Since its network debut in 1960, The Andy Griffith Show
has been a viewer favorite thanks to its folksy, nostalgic charm and memorable cast, both of which shine in this set featuring the series' debut season. Originally spun off from an episode of Make Room for Daddy
(both series shared producers Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas), The Andy Griffith Show
centered around the lives of small-town sheriff Andy Taylor (the marvelously dry Griffith), his son Opie (Ron Howard), cousin and deputy Barney Fife (multiple Emmy winner Don Knotts), and the other gentle eccentrics of Mayberry (which was based on Griffith's real hometown). But while other "rural" programs poked fun at its characters (The Real McCoys
, The Beverly Hillbillies
), The Andy Griffith Show
never stooped to stereotypes, preferring instead to draw its humor from the fine writing and cast, which counted Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee, Howard McNear as Floyd the Barber, and Hal Campbell as Mayberry's benevolent drunk, Otis, among the first season ensemble. All 32 episodes (including the epilogues, which are rarely aired in syndication) are compiled on this four-disc set, which regrettably lacks any supplemental features. --Paul Gaita
Down-home humor and an endearing cast of characters helped make "The Andy Griffith Show" one of the most beloved comedies in the history of television. Introduced as a spinoff of "The Danny Thomas Show" in 1960, "The Andy Griffith Show" ran for eight seasons in prime time.
Widower Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) divides his time between raising his young son, Opie (Ron Howard), and his job as sheriff (and Justice of the Peace) of the sleepy North Carolina town of Mayberry. Andy and Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), who serves as a surrogate mother to both father and son. Andy's nervous cousin, Barney Fife (Don Knotts), is his deputy sheriff -- whose utter incompetence is tolerated because Mayberry is virtually crime-free.
So wet your whistle, grab your fishing pole and take a trip back to Mayberry with this four-disc set containing the premiere season of the classic hit series!