The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 0

Danny Meets Andy Griffith

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 15, 1960 on CBS
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Danny Meets Andy Griffith
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This season 7 episode of Danny Thomas's family sitcom "Make Room for Daddy" would officially launch one of the most popular television series' of all time. While traveling with his family, Danny has a run in with small town law in the form of Sheriff Andy Taylor. This episode would serve as the pilot for "The Andy Griffith Show."moreless

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  • Like a Shadowy Image of Mayberry

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    I think that most fans who see this pilot episode for the first time will be mildly disappointed. The Mayberry of "Danny Meets Andy Griffith" is the Mayberry of Danny Thomas's world - created on a generic, stagey, looking soundstage with a lot of one-liner, stand up type comedy that was all the rage in the 1950's. It's interesting to consider the fact that The Andy Griffith Show was a new kind of comedy series. Shot with a single camera on closed sound stages and on outdoor sets and not the typical live before a studio audience, three camera approach, relying on character driven comedy as opposed to a show centered around the stand up routine of a single star - the series was almost the direct opposite of the series from which it sprang. As a result, The Andy Griffith Show remains as alive and fun today as it did in 1960 while "Make Room for Daddy" is all but forgotten. What we have instead are glimpses of Mayberry; Andy's down to earth, common sense style of problem resolution, his relationship with his son, Opie, his determination to do what is right when clearly doing what the law demands is wrong. There are some funny scenes and a touching scene or two. It's fun to see where Mayberry got started, even if this isn't really Mayberry!moreless
Marjorie Lord

Marjorie Lord

Kathy Williams

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Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Henrietta Perkins

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Frank Cady

Frank Cady

Will Hoople

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    • 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.

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    • A couple of times Andy mentions his Aunt Lucy. She was apparently an early manifestation of Aunt Bee.

    • When Andy makes his first appearence, the crowd wildly applauds. He was already a popular stand up comedian and had been seen on television.

    • Although Andy's late wife is rarely discussed or mentioned in the regular series, Andy and Opie have a rather detailed conversation about her in the pilot. Andy says that she died when Opie was just a "little speck of a baby."

    • The only two characters that make the transition from Pilot to series are Andy and Opie Taylor. Frances Bavier appears as the widow Henrietta, she would portray Aunt Bee in the series. This episode also establishes the character of the town drunk who locks himself into jail when he's intoxicated. Frank Cady, of Hooterville fame, played this character in the pilot (Will Hoople) but it was Hal Smith who would play loveable town drunk Otis Campbell in the series.

      Edit - there is actually a third character in the pilot who shows up in the regular series - Sarah, Mayberry's phone operator.

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