The Definitive Andy Griffith Show Reference

Episode-by-Episode, with Cast and Production Biographies and a Guide to Collectibles


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About the Book

On the February 2, 1960, episode of The Danny Thomas Show, entertainer Danny Williams (Danny Thomas) is arrested for a traffic violation by a small-town sheriff named Andy Taylor, played by a good-natured Southern actor named Andy Griffith. Thus was born one of the most popular television shows of the 1960s—The Andy Griffith Show.
From the time it officially debuted in October 1960, The Andy Griffith Show was a perennial favorite on CBS, finishing its eight-year run as the top-rated show on television. It also produced some of the most remembered characters (Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, and Barney Fife) of the era. Each of the show’s 249 episodes is fully detailed here, including air dates, cast and production personnel, guest stars, and a bevy of facts about that particular episode. The 1986 television movie Return to Mayberry is covered in detail. Brief biographies of the show’s major stars, producers, directors and writers are also provided.

About the Author(s)

Dale Robinson is a regular contributor to The Mayberry Times.
The late David Fernandes lived in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Dale Robinson and David Fernandes
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 336
Bibliographic Info: photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2004 [1996]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2068-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0187-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vi

Preface     viii

Introduction: Andy Lore     1

The Episodes     11

The Pilot     13

Season One     16

Season Two     43

Season Three     70

Season Four     102

Season Five     134

Season Six     161

Season Seven     188

Season Eight     215

The Continuation     243

Reunion     245

The People     251

Regular Cast     253

Producers and Directors     280

Writers     295

The Man Behind the Music: Earle Hagen     310

Appendix: Collecting Memories of Mayberry     313

Bibliography     317

Index     319

Book Reviews & Awards

“the episode guide is incredible!”—The TV Collector; “a truly amazing amount of ‘Andy’ facts, trivia, and other information…detailed accounts of each episode”—Ashe Mountain Times; “capture[s] all the down-home charm of small-town life”—Burlington County Times.