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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1960! The Andy Griffith Show opening screenshot
In 1960, The Andy Griffith Show made its debut on television. The show as also known as Andy of Mayberry.

The show proved to be a timeless family program successfully entering reruns and cable network syndication. The show can be seen at least once a day somewhere on the television dial (that's what you changed channels with before remote controls).

Click here to listen to the opening sequence from
The Andy Griffith Show
in .wav format.
Main Characters:
  • Sheriff Andy Taylor played by Andy Griffith
  • Opie Taylor played by Ron Howard
  • Deputy Barney Fife played by Don Knotts
  • Aunt Bea Taylor played by Frances Bavier
  • Clara Edwards played by Hope Summers
  • Helen Crump played by Aneta Corsaut
  • Goober Pyle played by George Lindsey
  • Gomer Pyle played by Jim Nabors
  • Floyd "The Barber" Lawson played by Howard McNear
  • Thelma Lou played by Betty Lynn
  • Otis Campbell played by Hal Smith
  • Howard Sprague played by Jack Dodson
  • Ernest T. Bass played by Howard Morris

Show Concept:

  • Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, his son Opie, and their Aunt Bea live, love, and learn in Mayberry, North Carolina, amidst a cast of characters in the sleepy little town. With few crimes to solve, the Sheriff and his Deputy spend more time pursuing women, teaching Opie the lessons of life, and locking up the town drunk, Otis, in the doily-decorated cells of the Mayberry Jail.

Hosts or Guests:

  • Special guest stars included (just to name a few):
    • Lillian Culver as Barney Fife's mother
    • Will Wright as Ben Weaver (the local department store mogul)
    • Dorothy Newman as Otis Campbell's wife
    • Sam Edwards as Lester Scobey
    • Barbara Eden as Miss Ellen Brown
    • Karl Swenson as Mr. McBeeVee

Writers or Producers:

  • unknown


  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • CBS (1960-1968)

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered on October 3, 1960
  • Final episode on September 16, 1968
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