Andy Griffith and Frances Bavier did not get along during the series. According to Griffith and Howard Morris, Bavier was extremely sensitive, and resented her role of Aunt Bee. In 1972 Griffith and Ron Howard paid her a visit at her home in Siler City, NC, but she turned them away. When Bavier was terminally ill in 1989, she contacted Griffith to say that she regretted that they did not get along better.
Andy Griffith originally told Don Knotts that he only wanted to do the show for five years. So they both signed five-year contracts. During the fifth season, Knotts began looking for other work. He then signed a five-year deal with Universal Pictures. Suddenly, Griffith decided to continue on with the series for three more years and offered Knotts a new contract. But Knotts was already bound by his contract with Universal, and left the show.
The character of Helen Crump was supposed to be a one-shot. That is why they gave the character an unpleasant sounding name. But the producers were so impressed with Aneta Corsaut's performance, and her rapport with Andy Griffith, that they made her a regular cast member.
The series ended while still at the top of the Nielsen's Ratings, one of only three shows to have done so, along with I Love Lucy (1951) and Seinfeld (1989).
They never mention what happened to Opie's mother. Opie was said to be just "a speck of a boy" when she died. Her first name is never given, her picture is never shown in Andy's house, nor anywhere else, and her grave is never shown.
During the opening credits, as Andy and Opie walk down the path, Opie picks up a rock and throws it off-camera right as Andy nods in a very distinct manner, before they start walking again. Years later, Andy Griffith watched this and realized he was unintentionally imitating a certain nod that his father would give him to show approval.
Ron Howard's (Opie) real-life brother, Clint Howard, appeared in many episodes as the peanut butter and jelly-eating cowboy, "Leon".
Andy and Barney's squad car was a Ford Galaxie. The cars were supplied free of charge by a nearby Ford dealer, and whenever the newest model came out, it was sent to the studio, and the old one was returned to the dealer who re-painted it and sold it. Altogether, there were about ten different Ford Galaxies used throughout the run of the series.
In many episodes, Barney refers to Andy Taylor as "Ange". That was Don Knotts' real nickname for Andy Griffith, shortening Andy and Griffith into "Ange".
The character "Andy Taylor" was ranked #8 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (June 20, 2004 issue).
Howard McNear (Floyd the Barber) suffered a severe stroke and had trouble standing up. A special stool was created to make it appear that Floyd was standing, even though he was actually leaning or half sitting. In other episodes, he was shown either sitting in the barber's chair inside his shop, or on the bench outside on the sidewalk.
Throughout the series, there was a character named "Mister Schwamp" who would occasionally appear in episodes. He was a middle-aged man with a slumped demeanor and dark hair (which looked like a comb over, or a toupee). He could usually be found sitting on a park bench or in crowd scenes. He never had any lines. One of the characters (usually Andy or Barney) would acknowledge him with "Hello, Mister Schwamp", and he would smile and nod, and that's all he would do. He also appeared in two episodes of the spin-off Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964). The person who played him was the show's production manager, Frank E. Myers, who was also the brother of the show's executive producer, Danny Thomas.
In two episodes of the second season, Andy Griffith's hand is heavily bandaged. Griffith had broken his hand by punching a wall. On the show, the bandage was explained by Sheriff Taylor saying he hurt his hand apprehending some criminals.
Elinor Donahue decided not to return after the first season, because she felt she had no on-screen chemistry with Andy Griffith. Griffith later admitted that it was his own fault, because he had a hard time showing affection on-screen, and as a result, the relationship didn't appear real or believable. In contrast, Griffith had no problem showing affection toward Aneta Corsaut or her Helen Crump character. The two often flirted and went off together in private, even though Griffith was married at the time.
Aunt Bee was originally from Morgantown, WV. This is believed to be the town where Don Knotts was born and raised. Knotts even graduated from Morgantown's West Virginia University. Tributes to Knotts include a statue and a street named in his honor.
Rance Howard, Ron Howard's father, appeared in several episodes, including l one as the limo driver for the North Carolina governor who gets a parking ticket from Barney. Barney actually receives a personal visit from the governor congratulating him for giving the driver the ticket.
When going out on a date or to a formal affair, Barney Fife can routinely be seen wearing a white straw boater, salt-and-pepper-pattern coat and a red bow tie. During his movie career, after leaving the series, Don Knotts almost always wore the same suit. It appears in such films as The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) and How to Frame a Figg (1971).
When the series began, Andy and Barney were cousins in the first few episodes. This was a joke based on the stereotype that the only reason people in small towns get jobs in the local government is because they are related to someone, and not based on the merits of their abilities. However, after a few well placed references of Andy and Barney's relation (usually to cap off a joke) in the first season, this idea was dropped, and the backstory of their relationship became simply that they were friends since childhood.
Opie Taylor was named for Opie Cates, a prominent band leader of the 1930s and 1940s who Andy Griffith and Sheldon Leonard, the show's producer, both admired.
Andy Griffith had been a successful stand-up comedian as well as an actor before beginning the show, and he had fully expected to be the main funny character on it, and in the first few episodes even performed some of his stand-up routines, like his countrified versions of classic fairy tales. However, when Don Knotts became such a popular favorite as Deputy Barney Fife, Griffith decided for the good of the show to let Knotts be the main comic figure, and let Sheriff Taylor react to him as his "straight man".
The character of Warren Ferguson (Jack Burns) was brought in to replace Barney Fife after Don Knotts left the show. Warren was referred to on occasion as Floyd the barber's nephew. Replacing the classic character of Barney Fife proved to be an impossible task, however. "Warren Ferguson" did not catch on with the viewers, and he was written out of the series after only appearing in eleven episodes. There was no explanation in any episode storyline for Warren's departure. He simply stopped appearing.
The entire series was shot on-location, not on a sound stage like most comedies. All laughing you hear are laugh tracks added in post-production. Andy Griffith stated he wanted it done this way to keep the actors focused on acting, and not to be distracted, as well as to give "Mayberry" a real authentic feeling.
According to Andy Griffith, the show's original premise was to follow the story line set up in his appearance on The Danny Thomas Show (1953). The premise was that Mayberry was so small that Andy Taylor was not only the Sheriff, but the Justice of the Peace, the editor of the local newspaper, and the Mayor. However, when it came time to write the series, Andy decided that was too ridiculous, so he asked that Andy Taylor's duties be confined to being the Sheriff and the Justice of the Peace. However, the "Justice of the Peace" task was used sparingly, and usually only with out-of-town troublemakers.
African-Americans appear throughout the series, but mostly as extras. Rockne Tarkington is the only African-American actor ever to have a speaking role on the show, in The Andy Griffith Show: Opie's Piano Lesson (1967).
The theme song for the series was titled "The Fishin' Hole". Lyrics for the song were written by Everett Sloane, but the producers decided that whistling the tune set the tone for the show, so the words were dropped. The whistling was done by Earle Hagen, who also wrote the music.
The chart over the bookcase in the Sheriff's office depicts the Presidents of the United States, and information about them, and was also a popular chart displayed in elementary school classrooms in the early 1960s.
The last 16 episodes of Season 3 have fallen into public domain, due to a clerical error back in the 1960s, and are thus widely available in different formats and different conditions. The theme song, however, is still copyrighted material, and can only be used with permission. Therefore, most public domain copies have different music during the opening and closing credits. These are the sixteen public domain episodes, in order starting with The Andy Griffith Show: High Noon in Mayberry (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: The Loaded Goat (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: Class Reunion (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: Rafe Hollister Sings (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: Opie and the Spoiled Kid (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: The Great Filling Station Robbery (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Discovers America (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: Aunt Bee's Medicine Man (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: The Darlings Are Coming (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: Andy's English Valet (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: Barney's First Car (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: The Rivals (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: A Wife for Andy (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: Dogs, Dogs, Dogs (1963), The Andy Griffith Show: Mountain Wedding (1963), and The Andy Griffith Show: The Big House (1963). Coincidentally, this is a pivotal batch of episodes in the show's history. It includes the debut of three characters, Helen Crump, Malcolm Merriweather, and Ernest T. Bass, plus one family, the Darlings, as well as Crump's second appearance, the first in which she and Andy are set up as a couple.
Before Aunt Bee moved in with Andy, he had a housekeeper named Rose. Andy performed her wedding ceremony in the first episode.
In episodes where Andy and Barney are dealing with out-of-town criminals, gangsters, or swindlers, most of the actors were former members of movie troupes The Dead End Kids and "The Bowery Boys".
According to Ron Howard, Andy and Opie's relationship as father and son was influenced by Howard's relationship with his own father.
The show was shot on the same set as Atlanta from Gone with the Wind (1939), if you were to walk out of the courthouse and look to the right at the end of the street, you can see the old Atlanta train station in many episodes.
The show debuted in October 1960, but the characters of Andy and Opie originally debuted on an episode of Danny Thomas' show The Danny Thomas Show (1953) in February 1960 (Thomas' production company produced both shows). Frances Bavier, who later played Aunt Bee, was introduced as Harriet Perkins.
The four men who played the four Darling sons were a bluegrass group called The Dillards, Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, Dean Webb and Mitch Jayne. Andy Griffith said years later that he actually performed with them on the show.
One of the maps used for a while behind Andy's desk was simply a state map of Idaho turned upside down The map behind Andy's desk is actually a map of Cincinnati, OH.
Frances Bavier did not like the coarse language used off-camera by the co-stars, and once hit George Lindsey with an umbrella over it.
When Don Knotts left the show, his absence was explained by having Barney move to Raleigh, NC, to join their Police Department.
Songwriter Earle Hagen provided the whistling to the theme song in the show's opening credits, which is titled "The Fishin' Hole". Andy Griffith recorded a lyric version of the song, but it was never aired.
When Don Knotts left the show, Jerry Van Dyke was considered for the part of a deputy, who would have replaced Barney Fife, and even appears in a D-deputy's uniform in a fifth-season episode. However, Van Dyke chose instead to star in My Mother the Car (1965), and later said if he had to do it over again, he would have taken the deputy part instead.
When Howard McNear left the show after years of declining health, his departure was explained by having Floyd sell the barber shop and move away to be with his daughter.
Don Knotts' (Deputy Barney Fife) birth name was Jesse Donald Knotts. Andy Griffith, in interviews, often referred to him as "Jesse".
During most of the first season, there is a beauty shop next door to Floyd's Barber Shop, with a door located in the common wall between them. The door is just to the left of the waiting chairs in the barber shop, and had the words Beauty Shop printed on the glass. By the end of season one, there are no longer any words on the door. In season two, the beauty shop was replaced with a TV repair shop, and the last time we see the door is The Andy Griffith Show: The Clubmen (1961). Six weeks later in The Andy Griffith Show: The Manicurist (1962), starring Barbara Eden, the door is gone. No one ever used this door or ever commented on it in any episodes.
Nurse Peggy was played by Joanna Moore. In real life she was married to Ryan O'Neal, and was the mother of Tatum O'Neal.
We are never really 100% certain of what Andy's street address is in the show, given the fact that the Taylors never move to another house. In one episode Aunt Bee tells someone that their address is 332 Maple Road, and in another Barney tells an investigator that Andy's address is 24 Elm Street.
In the classic episode, in which businessman Malcolm Tucker breaks down on the Sabbath in Mayberry, Opie is chastized by Andy for pulling horse hairs from the lapel of his suit and trading them with Johnny Paul Jason for a penny run over by a train. Pulling the horse hairs out damages the suit. How? According to Andy it makes the suit become "soft". Men's traditionally tailored suits have a stiff lining inside the lapels and chest which helps the front and lapels retain their shape, and also gives a smooth look over the pectoral muscles. This lining fabric usually contains horse hair to make it stiff, yet flexible and able to be steamed into shape.
Sheriff Taylor did not routinely appear wearing a necktie or a sidearm. In several episodes, he wears a necktie or a sidearm in special circumstances, such as when a VIP visited Mayberry, or if he had to track an escaped convict reported to be in the vicinity. He rarely was shown smoking, but did so in several episodes.
The character played by Hope Summers was originally named "Bertha Edwards" in the first season. In the second season, the character came to be known as "Clara" and she referred to her late husband as "Mr. Johnson". Later, she came to be known as "Clara Edwards".
Milton, Oliver, and the middle initial "P" were all given as Barney Fife's middle name at one time or another during the series.
While most residential scenes were filmed out at the eastern end of the forty acres lot in Culver City, CA, where Andy's house sat next to the "Aunt Pittypat House" from Gone with the Wind (1939) fame, there was a mystery location that no one in the show's fan base could identify. Used extensively for Thelma Lou's residence, as well as various other incidental homes for minor characters, it was in fact a group of three small bungalows across Lillian Way from Desilu Studios in Hollywood.
In the first season, Barney Fife courted several women including Thelma Lou. In The Andy Griffith Show: Andy the Matchmaker (1960), Barney courted a woman named Miss Rosemary, in The Andy Griffith Show: Ellie for Council (1960), Barney is seen dating Hilda May, who is again mentioned in The Andy Griffith Show: Christmas Story (1960). Juanita, the never-seen waitress at the local diner was also serenaded by Barney in a few episodes in later seasons. Thelma Lou is only seen in two episodes of the first season, but appears later as Barney's main squeeze.
It always appeared that the telephone operator, Sarah, was on-duty, 24 hours a day. She didn't have a last name, nor was she ever seen.
The opening credits were expanded slightly during the original network run. After Opie throws the rock into the lake, the camera shot would change to a close-up of the water rippling, with the logo of the sponsor's product appearing in the middle.
Barney Fife kept one bullet in his shirt pocket and his citation booklet in his cap.
The scripts used during Jack Burns' time on the show as Deputy Warren Ferguson were originally written for Don Knotts' Barney Fife.
In early episodes, to the right of the cells above the glass-covered shelves is a small picture of President Woodrow Wilson and the Presidents before him. Later, during most seasons, a different poster is there, also of the Presidents, this time up to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was published by Woman's Day Magazine in 1956.
Barney Fife becomes intoxicated in six episodes. He eats the Morrison sisters' alcoholic preserves. He drinks from the spiked water crock when the Governor comes to shake his hand. He drinks mulberry squeezings when the Darlings wanted to sign a betrothal agreement between Opie and Andelina. He drinks hard cider waiting for a phone call about Mrs. Mendelbright's suitor. He drinks Jubal Foster's moonshine by mistake, as Andy tries to pay for Jubal's burned barn. He drinks with Otis when trying to record why Otis fell in the jail, prompting a lawsuit.
It's a long-held belief that the fictional town of Mayberry is based on Andy Griffith's real birthplace and hometown of Mount Airy, NC. However, Andy Griffith disputes this idea, bin the opening scene of The Andy Griffith Show: A Black Day for Mayberry (1963), Barney picks up the phone book from the Sheriff's desk and begins to nervously flip through it. In several screenshots of Barney holding the phone book, you can plainly read "Mount Airy" on the front cover. It appears to be a genuine Mount Airy telephone Directory, posing as e directory of the town of Mayberry.
Both of Gavin MacLeod's guest appearances on the series are tied to the storyline of Andy getting mentioned in a magazine article called "Sheriff Without a Gun". In The Andy Griffith Show: TV or Not TV (1965), he played a bank robber posing as a television producer, using the article as a cover to rob the Mayberry Bank. In The Andy Griffith Show: The Taylors in Hollywood (1965), he played an actor who is to portray Andy in a movie version of the article.
Josie Lloyd, the actress who played Mayor Pike's daughter Juanita in The Andy Griffith Show: Mayberry Goes Hollywood (1961), is seen again in The Andy Griffith Show: The Beauty Contest (1961) and plays the Mayor's daughter, Josephine. Her Juanita character is not "the" Juanita, the waitress for whom Barney pines; her name was Juanita Beasley. Lloyd also had a recurring role in the third and fifth seasons as Lydia Crosswaithe.
Barney Fife was Andy Taylor's cousin early on. There were three episodes that mentioned Andy and Barney being cousins: The Andy Griffith Show: The New Housekeeper (1960), The Andy Griffith Show: The Manhunt (1960), and The Andy Griffith Show: Runaway Kid (1960). Also, in The Andy Griffith Show: Andy and the New Mayor (1962), Barney mentions growing up and attending school with Andy (they got first and second place in a penmanship contest), as well as being Andy's best man at his first wedding, and being Opie's godfather.
In the early years of the show Andy employs many colloquialisms and slang used in the Appalachian South. For example, the episode in which Andy is to judge the Miss Mayberry pageant has him saying, "So I says to myself I says . . .". Also, when Andy is frustrated with his role as Judge, he exclaims "Lawwwww," a condensed form of "Lorrrrd"! As his character, Andy Taylor, morphs into the straight man to play off Don Knotts' Barney Fife, he drops many of these colorful adages and phrases. Yet, they never fall out of use, because he's a genuine son of the South in real life, and in the television character. Even in his later hit show "Matlock" (1986), now and then you can hear the language of his roots in the Appaladhian South.
Allan Melvin made eight guest appearances throughout the run of the series, usually playing a criminal or some type of bully. There are only two occasions in which he played any type of good guy: In The Andy Griffith Show: Andy and Barney in the Big City (1962), he played a "house detective" working at the hotel, in which Andy and Barney stayed, and in The Andy Griffith Show: Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army (1963), he played the Army Recruiting Sergeant.
The unofficial pilot for this series actually aired on Danny Thomas' Make Room for Daddy (1953), in which Danny got stopped for a traffic violation in Mayberry. Andy Griffith played the same role there as in this show, but Frank Cady played the town drunk, with Frances Bavier showing up, not as Aunt Bee, but one of the townsfolk.
The final season of the show was pretty much a set-up for the spin-off, Mayberry R.F.D. (1968).
During the earlier seasons of the show, the opening credits of cast member names were verbally spoken by an announcer. In later seasons, the audio credits ceased and cast member names were visually displayed on the screen.
Juanit,a the waitress that Barney often courted on the phone, had the last name Beasley. This was revealed in The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Forecloses (1961). It was written in Barney's ticket book.
Also located on the Culver City forty acre lot, along with Mayberry and Gomer Pyle's "Camp Henderson", was the exterior set of "Stalag 13" from Hogan's Heroes (1965). The forty acre lot was demolished in 1976, and is now a business park.
When Andy first introduced Goober, sitting on a bench, his name was Goober Beasley. Later on, it became Goober Pyle.
Don Knotts hated being called "Jesse", his real given first name, and Andy Griffith often teased him by calling him "Jess".
Everett Sloane, who wrote the lyrics for "The Fishin' Hole"--the musical piece that opens each episode--played moonshiner Jubal Foster in the episode in which Opie is keeper of the flame.
In real-life, Don Knotts and Ron Howard were sixth cousins through Ron Howard's ancestor, Lucinda Knotts.
In several episodes Andy uses the old Southern phrase, "That's the time", which means "good!", "okay", or "That's the right thing to do."
In season two, episode twenty-five, "Andy and Barney in the Big City", when Andy and Barney sign into the hotel, Barney signs his name "Bernard Fife M.D.", which he says means "Bernard Fife, Mayberry Deputy".
Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee) was a fan of Studebaker cars. At the time of her death she owned a 1966 Studebaker Daytona. A year after her death it was was sold for $20,000. In this show she owned a black Ford Crown Victoria convertible that she purchased from Goober Pyle. In one episode he also taught Aunt Bee how to drive her "new" car.
There is speculation about Barney Fife's middle name. In several episodes he has been called or says his name is "Barney P. Fife" when in The Andy Griffith Show: A Plaque for Mayberry (1961), Andy says to Barney, "I thought your middle name was Oliver".
The Quonset huts used in Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) were across from Wally's Filling Station. The producers and crew had to use some creative methods to hide that fact.
The window in Otis' cell is moved around in three places. In the Weaver Christmas episode, it is in the center of the back wall without glass; same spot for Cousin Virgil episode, also without glass. When Andy and Barney try to wake Otis, it is on the far right wall with glass. In most episodes, there is no window.
Barney has been seen studying two kinds of martial arts throughout the series: Karate, and Judo.
The hotel clerk is John Masters when the Darlings come to town (he also plays the choir master in several episodes). It is Asa during the gold truck episode. It is another character, Jason, when the stranger comes to town.
Barney becomes intoxicated trying to gain a confession from Otis as to how he really fell in the jail. In this episode, Barney reveals the reason he becomes intoxicated so easily: "I guess I had an immediate liver reaction."
Mount Pilot was based on Pilot Mountain, a small town located nine miles away from Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina.
According to an early episode, Barney was in the Army. He was stationed on Staten Island and was in charge of safe-keeping over 3,000 books.
Ron Howard 's father Rance, was the Governor's limo driver, one of the T-men in the gold truck episode, and the Mayberry resident yelling at Barney in Andy's remodeled bedroom, for mistaken bride Helen.
The character of Asa is at one point a hotel clerk at the Mayberry Hotel, and at another point a security guard for the bank and for Weaver's Department Store. In the security guard episodes, he falls asleep.
When Barney places people in the cells he almost always instructs the inmate to "Suck in that gut!"
Andy Griffith (Andy Taylor) was the only actor to appear in every episode of the series.
Barney's bullet is in his left pocket in almost every scene. Floyd even confesses the bullet is in the left on the three women prison escapees episode. However, in the episode of Barney preparing to foil a bank robbery, it is in his right.
Locations tend to be very fluid in Mayberry. For example, at one time, Emma Brand's house is by the lake and at another it is in the middle of town.
During the series run; the same dark colored, 2 door, 1961 Mercury Comet can be seen driving around Mayberry (obviously a studio owned car)
In the "Star Trek" (1966) episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", William Shatner and Joan Collins (I) pass by Floyd's Barber Shop. In the "Star Trek" episode "Miri", the set for the center of Mayberry is used as a long-deserted city.
There are only two episodes of the show where Chattanooga, TN, is mentioned: The Andy Griffith Show: Andy the Matchmaker (1960) and The Andy Griffith Show: The Shoplifters (1964).
During one of Barney's first crushes as a boy, he allows her, Vicki Harms, a taste of his snow cone. She bites off the end and sucks out all the syrup. It is then, that Barney reveals his favorite flavor of snow cone: raspberry.
The picture over the bookcase in the Sheriff's Office is a 1952 Woman's Day chart of Presidents of the United States.
Foul language was forbidden on the show, and on network television. However, there is one moment when the character Rafe Hollister comes pretty close. When Andy tries to give Rafe a suit of clothes, that he might not appear "seedy" at the Ladies' Musicale, he must do so in a manner that doesn't hurt Rafe's pride. Thus, he creates the scenario of prisoners receiving a suit of clothes upon release from jail. When Andy acts perplexed at having missed giving a prisoner his clothes, he reads Rafe's address as the one due the clothes, Rafe says, "Well hawl, that's me!" He almost uses the word "hell".
Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) lives in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith's hometown.
The residents of Mayberry upheld the strict moral culture of the 1950s through the early 1960s. Not only did they avoid all cursing (though Rafe Hollister almost crossed the line when he avoided saying, "Well hell, that's me!" He caught himself and said, "Well hawl, that's me!" in the episode in which he sings at the Ladies' Musicale), they also avoided references to nudity. Barney did not want to wade barefooted in front of Thelma Lou, Andy, and Peggy. When Barney tried to help Otis' drinking, by trying psychiatry he learned in a magazine, he said, "You may not know it Otis, but you stood naked in front of me!" (psychologically naked) Otis recoiled "Andy, I was not!" (O, the horror of the thought!) When Andy and Barney were headed to Raleigh to submit their law enforcement budget, Barney appeared in his tweed suit. When they noted Barney looking nice in his suit, he responded, "I almost felt naked not wearing my uniform!" He immediately blushed and apologized to Aunt Bee for the reference to nudity. Finally, in the episode in which the second hand freezer is holding newly purchased beef, and the day is blistering hot, Opie appears at breakfast without a shirt. Aunt Bee scolded him to put on a shirt, for you don't come breakfast like a savage! So in Mayberry, "hawl" don't talk of nudity.
Long before the term "product placement" was coined, it was already a common practice. In the case of this series, the Ford Motor Company furnished a new Galaxy 500 every year it was in production.
Many of the shows featured Andy sitting on the porch, by the fireplace in the living room, and even in the jail/courthouse relaxing by playing his 1956 Martin D-18. At times he would play music with The Darling family, who were played by the well-known bluegrass group, The Dillards. In 2004 Martin Guitars came out with an Andy Griffith tribute model.
In real-life, Howard Morris (Ernest T. Bass) was married to Dolores Wylie, meaning that when he was after the daughter of Mrs. Wylie, he was actually married to a daughter of a Mrs. Wylie.
Howard McNear (Floyd) and Parley Baer (Mayor Stoner) starred on the radio version of Gunsmoke as Doc Adams and Chester, respectively.
As seen in several background shots, before Floyd took over the barber shop, the shop was owned by Mr. Elison.
One of the most recognizable theme songs in television history is the subject of a lawsuit by the heirs of the men who wrote it. The federal court suit against CBS claims that the network is using the work, titled "Theme For the Andy Griffith Show" without a license. The whistling theme opened and closed the show. Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer wrote the tune in the 1950s and registered its copyright in 1960, according to the complaint, which was filed in California federal court. Rights to the theme music were transferred to a partnership, Larrabee Music. Upon the songwriters' deaths, the rights were transferred to The Diana R. Spencer Trust and the Hagen Family Trust. They, in turn, dissolved Larrabee and gave partial copyright ownership to the Hagen Children's Trust and the Hagen Decedent's Trust. The suit claims CBS is selling DVDs of the series without licensing the music. CBS is, according to the complaint, relying on a 1978 agreement between Viacom and Mayberry Enterprises concerning rights to the series. However, that agreement doesn't cover DVDs. "CBS has refused to enter into a new agreement with Plaintiffs to authorize its exploitation of the Theme in additional media or to otherwise cease conducting such unauthorized exploitation," said attorney Neville Johnson in the complaint. "To the contrary, Plaintiffs have since learned that CBS has licensed the Series to digital services such as iTunes and Amazon for distribution and public performance. "The heirs are asking for an injunction to stop CBS from exploiting the theme and is seeking damages for direct and contributory copyright infringement. CBS could not immediately be reached for comment.
The body of water, and surrounding land used in the opening of every episode called "Myers Lake" on The Andy Griffith Show is actually called the "Upper Franklin Reservoir." It was extensively used as a backdrop for "Opie & The Bully" (Season 2; Episode 1). The reservoir is located in Franklin Canyon Park in Hollywood hill of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.
The shooting location of "Myers Lake" (the Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir in the hills above Beverly Hills) appears deceptively small on-screen. It is only about two acres in size, perhaps three when it contains more water, but looks far larger in the various "Andy Griffith" episodes in which it is featured. One end of the reservoir is a 200 foot long concrete retaining wall that is very rarely seen in episodes (for example, "The Manhunt").