The Andy Griffith Show

1960, TV Show


Thanksgiving TV: Your Guide to the Marathons, Specials and Sports

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

If you're going to spend much of the Thanksgiving holiday on the couch — after all, you'll have lots of food to digest -- there's plenty of TV to watch. Check out our roundup of marathons, specials and games. All times are Eastern (ET): read more

Holiday Gift Guide: Must-Have DVDs!

Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection

Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy ($27.99 Blu-ray, available December 21)

Family Guy's first two Star Wars parodies were a perfect mix: one part reverence for the classic sci-fi film series and two parts Seth MacFarlane outrageousness. The latest and final riff-off in the planned trio, It's a Trap, premieres in this box set before making its TV debut next year. May the goof be with you. ...

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Do "Extras" in DVD Complete Sets Cheat Loyal Viewers?

The Wild Wild West courtesy Paramount

The other day I filled my cookie card with 12 stamps and was rewarded with a free cookie. Last year I used points from my local grocery store to give me a sizable discount off a waffle iron. I use airline points to get free flights, and points earned at the theater for free movie tickets. Programs like these are designed to reward customers for being loyal — they're designed to keep people coming back.The home entertainment industry seems, for the most part, designed to screw its loyal customers. "Oh, you bought the regular edition of the movie? Hah! We have a super-duper special edition with 20 minutes of new material, new extras and other awesome stuff you'll want because you're a fan of the movie." I'll admit to falling for the trap a number of times; I own two copies of The Bourne Identity on DVD (and another on HD DVD); two copies of Criterion Collection's Brazil release (because the first wasn't anamorphic); I had two versions of Last of the Mohicans before I sold one; an... read more

Memorable TV Dads on DVD

James Gandolfini by Craig Blankenhorn/HBO, Bob Saget courtesy Everett Collection, The Simpsons courtesy Fox

In honor of Father's Day, we've put together a list of 10 of the most memorable TV dads, all of which you can enjoy again and again on DVD. — Gord Lacey10. Homer Simpson, The SimpsonsHe's been on TV for 19 seasons, entertaining us with his beer-enhanced antics, zany adventures, and love of donuts. If nothing else, he gets credit for parenting three kids that never age. Buy The Simpsons at!9. Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith ShowWhen you’re an elected official charged with keeping the town safe, you could easily lose sight of your duties at home. But Andy always understood that the most important badge he wore was the one as Opie's dad. Buy The Andy Griffith Show at!8. Tony Soprano, The SopranosTony got a gold star for heading up two families: the one at home with Carmela, Anthony and Meadow, and his other family with Paulie, Silvo and Bobby. What's a father if not a protector? Buy The Sopranos at!7. Al Bundy, Married with ChildrenAl put in l... read more

The Results Are In: TV's Most Heartwarming Shows Ever!

Weeks ago, the Asks... blog asked you to reflect on TV shows new, recent and classic and name the most heartwarming of them all. We then tallied up the most-frequent mentions and officially polled you on the "feel-goodiest" of the bunch.Well, the results are now in. How did Cliff and Claire fare? Did the Waltons scale the entire mountain? Could anyone keep up with the Keatons? Flip through our photo gallery of the top 10 finishers, see for yourself who came out on top (and see which of your quotes we used!), and then race back here to weigh in on the results. Haven't had a chance to have your say? Well, the poll is still open, so get in your vote and if the "needle" moves significantly over the next few weeks, maybe we'll need to shuffle around that photo gallery!Related content:• Who Are TV's Healthiest-looking Stars? (Vote in poll)• The Results Are In: The TV Couples that Most Make Your Heart Pitter-patter!• How to tone up while tuning in to your favorit... read more

DVD Pick of the Week: May 29, 2007

The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Series courtesy Paramount

Alright, I'm cheating a bit for my "Pick of the Week" for May 29th because I'm picking something that isn't a DVD - Weeds Season 1 on Blu-ray. Besides being in high-def, this release fixes a major problem present with the DVD release; it's widescreen. I tried to sit through the first few minutes of Weeds when it was released on DVD, but it was framed poorly, and I shut it off in disgust. Now I have a chance to watch the show in widescreen, AND in high-def, and that makes me very happy. The disc also contains the extras from the DVD release; commentaries, interviews, and more.My DVD pick would have to be the complete series of The Andy Griffith Show. While I think CBS/Paramount is screwing the fans with the bonus material on this set, it's still a nice set. They've included "Return to Mayberry," the TV movie, and The Make Room For Daddy Andy Griffth Show Pilot on this set, along with all the episodes of the show.I'm sure some of you have children, so I'd like to recommend one of my f... read more

Jeremy Sisto Finds Intense TV Roles

Jeremy Sisto, Nightmares & Dreamscapes

Jeremy Sisto is on a hunt in each of his two latest TV roles. In the Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King episode "The Fifth Quarter," (premiering tonight at 10 pm/ET on TNT), he's an ex-con laboring to stay clean while on a quest to uncover millions in buried bucks. And this fall he's in Kidnapped, an NBC drama about an abducted kid and the unorthodox, don't-involve-the-Feds tracker (Sisto) enlisted to find him. chatted up the actor about tackling such nightmare scenarios. In reviewing your résumé, I don't really see much that is inherently uninteresting. A lot of your projects seem to have an edg read more

I recently watched a marathon ...

Question: I recently watched a marathon of Andy Griffith shows, and on one Goober does an imitation of Cary Grant where he says "Judy, Judy, Judy!" Can you tell me what movie that line is from?

Answer: Cary Grant never said the line "Judy, Judy, Judy" in any movie, although in Only Angels Have Wings (1939) his sultry ex-wife's name is Judy (played by Rita Hayworth), and he does say "Susan, Susan, Susan" (to Katharine Hepburn, whose speech patterns were equally distinctive) in Bringing Up Baby (1938). And yet it's the st read more

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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 read more


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. read more

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Premiered: 1960, on CBS
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Premise: Gentle humor and genuinely likable characters made Mayberry a beloved fixture on the TV landscape. A Top 10 hit throughout its eight-year run (it went out at No. 1), this low-key, down-home sitcom harkened back to a simpler time and place. Mayberry may be a state of mind, but the sunny optimism and simple virtues it represents have actually been set in stone--in a Raleigh, N.C., statue depicting Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son, Opie. `[The show's] central theme was love,' Griffith said.



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