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The Andy Griffith Show

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor

Though his original intention was to become a preacher, Andy Griffith switched over to acting in the 1940s. He became a well-known in the mid-'50s when he released a comedy record called What It Was- Was Football in which he described the game from the point of view of someone who had never heard of it. Griffith played a cynical southerner in the feature film A Face in the Crowd, where he added a smarter edge to his image. His naive southern character was revived a couple of years later for his role in the classic No Time for Sergeants, which seems to have served as the inspiration for the character, Gomer Pyle. The Andy Griffith Show kept Andy busy for most of the '60s. Following the series, he appeared in a long list of TV movies in the '70s and '80s. In 1983 Griffith fell ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an affliction of the nervous system that kept him from working for a few years. In 1986, fully recovered, Griffith took on his second-most-famous role, southern lawyer Ben Matlock. Matlock ran as a series and then a string of TV movies throughout the '90s.

Character Bio

Mayberry's sheriff Andy Taylor is the town's moral compass. He always attempts to maintain his cool while dealing with the antics of his Deputy Barney Fife and the other characters in town. The widowed father of Opie became subtler over the years, wiser and more introspective. Of course he continued to throw out great barbs and zingers, but he became sager and provided a stable anchor for the wacky and colorful members of his community. A contented bachelor, Andy dates from time to time, and ultimately marries schoolteacher Helen Crump.

The Andy Griffith Show TV Schedule

Monday
December 1
9:00am
The Darling Baby
The Darling family returns to Mayberry.
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9:36am
Andy and Helen Have Their Day
Andy and Helen have an awful time while trying to enjoy a picnic, thanks to the one and only Barney Fife. Guest Star: Aneta Corsaut
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10:12am
Three Wishes for Opie
Superstitious Barney believes that the spirit of Count Istvan Teleky is the reason that wishes are coming true in Mayberry.
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10:48am
Otis Sues the County
Otis hires a shyster attorney after he trips and falls while exiting his jail cell.
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Tuesday
December 2
9:00am
Barney Fife, Realtor
Barney tries to earn some extra money by becoming a real estate agent.
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9:36am
Goober Takes a Car Apart
Andy wishes he had not allowed Goober to run the courthouse in his absence.
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10:12am
The Rehabilitation of Otis
After an argument with Barney, Otis decides to do his drinking elsewhere.
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10:48am
The Lucky Letter
Barney is intimidated by Andy not to respond to a chain letter.
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Wednesday
December 3
9:00am
Goober and the Art of Love
Goober goes out on an awkward date with Lydia Crosswaithe (Josie Lloyd).
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9:36am
Barney Runs for Sheriff
Andy and Barney square off for the upcoming sheriff's election in Mayberry.
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10:12am
If I Had a Quarter-Million
Barney discovers a briefcase containing $250,000, and is soon taken in by the con man who lost it.
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10:48am
TV or Not TV
A group of crooks try to take advantage of Andy and Barney while posing as a television crew.
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