Walter Brennan and Richard Crenna, The Real McCoys
Question: Here's an argument you can settle. I know that for a while hick sitcoms were huge on TV, but I had an argument with a friend about the trend. Wouldn't you say it was The Andy Griffith Show that started them all? Thank you for your help. I know you won't let me down.
Answer: The Andy Griffith Show is the show that's remembered for breaking the rural-comedy trend wide open after it debuted in 1960, Randall, but the comedy that defied the experts who thought folks in the big markets didn't want to watch their country-folk cousins came along three years earlier: The Real McCoys, which was a runaway hit for ABC before jumping to CBS for a final season in 1962.
Funny thing was, the champions of hayseed humor weren't from anywhere near the territory. Irving Pi
Don Knotts, who won five Emmys for his portrayal of fumbling deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show — and also is well remembered for playing Three's Company's hideously clad "lady killer" landlord, Mr. Furley — died Friday of pulmonary and respiratory complications. He was 81. "Don was a small man... but everything else about him was large: his mind, his expressions," Andy Griffith tells the Associated Press. "Don was special. There's nobody like him." Knotts' half-century career also included the late-'50s variety show The Steve Allen Show (on which he was an original cast member) and such films as The Incredible Mr. Limpet and 1998's Pleasantville.
Andy Griffith, The Andy Griffith Show
Question: I could swear Andy Taylor was a jack-of-all-trades and had several jobs on The Andy Griffith Show, but a coworker says I'm nuts and that he was always just the sheriff. Who's right? There's no bet riding on this, just pride. Thanks.
Answer: You've got a respectable memory there, Jim. (Don't get any ideas, though — there's only room for one Televisionary in this town.) Feel free to claim a good chunk of your office mate's pride because you're right on this one.
When The Andy Griffith Show first launched as a spin-off of The Danny Thomas Show and began its eight-year run on CBS in October 1960, Sheriff Andy Taylor (Matlock's Andy Griffith) not only enforced the law in Mayberry while raising you
Question: Did Matlock have more than one daughter? And who played the part? I saw at least three different actresses play it.
Answer: There were two daughters, by my count, Steve, but three different actresses did indeed carry the role. When Diary of a Perfect Murder, the Matlock pilot film, first aired in early 1986, lawyer daughter Charlene Matlock was played by Lori Lethin. However, when the series launched in September on NBC, Linda Purl (Happy Days) handled the daughterly duties. In 1987 Charlene left to start her own practice in Philadelphia and Ben (Andy Griffith) replaced her with Michelle Thomas (Nancy Stafford), who was no relation.
Whatever Charlene said to Ben before she left, it must have been a doozy because when Michelle moved on
This isn't a complaint, just an observation: So far this season, even more than the first two, the plot is just a very loose structure on which to build a bunch of silly jokes. George Sr.'s under house arrest and wants to plead not guilty at his upcoming hearing because he was really just a patsy for some Brits who set him up to build houses for Saddam Hussein. And somehow this premise gives us an opportunity to see George prefer prison to his wife's frisky advances; Gob plan an elaborate "protestacular" outside the courthouse; Tobias try out wigs and hair plugs in an effort to prove he's leading-man material for Gob's "prostaticular"; the whole family act like crazy "chickens" to make fun of Michael; Lindsay getting the only vehicle that could top the jet stairs, the cabin trailer; and a legal system in which you can hire TV lawyers like Andy Griffith or L.A. Law's Harry Hamlin to sit at your table and help your case. And then there's Michael's fateful