aunts or uncles.

Andy Griffith got his first major part on TV on an episode of "The United States Steel Hour" titled, "No Time For Sergeants". Andy played a dim-witted but loveable soldier who caused never-ending problems for his Sergeant. It was a ratings hit and five years later in 1958 Andy agreed to reprise his role in a movie based on that episode! Six years after the movie hit theaters, the Andy Griffith Show generated a "spinoff TV series" with the same storyline titled, "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C." which also ran for five seasons and 150 episodes!

The Andy Griffith Show also spawned a second spin-off titled, "Mayberry R.F.D.".

Don Knots played such goofy characters on the Andy Griffith Show and in the movies that many people believed he was like that in real life. In actuality, he was so good at playing those roles that he won five Emmy Awards for his role as Barney Fife!

Mayberry, North Carolina was based opon Mt. Airy, North Carolina: Andy Griffith was born in a small North Carolina town named "Mount Airy" and he used it as the basis for the ficticious town of Mayberry.

You may have thought that Barney Fife was just Andy Taylor's dim-witted deputy but he was also Andy's cousin.

A young Jack Nicholson guest starred on episode #226 titled, "Aunt Bee, the Juror".

Eighteen years after the final episode of the Andy Griffith Show and fifteen years after Mayberry R.F.D. ended, a reunion movie titled, "Return to Mayberry" aired on NBC. The old, cherished characters that appeared as they were eighteen years into the future included Andy Taylor, Barney Fife, Opie Taylor, Helen Crump, Gomer Pyle, Goober Pyle, Thelma Lou, Ernest T. Bass, Otis Campbell, and Charlene Darling. Unfortunately, Aunt Bee did not appear.

The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song

Title: "The Fishin' Hole"

By: "Everett Sloane, Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer"


Well, now, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at The Fishin' 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 skippin' stones,
You'll feel fresh as a lemonade, a-settin' in the shade.

Whether it's hot,
whether it's cool,
oh what a spot,
for whistlin' like a fool.

What a fine day to take a stroll and wander by The Fishin' Hole.
I can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day.

We'll have no need to call the roll when we get to The Fishin' Hole.
There'll be you, me, and Old Dog Trey, to doodle 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 set and jaw.

Hangin' around,
takin' our ease,
watchin' that hound,
a-scratchin' at his fleas.

Come on, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at The Fishin' Hole.
I can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day.

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Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The First Season

  1. The New Housekeeper (10/3/1960)
  2. The Manhunt (10/10/1960)
  3. The Guitar Player (10/17/1960)
  4. Ellie Comes to Town (10/24/1960)
  5. Irresistible Andy (10/31/1960)
  6. Runaway Kid (11/7/1960)
  7. Andy the Matchmaker (11/14/1960)
  8. Opie's Charity (11/28/1960)
  9. A Feud Is a Feud (12/5/1960)
  10. Ellie for Council (12/12/1960)
  11. Christmas Story (12/19/1960)
  12. Stranger in Town (12/26/1960)
  13. Mayberry Goes Hollywood (1/2/1961)
  14. The Horse Trader (1/9/1961)
  15. Those Gossipin' Men (1/16/1961)
  16. The Beauty Contest (1/23/1961)
  17. Alcohol and Old Lace (1/30/1961)
  18. Andy the Marriage Counselor (2/196/1961)
  19. Mayberry on Record (2/13/1961)
  20. Andy Saves Barney's Morale (2/20/1961)
  21. Andy and the Gentleman Crook (2/27/1961)
  22. Cyrano Andy (3/196/1961)
  23. Andy and Opie, Housekeepers (3/13/1961)
  24. The New Doctor (3/27/1961)
  25. A Plaque for Mayberry (4/3/1961)
  26. The Inspector (4/10/1961)
  27. Ellie Saves a Female (4/17/1961)
  28. Andy Forecloses (4/24/1961)
  29. Quiet Sam (5/1/1961)
  30. Barney Gets His Man (5/8/1961)
  31. The Guitar Player Returns (5/15/1961)
  32. Bringing Up Opie (5/22/1961)

The Second Season

  1. Opie and the Bully (10/2/1961)
  2. Barney's Replacement (10/9/1961)
  3. Andy and the Woman Speeder (10/16/1961)
  4. Mayberry Goes Bankrupt (10/23/1961)
  5. Barney on the Rebound (10/30/1961)
  6. Opie's Hobo Friend (11/13/1961)
  7. Crime-free Mayberry (11/20/1961)
  8. The Perfect Female (11/27/1961)
  9. Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter (12/4/1961)
  10. The Clubmen (12/11/1961)
  11. The Pickle Story (12/18/1961)
  12. Sheriff Barney (12/25/1961)
  13. The Farmer Takes a Wife (1/1/1962)
  14. Keeper of the Flame (1/8/1962)
  15. Bailey's Bad Boy (1/15/1962)
  16. The Manicurist (1/22/1962)
  17. The Jinx (1/29/1962)
  18. Jailbreak (2/5/1962)
  19. A Medal for Opie (2/12/1962)
  20. Barney and the Choir (2/19/1962)
  21. Guest of Honor (2/26/1962)
  22. The Merchant of Mayberry (3/5/1962)
  23. Aunt Bee the Warden (3/12/1962)
  24. The County Nurse (3/19/1962)
  25. Andy and Barney in the Big City (3/26/1962)
  26. Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee (4/2/1962)
  27. Three's a Crowd (4/9/1962)
  28. The Bookie Barber (4/16/1962)
  29. Andy on Trial (4/23/1962)
  30. Cousin Virgil (4/30/1962)
  31. Deputy Otis (5/7/1962)

The Third Season

  1. Mr. McBeevee (10/1/1962)
  2. Andy's Rich Girlfriend (10/8/1962)
  3. Andy and the New Mayor (10/15/1962)
  4. Andy and Opie--Bachelors (10/22/1962)
  5. The Cow Thief (10/29/1962)
  6. Barney Mends a Broken Heart (11/5/1962)
  7. Lawman Barney (11/12/1962)
  8. The Mayberry Band (11/19/1962)
  9. Floyd the Gay Deceiver (11/26/1962)
  10. Opie's Rival (12/3/1962)
  11. Convicts-at-Large (12/10/1962)
  12. The Bed Jacket (12/17/1962)
  13. The Bank Job (12/24/1962)
  14. One-Punch Opie (12/31/1962)
  15. Barney and the Governor (1/7/1963)
  16. Man in a Hurry (1/14/1963)
  17. High Noon in Mayberry (1/21/1963)
  18. The Loaded Goat (1/28/1963)
  19. Class Reunion (2/4/1963)
  20. Rafe Hollister Sings (2/11/1963)
  21. Opie and the Spoiled Kid (2/18/1963)
  22. The Great Filling Station Robbery (2/25/1963)
  23. Andy Discovers America (3/4/1963)
  24. Aunt Bee's Medicine Man (3/11/1963)
  25. The Darlings Are Coming (3/18/1963)
  26. Andy's English Valet (3/25/1963)
  27. Barney's First Car (4/1/1963)
  28. The Rivals (4/8/1963)
  29. A Wife for Andy (4/15/1963)
  30. Dogs, Dogs, Dogs (4/22/1963)
  31. Mountain Wedding (4/29/1963)
  32. The Big House (5/196/1963)

The Fourth Season

  1. Opie the Birdman (9/30/1963)
  2. The Haunted House (10/7/1963)
  3. Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army (10/14/1963)
  4. The Sermon for Today (10/21/1963)
  5. Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee (10/28/1963)
  6. Gomer the House Guest (11/4/1963)
  7. A Black Day for Mayberry (11/11/1963)
  8. Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain (11/18/1963)
  9. A Date for Gomer (11/25/1963)
  10. Up in Barney's Room (12/2/1963)
  11. Citizen's Arrest (12/16/1963)
  12. Opie and His Merry Men (12/30/1963)
  13. Barney and the Cave Rescue (1/196/1964)
  14. Andy and Opie's Pal (1/13/1964)
  15. Aunt Bee the Crusader (1/20/1964)
  16. Barney's Sidecar (1/27/1964)
  17. My Fair Ernest T. Bass (2/3/1964)
  18. Prisoner of Love (2/10/1964)
  19. Hot Rod Otis (2/17/1964)
  20. The Song Festers (2/24/1964)
  21. The Shoplifters (3/2/1964)
  22. Andy's Vacation (3/9/1964)
  23. Andy Saves Gomer (3/16/1964)
  24. Bargain Day (3/23/1964)
  25. Divorce, Mountain Style (3/30/1964)
  26. A Deal Is a Deal (4/196/1964)
  27. Fun Girls (4/13/1964)
  28. The Return of Malcolm Merriweather (4/20/1964)
  29. The Rumor (4/27/1964)
  30. Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt (5/4/1964)
  31. Back to Nature (5/11/1964)
  32. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (5/18/1964)

The Fifth Season

  1. Opie Loves Helen (9/21/1964)
  2. Barney's Physical (9/28/1964)
  3. Family Visit (10/5/1964)
  4. The Education of Ernest T. Bass (10/12/1964)
  5. Aunt Bee's Romance (10/19/1964)
  6. Barney's Bloodhound (10/26/1964)
  7. Man in the Middle (11/2/1964)
  8. Barney's Uniform (11/9/1964)
  9. Opie's Fortune (11/16/1964)
  10. Goodbye, Sheriff Taylor (11/23/1964)
  11. The Pageant (11/30/1964)
  12. The Darling Baby (12/7/1964)
  13. Andy and Helen Have Their Day (12/14/1964)
  14. Three Wishes for Opie (12/21/1964)
  15. Otis Sues the County (12/28/1964)
  16. Barney Fife, Realtor (1/4/1965)
  17. Goober Takes a Car Apart (1/11/1965)
  18. The Rehabilitation of Otis (1/18/1965)
  19. The Lucky Letter (1/25/1965)
  20. Goober and the Art of Love (2/1/1965)
  21. Barney Runs for Sheriff (2/8/1965)
  22. If I Had a Quarter-Million (2/15/1965)
  23. TV or Not TV (3/1/1965)
  24. Guest in the House (3/8/1965)
  25. The Case of the Punch in the Nose (3/15/1965)
  26. Opie's Newspaper (3/22/1965)
  27. Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau (3/29/1965)
  28. The Arrest of the Fun Girls (4/5/1965)
  29. The Luck of Newton Monroe (4/12/1965)
  30. Opie Flunks Arithmetic (4/19/1965)
  31. Opie and the Carnival (4/26/1965)
  32. Banjo-Playing Deputy (5/3/1965)

The Sixth Season

  1. Opie's Job (9/13/1965)
  2. Andy's Rival (9/20/1965)
  3. Malcolm at the Crossroads (9/27/1965)
  4. Aunt Bee, the Swinger (10/4/1965)
  5. The Bazaar (10/11/1965)
  6. A Warning from Warren (10/18/1965)
  7. Off to Hollywood (10/25/1965)
  8. Taylor's in Hollywood (11/1/1965)
  9. The Hollywood Party (11/8/1965)
  10. Aunt Bee on TV (11/15/1965)
  11. The Cannon (11/22/1965)
  12. A Man's Best Friend (11/29/1965)
  13. Aunt Bee Takes a Job (12/196/1965)
  14. The Church Organ (12/13/1965)
  15. Girl-Shy (12/20/1965)
  16. Otis the Artist (1/3/1966)
  17. The Return of Barney Fife (1/10/1966)
  18. The Legend of Barney Fife (1/17/1966)
  19. Lost and Found (1/24/1966)
  20. Wyatt Earp Rides Again (1/31/1966)
  21. Aunt Bee Learns to Drive (2/7/1966)
  22. Look Paw, I'm Dancing (2/14/1966)
  23. The Gypsies (2/21/1966)
  24. Eat Your Heart out (2/28/1966)
  25. A Baby in the House (3/7/1966)
  26. The County Clerk (3/14/1966)
  27. The Foster Lady (3/21/1966)
  28. Goober's Replacement (3/28/1966)
  29. The Battle of Mayberry (4/4/1966)
  30. A Singer in Town (4/11/1966)

The Seventh Season

  1. Opie's Girlfriend (9/12/1966)
  2. The Lodge (9/19/1966)
  3. The Barbershop Quartet (9/26/1966)
  4. The Ball Game (10/3/1966)
  5. Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory (10/10/1966)
  6. The Darling Fortune (10/17/1966)
  7. Mind Over Matter (10/31/1966)
  8. Politics Begin at Home (11/7/1966)
  9. The Senior Play (11/14/1966)
  10. Opie Finds a Baby (11/21/1966)
  11. Big Fish in a Small Town (11/28/1966)
  12. Only a Rose (12/5/1966)
  13. Otis the Deputy (12/12/1966)
  14. Goober Makes History (12/19/1966)
  15. A New Doctor in Town (12/26/1966)
  16. Don't Miss a Good Bet (1/2/1967)
  17. Dinner at Eight (1/9/1967)
  18. A Visit to Barney Fife (1/16/1967)
  19. Barney Comes to Mayberry (1/23/1967)
  20. Andy's Old Girlfriend (1/30/1967)
  21. Aunt Bee's Restaurant (2/196/1967)
  22. Floyd's Barbershop (2/13/1967)
  23. The Statue (2/20/1967)
  24. Helen the Authoress (2/27/1967)
  25. Goodbye Dolly (3/196/1967)
  26. Opie's Piano Lesson (3/13/1967)
  27. Howard the Comedian (3/20/1967)
  28. Big Brother (3/27/1967)
  29. Opie's Most Unforgettable Character (4/3/1967)
  30. Goober's Contest (4/10/1967)

The Eighth Season

  1. Opie's First Love (9/11/1967)
  2. Howard the Bowler (9/18/1967)
  3. A Trip to Mexico (9/25/1967)
  4. Andy's Trip to Raleigh (10/2/1967)
  5. Opie Steps Up in Class (10/9/1967)
  6. Howard's Main Event (10/16/1967)
  7. Aunt Bee, the Juror (10/23/1967)
  8. Tape Recorder (10/30/1967)
  9. Opie's Group (11/196/1967)
  10. Aunt Bee and the Lecturer (11/13/1967)
  11. Andy's Investment (11/20/1967)
  12. Howard and Millie (11/27/1967)
  13. Aunt Bee's Cousin (12/4/1967)
  14. Suppose Andy Gets Sick (12/11/1967)
  15. Howard's New Life (12/18/1967)
  16. Goober the Executive (12/25/1967)
  17. The Mayberry Chef (1/1/1968)
  18. Emmett's Brother-in-law (1/8/1968)
  19. Opie's Drugstore Job (1/15/1968)
  20. The Church Benefactors (1/22/1968)
  21. Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting (1/29/1968)
  22. Goober Goes to an Auto Show (2/5/1968)
  23. Aunt Bee's Big Moment (2/12/1968)
  24. Helen's Past (2/19/1968)
  25. Emmett's Anniversary (2/26/1968)
  26. The Wedding (3/4/1968)
  27. Sam for Town Council (3/11/1968)
  28. Opie and Mike (3/18/1968)
  29. A Girl for Goober (3/25/1968)
  30. Mayberry RFD (4/1/1968)

Reunion TV Movie

Return to Mayberry (4/13/1986)

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