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Jim Nabors and Courtney Cox costarred in a flop 1980s sitcom He played her uncle in a pilot that never got picked up. June 23, 2021, 8:52AM
A rare look at Andy's family life when The Andy Griffith Show premiered "I'm the best old man in the world," Andy boasted in 1960. June 16, 2021, 8:48AM
A much more mellow Don Rickles got invited to visit Mayberry The insult comic got married the same year he appeared on The Andy Griffith Show, and he said his wife helped keep the sting in his nightclub act. June 14, 2021, 1:48PM
Barney Fife's bank robbery episodes reflected a real rise in heists in America In 1965, the deputy found $250,000 from a bank heist. That year, bank robbery losses hit the highest levels yet recorded: $3.9 million. June 10, 2021, 12:40PM
Nobody predicted the crazy bidding war for Aunt Bee's dusty 1966 Studebaker Frances Bavier didn't learn to drive until the age of 50. After that, she only drove Studebakers. June 8, 2021, 9:17AM
Remembering Josie Lloyd, who played both the mayor's daughter and Goober's gal in Mayberry Her famous father opened the door to Hollywood. She later led a very private life. June 7, 2021, 2:02PM
Early in his career, Andy Griffith was always billed as Deacon Andy Griffith Throughout the '50s, Griffith was known as "Deacon" to the public. June 4, 2021, 5:01PM
7 classic TV actors who got famous from their very first role These stars all hit a home run on the first swing. June 3, 2021, 5:04PM
R.I.P. Arlene Golonka, love interest to both Howard and Sam in Mayberry The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. actress was 85. June 1, 2021, 10:03PM
Don Knotts met a real Barney Fife once directing a parade in his hometown The Andy Griffith Show star even shared a funny exchange with the local sheriff who had to deal with the deputy. June 1, 2021, 8:40AM
Hal Smith's happy home life was the complete opposite of Otis Campbell's Mayberry marriage Married for more than 50 years, soulmates Hal and Louise Smith are all the proof we need that the saying is true: happy wife, happy life! May 24, 2021, 9:13AM
9 things you never noticed in the reunion movie 'Return to Mayberry' Did you notice Don's daughter and Judy Jetson? May 20, 2021, 1:06PM
Do you recognize the Andy Griffith Show character modeling these fashionable 1940s jackets? Before he became Mayberry's most mysterious lineman, Karl Swenson had one of the prettiest faces in radio. May 18, 2021, 9:09AM
This has to be the cutest ritual from The Andy Griffith Show Ron proved over and over to Andy that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. May 14, 2021, 8:36AM
10 MeTV shows make Rolling Stone list of 50 Best Sitcoms of All Time Andy and Lucy made it — but which is higher? May 13, 2021, 10:08AM
Don Knotts found the inspiration for his comedic persona at an awkward 1950s dinner banquet How a "violently and hilariously nervous" speaker brought Knotts back to being a funnyman. May 10, 2021, 11:37AM
Even celebrities couldn't resist doing impressions of Barney Fife Guess which TV stars grew up doing Barney Fife impressions. Hint: One was later his costar. May 10, 2021, 8:52AM
At the age of 84, Mayberry regular Burt Mustin made his singing debut with Elvis and a mop If only his classmates had been around to see it. May 6, 2021, 3:13PM
Fan Favorite Mayberry Apparel in the MeTV Store Now we don our Don Knotts apparel. April 29, 2021, 5:00PM
Andy Griffith hid a sweet tribute to his wife in the episode where Opie loves Helen When Andy tells Opie about his first crush, he's really describing his first wife! April 29, 2021, 8:55AM
Stories from Andy Griffith's makeup artist inspired many hilarious events in Mayberry "He was a wild, wonderful man," Andy once said. April 27, 2021, 12:21PM
Ever wonder what the ''T'' in Ernest T. Bass stands for? The Mayberry hillbilly's name has surprising connections to Hitchcock and the TV movie Brian's Song. April 20, 2021, 8:40AM
9 times Parley Baer played a mayor on TV His roles on The Andy Griffith Show and The Addams Family were just two of his many TV terms in office! April 19, 2021, 1:28PM
The former home of Aunt Bee is for sale in North Carolina Frances Bavier lived her later years in Siler City, NC. April 19, 2021, 11:18AM
Just once Denver Pyle wanted to play the guy who gets the girl Aunt Bee was just another in a long line of ladies who rejected the veteran character actor onscreen. April 14, 2021, 8:31AM
MeTV presents The Month of Mayberry throughout May Our mammoth month-long celebration of 'The Andy Griffith Show' runs May 2-28. See the complete schedule. April 12, 2021, 1:56PM
Elizabeth MacRae had to ''relearn'' her Southern accent to play Lou-Ann Poovie The well-educated performer utilized method acting to play Gomer's girlfriend. April 8, 2021, 11:15AM
Bernard Fox wanted Malcolm Merriweather to replace Barney Fife The actor who played Andy's English valet once shared his dream of what happened after Malcolm left Mayberry. April 8, 2021, 8:38AM
Andy Griffith got his start earning $35 and performing at banks The actor returned to North Carolina for a hero's welcome in 1958. April 6, 2021, 10:56AM
Rance Howard won baby Ron Howard his debut movie role by jumping off a balcony Here's a father who would do anything to see his son succeed. It took a tomahawk to get baby Ron to cry on cue. March 31, 2021, 9:29AM
The Andy Griffith Show appears in the Looney Tunes animated universe So that's what a cartoon Mayberry looks like. March 29, 2021, 9:41AM
The Mayberry farmer was a Perry Mason medical examiner and Star Trek pioneer Jon Lormer can be seen all over classic TV. March 25, 2021, 10:13AM
Ron Howard made an exit plan to grow out of kiddie roles He said The Andy Griffith Show had his back early on, helping him go much further than the average child star. March 23, 2021, 10:31AM
Here's a peek into Andy Griffith's backyard wedding to a Seventies ''flower child'' Ken Berry said the bride and groom made the most unlikely couple he ever saw. March 23, 2021, 9:33AM
Julie Adams saw the simple life as a thing of beauty Sheriff Andy's one-time sweetheart was a beauty queen who grew up loving all things wholesome. March 16, 2021, 1:22PM
Andy Griffith snuck a nod to his musical hero into an episode of The Andy Griffith Show A jazz legend is hidden in "Sheriff Barney." March 8, 2021, 2:26PM
You could say this trip to Mayberry made a big impact on Bill Bixby After appearing on The Andy Griffith Show, Bixby played "himself" on a show about a widowed father bonding with his 6-year-old son. March 8, 2021, 10:14AM
Don Knotts lived the story at the heart of ''Opie's Hobo Friend'' As a boy, Knotts befriended passers-through at his mother's boarding house. March 3, 2021, 9:04AM
Andy Griffith's ''Woman Speeder'' essentially recycled the plot to its pilot episode And there was another connection to The Danny Thomas Show right under your nose. March 1, 2021, 11:20AM
The farmer Rafe Hollister passed on a chance to be one of Mayberry's biggest breakout stars Jack Prince turned down a chance to be a series regular but said he was proud to be a small part of The Andy Griffith Show. February 16, 2021, 9:29AM
This Mayberry visitor was briefly the original Ward Cleaver You might know this actor by two different names. February 15, 2021, 1:36PM
Here's a toast to Barney Fife's forgotten love Hilda Mae The delightful Florence MacMichael had a "wonderful humility," just like her Mayberry character. February 12, 2021, 9:18AM
14 revealing and rollicking behind-the-scenes photos from The Andy Griffith Show See Andy hanging with his costars, wife and manager on the set of Mayberry. February 3, 2021, 11:20AM
Mayberry's Joyce Jameson was the most ''Fun Girl'' Robert Vaughn ever met The Man from U.N.C.L.E. star thought his friend deserved to be the next Carol Burnett, but she was typecast. February 1, 2021, 9:28AM
All of Mayberry's money talk revolved around sharing one's good fortune Howard McNear's son Kit got emotional describing Andy Griffith's "big heart" and generous spirit. January 29, 2021, 2:53PM
Is this the most mysterious lovely lady we ever met in Mayberry? Josie Lloyd emerged from her father Norman Lloyd's shadow on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but later she just disappeared. January 28, 2021, 5:23PM
This Andy Griffith Show episode had a subtle tie back to the pilot episode Did Frank Cady's town drunk move on from the pilot to Mount Pilot? January 25, 2021, 3:37PM
You never saw Barney Fife faint for a reason Don Knotts had a real problem feeling faint in big life moments. January 22, 2021, 8:54AM
Betty Lynn hid her secret crush on Andy Griffith so she wouldn't ''hurt anyone's feelings'' Andy once wrote to Betty Lynn, ''You were Don's girl, but you should’ve been mine.'' January 13, 2021, 10:21AM
Frank Sutton was ''the perfect sergeant for Gomer'' A secret intellectual, the Sergeant Carter actor ''had a built-in sense of comedy and timing.'' January 12, 2021, 10:52AM
Joining Opie's boy gang was the ultimate fun for these child actors Plus: Ron Howard described what it was like to be in the boy gang on Dennis the Menace. January 11, 2021, 9:54AM
Allan Melvin quietly became ''one of TV's most recognizable faces'' The actor appeared regularly on major sitcoms from the 1950s to the 1980s, but he called his popularity ''a cult thing.'' January 6, 2021, 9:17AM
Did you know Rambo's mentor once rescued The Andy Griffith Show? Richard Crenna saved the day in 1963. He also brought a new perspective to Mayberry — and rethought the front door. Did you notice? December 29, 2020, 11:36AM
Goober Pyle got his very own forgotten spin-off show in the late Seventies This pilot really piled on the Pyles. December 23, 2020, 3:21PM
Ron Howard explained how Christmas inspired his whole family to act The Howard family tree should be shaped like a Christmas tree. December 21, 2020, 8:18AM
The Darlings had this feedback after their first appearance on The Andy Griffith Show Plus: The story behind the Dillards' audition is as funny as an episode of the show. December 16, 2020, 9:12AM
There's a good reason why Helen Crump has such an ugly sounding name The writers were just as surprised as Sheriff Andy that Crump became his love interest. December 15, 2020, 8:50AM
This Christmas, thank Santa Claus for believing in Don Knotts The Jolly Old Elf encouraged Knotts to pursue his showbiz career. Knotts: "Don't tell me there's no Santa Claus!" December 10, 2020, 9:33AM
How Richard Keith went from being the ''World's Tiniest Drummer'' to Little Ricky to Opie's pal "Ron and I played catch, went to eat hamburgers together," Keith said. December 8, 2020, 1:36PM
Parley Baer fondly remembered being with his ''dearest friends'' on The Andy Griffith Show Find out how Otis and Mayor Stoner passed time as friends in the real world. December 8, 2020, 10:05AM
Tatum O'Neal perfectly described the allure of her mother, Joanna Moore of The Andy Griffith Show "She was extraordinarily beautiful," her daughter gushed. December 7, 2020, 11:12AM
Carol Burnett and Jim Nabors prove classic TV bonds run deep "We hit it off immediately." The TV icons became practically family. December 1, 2020, 3:30PM
Don Knotts laughed so hard in this Andy Griffith Show scene, it had to be reshot 20 times Even a comedy pro couldn't help but to crack up and ruin the scene over and over again. November 30, 2020, 1:50PM
Opie's friend Joey reached out decades later to remember that time Don Knotts dressed up as an old lady Child actor Joe Stannard was also frequently Ron Howard's stand-in. November 30, 2020, 9:02AM
A determined fan used his wedding to break through Frances Bavier's wall of silence You could say he was the last fan to get advice from Aunt Bee. November 24, 2020, 3:57PM
Andy Griffith once teased Don Knotts for not being a ''tough dad'' Don's daughter Karen tells a hilarious story about Andy's parenting advice behind the scenes of The Andy Griffith Show. November 24, 2020, 8:58AM
Andy's dad Carl Griffith made a brief cameo on The Andy Griffith Show Here's why some say Carl was the inspiration for Sheriff Andy. November 17, 2020, 9:15AM
There's a big inside joke that explains this marvelous overlooked Mayberry character Andy Clyde had a doppelgänger behind the scenes of The Andy Griffith Show. November 10, 2020, 10:14AM
Hal Smith faced a little backlash for playing Otis Campbell "I enjoy making people happy as Otis." November 2, 2020, 8:49AM
The ''Stranger'' of Mayberry later became of mayor of 'Newhart' Really, Floyd the Barber was the true stranger in this tale. October 30, 2020, 4:20PM
Don Knotts perfected the comedic art of being scared "People seem to enjoy the idea of seeing me get scared." October 26, 2020, 8:46AM
Elinor Donahue's time in Mayberry deserves more respect This story will (hopefully) change the way you see Ellie Walker. October 20, 2020, 3:03PM
10 actors from The Andy Griffith Show who voiced major cartoon characters You can find members of Peanuts and the Justice League in Mayberry! October 20, 2020, 12:03PM
The fancy French waiter from The Andy Griffith Show also served Gomer, Laverne and more Roger Til played a maître d' on shows from the Sixties through Nineties! October 19, 2020, 1:50PM
Elinor Donahue was only credited in three episodes of The Andy Griffith Show They gave a shout out to her wardrobe provider… but not the actress herself. October 16, 2020, 3:26PM
You heard that right, Goober had a different name in one 'Andy' episode Who the heck is Beasley? October 9, 2020, 3:49PM
The girl that Andy tossed in jail grew up to have a crush on Gomer Pyle Joy Ellison grew up in the world of Mayberry. Today, she is a dialect coach for actors. October 6, 2020, 11:46AM
8 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show that dabble with the supernatural Get into the spooky seasonal spirit with these hilariously eerie episodes. October 5, 2020, 4:38PM
Was Count Istvan Teleky on The Andy Griffith Show a real person? “Count Istvan Telesky exists!” October 5, 2020, 9:10AM
Everything an Opie fan should know about Ron Howard's guest spot on M*A*S*H Young Ron Howard predicted M*A*S*H would be a success. October 5, 2020, 8:40AM
Wait. Is this Officer Jim Reed on The Andy Griffith Show? Did the Adam-12 star sneak into this scene with Sheriff Andy? September 28, 2020, 9:09AM
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