Watch The Andy Griffith Show 1960–1968 123movies, Full TV Series Online – Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy’s Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy’s time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife..
Plot: The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom first televised on CBS between October 3, 1960 and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays the widowed sheriff of the fictional small community of Mayberry, North Carolina. His life is complicated by an inept, but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife, a spinster aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee, and a precocious young son, Opie. Local ne’er-do-wells, bumbling pals, and temperamental girlfriends further complicate his life. Andy Griffith stated in a Today Show interview, with respect to the time period of the show: “Well, though we never said it, and though it was shot in the ’60s, it had a feeling of the ’30s. It was when we were doing it, of a time gone by.”
The series never placed lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ended its final season at number one. It has been ranked by TV Guide as the 9th-best show in American television history. 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 of The Danny Thomas Show titled “Danny Meets Andy Griffith”, spawned its own spin-off series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., a sequel series, Mayberry R.F.D., and a reunion telemovie, Return to Mayberry. The show’s enduring popularity has generated a good deal of show-related merchandise. Reruns currently air on TV Land, 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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One of the most heartwarming sitcoms of all time. Commemorating “Andy” on it’s 55th anniversary
In celebration of the show’s anniversary this was one of the most endearing sitcoms in television history for the eight seasons that it ran on CBS. The basis came from an episode of “Make Room For Daddy”,aka “The Danny Thomas Show” titled “Danny In Mayberry”(Season 7,Episode 20) that originally aired on February 15, 1960. On the strength of that episode which was a bonafide hit the producers Sheldon Leonard along with Danny Thomas and Ronald Jacobs(who served as executive producers)gave the greenlight for this series which was placed on CBS’ Monday night prime-time schedule producing a total of 249 episodes that ran from October 3, 1960 until the final episode of the series on April 1, 1968. Out of the 249 episodes,only 159(Seasons 1 thru 5)were in black and white from October 3, 1960 until May 3, 1965. Seasons 6 thru 8 produced 90 episodes in color from September 13, 1965 until April 1, 1968. Only Danny Thomas, Sheldon Leonard, Ronald Jacobs and Aaron Ruben were the producers from Seasons 1 thru 5. Bob Ross was the producer for Seasons 6 thru 8. The show launched two spin-offs “Gomer Pyle,USMC” (1964-1969),and “Mayberry RFD”(1968-1971). Throughout its eight-year run the show won six Emmys and was nominated for 8 Emmys including Best Comedy Series. Between 1961,1962,1963,1966 and 1967 actor Don Knotts won back-to-back Emmys for Outstanding Performance in a Supported Role for Prime-Time as Deputy Barney Fife for the episodes “The Return of Barney Fife”(Season 6, Episode 17-airdate January 10, 1966),and for the episode “Barney Comes To Mayberry”(Season 7, Episode 19-airdate January 23, 1967). Actress Frances Bavier(Aunt Bee) won the Emmy in 1966 for Best Supporting Actress for Outstanding Role in a Prime Time Series. The show’s sponsors throughout it’s run were The General Foods Corporation and the Ford Motor Company. The Chrysler Corporation sponsored its final season.
The Andy Griffith Show was just that: the sheriff with a heart of gold and a big smile to match along bringing the moral values and lessons that you see in today’s shows of this magnitude or any other,and it still holds up to this day. What really made that show what it is brings up to the great writing and storytelling,combining that with good ole North Carolina humor along with country comedy and add just a touch of Southern Gothic for a good measure. What really made that show hum like a fine motor for the first five seasons was the feisty spit and polish and by the book lawman deputy Barney Fife played with great precision and timing by Don Knotts who won five emmys for his work on that series. What really brought that show out was the father and son relationship of Sheriff Taylor and his son Opie(played by Ron Howard). Andy taught Opie valuable lessons on character and important values and morals as well as development of him from a boy into manhood. The characters that really brought that show out were certain individuals the gave Sheriff Taylor major fits(and Barney as well)like Goober,his cousin Gomer,and the nuttiest of them all: Ernest T. Bass,as well as Otis the town drunkard. After Knotts left the show to pursue other interests in 1965,the show wasn’t the same as it was,but it never gave up on interest on the situations that went on in Mayberry. The black and white episodes were simply the greatest ever with Knotts in them,but kinda changed course when the show went to color. One of my all time best ever. Interesting Note on Andy Griffith: When the show left the airwaves on April 1, 1968 on the CBS network,it was the #1 show on television. *Commentary revised on December 10, 2015 in collaboration with the show’s golden anniversary.
The Best Television Show Ever
This warm and fuzzy 1960s classic is timeless and never shows its age. Don Knotts created one of the all-time great television characters in Deputy Barney Fife. His performances are consistently top-notch, and he was awarded a slew of emmys for his efforts. The scripts were usually excellent, and it is a testament to the genius of Andy Griffith himself (who had a hand in everything) that despite several different writers and directors, there was never a noticeable lapse in quality.
In addition to Barney Fife, the series produced other classic characters. Jim Nabors left us with a handful of truly inspired performances during his season and a half as dimwitted but lovable Gomer Pyle. After leaving for his own show, George Lindsay replaced him as his slightly less confused cousin, Goober. This character was also memorable and lasted the length of the series, as well as its successor, “Mayberry R.F.D.” Who can forget Howard Morris (who also directed a number of episodes) as the rock-throwing hillbilly Ernest T. Bass? Or Briscoe Darling and his family? How about the “fun girls” from Mount Pilot? Die hard fans will have their own favorites, and there are plenty to choose from.
I have videotapes of most of these episodes (especially the black-and- white ones with Barney), but would really love to see a season-by-season box set series released on DVD. There are re-run watcher clubs all over the country, devoted to memorizing each precious line of the best episodes. I read a quote from someone once, stating that watching the Andy Griffith Show was guaranteed to lower your blood pressure and stress level. Is there a higher recommendation than that?
Original Language en
Runtime 30 min (249 episodes)
Genre Comedy, Family
Writer Sheldon Leonard, Aaron Ruben, Danny Thomas
Actors Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts
Country United States
Awards Won 6 Primetime Emmys. 14 wins & 5 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Camera Mitchell BNC
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm