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The Andy Griffith Show

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Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, the telephone operator Sarah, and Clara Edwards were the only first season characters that saw a tour of duty for the show's entire eight season run.
 
Each of The Andy Griffth Show episodes originally clocked in at 24 1/2 minutes. In syndication, the show was shortened to 22 minutes to allow for more commercial ads. The remaining 2 1/2 missing minutes is cut from the middle or the end of each show.
 
The Andy Griffith Show consistently placed in TV's top 10 during its eight year run and was #1 in its final season.
 
Colin Male was the announcer for the well known fishing hole opening of the show. Male also played the game warden that catches Andy and Helen without a fishing license in episode 140 "Andy and Helen Have Their Day."
 
The sole sponsor of The Andy Griffith Show was General Foods, maker of Post Cereals, Jell-O and Sanka Coffee.
 
Elinor Donahue was dining out one evening with her mother and three year old son when a fashion designer approached her table. The designer offered to furnish Miss Donahue's wardrobe for the show. His offer was accepted and he received the credit "Mr. Burt of Encino" in the closing credits.
 
TAGS executive producer Sheldon Leonard played the bartender in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
 
Moonshine, stills, and town sot Otis Campbell were prominently featured in the black and white episodes of the first five seasons but disappeared from the last seasons. Apparently, a sponsor who was a recovering alcoholic didn't see the humor in alcoholism. He demanded Otis's removal from the show. There were no stills or moonshiners in the color seasons.
 
Francis Bavier wasn't announced in the main title credits until the final season. Bavier (as Aunt Bee) spent more time in Mayberry than anyone else in the series. Her residency spanned 10 years and two series: TAGS and Mayberry RFD. Bavier retired to Siler City, NC.

 
Mary Lansing played 12 different roles in 15 episodes. Actor Bob McQuain, who had been invited to join the join the show by Griffith himself, had 11 different roles in 14 episodes, principally playing Mayberry's pick-up truck driving, cigar chomping roughneck Joe Waters. Veteran actor Allan Melvin played various substantial roles in 8 episodes, while venerable Burt Mustin portrayed 6 characters, notably Jud Fletcher, in 11 episodes.
 
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Frances Bavier and Hope Summers were the only performers to appear in all eight seasons as regular characters. Don Knotts was a regular character for the first five seasons and a recurring one for the last three.
 
Mayberry's "Magic Doors"

Doors on The Andy Griffith Show come and go. Three are notable:

The closet door in the living room. This door is just to the right of the front door. It "magically" comes and goes during early season episodes.
The back door in the kitchen. For the first five seasons, this door is on the sink wall. In the sixth season, the door "magically" moves to the dish cabinet wall and stays there through the remainder of the series' run.
The door near the front cell in the jail. This door is to the right of the front door in the courthouse and is believed to be the door to the restroom. The door "magically" disappears at the beginning of the second season to be replaced by a gas heater.

Other doors worth mentioning:

There is no door to the TV repair shop next to Floyd's barbershop.
The Taylor house apparently has a cellar but there's no door on the main floor leading to it.
The French doors next to the Taylor fireplace "magically" become a window during the series' run.
 
Griffith had said early on that he only planned to do the show for five years. As that time approached, Knotts signed a movie contract to pursue a career in feature films. When Griffith reconsidered his earlier decision, Knotts tried to get out of or rework his contract. However, his film studio would not consider either option, so he was forced to leave the show.
 

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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