Mayberry R.F.D.

CBS (ended 1971)



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Mayberry R.F.D. premiered in 1968 as a spin off of The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68) with the highest ratings, at the time, of any new show in the history of television. Andy Griffith had grown tired of doing The Andy Griffith Show, so it was decided to continue the show using a different format. Sam Jones arrived in Mayberry during the final season of The Andy Griffith Show. He was very similar to Andy and, also, had a son. The last episode of The Andy Griffith Show served as the pilot for Mayberry R.F.D. In the first episode of Mayberry R.F.D., Andy and Helen were married. Don Knotts also gave a special appearance as Barney Fife. Shortly after Andy and Helen were married, they moved away. Most regulars from The Andy Griffith Show did stay including Howard Sprague, Emmett Clark, Goober Pyle, and, for the first two seasons, Bee Taylor. In 1971, Mayberry R.F.D. was cancelled by CBS in an effort to rid itself of its image as the "hillbilly" network. Main Title Theme Song "The Mayberry March" written by Earle Hagen and Carl Brandt CBS Broadcast History September 23, 1968 - September 6, 1971 ---- Mondays ---- 9:00 - 9:30 P.M. Nielsen Ratings Season 1 (1968-69) #4 (25.4) Season 2 (1969-70) #4 (24.4) Season 3 (1970-71) #15 (22.3) First Telecast: September 23, 1968 Last Telecast: March 29, 1971 Episodes: 78 color episodes

Ken Berry

Ken Berry

Sam Jones

George Lindsey

George Lindsey

Goober Pyle

Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Beatrice Taylor (seasons 1 & 2)

Alice Ghostley

Alice Ghostley

Alice Cooper (season 3)

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  • Love Mayberry RFD !!!

    Mayberry RFD is a refreshing change given our choices on television. Thank you Me TV for bringing Mayberry RFD into my life! It's a simple comedy with fun and likable characters I'd love to have in my life. There's always a basic moral lesson than can be learned and I always feel better after watching an episode. I wish Season 2 and 3 would be released because I'd love to own them all.moreless
  • All is still well in Mayberry!

    It’s true that Mayberry RFD is no Andy Griffith Show and Sam Jones is no Andy Taylor. Heck, Howard Sprague and Emmett Clark together can’t hold a candle to Barney Fife. A lot of fans of the Andy Griffith show refuse to acknowledge the color episodes and since RFD was the worthy successor it gets lumped in with those last three seasons of TAGS. But growing up in South Carolina during those times we were thrilled to have the flavor of "down home" shown on TV once a week (even though it was filmed in California!) RFD was a continuation of the elements that were prevalent on TAGS. Family, friends and community were held in the highest regard and traditional values were evident in the episodes as well. The comedy was a little more subtle than the first seasons of TAGS but since it remained in the top 10 Nielsen ratings during it’s run and was at #7 when canceled the writers must have been doing something right. Some of the guest stars were Jodie Foster (Buddy’s sister) and Farrah Fawcett (Yes Farrah!) This is still a classic show that deserves to be on TV and deserves a DVD release.

  • this was a bad idea

    as if they had not milked andy griffith for all it was worth, they turned around and gave ken berry his own show. in my opinion it was a bad idea. the show was never as funny as the old andy and barney seasons. but then again nothing could ever match that kind of magic.
  • I wonder what would happen if you took a classic comedy series and removed everyone who's funny from it?

    Wonder what would happen if you took a classic comedy series and removed everyone who's funny from the cast? 'The Andy Griffith Show' had been running on comedy fumes for quite a while after the departure of Don Knotts. Howard Sprague and Emmett the fix-it guy were hardly adequate replacements for Barney Fife. But then remove Andy, Opie and Floyd and Mayberry turns out to be a very dull place.Very, very dull.moreless

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