The Andy Griffith Show

Season 5 Episode 23

TV or Not TV

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Mar 01, 1965 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • In this epsiode three criminals pose as Hollywood producers who are making a film based on a magazine article called "Sheriff Without a Gun." This article would become the basis of an actual film in season six via the series' only three episode arc (Taylor's in Hollywood). Interestingly enough, Gavin McLeod (of Loveboat fame) would play a fake producer in this episode but play the actor playing Andy in the Hollywood episodes.

  • Allusions

    • The title of this episode, "TV or Not TV" is an allusion to the "To be or not to be" speech in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Before The Andy Griffith Show Andy's stand up comedy routines often contained country renditions of Shakespeare's plays, Hamlet was one his more popular renditions.