Andy Griffith Show
Andy Griffith Show Trivia Facts
The character 'Andy Taylor' was ranked #8 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).
The last 16 episodes of season three have become part of the public domain due to a clerical error back in the 1960's and are thus widely available in different formats and different conditions. The theme song however is still copyrighted material and can only be used with permission. Therefore, most public domain copies have different music during the opening and closing credits. These are the 16 public domain episodes, in order starting with 3.17: High Noon in Mayberry", "The Loaded Goat", "Class Reunion", "Rafe Hollister Sings", "Opie and the Spoiled Kid", "The Great Filling Station Robbery", "Andy Discovers America", "Aunt Bee's Medicine Man", "The Darlings Are Coming", "Andy's English Valet", "Barney's First Car", "The Rivals", "A Wife for Andy", "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs", "Mountain Wedding", and "The Big House. Coincidentally, this is a pivotal batch of episodes in the show's history; it includes the first appearances of Helen Crump, the Darlings, Malcolm Merriwether and Ernest T. Bass, as well as Crump's second appearance, the first in which she and Andy are set up as a couple.
Andy Taylor Trivia
Andy Griffith married Helen Crump
toward the very end of the show which then turned into Mayberry R.F.D.
I still think he should have married the lady druggist.
During the opening credits as Andy and Opie walk down the path, Opie picks up a rock and throws it off camera right as Andy nods in a very distinct manner, before they start walking again. Years later, Andy Griffith watched this and realized he was unintentionally imitating a certain nod that his father would give him to show approval.
Andy Griffith had been a successful stand-up comedian as well as an actor before beginning the show and he had fully expected to be the main funny character on it, and in the first few episodes even performed some of his stand-up routines, like his countrified versions of classic fairy tales. However, when Don Knotts became such a popular favorite as Deputy Barney Fife, Griffith decided for the good of the show to let Knotts be the main comic figure and let Sheriff Taylor react to him as his "straight man."
Did you ever wonder how Thelma Lou could afford that house. Her job was never revealed. Yet her boyfriend Barney had a job as a deputy, but could only afford a small apartment. Barney should have married her years earlier and moved into that nice house.
Milton, Oliver, and the middle initial "P" were all given as Barney Fife's middle name at one time or another during the series.
The reason Don Knotts quit the show after the fifth season was originally Andy Griffith and Don Knotts had signed a five year contract. After the fifth season Don started looking for other work and got a deal with Universal Pictures. Andy then decided he wanted to go on for three more years, but it was too late for Barney to come back since he was tied into the Universal contract. That's where we got the classic comedies "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and the "Shakiest Gun in the West"
When not on duty, or when he's going out on a date, Barney Fife can routinely be seen wearing a white straw fedora, "salt-n-pepper" pattern coat and a red bow tie. During his movie career after leaving the series, Don Knotts almost always wore the same suit. It appears in such films as The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) and How to Frame a Figg (1971).
In the first season, Barney Fife courted several women including Thelma Lou. In "Andy the Matchmaker", Barney courted a woman named Miss. Rosemary, in "Ellie for Council", Barney is seen dating Hilda May, who is again mentioned in "Christmas Story". Juanita, the never-seen waitress at the local diner was also serenaded by Barn in a few episodes in later seasons. Thelma Lou is only seen in one episode of the first season, but appears later as Barney's main squeeze.
When Don Knotts left the show, Jerry Van Dyke was considered for the part of a deputy who would have replaced Barney Fife, and even appears in a deputy's uniform in a fifth-season episode. However, Van Dyke chose instead to star in NBC's "My Mother the Car" (1965), and later said if he had to do it over again, he would have taken the deputy part instead.
Did you know that Don Knotts was a veteran of the Second World War who was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 bronze service stars, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar and Honorable Service Lapel Pin pretty good for a guy who made a living playing a chicken on the tv and movie screen.
Don Knotts once took job plucking
chickens for a market when he was told he didn't have a future in
acting. Makes you wonder what would have happened if that person would
have talked to Abraham Lincoln or Einstein about their future
The Darlings Trivia
The four men who played the four Darling sons, were a blue grass group called The Dillards -- Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, 'Dean Webb', and Mitch Jayne. Andy Griffith said years later that he actually performed with them on the show.
The Darling Dad was played by Denver Pyle, no relation to Gomer Pyle. He went on to play the father figure for another group of hillbillies that were always in trouble with the law, the Dukes of Hazzard's Uncle Jessie.
Floyd the Barber Trivia
Howard McNear made an appearance on
It to Beaver as a barber named, Andy the Barber. This
was in 1958 before he would become Floyd the barber on the Andy
Griffith Show a couple of years later in 1961. The episode was
entitled, "The Shave" which focused on Walley deciding he was old
enough to start shaving.
After Howard McNear left the show, Floyd's Barber Shop became Emmit's Fixit Shop.
Howard McNear played Doc on the
Gunsmoke Radio program before he was Floyd on the Andy Griffith
Sets and Props
The theme song for the series was titled "The Fishing Hole". Lyrics for the song were written by Everett Sloane but the producers decided that whistling the tune set the tone for the show, so the words were dropped.
In early episodes, to the right of the cells above the glass-covered shelves is a small picture of President Woodrow Wilson and the presidents before him. Later, during most seasons, a different poster is there, also of the presidents, this time up to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was published by Women's Day Magazine in 1956.
Andy Griffith Show Quotes
Barney Fife: The last big buy was my
mom's and dad's anniversary present.
Barney Fife: Well, today's
eight-year-olds are tomorrow's teenagers. I say this calls for action
and now. Nip it in the bud. First sign of youngsters going wrong,
you've got to nip it in the bud.
Barney Fife: If there's anything that upsets me, it's having people say I'm sensitive.
[Reassuring Opie after releasing a
group of dogs to the countryside as a thunderstorm approaches]
Andy Taylor: Goob, did anybody ever
tell you you've got a big mouth?
Barney Fife: [angry] Oh, you're just full of fun today, aren't you? Why don't we go up to the old people's home and wax the steps?
Andy Taylor: When a man carries a gun all the time, the respect he thinks he's getting might really be fear. So I don't carry a gun because I don't want the people of Mayberry to fear a gun. I'd rather they respect me.
Barney Fife: If only someone would
just kill somebody?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Call the man.
Andy Taylor: Barney, you can't give
Otis a sobriety test now; he's had all night to sleep it off. The time
to give him a sobriety test was last night when you picked him up.