It was today in 1960 that the Andy Griffith Show premiered on CBS Television. It ran for 249 episodes and is my favorite television show of all time.

The most popular stars were, of course, Andy Griffith who played Sheriff Andy Taylor, the down home and friendly lawman in the little town of Mayberry, North Carolina.

And there was Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife played by Don Knotts, who always carried that one bullet for his gun in his shirt pocket. Every time he ever put the bullet in his gun, (without letting Andy know) he always ended up almost shooting himself in the foot.

Opie Taylor was Andy's little boy played by Ron Howard, seems it was an episode with a good lesson to be learned whenever Opie had a big part in the show.

Other favorites on the Andy Griffith Show were Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Neighbors and his cousin Goober Pyle, played by George Lindsey.

I always loved it when Ernest T. Bass, played by Howard Morris was on the show. He loved to throw rocks and break windows.

Other greats to note are Otis Campbell (Hal Smith), the town drunk, Floyd (Floyd Lawson) the barber, Aunt Bea, (Frances Bavier) and those hillbillies that played bluegrass music, the Darlins, which is a real band called "The Dillards"

My favorite episode was when Gomer introduced his cousin Goober to Andy. Gomer had Goober do his impressions of some famous movie stars. One of them was Cary Grant where Goober would say, "Judy, Judy, Judy". Then Gomer would say, "How does he do that?".

Some time back, before Andy Griffith passed away, I did a post called "Remember When Television Was Great", that features several videos of The Andy Griffith Show. You can see them here, I hope you enjoy them.

Watch the Preamble to the Constitution By Barney Fife video.