THIRTEEN FACTS ABOUT THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW
1) The theme song does have lyrics: "Well now, take down your fishing pole and meet me at the fishing hole/We may not get a bite all day, but don’t you rush away/What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skipping stones/You’ll feel fresh as a lemonade a-setting in the shade/Whether it’s hot, whether it’s cool/Oh, what a spot for whistling like a fool …"
2) Andy Taylor was introduced on The Danny Thomas Show. The episode where the small-town sheriff stops Andy for a traffic violation served as the pilot for CBS.
3) Frances Bavier appears in the pilot but not as Aunt Bee. Instead she’s an unhappy customer complaining about the local dept. store.
4) Don Knotts does not appear in the pilot. Barney was added after Knotts suggested himself for the role. He knew Andy Griffith because they had recently appeared together on Broadway.
5) Aunt Bee officially arrives in the first episode. She takes the bus to Mayberry from West Virginia to help Andy and Opie out after their housekeeper, Rose, leaves to get married.
6) Barney Fife was proud of the septic tank he bought his parents for their anniversary (it was steel reinforced)
7) Aunt Bee was proud of her cucumbers, even though Andy and Barney referred to them as “Kerosene Cucumbers” behind her back
8) In 1967 a young actor named Jack Nicholson appeared as a young drifter just traveling through Mayberry.
9) Mayberry appeared in an episode of Star Trek. Capt. Kirk travels back in time and wanders up and down a Depression-era street. The set used was the Andy Griffith Show’s. The sign for Floyd’s Barber Shop is visible.
10) Andy's son Opie is named after Opie Cates, an Arkansas born musician and radio performer from the 1940s. Both Andy Griffith and producer Sheldon Leonard were big fans.
11) Andy and Barney always drove Ford Galaxies. The cars were donated by a local dealership and returned (and presumably repainted and resold) when the new models became available.
12) Don Knotts won several Emmys for playing Barney Fife, and Francis Bavier was awarded one for her role as Aunt Bee.
13) Andy Griffith was never even nominated for his role as Andy Taylor. He was, however, nominated in the 1980s for a role in a made-for-TV movie.
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