The Andy Griffith Show is an American situation comedy.
The show starred Andy Griffith in the role of Andy Taylor, the widowed sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, a fictional community of 2,000 people. Other major characters include Andy’s inept but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts); Andy’s spinster aunt and housekeeper, Bee Taylor (Frances Bavier), and Andy’s precocious young son, Opie (Ron Howard). Eccentric townspeople and temperamental girlfriends complete the cast. The series partially originated from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show.
Regarding the tone of the show, Griffith said that despite a contemporary setting, the show evoked nostalgia, saying in a Today Show interview: “Well, though we never said it, and though it was shot in the ’60s, it had a feeling of the ’30s. It was, when we were doing it, of a time gone by.”
The show also avoided unfavorable cultural aspects of this period, such as racism and segregation, by simply avoiding these topics with the all-white cast never encountering such situations. Black actors and actresses were only seen as background characters, and only one (Rockne Tarkington) ever had a speaking role on the show.
Years On the Air:8 seasons.
Dates on Air: October 3, 1960, to April 1, 1968
Episode Count: 249 half-hour episodes —159 in black and white and 90 in color.
Andy Griffith- Sheriff Taylor
Ronny Howard-Opie Taylor
Don Knotts-Deputy Barney Fife
Frances Bavier- Aunt Bea
Jim Nabors-Gomer Pyle
Ken Berry-Sam Jones
George Lindsay- Goober