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The Andy Griffith Show

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How many episodes and seasons are in the series?
There are 249 TAGS episodes and eight TAGS seasons (1960-1968). The first five seasons were produced in b/w and the three remaining seasons in color. Andy Griffith was the only cast member who appeared in all 249 episodes. Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee) claimed second place with 239 appearances.
 
What happened to Andy's wife?
Andy's wife was first mentioned in the TAGS pilot which aired on The Danny Thomas Show. Andy tells Opie, "I lost your mom when you was just the least little speck of a baby." She is mentioned again in the second season TAGS episode "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee." Opie asks his father, "Did you and Ma have that kind of love?" Andy replies, "Yes, son, we did." These are the only two references to Andy's wife. We never learn her name nor the reason Andy lost her.
 
Where did Opie get his name?
Opie was probably named for 1940s bandleader Opie Cates, a musician Griffith admired. On the show, Opie spells his name O-P-I-E.
 
Was there a real Mayberry?
The Mayberry of the television show is fictional. Fans however would like to believe Griffith's hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina is Mayberry. Griffith has denied that Mt. Airy is Mayberry. It is more likely that the television Mayberry was the creation of the many writers, production people, and artists involved in the show.
 
When and why did Don Knotts leave the show?
Don Knotts left the show at the conclusion of season five. Like Griffith, he planned to do only five seasons. Griffith however decided to continue the show after the fifth season. Knotts had signed a film contract and was unable to appear as a regular on the show. He did however make 5 guest appearances in seasons six through eight.
 
Were there any TAGS spinoffs?
TAGS generated two spinoffs - Gomer Pyle, USMC starring Jim Nabors and Mayberry RFD starring Ken Berry. Aunt Bee, Clara Edwards, Howard Sprague, Goober Pyle, and Emmett Clark joined Mayberry RFD after TAGS.
 
Where was TAGS filmed?
There were basically three locations used in the filming of TAGS: Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills for woodsy outdoor scenes, the Desilu backlot (Forty Acres) for Mayberry street scenes, and Desilu's Cahuenga Studios in Hollywood for interior scenes like Andy's living room. Old Desilu production schedule reports reveal that The Andy Griffith Show reserved Desilu-Cahuenga's Stage 1 and 2 for Thursday through Wednesday shoots (with weekends off) for each of the 249 episodes they produced.
 
Who composed the theme song? Who whistled it?
Earle Hagen wrote (and whistled) the tune in the opening and closing credits. Herbert W. Spencer is also listed as a writer.
 
What was the name of the picture hanging above Andy's fireplace?
The picture above the fireplace is The Angelus (1859) by French artist Jean Francois Millet, (1814-1875). It represents a country couple in prayer as the evening bell tolls in the distance. Artist Salvador Dali insisted the two were praying over the coffin of their dead child. X-rays reveal that a coffinlike object does indeed lie at the feet of the couple but it was painted over by the artist. The picture was very popular in prints.
 
What Is The Theme Song?
The theme song is called "Fishin' Hole", and had lyrics sung by Andy Griffith.

Well, now, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at The Fishin' Hole,
We may not get a bite all day, but don't you rush away.

What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skippin' stones,
You'll feel fresh as a lemonade, a-settin' in the shade.

Whether it's hot, whether it's cool, oh what a spot for whistlin' like a fool.

What a fine day to take a stroll and wander by The Fishin' Hole,
I can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day.

We'll have no need to call the roll when we get to The Fishin' Hole,
There'll be you, me, and Old Dog Trey, to doodle time away.

If we don't hook a perch or bass, we'll cool our toes in dewy grass,
Or else pull up a weed to chaw, and maybe set and jaw.

Hangin' around, takin' our ease, watchin' that hound a-scratchin' at his fleas.

Come on, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at The Fishin' Hole,
I can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day.

 

Warning: The Andy Griffith Show guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Mondays
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: October 03, 1960
Ended: September 16, 1968
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