Down-home humor and an endearing cast of characters helped make The Andy Griffith Show one of the most beloved comedies in the history of TV. Introduced as a spin-off from The Danny Thomas Show in 1960, The Andy Griffith Show ran for eight seasons in primetime.
Widower Andy Taylor divides his time between raising his young son Opie, and his job as sheriff of the sleepy North Carolina town, Mayberry. Andy and Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee, who serves as a surrogate mother to both father and son. Andy's nervous cousin, Barney Fife, is his deputy sheriff whose incompetence is tolerated because Mayberry is virtually crime-free.
The Andy Griffith Show halted production while it was still No. 1 in the ratings. When Andy Griffith exited the series in 1968, Councilman Sam Jones (played by Ken Berry) took over as the sheriff of Mayberry. Re-christened Mayberry, R.F.D., the series ran for three seasons. The town of Mayberry then retreated into the world of reruns, where it has remained pleasantly unchanged ever since.