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Andy Griffith sings TV Show Theme Song: RIP Andy Griffith, (1926-2012)


 

 
 
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The Andy Griffith Show
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Arthur Stander
Starring Andy Griffith
Ronny Howard
Don Knotts
Elinor Donahue
Frances Bavier
Theme music composer Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer
Opening theme The Fishin’ Hole
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 249 (List of episodes)
Production
Executiveproducer(s) Sheldon Leonard
Danny Thomas
Location(s) Desilu Studios (1960–67)
Paramount Studios (1967–68)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25–26 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black-and-white (1960–65)
Color (1965–68)
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 3, 1960 – April 1, 1968
Chronology
Followed by Mayberry R.F.D.
Related shows The Danny Thomas Show
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom first televised by CBS between October 3, 1960, and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays a widowed sheriff in the fictional small community of MayberryNorth Carolina. His life is complicated by an inept, but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts), a spinster aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), and a young son, Opie (Ron Howard, billed as Ronny). Local ne’er-do-wells, bumbling pals, and temperamental girlfriends further complicate his life.

The series was a major hit, never placing lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ending its final season at number one. It has been ranked by TV Guide as the 9th-best show in television history.[1] Though neither Griffith nor the show won awards during its eight-season run, series co-stars Knotts and Bavier accumulated a combined total of six Emmy Awards. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode ofThe Danny Thomas Show titled “Danny Meets Andy Griffith”, spawned its own spin-off series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964), a sequel series, Mayberry R.F.D. (1968), and a reunion telemovieReturn to Mayberry (1986). The show’s enduring popularity has generated a good deal of show-related merchandise. Reruns currently air across the United States, and the complete series is available on DVD. All eight seasons are also now available by streaming video services such as Netflix….
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