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Andy Griffith Show


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The Andy Griffith Show

Say the name Andy Griffith and for those of us who grew up in the 60's... A slow smile will most likely find its way across our faces as a 'whistling theme song' replays itself out of the recesses of our minds.

The storyline of The Andy Griffith Show was centered around a single father and Sheriff raising his son, with the help of Aunt Bee. The setting was in a quaint little town where fishin’ holes, pies, ice cream socials, and rock-hard family values reigned. The show was aired during a decade that grew progressively more turbulent.

Andy starred for eight years as Andy Taylor, the charming, sensitive and very patient Sheriff of the make-believe Southern town of Mayberry. The place he created, Mayberry USA, was a town where all blunders were soon forgiven and where friendships endured through it all. Andy's flawless character, charm, common sense and wisdom won the heart of many a lady both on and offscreen.

The series was filled with quirky characters who felt like family to all of us who watched them weekly. Craig Fincannon, head of a casting agency in Wilmington said, "What made the Andy Griffith Show' work was Andy Griffith himself - the fact that he was of this dirt and had such deep respect for the people and places of his childhood."

Whistle Theme Song has Words - Sung by Andy

Barney Fife

Andy's partner Barney (Don Knotts) was the antithesis of Andy. Barney was naïve by nature and shot his mouth off whenever his, out-of-control anxiety took over.

He was a mess! He continually strove to prove, to all the world, what a really tough guy deputy he was. In the eyes of Barney's alter-ego, he was scared of nothin' and nobody.

Oftentimes Barney would totally bungle it as he tried to prove himself with a quick draw but instead mistakenly pull the trigger coming inches from shooting his foot off. At times like this, Sheriff Taylor would confiscate Barney's gun, leaving Barney in a head hanging miserable state.

It was hilarious to watch Barney time and time again escalate quickly out of control. Inwardly he was desperately trying to prove how capable he was - but his actions revealed the truth. The more desperate he was to prove himself the more he sputtered unintelligible words as his face contorted in frustration. Yes, Barney tried his best to muster up an aura of a powerful man, but he was, in fact, the furthest thing from it. Everyone seemed to know this except for Barney himself. Barney's bumbling antics never failed to send our family into a fit of hardy, good-natured laughter.

There was a 'dance' that continued between Andy and Barney throughout the series. A dance we came to love. As an example, let me share one of Barney's quirky rants and Andy's typical response.

Barney is in full rant mode, anxiety fully kicked in, He opens his mouth and speaks contemptuously, "What are the state police gonna think when they get here and find we got an empty jail? They're gonna think this is just a hick town where nothing ever happens!" "Well, now," Taylor says calmly, "you got to admit that's about the size of it."

In real life, Andy knew Don Knotts to be very funny and so he developed his character into an award-winning star. Sheriff Taylor continually played into the twitchy, bug-eyed Deputy Fife and oh how he loved to get him going just for the sport of it. The result for Don Knotts was five supporting-actor Emmys.

In a recent interview, Don Knotts' widow, Francey Yarborough Knotts said, "Don and I loved Andy very much, Andy and Don had a great friendship and a great creative partnership. Throughout their lives, they continued to have fun together and discuss the art of comedy and acting."

Gomer Sings

Gomer Pyle

Remember good ole Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) the simple-minded gas station attendant in Mayberry?

Although it's not very nice to say, the description that pops in my mind when I think of Gomer is "Dumber than a rock." He made us all laugh with his clueless and off the wall comments.

Have you ever heard Gomer sing? It is so conflicting for me to watch the character of Gomer Pyle singing with his gorgeous melodic and gifted voice.

If you have never heard Gomer sing, you are in for a treat. I hope you'll take a while and sit a spell to watch the YouTube of Gomer (Jim Nabors) singing Over Yonder.


Opie and Andy

Andy's son Opie played by Ron Howard, was an All-American, innocent redheaded boy who learned about manhood and life through his Dad and Aunt Bee. Theirs was a home filled with love and lessons to be learned.

It is during the very first episode, we learn that Opie has been taught to pray and to believe in God.

In one of the scenes, Opie is saying his prayers at bedtime while Aunt Bee listens in from the hallway. Opie's prayer: "God Bless my Pa, my bird Dickey and my dog Gulliver and my lizard, also wherever it is he ran away to, and Barney Fife and my white mouse and Jerry, Tommy and Billy and my snake. Amen. I forgot somebody very important. God Bless, Rose, even though she ran off and got married." Quote from Show

As Opie grew up both physically and professionally, he knew he had been shaped and influenced by a great man. Ron Howard thought of Andy as a favorite uncle who valued his opinion and treated him well.

Here are some of the Memories that Ron Howard shares about lessons he learned from Andy Griffith:

Excerpts from Los Angeles Times

"My allegiance to the show is so firm that I often use it as a barometer of character when making new acquaintances. If I meet someone who does not like “The Andy Griffith Show,” they immediately become somewhat suspect in my mind. How could anyone not like it?"

"With Andy in charge, he taught us all what we seem to have forgotten over the years; that every living being on this planet has something to offer; something to teach us if we will just listen to them. More than anything, Andy taught us tolerance."

"Respect. At every turn, he demonstrated his honest respect for people and he never seemed to expect theirs in return, but wanted to earn it."

"I was fortunate to witness and even participate in thousands of minutely detailed creative problem-solving interactions with Andy always tirelessly engaged."

"He proved hour by hour, episode by episode that creativity and neurotic angst were in fact not inexorably linked. He led by example and we demonstrated that a cast and company could play practical jokes on one another, laugh 'till they cried and still get 12 pages of the script shot every day while producing a No. 1-rated show."

"And, as I look back today, knowing that Andy's vision yielded a show that still airs daily all over the country and holds an absolutely unique place in the annals of its medium, I'm reminded of another lesson taught by example. Do all that, and don't forget to have as many laughs as you can along the way."

"He taught me a great deal through the examples he set and the approach to our work on the set. I learned about comedic timing, paying off characters in the third act of a storyline, and the equal values of both focused rehearsal and, at particular moments, of total chaotic spontaneity."

"I saw him lobby against jokes that were admittedly funny, but were at the expense of, and undercut the long-term reliability of a character."

The Andy Griffith Show

The Andy Griffith Show

Aunt Bee

Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) was Sheriff Andy Taylor's Aunt and the great aunt to his son Opie Taylor. This robust woman was LOVE amplified a million times. Her smile could warm the hardest of hearts.

Aunt Bee moved to Mayberry after Andy's housekeeper Rose, married and moved away. Aunt Bee filled the role of a grandmother for Opie. She also felt she filled the role of 'Mother' to Andy but don't anyone let that leak.

Aunt Bee was well known in Mayberry for her down-home country cooking. In the first episode, she serves up a platter of country fried chicken that set Andy's taste buds singing. After that, she was always associated with wholesome, home-cooked meals. She was seen bringing meals to the community or church events. She also brought picnic baskets of food to Andy in Mayberry's tiny jail and to Barney and the inmates too. Aunt Bea was famous for her pie's and oh how Andy loved pie.

Aunt Bee is a teetotaler. In an episode when a traveling salesman comes to Mayberry peddling patent medicine, Andy shares with Barney that Aunt Bee is avidly against alcohol due to her brother's trouble with the bottle. In the same episode, Bee plays the piano and speaks of her baptism. Bee was a member of the town choir and scenes were shot of her singing in the local church.

Aunt Bee is a woman who anyone would wish to be their Aunt. She loved with all of her heart, yet did not hesitate to give you an ear-bending talkin' to if you needed it.

Losing a Legend

Legendary television actor Andy Griffith, who made a name for himself with his self-titled comedy "The Andy Griffith Show" and, later on, the long-running series “Matlock,” died at the age of 86. Griffith was rushed to a North Carolina hospital by an EMS team after they were called to his home on a Tuesday morning. Griffith died about 7 a.m., at his coastal home in Manteo, North Carolina.

Griffith was born on June 1, 1926. As a kid, he sang and played slide trombone in the band at Grace Moravian Church. Later he studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and for a time contemplated a career in the ministry. Instead, he eventually got a job teaching high school music in Goldsboro.

He and his first wife, Barbara Edwards, had two children: Sam, who died in 1996, and Dixie. His second wife was Solica Cassuto. Both marriages ended in divorce. He married third wife Cindi Knight Griffith in 1983.

Griffith suffered from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can cause sudden paralysis. He suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000.

He was the country boy a country came to love. He was a widowed father who offered gentle guidance to son Opie, who grew up to become the Oscar-winning director of "A Beautiful Mind."

Andy and its star were a calming, home-spun refuge from the social and political struggles raging outside the fictional world of Mayberry. The airing of the Andy Griffith show came in the midst of Vietnam, the sexual revolution and the fight for civil rights.

These tenuous situations would eventually invade TV in the form of All in the Family. Yet Mayberry remained a place apart — a slow-paced, innocent town where an elderly aunt bestowed comfort and homemade jam; drunks let themselves in and out of the county jail, and an attentive and loving father opened each show by taking his son fishing.

What People say about Andy Griffith

George Lindsay, who played Goober in the series made this observation about The Andy Griffith Show, "One of the incredible things about every single episode is that Andy insisted each show have a moral point, something good, lofty and moral. It's a shame current shows on TV don't adopt that high road."

Show writer Bill Idelson once shared his opinion of why the series enjoyed success: "You know what the secret of the show is? You know why everybody loves it? It's about man's humanity to man rather than man's inhumanity to man. He's a sheriff, the police - the symbol of oppression, brutality, and ignorance throughout the world - and here's a guy who treats his neighbors and the people on the street as if they are human beings. I think people hunger for that so much that it transcends all of the cultures."

Casting Agent Craig Fincannon "A character on the show might be broadly eccentric, but the character had an ethical and moral base that allowed us to laugh with them and not at them," he said. "And Andy Griffith's the reason for that."

Random Facebook Comments about Andy Griffith:

  1. "Buddy old pal. Guess you in the big courthouse now keeping Barney straight. Rest in peace Andy"
  2. "I really enjoyed that show. One of the best on TV. Just think, no one swore, no one was half-naked and it was a success."
  3. "The Mayberry Gang: Aunt Bee's closeness and emotional ties to everyone - Opie's love to everyone in his life - Andy's commitment and devotion to his work and family - and Barney (although sometimes clumsy and comical), who was truly committed as well."

A friend made this comment about Andy, "He was a great role model. A lot like my Dad. A knowing patience that handled every situation with measured calm- with me thinking, Holy cow! Just punch Barney Fife in the face and be done with it!"

Twitter Tributes

July 3, 2012

Ron Howard: "Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever grateful RIP Andy"

Rodney Atkins: "Rest In Peace Andy Griffith. Praying for his family, friends, and fans."

Southern Living: "Rest in peace Andy Griffith. Mayberry will always have a special place in our hearts."

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott: "Heaven gained a talented man today. Mr. Andy Griffith, thanks for giving me amazing memories with my family growing up watching your show!"

Amy Grant: "From Team Amy - Go Rest High on that Mountain, Andy Griffith."

Dave Coulier: "RIP Andy Griffith. Thank you for all the laughs. I love Mayberry, and never knew that R.F.D., stood for Rural Free Delivery."

Goodbye Andy

Andy Griffith created the wonderful winsome town of Mayberry. He created Andy Taylor a man who modeled justice, kindness and greatness. He won our respect and love.

Which one of us would not wish Andy Taylor to be our Father? Compassion and attentiveness oozed from this man. His sense of humor and cajoling brightened our day and lifted the clouds as we spent time together in Mayberry.

Thank you, Andy, for your vision of a little town that stood for all that was true and right in the world. Thank you for the dedication and energy poured into your characters and the series. We will never forget Mayberry or the man who made it all happen.

Goodbye, Andy! Know that you brought JOY to our days and spoke lasting lessons into our lives. You were respected and held in high regard by many of us who never met you face to face. Your legacy lives on.

© 2012 Susan Ream


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 25, 2019:

Thank you, Kenneth. I'm glad to meet another Andy fan!! I would never get mad at anyone who helps me be a better writer, so I thank you! :) I'll get right to that capsule title.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on July 25, 2019:

Susan . . ."I LOVED your hub. Without a doubt, your BEST. And I am my part of northwest Alabama's Biggest Andy fan. I am boasting, not of me, but Andy and the Mayberry gang.

Keep up the great work, and please do not get upset with me, but in one of your capsules, your headline says, "Loosing the gang," shouldn't that say, Losing the gang?

Just saying.

Write me anytime.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on October 25, 2018:

Thank you, Williams! It was fun writing it. :)

WILLIAMS BIGMAN from California on October 25, 2018:

That was a nice one..!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 12, 2013:

I'm not surprised to hear you watch Andy and the gang every day. The bit of time spent on your site has revealed the down home and character filled soul you possess.

Andy and the gang gave us all many examples of loyalty, love, patience and acceptance. I agree Ernest was a very interesting character and a great addition to Mayberry USA.

Thank you for stopping by for a read and sharing your thoughts!



Mr Archer from Missouri on December 12, 2013:

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. We watch the show daily here, and wish more shows were like it.

My favorite character was Ernest T. Bass. I will never forget him asking "Wanna hear me sing Eatin' Goober Peas?" to Charlene Darlin. What memories...

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on May 20, 2013:

Hi Kasman, Isn't Gomer a hoot! His voice is the antithesis of his characters demeanor - that is what makes his singing voice so ASTOUNDING.

Thank you for sharing a moment with Andy and the gang. Appreciate the vote up, share and encouragement too.

Andy stood for all that is right in the world - I loved the show and still enjoy watching reruns.

Blessings to you this fine DAY!


Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on May 20, 2013:

This hub riveted me from beginning to end. I didn't know Gomer had such a great voice. You don't think that immediately listening to the man talk. I think you're right about home grown traditional values.....some of these need to make a huge comeback right now. I'm voting this up and sharing! Great job!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on May 20, 2013:

Welcome ytsenoh, I see you are from the Andy Griffith Era too. Yes, days were simpler and as I look back more innocent too.

I'm glad you appreciated the memories of Andy and the gang. You state that Andy reminds you of your father - girl - do you know how blessed you are to have that heritage? He'd be anyone's ideal Dad.

Thank you for stopping by one of my favorite hubs .. taking time to sit a spell and enjoy the way things were back in Mayberry USA.



Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on May 19, 2013:

Mekenzie, who could not appreciate the effects of Andy Griffith? Growing up and watching the Andy Griffith Show certainly had a lot of value in its day. To see how Ron Howard evolved throughout his life and career is amazing. You presented a remarkable memorization of Griffth's life! His laid back calm and southern style always reminded me of my father. The spin-off shows were good to keep the "Mayberry" concept alive, but nothing replaces that original show. Thanks!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on November 12, 2012:

Hi Coach, Another Andy Griffith Show friend I see. He did set the bar high and I think it all came so naturally for him. Appreciate your visit, encouragement, vote up and sharing .. Wow you are so nice. ((wink))

Blessings and hugs,


Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 12, 2012:

I still watch reruns of "The Andy Griffith Show" and never tire of them. An outstanding man and actor, he set the bar for clean entertainment and great talent. You have done him justice as well as the entire family of actors. A marvelous tribute!

Voting Up and across and sharing!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 13, 2012:

Sparklea, I SO LOVED that show too! I also watched the other oldies but goodies you mentioned .. ahhh those were the days my friend.

This hub was written to honor the memory of and the series and a great man.

Thank you for reading my hub and leaving such a warm comment. I miss you! Been busy with life and long to get back to the hubs. Hopefully soon.

Blessings dearone,


Sparklea from Upstate New York on September 11, 2012:

Mekenzie: voted up and awesome1 I SO LOVED that show! I think I watched all the episodes back then...not to mention Jackie Gleason, I Love Lucy...ALL of those wonderful, wonderful shows~ALSO LOVED The Carol Burnett Show. Those were the days of a simpler time, which I truly miss.

THANK YOU for this wonderful hub, the clips, and taking time to dedicate the memory of Andy Griffith. Blessings, Sparklea :)

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on August 08, 2012:

Well hello Big Brother and Chief. I'm glad you liked it, thanks for the encouragement.


The Chief on August 08, 2012:

Great job SIS.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 30, 2012:

Hi Nell, perhaps you are right about the show not being broadcasted in England. Interesting that you recognize the theme song though. I think you could pull up an episode on Youtube if you wanted to view one. Ahhhh the good ole days when life was simple and people loved each other well.

Thanks for your visit and comment. I hope you will catch at least an episode of The Andy Griffith Show .. it was one of a kind.



Nell Rose from England on July 30, 2012:

This was so interesting, I don't remember the program because I think it wasn't shown over here in England, but for some reason I recognised the theme tune, so maybe it was on a long time ago. But I do wish I had seen it, and as someone else mentioned, I would love to get the DVD, wonderful tribute and hub, nell

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 19, 2012:

Oh Redberry, this show is so special and it holds so many moral lessons. I wish there were updated T.V. shows today that modeled important character qualities and morals like The Andy Griffith Show did.

I'm glad you will get a hold of a DVD .. let me know what you think. Remember it is slow moving and from the 60's but the characters are so endearing.



Redberry Sky on July 19, 2012:

As soon as I read the title of this Hub, the tune started playing in my head! I'm not even sure that I've ever seen an episode of the show because I'm from the UK and I don't know if they air reruns of it here. You have piqued my interest, though, and I'm going to try to get hold of a DVD of it now :)

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 18, 2012:

MFB, Your song is so beautiful and whimsical taking me back to the lazy days of Mayberry. Honestly I love the pictures that came to mind as I read this.

In my minds eye I see you sitting respectfully in Mt. Ari strumming your heartfelt tribute to Andy. What honor and special memories you brought out through word and song to Andy and Mayberry.

Do you live near Mt. Ari? The words of this song flow so colorfully and sincerely from your artists heart. Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful writing here on my hub.

Blessings and HUGS!


Matthew Frederick Blowers III from United States on July 17, 2012:

I truly enjoyed your article on Andy and the gang. You touched on so many good things about them. I will share with you the song I pennned

in Mt. Airy, where they filmed Mayberry....just days after he had passed on.

_____A Farewell To Andy Of Mayberry.______

It's time to say Goodbye to Andy

in a world were penny candy's become obsolete,

and Goober's just a movie treat,

chocolate covered peanuts you can eat

down on Mayberry street....

Old Otis has a king sized bunk,

in a mansion where he's never drunk

you can't get much higher than heaven,

alcohol just can't compete.

Aunt Bea's been making pies awhile

while the angels up in heaven smile

at her pastries baked....

Barney Fife, finally got himself a wife,

and he's always guarding heaven's gates,

sitting in the shade, drinking her lemonade.

And Opies still around,

he's not yet down in the ground

but he's not a child,

He's making movies from his fantasies,

far away from life in Mayberry,

in the true love he has found.

And Jim Nabors is still neighborly,

he's an old singer and a retiree,

no longer Gomer Pyle.

Floyd's in his Glory cutting hair,

God gave him a throne for a barber chair

keeping the Saints in style.

I miss my black and white T.V.

with it's tiny screen in front of me,

like a postage stamp... sending me to Mayberry RFD

where life was always peachy keen

something now I seldom get to see...

the way it used to be.

But I still whistle that ol' melody

that through all the years has still stuck with me,

down at the fishing hole where I catch some bass....

(Whistle the Mayberry theme song here along with guitar music)

sing- Ain't it sad how time goes oh, so quickly past.

So it's goodbye to Andy and those days of penny candy

in a town that was so dandy, they invited us stay,

as we viewed the good life that they shared,

and how they solved the troubles waiting there,

in a loving way.....

Keep their characters fresh in your mind,

take a lesson from those simpler times

in your busy days,

treat all fellowmen like Andy would,

always striving to do something good,

in a loving way..........

Art~Whimsically Yours Studio

MFB III Productions- (c)-Summer- 2012

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 15, 2012:

emily, I love your comment .. I'm glad you don't mind watching Andy or Lucy occasionally. I know they are terribly outdated but they were written in a day when life was slower and people were a bit more innocent than in today's world. Those of us that grew up in that era do miss the days of old when life seemed simpler and people kinder. We looked up to the character of Andy Taylor and wanted to model his genuine and good natured ways.

Thanks for the encouragement, I'm glad you liked the layout and information.



Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 15, 2012:

Hi mary, Opie's Mom died; the show refereed to Andy as a widower. The reruns helped to entertain my husbands 99 year old mom while she lived with us. It was a bit of the old days she could relate to.

Thanks for your visit, comment and vote up. Appreciate it so much!


emilybee on July 15, 2012:

This is one of the shows that I don't mind occasionally viewing when its on at my parents house. It doesn't make me want to gouge my eyeballs out :-) This show and I love Lucy, too. Very nice hub, great layout, dividers, and so informative.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 15, 2012:

You did an outstanding job with this tribute to one of my all time favorite people. I still watch the rerunsof the Andy Griffin show. You know, I always thought Aunt Bee was Andy's mother in the show. Do they ever tell what happened to Oppie's Mom?

Again, thanks for bringing this wonderful Hub to your readers.

I voted it UP, and will certainly share with others.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 11, 2012:

Hi Nate, nice to meet you. You really did know Andy and the characters in real life? Boy would I like to sit a spell and share a cup of joe with you. :)

Your comment reveals that you are an intriguing writer. I enjoyed reading your brief description of Andy, "he was smart because he was direct and simple, good; and he was very capable, formidable, yet kind, but way ahead of everyone in an almost unexpected way. " Well put Nate!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment.



Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on July 10, 2012:

Beautiful descriptions of the show, the setting of the show and the characters! Awesome scene with Jim Nabors singing, he did have a great voice! I loved the show! Andy was great because he was smart and he was smart because he was direct and simple, good; and he was very capable, formidable, yet kind, but way ahead of everyone in an almost unexpected way. And there was room for the whole lot of them in his world. I'd love to have some of Aunt Bee's cooking, and I hang out with a guy like Barney. There is truth to that show, I know because I know all those characters, including Andy, in real life. I also know that Andy's way of doing things is very possible. Great Hub!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 10, 2012:

I loved them too rebecca. You grew up in NC and was there a real Mayberry? Thanks for your sweet encouragement!


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 10, 2012:

whonunuwho, Hello and nice to meet another Andy Griffith Show fan. I'm glad you mentioned the other (very important) characters to the show. They added fun and humor and helped to reveal the kindess and patience of Sheriff Taylor.

Yes, the episodes will remain for those of us who miss the good ole' days and also for those of us who dare to introduce the show to the generations who come behind us. The show may be too slow for them .. and maybe too corny - but how I love the lessons we learned while being entertained.

Thanks for your comments - I appreciate them!


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 10, 2012:

techhound, today I was telling my daughter and her girls about this article and my 13 year old granddaughter said, Who is Andy Griffith. Oh my! The new generation knows nothing about Mayberry. :(

Thanks for your kind comment and it's nice to meet you!


whonunuwho from United States on July 10, 2012:

Those brought up in the sixties, and seventies will always remember Andy as part of their lives and a good role model for all to follow. Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bee, Gomer, Goober, Floyd and all the other regulars like Otis and the poor barber who always played the bad guy, we salute you all.The shows will be played into the future ,and welcome as a wholesome testament to what the richness of the simple life is all about.

whonunuwho from United States on July 10, 2012:

Andy represented the very best in the human spirit and goodness that was on television and inspired many to live the good life. Hats off to Andy and little Oppie, Barney, Aunt Bee, Goober, Gomer, Ottis and Floyd the barber, for all of the wonderful years of good family entertainment.May God Bless them all.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 10, 2012:

Thank you dear Christy .. shivers are an apt tribute for sure. ((wink))

Mekenzie xx

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 10, 2012:

I loved those characters. They were so real to because I grew up in NC. What a great idea to write a tribute at this time.Thanks!

techhound on July 10, 2012:

Nice Tribute. He had a pretty amazing career and I don't know of anyone who didn't watch the Andy Griffeth show. Thanks for the Hub.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 10, 2012:

This is a beautiful tribute. I have shivers as I finish reading this. Thank-you xx

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 10, 2012:

oceansider, Andy Griffin was such a wonderful role model with a sense of humor and a heart as big as Texas. We watch him on Netflix .. Glad to hear the show is also on T.V. land. The other shows you mention were 'regulars' in our house too. Those were the days when innocence and fun were appreciated.

Thanks for your kind words Helen,

God Bless and Keep You Close to His heart.,


oceansider on July 10, 2012:

Mekenzie, thank you for doing this article in honor of Andy Griffith...I have always loved that show, in fact, it's still being aired on the "T.V. Land" channel, along with other old shows like I love Lucy and Dick Van Dyke. You did a great job writing about Andy, and I agree that it was a very wholesome show which stood for all good things...decency, helping your neighbors, telling the truth, loving others!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 09, 2012:

Laurinzo, Thank you for your comments .. Andy and his show really did give us joy and heart-warming memories. The cast had a special connection that make them feel like family.

Appreciate you stopping by.



LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on July 09, 2012:

Great hub, and tribute to an incredible talent, that gave so many of us such joy and funny , and heart-warming memories.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 07, 2012:

You did live in the same town? Or you were just teased that you were? Andy's character was the epitome of all that is good in a man.

Loved the show and all of the unique and eccentric characters as well.

Thanks Deborah for your visit and comment too.



Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on July 07, 2012:

Oh Yes always loved Andy Griffith show.. I grew up in North Carolina and I was always teased I lived in the same town.. I loved it.. lol.. thank you for writing a great tribute to a great man.

God Bless you


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 05, 2012:

teacherjoe, do you have access to Netfix where you are at? It's got a lot of the oldies but goodies programs. I love to watch them from time to time .. nostalgia and a longing to have virtues be a priority once again.

Thanks for the read and comment brother ... You are an encouragement!


teacherjoe52 on July 05, 2012:

Hi Makenzie.

Great article

The show was truly a classic.

'I wish I could download it to share with children here to see what good TV was really all about.

They love it when they are taught to whistle the theme song.

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 04, 2012:

You are very welcome Mekenzie! You did great! Aww, thanks! :)

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 04, 2012:

Hi Josh, Thank you for the encouragement and kudos. It took quite a bit of research, and then filtering what I found to be most interesting, to write this hub. There is a ton of information about Andy and the gang in Mayberry. Although I enjoyed the research I did not want to give the reader an overload of information.

I appreciate your comments so much! Gotta get over to check out your hubs. I know you've been writing up a storm and making many friends here on the hubs. Go Josh!



Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 04, 2012:

This is awesome Mekenzie! A terrific review of an amazing TV show many of us loved to watch. This brings back many memories for me and my family. you did great, well-written and very informative! One of the best reviews I have come by in HubPages! Voted up, more, and sharing!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 04, 2012:

teaches, thank you for coming by and leaving some thoughts about the show. Many in our family still watch The Andy Griffith Show through Netflix. Oh for the good ole' days huh?

Ron Howard is an amazing Director, have you ever seen the movie Beautiful Mind? He directed it. Amazing Cast were they not.

Appreciate the visit.



Dianna Mendez on July 04, 2012:

He was a great man and will be missed. I still watch his show and enjoy them so much. He did help launch the careers of many who were on his show. I remember this when I see Ron Howard directing movies. Well covered and so enjoyed the read.

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