10 Andy Griffith Show facts to liven up a party
You'll be a smash with these 10 fascinating facts!
Say, pal... Why are you standing on the wall with your hands in your pockets?
This is a party, chum! You're supposed to be living and laughing with all these other people! Go on, get in there. Have a good time.
What's that, you say? You don't have any fun personal anecdotes to liven up the conversation? Don't worry, because MeTV is here to help you out.
For your social benefit, here are 10 facts about The Andy Griffith Show that you can dispense at your next social gathering. You'll be the hit of the party, the belle of the ball!
1. Theme Song
That whistling theme song? It's going to get stuck in all your guests' heads when you tell them about Earle Hagen. He wrote this tune, and he composed the big band intro music for The Dick Van Dyke Show. What a guy!
2. Gomer and Goober
Over by the punch bowl, let 'em know that Jim Nabors and George Lindsey auditioned for The Andy Griffith Show at the same time. That's right! They both tried out to be Gomer. Even though Lindsey had more experience, Nabors won the part. Luckily, he got a spinoff, and Lindsey got to be Goober!
As you mingle, go ahead and get everybody's attention. Bang a knife on a glass and yell "Hey gang, there's no such place as Mayberry!" There isn't... It's made up, and based on Mt. Airy, North Carolina!
If nobody got a sitter, and there's a bunch of little rascals at your party, regale them with tales of ol' Otis, the town drunk. "Children, Hal Smith hosted a weekly kids' show while he was appearing on The Andy Griffith Show." Neat!
5. Behind the Scenes
Chances are, Andy Griffith isn't at your party. That's okay because he also wasn't in very many episodes of the sequel series Mayberry R.F.D. However! Did you know that Griffith stuck around behind the scenes as the new show's executive producer?
6. Bless Your Heart
Guests at parties come and go, just like Frances Bavier left Mayberry. In her wake, Mayberry R.F.D featured Alice Ghostley as a replacement.
7. Silence Off Set
While they remained good pals, Andy and Don hardly spoke while they were off the show's set. So just remember that if there's a lull in the conversation. Andy told the press it was all about how much time they spent together talking while they were on the clock. 12 hours a day, 6 days a week? That's a lot of gabbing!
8. Ellie left early
Andy's first girlfriend left after the first season. Then, the Sheriff of Mayberry went without a significant other for three whole seasons before Helen Crump joined the cast. Sure, he dated, but those were brief dalliances. Just remember that, in case there's nobody to dance with at first.
9. Remember to Have a Designated Driver
The ultimate party foul is getting pulled over on the way home. So, remember to leave the keys at home if you're going to drink a few sodas. The pilot of The Andy Griffith Show aired on The Danny Thomas Show, and featured Danny Thomas getting pulled over by the Sheriff of Mayberry, Andy Taylor!
10. Different Roles
Just remember... Today's wallflower can be tomorrow's party animal. Roles change. One of The Andy Griffith Show's co-executive producers, Everett Greenbaum, took up acting when the show ended. He then appeared on Matlock!