The Andy Griffith Show is definitely a TV classic. It ran from 1960 to 1968, producing 249 episodes.
The main character, Andy (Andy Griffith), was a widowed father of a polite little boy named Opie (Ron Howard) and is a sheriff, who works with nervous and very suspecting Barney Fife (Don Knotts). They all live in the nice southern town of Mayberry. But, Mayberry can get a little dangerous when the town drunk, Otis Campbell (Hal Smith), is on the loose. Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn) is Barney's sweetheart, although Andy had to help him describe his feelings to her. Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) is the very loving and caring but stern housekeeper for Andy and Opie. Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) is a bone-headed, thoughtless, but humorous character. He is a gas attendant. Goober Pyle (George Lindsey) is Gomer Pyle's cousin. They are very alike, you could say, and arrive in Mayberry when Gomer decides to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. The show had two spin-offs: Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. and Mayberry R.F.D.
Top 20 Ratings: 1960-1961 - #4 1961-1962 - #7 1962-1963 - #6 1963-1964 - #5 1964-1965 - #4 1965-1966 - #6 1966-1967 - #3 1967-1968 - #1
Awards for The Andy Griffith Show: Don Knotts won five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, and 1967.
Frances Bavier won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy in 1967.
In the pilot Andy was Sheriff of Mayberry, Justice of the Peace, and editor of the Mayberry Gazette. By the time the regular series aired he was only Sheriff and Justice of the Peace. By the third season it was generally conveyed that he was just the Sheriff.
When Barney is booking Emma Watson for jaywalking, look closely and you'll see that both courthouse doors are open. This is the first of only two times in the entire series that the left hand door (if you're inside the courthouse facing the doors, the one with the mail slot) is opened. The other episode is season five's The Rehabilitation of Otis.
Opie mentions his dog Gulliver. As a boy, Ron Howard had a dog named Gulliver.
In this episode, Barney is referred to as Andy's cousin.
About 15:11 into this first episode, when Andy is up in Opie's room for the second time, the shadow of a boom microphone comes into view on the wall near the upper right corner of the picture. After a second or two it moves up out of view. Then, as Andy lays across the bed to talk with his son, the shadow reappears, follows him and settles mostly out of the picture on the right. When Andy gets up from the bed, at about 16:15, the whole shadow appears again from the right and follows him for several seconds. The shadow travels left across the wall, is lost in the shadow of the open doorway, then reappears and crosses the top edge of the open door, reverses and drops down to settle on the right side of the door at the edge of the picture.
In a scene often edited from network reruns, Otis, the town drunk, makes his first appearance - and we learn that he's not only an alcoholic, he's in the church choir!
In this episode Emma Brand (later Watson) (played by Cheerio Meredith), lives by the lake. A few episodes later (in Ellie Comes to Town) she lives in town.
Andy refers to Barney as his cousin once more in this episode.