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The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1

Andy Griffith , Ron Howard , Bob Sweeney , Don Weis    Unrated   DVD
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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

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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!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The opening line of one of the best show on TV... " Anybody here knows why these two should not be wed, speak now or forever hold your peace " (Andy) ... " Andy I went the folks of this town to realize that you pick me to be your deputy because you look over all the candidate for the job, and you came to the fair, just and honest conclusion that I was the best suited for the job... And I went to thank you cousin Andy " (Barney Fife)... The first three episodes of the Andy Griffith Show are probably the best introduction to Mayberry, if you don't like them you won't like the rest. The first episode " The New Housekeeper " introduces the regular for the next 4 seasons... " I don't know how you got to be sheriff in this state but when this is over I am gonna see that you are thrown out, there is no place for such incompetence " (2nd episode, The Manhunt)... By the 3rd episode, music is an integral part of this show... " Guitar Player " ... we see that Andy loves music and it promises to be the best music in a TV show... " gave him a chance to finish! " ... The first season show us why the next seven seasons will be excellent! ... from 1960 to 1968 it was never out of the top 10 show... The gentlest, most kindhearted sitcom ever... Mayberry, NC is never out of comic relief, moral and wisdom... yes this show deserve to be in the pantheon of the best TV show... like excellent vintage it has age better than most TV show of the era. I personally think that the two biggest mistake of this TV show are letting go Don Knotts and moving to color... but it didn't happen in the first 5 years thankfully! Finally if you embrace Mayberry and the most colourful cast you won't regret it. Enjoy!
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
The Andy Griffith Show is loved from coast to coast, but it's especially important to a fellow like me who has spent all of his life in the great state of North Carolina. Around these parts, The Andy Griffith Show is more than just a TV show. Just about everybody under the age of 50 has grown up with Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee, Opie, Floyd, Otis, and the whole Mayberry gang. And, no matter how many times I see a particular episode, I never get tired of watching it. I've seen the 32 shows from Season One more times than I can remember, but watching them again on these DVDs was even better than seeing them for the first time on television. As time goes by, this show actually grows in importance. Mayberry is more than a place; it's a paradise on earth, a way of life many of us yearn for. Heck, I live in a small town now, but it doesn't feel like a small town anymore. I'm all for progress, but no life is as satisfying as the simple life in a calm, lazy town where you not only know everybody, you actually like everybody. Folks is just folks in Mayberry, and I would move there in a heartbeat if I could. Maybe a criminal wanders into town once every blue moon, but old reliable Barney Fife is always there to nip criminal activity in the bud (and Andy is there to see that Barney succeeds despite himself). About the worst thing that ever happens in Mayberry is Aunt Bee deciding to make a run of pickles. This is truly the life, and The Andy Griffith Show The Complete First Season lands a spot smack dab on top of my stack of favorite DVDs.

The first season doesn't have some of the big-name episodes (e.g., the Fun Girls or Citizen's Arrest), but it's my favorite season of them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of pure fun Nov. 23 2006
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
The Andy Griffith Show is unique in a sense that it started out fun and had all the standard encounters and stories that most TV programs had but it never deteriorate or got so left field as to lose its appeal. Every show is entertaining and usually carries a message.

A lot of other programs spun off form the characters that played in this series. And you always think that Opie Taylor (Ronny Howard) is always young. Everyone knows that they issued Deputy Barney fife "1960-1965" (Don Knotts) one bullet that has seen a lot of action in his pocket. Too many people to name here.

This series will bring back old memories or can also create some now ones.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Finally, uncut season one Nov. 10 2004
By A Customer
Picture quality and sound is above average .... not as well restored as The Dick Van Dyke series but not bad considering it was 1960. The episodes appear to be complete. Some of the tag scenes at the end I had never seen before (rarely played on network TV in re-runs). Episodes run about 24 minutes each. No commercial supplements though. Nicely packaged. If I hadn't been spoiled with the Dick Van Dyke Show DVD set I would have rated this higher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most relaxing griffith season...... March 29 2006
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This is easily the best television show in the history of T.V. but out of all eight seasons
this is the best season to kick back and relax to. Sure Gomer hasn't arived yet and
Barney and Andy havent hit their stride yet but it's still extremly funny. This season may not have the best episodes in it but its still damn funny!
R.I.P Don Knotts
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Blu-ray not in Colour June 20 2014
Blu-ray DVD Quality is good but very disappointed that the film was not "painted" in colour. I was under the impression that the original black and white film was transformed to colour. Don't really see the point in buying a Blu-ray DVD in black and white.
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