The “The Andy Griffith Show”, completely ruled over the 60s. This situational comedy became everyone’s favorite in no time. This remarkable show had the fictional town Mayberry as its location. The environment of the show was so friendly and reliable that people used to go out of their house without unlocking it, cops were the most common sight you can see. It so makes you want to have these things in the real world. Although the show has ended many times ago, we still have it on our mind. Let’s rejuvenate the memories of this iconic show by learning some unknown and very interesting facts about it.
The Best Friends In Real Life
How much we adored the friendship of Barney and Andy that was full of humor, love, and of course, lots of warnings that Andy used to give to Barney for his outspoken nature. It always looked so real. Did you know that their impeccable chemistry on the screen is the reflection of their close friendship off the camera? Don(Barney) and Andy stayed friends even after the end of “The Andy Griffith Show”.
They Already Knew Each Other
Andy Griffith and Don Knots became friends long before ” The Andy Griffith Show”. They first met each other while working on the Broadway play called “No Time for Sergeant” in 1955. From thereon they became friends. They got another chance to work with each other in “The Andy Griffith Show” after five years. During the shooting, their friendship grew stronger and they became best friends. Perhaps that’s why they managed to perform their part so immaculately. During the death of Knotts in 2006 from lung cancer, Griffith stayed with him. After six years in 2012, Griffith died too.
The Prankster Of The Set
Andy was a real prankster. He liked playing pranks on the every crew members especially Knotts. Andy used to tease him with his first name Jesse. Don hated this name and Andy took full advantage of that. To Don nightmare soon everyone on the set came to know about his this name that Andy used to play a prank on him. Jesse also used to take revenge on him by playing several pranks on him. Although no one could know what those pranks were about.
The Two Way Pranks
The whole of the crew became vigil of Andy’s hobby of playing pranks. They too began to play the same prank on the Andy again and again. They used to hide the shoes that would make him go home barefoot or with big clown shoes. After a while of recurrence of the same incident, Andy began to hide his shoes when they were off his foot. But that too did not help as the pranksters were too clever to dig that out.
The Iconic Music
If you are a fan of “The Andy Griffith Show” then you would also be loving its soul relaxing opening credits sequence. The opening music is nothing but a continuous melodious whistle that lingers in your mind forever. We also tried to copy this music by whistling it on our own, right? This ultra-simple opening music has been copied several times but none could surpass the real one.
It Wasn’t Opie
It was not Opie who threw the rocks in the lake, it was a prop man that remained unseen behind a bush. Ron Howard (Opie) being only a 6-year-old boy was too vulnerable to sling rock in the lake that was quite far from the land. The director took the use of prop men that flung rock from behind the bus. Though the difference between Opie’s throw and splash is not much discernable that can be observed if watched closely.
There Was Something Between The Two
It is almost impossible to not to hear any news of workplace romance from the sets of any show or movies. Especially if it is a show that also a highly successful one like “The Andy Griffith Show”. During the running of the show, it was reported that Andy Griffith and Aneta Corsaut were very much into each other. Their alleged relationship was little more controversial as both of them were married.
Prank Went Wrong
Pranks on the set sometimes get really very weird. But the prank did not go the way he had planned. He changed his food with the show’s prop. Once a crew member decided to play the prank on Andy Griffith. Dressed up in the waiter garments the crew member got inside the hotel room of Andy Griffith and saw something really unexpected. The room had Andy and Griffith in a compromising position. No need to say the situation must have been weird for the crew member too.
The Odd One Out
Whereas everyone on the set used to plan pranks on others Frances Bavier preferred to stay away from this. She was not good at it and grossly hated laughing at her own self. She perhaps did not like this pranking thing and would make an angry face while reclining on her chair.
They Did Not Have Good Terms
Because of their apparent different nature, Andy Griffith and Frances Bavier never got along with each other. Whereas prankster Andy was always seen punking others, Bavier hated his not so serious behavior. A time came when they even did not like seeing each other that obviously impacted their work efficiency. However, before the demise of Bavier in 1989, the two had sort out their differences.
Andy Liked “Barney’s First Car”
“The Andy Griffith Show” had their own some personal and interesting favorite episodes which were the most accepted by the audience. While Griffith enjoyed watching the episode “Barney’s First Car” Ronny Howard liked “The Ball Game,” the most.
Don Knotts Favourite
Don Knotts favorite was “The Pickle Story,”. The episode was indeed a pack of fun-filled sequences. In the episode, Andy and Barney had to eat the literally inedible pickles that Aunt Bee makes for them. This one is the favorite of many fans.
Top-Rated Show Till The End
At the time, it ended it was the topmost show according to the Neilsen’s ratings. The other show that managed to reach this level in history is “I Love Lucy,” and “Seinfeld.”
The show ended with “Mayberry R.F.D” as its final episode on September 23, 1968. The episode also paved the way for its spin-off that commenced from 1968-1971.
Not Sure Of Knotts Character
It was very much possible that we could have never seen Barney Fife’s character ever again on the show as Don Knotts had no contract offer on the very first day he came to the set of the sitcom.
But soon after, Don was given the contract spanning a year. It was all because of his outstanding chemistry with Andy on the screen. The producer got very impressed and handed him the contract on the spot. His contract was extended to another five years when their on-screen friendship won every fan’s heart.
They Drove Ford
Andy and Barney had Ford Galaxie as their squad car. It was a local for dealership provider that supplied the show with the new models of Galaxie. He used to take the old model back and sell it after getting it painted.
Ten Models Of Galaxy
The eight seasons of the show flaunted about ten different models of Galaxies. Now we have many copies of them.
Where Have They Gone?
The show ended but for the actors of the show, it was just the beginning. They all went on their different path and discovered their destiny. Though many of them have left us forever, let’s take a look at what journey they embarked on after this historical show concluded.
Ronny Howard after the end of this sitcom jumped to another popular show called Happy Days. He portrayed the character of Richie Cunningham.
Opie After The show
Already famous Ron Howard continued to gain accolades and multitude of awards in his career for his acting and directional skills. in 2013 he got into the Television Hall of Fame and was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Frances Bavier decided to not to go back to New York and lived in North Carolina only as according to her she got in love with the state.
Sorting Differences Out
Andy Griffith revealed in 1988 that Frances a few days before kicking the bucket had called him and apologized for being tough to deal with. She was just 8 days away from her birthday when she breathed her last.
Another successful actor who emerged out of the iconic show was Jim Nabors who played Gomer Pyle. He did not have to wait for another show as he was offered his own spin-off just after the end of The Andy Griffith Show.
Jim Nabors Now
Jim made his sexual preference public in 2013 and soon tied the knot with his partner. Jim said, “We’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing about our age gap, it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody.”
Aneta Corsaut played the role of Helen Crump who was Sheriff Andy Taylor’s love interest in the show. Perhaps they had the similar relationship off the show too.
Aneta Post Show
Aneta worked in a couple of the reunion show. She can be seen in the Return to Mayberry of 1986 and The Andy Griffith Show Reunion show of 1993. Sadly, in 1995 she went to meet his maker. She was diagnosed with cancer.
Hal Smith had portrayed the character of Otis. Otis in the show was a peculiar person who belonged to Mayberry and was a drunk. While drunk he used to eat inside a jailhouse and would get himself locked into the prison. So, he could sleep well on the comfortable bed of jail. The next morning he’ll come out of the jail.
Hal went on to become a voice-over artist after the conclusion of the show. He lent his voice to many animated movies also. In 1994 he died to the cardiac arrest.
The Not So Funny Song
For the album Bleach Musician, Kurt Cobain composed a song called Floyd the Barber. The Beach is the album of band Nirvana’s. In the song the natives of Mayberry and Floyd himself too kills Cobain. That gives it much darker shade than the show itself.