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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

September 3
Andy and the Gentleman Crook
An infamous con artist, held temporarily in Mayberry, manages to enchant everyone except Andy.
Cyrano Andy
Andy tries to help Barney express his love struck feelings for Thelma Lou.
September 4
Andy And Opie, Housekeepers
Andy and Opie go to great lengths to show Aunt Bee what a mess they'd be without her.
The New Doctor
A handsome new doctor arouses suspicion in Aunt Bee and Barney and jealousy in Andy.
September 5
A Plaque for Mayberry
Mayor Pike (Dick Elliott) and the townspeople are shocked to discover that the last living descendant of Revolutionary War hero Nathan Tibbs is Mayberry's town drunk, Otis Campbell.
The Inspector
A by-the-book courthouse inspector condemns Andy and Barney's lack of proper procedure while Andy deals with a local bootlegger.