The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 0

Danny Meets Andy Griffith

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 15, 1960 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • 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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