Updated: 3:55 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2010 | Posted: 3:54 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2010
Fifty years of Mayberry
“The Andy Griffith Show” ran on CBS from Oct. 3, 1960, to April 1, 1968. It never dipped below seventh in the ratings.
The show had spun out of an episode of “The Danny Thomas Show” in which Thomas is pulled over for speeding.
The year Griffith left the show, 1968, was the year it hit No. 1.
Of the show’s 249 episodes, 90 were in color.
Don Knotts left the show in 1965 to be replaced briefly by Jack Burns, who played Deputy Warren Ferguson. Knotts won five Emmys for his work on the show. (Griffith never won an Emmy.)
After Griffith left, the show “Mayberry R.F.D.” took its place, starring Ken Berry as Mayberry councilman Sam Jones.
It, along with such still-popular shows as “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Green Acres,” was axed by CBS in 1971 during the network’s infamous “rural purge.”
A statue of Andy and Opie with their fishing poles was erected by TV Land in 2003 in Raleigh, N.C.
After pitching a fit, Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, N.C., got a TV Land statue of its own in 2004.