TV Series | TV-G | | Comedy, Family
Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife.
According to Ron Howard, Andy and Opie's relationship as father and son was influenced by Howard's relationship to his own father in real-life.
Now Barney here is a perfect example of a man about town. On the outside he's a tough weather beaten lawman. But on the inside he's a civilized, well sophisticated gentleman.
Ernest T. Bass: You can afford to be mighty proud of yourself.
Over the years, the Taylor home back porch changed from a simple set of steps in The Andy Griffith Show: Mr. McBeevee (1962) to a large porch with room for a freezer, sink, and wringer washer in The Andy Griffith Show: Bargain Day (1964) then back to a very small porch in The Andy Griffith Show: Opie Finds a Baby (1966) and The Andy Griffith Show: Only a Rose (1966).
During their original airings, episodes ran exactly 24 1/2 minutes (not counting commercial time). Most syndication prints now run 22 minutes to allow for additional commercial time. Some of the missing material (which includes the episode epilogues and other miscellaneous scenes) has been restored to VHS and DVD releases of various "Andy Griffith" episodes.