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Betty Lynn explained how Thelma Lou became Barney Fife's great love There was no plan to bring Thelma Lou back until Betty Lynn got cast. September 21, 2020, 9:04AM
M*A*S*H met Mayberry in a 1958 movie and nobody noticed it Klinger and Andy together?! Too bad Jamie Farr didn't receive credit for his role. September 18, 2020, 9:31AM
Andy Griffith's manager cruised around in a Rolls-Royce with multiple carphones Richard O. Linke discovered Andy over the radio late one night. September 14, 2020, 3:46PM
Ron Howard remembers the first time he saw Don Knotts ''Is that man crazy?'' Ronny asked his pa. September 14, 2020, 8:53AM
The ''hobo'' of The Andy Griffith Show actually lost his teeth serving in World War II Ironically, you might recognize Douglas Fowley better as a famous gunfighting dentist. September 9, 2020, 3:41PM
Did you ever notice this imposter Floyd the Barber on The Andy Griffith Show? Howard McNear missed more than 40 episodes due to health issues, but they quietly found a substitute. September 8, 2020, 2:46PM
This telephone directory is from Andy Griffith’s real hometown Blink and you'll miss this rare reference to Mount Airy. September 8, 2020, 8:44AM
Mayberry's mysterious Mr. Schwamp also popped up on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. There are now more clues to the identity of this ''unknown'' extra. September 1, 2020, 2:19PM
60 things you might not know about The Andy Griffith Show And that's just the tip of the iceberg with this rich, rewarding sitcom. Happy birthday, Mayberry! August 31, 2020, 3:40PM
Hoke Howell put all of himself into Dud Wash How Ernest T. Bass' biggest rival was born. August 31, 2020, 9:15AM
Earl Hamner Jr. once wrote a rejected episode of The Andy Griffith Show The Waltons creator wanted to be welcome in Mayberry but ended up in The Twilight Zone. August 24, 2020, 9:07AM
Ron Howard said he was bullied for playing Opie Taylor "My character's name, Opie, rhymes with dopey… I'd have to get into fights with people." August 18, 2020, 11:14AM
This Brady Bunch bully began his reign of terror in Mayberry Russell Schulman was television's go-to punk kid from 1968–70. August 14, 2020, 3:04PM
10 things you never knew about the Fun Girls of The Andy Griffith Show Joyce Jameson and Jean Carson were nothing like their (many) Mayberry characters. See their debut on Monday at 8PM | 7C. August 14, 2020, 11:25AM
8 things you might not know about Joanna Moore of The Andy Griffith Show She wore the pants in Mayberry. August 12, 2020, 11:16AM
This Mayberry actress promised to not get married to further her sci-fi career Apparently, she never wed. Her final two TV appearances were on The Andy Griffith Show. August 10, 2020, 9:05AM
Ken Berry's wife showed up in Mayberry long before he did Jackie Joseph made a memorable dance partner for Ernest T. Bass. August 6, 2020, 4:21PM
Ever wonder why Sheriff Andy wore a cast for two episodes? We're used to seeing Andy slappin' wrists, not injuring his! August 3, 2020, 8:55AM
Barbara Eden's lone visit to Mayberry is hardly the only interesting thing about ''The Manicurist'' Two familiar Andy Griffith Show characters said goodbye — another secretly appeared. July 29, 2020, 4:03PM
5 reasons Andy Griffith's flop 'Headmaster' deserved to be a hit Mayberry fans were not ready for a cutting-edge Andy. July 21, 2020, 3:48PM
James Best lied about his guitar skills to get cast on The Andy Griffith Show "The Guitar Player" couldn’t play a lick! July 20, 2020, 10:15AM
This Andy Griffith Show actress appeared on television just the one time So what happened to Edris March of ''Ellie Saves a Female''? July 15, 2020, 4:42PM
This is by far the most mysterious shop in all of Mayberry Who the heck is Hajwzk? July 14, 2020, 2:19PM
Both of these Mayberry women played Rob Petrie's mom on The Dick Van Dyke Show Somehow both members of the Women's Historical Society became Laura's mother-in-law. July 13, 2020, 3:42PM
Gomer Pyle's grandma was the first actress to play Tarzan's Jane on-screen Enid Markey was also Barney Fife's landlady! July 13, 2020, 1:39PM
Andy Griffith and Don Knotts staged the same martial arts battle nearly 30 years apart The duo fought to keep this classic TV memory alive. July 8, 2020, 1:30PM
Ron Howard reunited with Opie's first housekeeper on Happy Days Rose never returned to Mayberry, but she popped up on Happy Days! July 6, 2020, 11:50AM
10 fascinating little details you never noticed in ''Mayberry Goes Hollywood'' This early favorite had ties to Superman, Kojak and Italian opera. July 6, 2020, 11:48AM
Elizabeth MacRae played the love interest to three different Mayberry actors Remember her as Betty, Lou-Ann… and Ladyfish? June 29, 2020, 3:09PM
Andy Griffith had a different episode in mind for The Andy Griffith Show premiere Sorry, Aunt Bee! Do you agree with Andy or the producers? Watch both episodes on Tuesday, June 30! June 29, 2020, 9:52AM
Just one actress dated Sheriff Andy, Hoss, The Rifleman and Maverick She went from scream queen to femme fatale — with a stop in Mayberry. June 24, 2020, 10:12AM
10 details you never noticed in The Andy Griffith Show episode ''Opie's Newspaper'' Learn how war stories, haunted houses and high school memories influenced this beloved tale. June 23, 2020, 11:46AM
Sheriff Andy's ''cousin'' Gloria played a notable Star Trek role The episode was even written by Shari Lewis the puppeteer! June 22, 2020, 9:23AM
Don Knotts starred in a flop comedy from Dragnet creator Jack Webb 'The Last Time I Saw Archie' was the last time we saw Webb on the big screen. June 19, 2020, 9:43AM
This is arguably the most darling song to Sheriff Andy on The Andy Griffith Show Read the lyrics to the final verse never heard on the show. June 15, 2020, 11:20AM
11 things you never noticed in the Andy Griffith Show episode ''Barney's Bloodhound'' It's hard to say who was a harder worker — the dog or Howard Morris. June 10, 2020, 4:58PM
Don Knotts kept his family laughing to the very end "He had this funniness that was just completely, insanely natural," Karen Knotts said in an interview. May 28, 2020, 11:59AM
9 things you never noticed in the reunion movie 'Return to Mayberry' Did you notice Don's daughter and Judy Jetson? See it this Sunday at 5PM | 4C! May 22, 2020, 3:44PM
This week on The Month of Mayberry: The Best of 'The Bee Team' The fourth week of The Month of Mayberry focuses on Bee, Gomer, Otis, Ernest and the rest! Here are some highlights. May 22, 2020, 3:27PM
The case of the missing laugh track in ''Opie the Birdman'' Did the Andy Griffith Show need a laugh track? Academics tried to find out. May 20, 2020, 1:41PM
3 forgotten starring roles Ron Howard had been the Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days Did you ever see him in a Disney movie, a cop sitcom and a twisty mystery? May 20, 2020, 11:26AM
'The Andy Griffith Show' reunion movie 'Return to Mayberry' is coming to MeTV on May 31 Catch up with Andy, Opie, Barney and the gang in this charming 1986 TV movie. May 20, 2020, 11:20AM
6 things you never noticed in the Andy Griffith Show favorite ''Mr. McBeevee" Did you ever catch the reunion of Opie and McBeevee on Happy Days? May 18, 2020, 3:25PM
This week on The Month of Mayberry: The Best of Opie It's "Opie Dokie" week May 18–22 at 8PM | 7C! May 18, 2020, 5:00AM
Mark Hamill made his screen debut alongside Andy Griffith The 1970-71 season was a breakthrough for the Star Wars star — and a struggle for Sheriff Andy. May 15, 2020, 10:39AM
10 Mayberry residents you never noticed in movies made in the 1980s You can find them in thrillers and teen comedies! May 11, 2020, 4:27PM
This is the nearly superhuman singer who secretly sang while Barney Fife lip-synched He famously became the voice of both God and Mayberry's deputy. May 11, 2020, 11:25AM
This week on The Month of Mayberry: The Best of Barney Fife Watch the greatest moments of Don Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show, May 11–15! May 11, 2020, 5:00AM
Andy Warhol sailed with Andy Griffith in one of the most unique episodes of The Love Boat Greenwich Village met Mayberry on a TV cruise in 1985. Watch it Sunday, May 10, at 6PM | 5C. May 7, 2020, 3:44PM
This mysterious, unidentified Mayberry actress was the stand-in for Don Knotts Nice Dress Nellie was the true ''Marvel'' of The Andy Griffith Show. May 7, 2020, 11:19AM
One time Mayberry troublemaker Otis got double the punishment for no real reason How could Andy and Barney commit such injustice! Mayberry owes Otis $2. May 5, 2020, 10:07AM
This week on The Month of Mayberry: The Best of Sheriff Andy This week is "All About Andy"… and Jim Nabors! Here are some highlights. May 4, 2020, 3:40PM
9 things you never knew about Ken Berry of Mayberry R.F.D. Learn about his connections to Star Trek, The Brady Bunch, and I Love Lucy. May 4, 2020, 9:33AM
New Mayberry Apparel in the MeTV Store Now we don our Don Knotts apparel. April 30, 2020, 5:00PM
6 details you never noticed in the Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. pilot episode Take a closer look at this season-four finale of The Andy Griffith Show! April 30, 2020, 3:32PM
This weekend on The Month of Mayberry: Premieres and pilot episodes Watch how The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoffs got their start. April 30, 2020, 12:32PM
Jerry Van Dyke chose ‘My Mother the Car’ over ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Can you picture Van Dyke as Gilligan or Barney's replacement? April 29, 2020, 2:20PM
This is quietly one of the biggest names in Mayberry Do you know the Mendelbrights as well as the Darlings? April 29, 2020, 8:50AM
This memorable Mayberry villain was actually a real troublemaker who did time in San Quentin Meet Leo Gordon, one of Mayberry's most authentic character actors. April 17, 2020, 4:21PM
Classic TV bandanas are now available in the MeTV Store Accessorize with Star Trek, Andy Griffith, Lucy and more! April 17, 2020, 9:40AM
5 little Andy Griffith Show details you never noticed in ''Barney and the Governor'' Learn how Sir Walter Raleigh and Laura Petrie's dad tie into this episode. Watch it on Wednesday, April 15 at 8PM | 7C. April 14, 2020, 2:06PM
8 things you never noticed in The Andy Griffith Show episode ''The Mayberry Band'' Mayor Stoner and Mike Brady have something in common. April 7, 2020, 4:35PM
R.I.P. Forrest Compton, who played Col. Edward Gray on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. He also starred on a soap opera inspired by Perry Mason. April 5, 2020, 8:20PM
These vintage camper ads are pure road trip nostalgia Who remembers camping in an Airstream? April 2, 2020, 1:01PM
MeTV presents The Month of Mayberry throughout May Our mammoth month-long celebration of 'The Andy Griffith Show' runs May 3-31. April 2, 2020, 11:30AM
9 Flintstones voice actors who were also on The Andy Griffith Show Ernest T. Bass, Floyd the Barber and Otis Campbell can all be heard on The Flintstones! March 30, 2020, 3:18PM
Is this actually a photo of Andy Griffith as a baby on The Andy Griffith Show? We got a look at adolescent Andy in "Crime-Free Mayberry." March 30, 2020, 9:18AM
This Andy Griffith Show guest star wrote the unheard theme song lyrics, too Imagine that hat was yellow — he was Dick Tracy, too. March 23, 2020, 1:50PM
Howard Morris also played Mayberry's very own Masked Singer Eat your heart out, reality television. The Andy Griffith Show did it first. March 18, 2020, 3:30PM
Manicures are the link between The Wizard of Oz and The Andy Griffith Show You probably never noticed Ethelreda Leopold in the background. March 13, 2020, 10:50AM
This is supposedly a picture of young Aunt Bee on Andy's wall — but is it? Could this Mayberry artwork be a piece of Frances Bavier's past? March 10, 2020, 11:20AM
Dud Wash from The Andy Griffith Show popped up in three Ron Howard films Ever notice this Mayberry fellow in ancient Egypt and alongside Tom Cruise? March 6, 2020, 11:50AM
The Andy Griffith Show stars picked their favorite episodes of the series Do you agree with the cast? Which is your favorite? March 4, 2020, 10:20AM
The real-life Floyd the Barber cut hair until he was 90 years old Andy Griffith himself might have been the only person who was not a fan of this Mount Airy institution. March 3, 2020, 10:30AM
R.I.P. Claudette Nevins, sitcom wife to Andy Griffith and Winchester on M*A*S*H She (briefly) played the wife of Major Winchester on M*A*S*H. March 2, 2020, 9:40AM
10 ways the Andy Griffith Show pilot was radically different from the show Who is Henrietta Perkins and where is Barney?? February 18, 2020, 11:11AM
Calvin Peeler wrote his way into Mayberry with a letter Don Knotts was the only other actor to talk his way into a Mayberry role. February 17, 2020, 3:22PM
6 things you never knew about Paul Hartman of The Andy Griffith Show The Emmett Clark actor was a skilled dancer who made Tony Awards history. February 11, 2020, 11:51AM
Barney Fife secretly met his replacement in a 1980s seatbelt safety ad Watch Jack Burns and Don Knotts interact in an Incredible Crash Dummies spot. January 29, 2020, 10:54AM
R.I.P. Jack Burns, the man who replaced Barney on The Andy Griffith Show The comedian began as George Carlin's partner and later voiced a famous crash test dummy. January 28, 2020, 4:48PM
7 neato facts about Aneta Corsaut From The Blob to Matlock, she had a fascinating career. January 27, 2020, 12:21PM
Some Andy Griffith Show actors also voiced memorable product mascots You can find Ernie Keebler, Mayor McCheese, Tony the Tiger and more in Mayberry! January 22, 2020, 4:19PM
Ever notice two of Andy's girlfriends lived in the same Mayberry house? It's also the location where Andy first falls for Ellie! January 20, 2020, 3:27PM
Mayberry's original mayor deserves more respect The character was based on a real businessman in Andy Griffith's hometown! January 8, 2020, 2:53PM
Elinor Donahue admits that Ron Howard was the best child actor she ever worked with Little Ron Howard made a big impact on her during that first season of The Andy Griffith Show. January 2, 2020, 2:07PM
The five most popular stories on MeTV in 2019 MeTV fans really, really love The Andy Griffith Show. December 23, 2019, 1:36PM
6 superior TV shows celebrating a 60th anniversary in 2020 Milestones… meet the milestones. December 19, 2019, 10:45AM
Don Knotts revived his iconic deputy character for a Christmas episode in 1993 That's F-E-I-F not F-I-F-E! December 13, 2019, 12:50PM
Don Knotts confirmed this was one of the funniest sight gags he ever saw on The Andy Griffith Show Don Knotts never found out what happened to Barney's memorable motorcycle. December 12, 2019, 1:11PM
How a former sitcom star made his directorial debut on The Andy Griffith Show's ''Christmas Story'' The former Fibber McGee became Andy Griffith's ace thanks to a ''hunch.'' December 11, 2019, 2:30PM
Andy Griffith told the story of Frosty the Snowman in a Rankin-Bass production The magic may have been in that sheriff's badge of Andy's, not a hat! December 5, 2019, 3:48PM
R.I.P. Claude Earl Jones, who twice played a deputy to Andy Griffith Jones was in two of Griffith's Abel Marsh pilots in the 1970s. December 4, 2019, 4:45PM
A rare dated reference in The Andy Griffith Show pondered the moon landing "Ohhh, that's the finest thing in the world, settin' on a porch on a moonlit night..." November 26, 2019, 11:39AM
You can make the same banana bread that Jim Nabors enjoyed! A recipe so good, you can't help but shout, ''Shazaam!'' November 25, 2019, 11:36AM
8 arresting facts about Hal Smith of The Andy Griffith Show He was the Pancake Man, Santa Claus and an inspiration for Scotty on Star Trek. November 25, 2019, 11:12AM
6 little snippets you never knew about Howard McNear of The Andy Griffith Show Before he was a barber, he was an action hero. November 20, 2019, 1:47PM
5 forgotten Don Knotts movies before and after his Mayberry days 'Wake Me When It's Over' might not be the most exciting movie title. November 14, 2019, 2:17PM
Ron Howard had to prove his directing chops to actress Bette Davis When your leading actress gets tough, the tough stay calm...right? November 13, 2019, 2:29PM
Take a look at the former Hawaii home of Jim Nabors, now selling for $4.5 million Golly! The 170-plus acres sit on the island of Maui. November 13, 2019, 11:48AM