Down-home humor and an endearing cast of characters helped to make The Andy Griffith Show one of the most beloved comedies in the history of television. Introduced as a spinoff from The Danny Thomas Show in 1960, The Andy Griffith Show ran for eight seasons in prime time. Widower Andy Taylor divides his time between raising his young son, Opie, and his job as sheriff (and Justice of the Peace) of the sleepy North Carolina town, Mayberry. Andy and Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee, who serves as a surrogate mother to both father and son. Andy's nervous cousin, Barney Fife, is his deputy sheriff whose utter incompetence is tolerated because Mayberry is virtually crime-free.

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Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1960-10-03

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Sheriff Andrew “Andy” Jackson Taylor and in earlier episodes as Cousin Andy by Barney Fife is the major character on The Andy Griffith Show, an American sitcom which aired on CBS, (1960–1968). He also appears in the Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. episode “Opie Joins the Marines”, made a cameo appearance in the USMC episode “Gomer Goes Home,” five episodes of Mayberry R.F.D. (1968–1971) and the reunion telemovie Return to Mayberry (1986). The character made his initial appearance in an episode of The Danny Thomas Show entitled “Danny Meets Andy Griffith.” In the CBS special The Andy Griffith - Don Knotts - Jim Nabors Show (1965), Andy and Barney are featured in a musical sketch about their friendship and recreate some classic moments between the characters. Andy Griffith, as Sheriff Taylor, also has a brief comedy cameo in Rowan and Martin at the Movies (1969), a PSA short subject promoting the purchase of U.S. Savings Bonds. Andy Taylor appeared in all 249 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and was played by comedian and actor Andy Griffith.

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In the working world, Andy is Mayberry's Sheriff and Justice of the Peace. He has held the elected job of sheriff since approximately 1952 or ‘53. Andy has a head strong deputy named Barney Fife and, in the color seasons, another deputy named Warren Ferguson. When business is slow at the courthouse, Andy can be found playing checkers with Barney, sitting in front of the barber shop chewing the fat with idlers, playing pranks, or conducting personal errands. He occasionally leaves Mayberry to attend work-related conferences or functions in Mt. Pilot or Raleigh. As sheriff, Andy is the chief law enforcement officer in the county, yet most of his activity is in and around the town of Mayberry, and there is no evidence of a separate city police force. Both the town and the county are named Mayberry, so Andy is the chief law enforcement officer for both. These working conditions, plus his reliance on a single deputy (and no clerk or jailer) indicate that the county is very small in both size and population; however, in the episode Mountain Wedding, Andy and Barney get up at four o'clock in the morning to get an “early start” on their trip to the Darling's cabin, which is described as being “up in the mountains”. When they arrive, it is full daylight, so it could be inferred that Mayberry County is larger than originally thought and with mountainous areas, but sparsely populated. Andy and Barney both work the courthouse during daytime hours, and rotate shifts at night. The length of night duties is never specified; however, it appears the only time either spends all night at the courthouse is when a prisoner, other than regular inmate Otis Campbell, is incarcerated. In a 1965 four-part color saga starting with “Off to Hollywood”, film producers plan a fictionalized feature film about Andy's sheriffing activities and the Taylors travel to Hollywood to witness the proceedings. The premise of the movie is that Andy Taylor was “The Sheriff Without a Gun,” however a 1963 episode “High Noon in Mayberry” mentions that Andy has been a sheriff at least since 1952—an occasion when he had to use a gun to wound a robber. In three first-season episodes, “The Manhunt,” “A Feud is a Feud,” and “Barney Gets His Man,” and in one second-season episode, “Aunt Bea the Warden,” Andy wears a regular gunbelt. Also, the sixth-season episode, “Aunt Bee takes a Job” with co-star Jack Burns, Andy fires a gun (which he borrows from Deputy Warren Ferguson) to disable a car in order to capture some criminals.) Andy did have an issued sidearm (a Colt Official Police revolver), but rarely saw cause to carry the weapon. He kept it unloaded on top of a shelf in his house. On the rare occasion he needed a weapon fast, he would grab a rifle or shotgun from the rack in his office or from his car.

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