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Don Knotts landed on The Andy Griffith Show thanks to a friendly card game A friendly card game turned into an idea that eventually gave Don Knotts his career-defining role. September 23, 2022, 1:05PM
6 things you can do in the 'real-life' Mayberry There is the show-version of Mayberry, the Mayberry in Virginia and Mount Airy... the 'real-life' Mayberry! Here's what you can do there! September 20, 2022, 4:56PM
Hal Smith faced a little backlash for playing Otis Campbell "I enjoy making people happy as Otis." September 19, 2022, 2:49PM
5 best and worst Ron Howard-directed movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes Not every movie can be a hit — but some of them sure can! September 16, 2022, 11:36AM
Six things to keep in mind when it comes to football, courtesy of classic TV When creating your game plan, don’t make these classic TV football mistakes. September 12, 2022, 10:30AM
Only three shows went out on the top of the ratings, and The Andy Griffith Show is one of them The final season of the show resulted in the highest Nielsen ranking possible. September 7, 2022, 2:15PM
Ron Howard had to prove his directing chops to actress Bette Davis When your leading actress gets tough, the tough stay calm...right? August 25, 2022, 2:00PM
Andy Griffith used silence to keep The Andy Griffith Show special His genius still remains within the sound of silence. August 12, 2022, 10:20AM
Hollywood keeps trying to reboot this classic Don Knotts movie One potential director described it as ''the most horrifying thing he'd ever seen''. August 3, 2022, 11:59AM
Maggie Peterson originally auditioned for the part of Ellie Walker We'll never know if the Darling girl would've made a better Ellie. July 15, 2022, 10:20AM
The Andy Griffith Show helped a family reunite with their long-lost pet How a toe-tappin' tune was able to reconnect a family with their pet after three years apart. June 29, 2022, 11:23AM
Before they were Barney Fife and Alice Nelson, these sitcom icons briefly played lovers It was a quick Hawaiian romance on 'Love That Bob.' June 22, 2022, 4:45PM
6 little snippets you never knew about Howard McNear of The Andy Griffith Show Before he was a barber, he was an action hero. June 20, 2022, 1:47PM
Of course Andy Griffith was the perfect high school boyfriend Kids used to swoon over the future TV star’s teen romance in the halls. June 14, 2022, 11:49AM
The actor behind Barney's cousin Virgil became one of Mayberry's biggest movie stars Michael J. Pollard got nominated for an Oscar seven years after playing Don Knotts' awkward cousin. May 27, 2022, 1:19PM
Ernest T. Bass actor Howard Morris predicted Ron Howard would be a director Morris observed little Ronny’s curiosity on the Mayberry set and knew the young star was destined for great things behind the camera. May 16, 2022, 12:36PM
This Mayberry moonshiner started acting after retiring Charity Grace went from teaching high school kids to acting with Andy Griffith. April 28, 2022, 3:40PM
9 things you never noticed in the reunion movie 'Return to Mayberry' Did you notice Don's daughter and Judy Jetson? April 26, 2022, 3:52PM
This Mayberry charity drive organizer was composer John Williams' mother-in-law Lurene Tuttle was "The First Lady of Radio" before her son-in-law composer wrote the Star Wars soundtrack. April 26, 2022, 11:39AM
Doug Jones was inspired to start acting by Barney Fife The awkward deputy was a welcome sight to an awkward kid. April 13, 2022, 2:51PM
Frances Bavier was the greatest actor on The Andy Griffith Show The accomplished actor brought so much into her performance as Aunt Bee. April 5, 2022, 3:58PM
You can trace Mayberry's roots back to Bill Idelson's Golden Age radio show The Andy Griffith Show was an attempt to recreate the small-town lunacy of "Vic and Sade." March 22, 2022, 12:28PM
Looks like Don Knotts was a noisy house guest just like Gomer When Knotts visited his hometown, he stayed at his childhood friend’s house so he wouldn’t disrupt his mother. March 15, 2022, 3:17PM
Jack Dodson's TV career started because Andy Griffith completely forgot who he was The TV star famously had a problem keeping track of names. March 15, 2022, 11:54AM
Andy Griffith didn't like watching the Andy Griffith Show's first season While the first season was a success, the star himself couldn't stand to watch it. March 11, 2022, 10:11AM
John Dehner made the unusual leap from Disney animator to actor He went from animating Bambi to cherished roles on classic TV shows. March 7, 2022, 4:30PM
Don Knotts grew up getting free haircuts in his uncle's barber shop Like Floyd's Barber Shop in Mayberry, Knotts spent many hours there. February 18, 2022, 12:05PM
The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club helped keep Mayberry alive for future generations What started in a fraternity house led to a reunion movie. February 17, 2022, 11:02AM
This exclusive Mayberry club man was one of history's toughest stuntmen George DeNormand was also twice a wanted man. February 8, 2022, 1:44PM
Character actor Bill Erwin's persistence paid off in the Eighties The famous Old Man is the definition of aging gracefully. January 25, 2022, 1:45PM
10 actors who appeared in both Mayberry and M*A*S*H Over 7,000 miles apart, you could spot some familiar faces. January 24, 2022, 3:50PM
Pamelyn Ferdin never forgot her first time crying on cue on The Andy Griffith Show She was “the busiest child actress in Hollywood,” and she made “quite an impression” on Andy. January 18, 2022, 1:21PM
Andy Griffith explained why they called him Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show It had to do with his love life, yuh see? January 5, 2022, 2:17PM
Is this the only Andy Griffith Show episode to use flashbacks? Matlock deployed the storytelling device frequently, but Mayberry was more about living in the moment. January 4, 2022, 10:51AM
Even Opie throwing that rock into the pond took a little Hollywood magic They only had three tries — and there was one big problem. Ron Howard could not throw that far. December 8, 2021, 2:53PM
Andy Griffith grew free trees for Boy Scouts on a 50-acre Christmas tree farm In the Seventies, Griffith became a Santa of sorts to kids without Christmas trees. December 7, 2021, 10:45AM
The first Benji movie was the final screen role for three beloved classic TV stars, including the dog Francis Bavier and Edgar Buchanan would never be seen again. The same goes for Higgins the dog. November 29, 2021, 2:36PM
There was a little bit of jealousy between Andy Griffith and Don Knotts Who do YOU think is funnier? November 24, 2021, 11:55AM
This Thanksgiving, let's toast to Don Knotts' last movie character: a cartoon turkey His comedy in the Sixties inspired the Chicken Little character Mayor Turkey Lurkey. Naturally, Don Knotts voiced the character, too. November 22, 2021, 3:44PM
Sterling Holloway's distinctive looks led him to voice Winnie the Pooh When a Hollywood exec shrewdly told the actor his face was too repulsive for the pictures, he almost quit before Winnie the Pooh ever got to utter "Oh, bother." November 16, 2021, 12:15PM
Mary Lansing played more Mayberry characters than any other actress Before she was Martha Clark, she was Mrs. Lukens, Mrs. Rodenbach and many more. November 15, 2021, 3:37PM
M*A*S*H and Mayberry are coming to Sunday nights on MeTV Make it a family viewing night with two beloved sitcom classics. Beginning November 28. November 13, 2021, 6:00PM
The creators of The Andy Griffith Show debated how Andy should punish Opie To spank or not to spank? That was the question after season two. November 10, 2021, 5:18PM
Thelma Lou almost took this job in Mayberry after Barney Fife left the show Producers offered Betty Lynn a new storyline to stay on The Andy Griffith Show after Don Knotts departed. This is the story they offered her and why she said no. November 4, 2021, 4:07PM
Beverly Tyler quit acting shortly after Barney Fife rejected her The Hollywood beauty had a Cinderella story start to acting, which ended when she met her prince in the real world. November 1, 2021, 4:17PM
This old man of Mayberry had been playing an ''old man'' since his 20s! Andy Clyde literally grew into the character he played in silent films. November 1, 2021, 2:08PM
R.I.P. Betty Lynn, who played Barney Fife's love Thelma Lou She toured Asia during USO shows, became fast friends with Bette Davis, and retired to the real-life Mayberry. October 18, 2021, 9:03AM
Ron Howard wasn't exactly smitten with Opie's girlfriends behind the scenes Child actor Joy Ellison remembers acting with Howard at that age where "boys and girls kind of hated each other." October 15, 2021, 3:17PM
Little Ronny Howard was more comfortable on a movie set than Johnny Cash The child star and country music legend began their acting careers around the same time. October 14, 2021, 4:28PM
Clint Howard doesn't remember being on The Andy Griffith Show He says he doesn't remember starting as the cowboy Leon. October 13, 2021, 12:10PM
Elinor Donahue's one shot at the spotlight came on this forgotten Seventies show She hoped starring in Mulligan's Stew would divorce her from her Father Knows Best character forever. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out for Betty. October 7, 2021, 4:29PM
Ronny Howard nearly played a popular comic strip character instead of becoming Opie "Barnaby" first appeared in liberal papers… and almost kept Opie from Andy Griffith. October 5, 2021, 1:46PM
10 easy and inexpensive Halloween costumes you can buy in the MeTV store right now Grab a classic TV costume T-shirt! September 24, 2021, 1:23PM
People kept giving Don Knotts bullets The deputy's single bullet was such a beloved running joke that fans gave him hundreds of single bullets. September 23, 2021, 4:24PM
Andy Griffith once owned a dog named Lemley Gilbert named after a distant cousin Andy's cousin Lemley Gilbert is referenced in The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Here's his rarely told story. September 21, 2021, 11:50AM
How Goober Pyle saved a life George Lindsey saved the life of an Oscar winner, and didn't know until years later. September 20, 2021, 4:47PM
Mayberry had no psychiatrists, but the Andy Griffith Show cast were into mental health Don Knotts and Andy Griffith saw psychiatrists — and even ribbed Don's doctor on the sitcom. September 16, 2021, 11:53AM
Andy Griffith took great pains to disprove a rumor he was paralyzed in the Eighties To silence the lie, he grinned and bore it, wearing leg braces and jogging onscreen while performing a highly visible guest role. September 10, 2021, 2:25PM
People really did buy into Opie's "miracle salve" in the Fifties Classic sitcoms proved the only thing miracle salves were really good for was a solid laugh. September 7, 2021, 11:55AM
Charles Lane was happy playing classic TV's biggest ''stinker'' of all time One of the most prolific character actors always played a cantankerous grump, serving as muse for legends like Frank Capra and Lucille Ball. August 31, 2021, 3:40PM
Did you know Andy Griffith cut out some love scenes between Andy and Helen? We loved their love, but the TV sheriff once even nixed Andy and Helen's first near-kiss, writing it out of the script. August 16, 2021, 1:43PM
You can thank Grape-Nuts for the existence of The Andy Griffith Show Post wanted a rural comedy to push its wholesome cereal. August 12, 2021, 5:00PM
Yes, Virginia, there is a real Mayberry… and it is in Virginia Ever wonder how the TV town of Mayberry got its name? Look a bit north, and into Andy Griffith's roots. August 11, 2021, 1:46PM
Meet the many different faces of Wally's Filling Station Which Wally is your favorite? August 10, 2021, 3:45PM
Don Knotts was not the only Don Knotts in his high school The other Don Knotts caused confusion amongst his classmates years later. August 5, 2021, 5:02PM
Parley Baer was a dedicated circus man, even when he was Mayberry's mayor Lions and tigers and Baer… oh my! He even had a horse in his wedding. August 3, 2021, 11:52AM
Andy Griffith bombed on The Ed Sullivan Show Even the famous Andy Griffith had a few stumbles along the way. August 2, 2021, 11:54AM
Andy changed Aunt Bee's name at the very first rehearsal of The Andy Griffith Show The TV star stopped writers just in time from calling Aunt Bee by the wrong name. July 27, 2021, 11:21AM
Quick! Someone tell everyone in Floyd's Barber Shop that Barbara Eden loved shy guys The blonde TV bombshell appeared in Mayberry as a crushworthy manicurist. She claimed all men fit into one of these 5 categories. July 20, 2021, 1:06PM
Former child stars explained why it was so complicated growing up famous "Parents of a child actor must be prepared to devote 100 percent of their time to the child." July 20, 2021, 10:21AM
Unfortunately, Annie Oakley star Gail Davis performed her last role ever as Sheriff Andy's sweetheart The Andy Griffith Show cast her as ''the perfect female,'' but most directors believed the Western star ''was always going to be Annie Oakley.'' So she retired. July 15, 2021, 9:00AM
Andy Griffith was against adding this character to the show He disagreed over a technical detail. July 8, 2021, 10:49AM
Andy Griffith explained why it mattered that Don Knotts really was a worrier Plus: Revisiting this very excitable Don Knotts interview will make your day. July 6, 2021, 3:39PM
Mayberry's ''new doctor'' once shared advice on how to be a popular teen The actor George Nader recommended tuning out "worthless opinions" in a teen etiquette column. July 2, 2021, 11:05AM
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
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