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Ron Howard wasn't exactly smitten with Opie's girlfriends behind the scenes Child actor Joy Ellison remembers acting with Howard at that age where "boys and girls kind of hated each other." October 15, 2021, 3:17PM
Little Ronny Howard was more comfortable on a movie set than Johnny Cash The child star and country music legend began their acting careers around the same time. October 14, 2021, 4:28PM
Clint Howard doesn't remember being on The Andy Griffith Show He says he doesn't remember starting as the cowboy Leon. October 13, 2021, 12:10PM
Elinor Donahue's one shot at the spotlight came on this forgotten Seventies show She hoped starring in Mulligan's Stew would divorce her from her Father Knows Best character forever. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out for Betty. October 7, 2021, 4:29PM
Ronny Howard nearly played a popular comic strip character instead of becoming Opie "Barnaby" first appeared in liberal papers… and almost kept Opie from Andy Griffith. October 5, 2021, 1:46PM
10 easy and inexpensive Halloween costumes you can buy in the MeTV store right now Grab a classic TV costume T-shirt! September 24, 2021, 1:23PM
People kept giving Don Knotts bullets The deputy's single bullet was such a beloved running joke that fans gave him hundreds of single bullets. September 23, 2021, 4:24PM
Andy Griffith once owned a dog named Lemley Gilbert named after a distant cousin Andy's cousin Lemley Gilbert is referenced in The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Here's his rarely told story. September 21, 2021, 11:50AM
How Goober Pyle saved a life George Lindsey saved the life of an Oscar winner, and didn't know until years later. September 20, 2021, 4:47PM
Mayberry had no psychiatrists, but the Andy Griffith Show cast were into mental health Don Knotts and Andy Griffith saw psychiatrists — and even ribbed Don's doctor on the sitcom. September 16, 2021, 11:53AM
Andy Griffith took great pains to disprove a rumor he was paralyzed in the Eighties To silence the lie, he grinned and bore it, wearing leg braces and jogging onscreen while performing a highly visible guest role. September 10, 2021, 2:25PM
People really did buy into Opie's "miracle salve" in the Fifties Classic sitcoms proved the only thing miracle salves were really good for was a solid laugh. September 7, 2021, 11:55AM
Charles Lane was happy playing classic TV's biggest ''stinker'' of all time One of the most prolific character actors always played a cantankerous grump, serving as muse for legends like Frank Capra and Lucille Ball. August 31, 2021, 3:40PM
Did you know Andy Griffith cut out some love scenes between Andy and Helen? We loved their love, but the TV sheriff once even nixed Andy and Helen's first near-kiss, writing it out of the script. August 16, 2021, 1:43PM
You can thank Grape-Nuts for the existence of The Andy Griffith Show Post wanted a rural comedy to push its wholesome cereal. August 12, 2021, 5:00PM
Yes, Virginia, there is a real Mayberry… and it is in Virginia Ever wonder how the TV town of Mayberry got its name? Look a bit north, and into Andy Griffith's roots. August 11, 2021, 1:46PM
Meet the many different faces of Wally's Filling Station Which Wally is your favorite? August 10, 2021, 3:45PM
Don Knotts was not the only Don Knotts in his high school The other Don Knotts caused confusion amongst his classmates years later. August 5, 2021, 5:02PM
Parley Baer was a dedicated circus man, even when he was Mayberry's mayor Lions and tigers and Baer… oh my! He even had a horse in his wedding. August 3, 2021, 11:52AM
Andy Griffith bombed on The Ed Sullivan Show Even the famous Andy Griffith had a few stumbles along the way. August 2, 2021, 11:54AM
Andy changed Aunt Bee's name at the very first rehearsal of The Andy Griffith Show The TV star stopped writers just in time from calling Aunt Bee by the wrong name. July 27, 2021, 11:21AM
Quick! Someone tell everyone in Floyd's Barber Shop that Barbara Eden loved shy guys The blonde TV bombshell appeared in Mayberry as a crushworthy manicurist. She claimed all men fit into one of these 5 categories. July 20, 2021, 1:06PM
Former child stars explained why it was so complicated growing up famous "Parents of a child actor must be prepared to devote 100 percent of their time to the child." July 20, 2021, 10:21AM
Unfortunately, Annie Oakley star Gail Davis performed her last role ever as Sheriff Andy's sweetheart The Andy Griffith Show cast her as ''the perfect female,'' but most directors believed the Western star ''was always going to be Annie Oakley.'' So she retired. July 15, 2021, 9:00AM
Andy Griffith was against adding this character to the show He disagreed over a technical detail. July 8, 2021, 10:49AM
Andy Griffith explained why it mattered that Don Knotts really was a worrier Plus: Revisiting this very excitable Don Knotts interview will make your day. July 6, 2021, 3:39PM
Mayberry's ''new doctor'' once shared advice on how to be a popular teen The actor George Nader recommended tuning out "worthless opinions" in a teen etiquette column. July 2, 2021, 11:05AM
Jim Nabors and Courtney Cox costarred in a flop 1980s sitcom He played her uncle in a pilot that never got picked up. June 23, 2021, 8:52AM
A rare look at Andy's family life when The Andy Griffith Show premiered "I'm the best old man in the world," Andy boasted in 1960. June 16, 2021, 8:48AM
A much more mellow Don Rickles got invited to visit Mayberry The insult comic got married the same year he appeared on The Andy Griffith Show, and he said his wife helped keep the sting in his nightclub act. June 14, 2021, 1:48PM
Barney Fife's bank robbery episodes reflected a real rise in heists in America In 1965, the deputy found $250,000 from a bank heist. That year, bank robbery losses hit the highest levels yet recorded: $3.9 million. June 10, 2021, 12:40PM
Nobody predicted the crazy bidding war for Aunt Bee's dusty 1966 Studebaker Frances Bavier didn't learn to drive until the age of 50. After that, she only drove Studebakers. June 8, 2021, 9:17AM
Remembering Josie Lloyd, who played both the mayor's daughter and Goober's gal in Mayberry Her famous father opened the door to Hollywood. She later led a very private life. June 7, 2021, 2:02PM
Early in his career, Andy Griffith was always billed as Deacon Andy Griffith Throughout the '50s, Griffith was known as "Deacon" to the public. June 4, 2021, 5:01PM
7 classic TV actors who got famous from their very first role These stars all hit a home run on the first swing. June 3, 2021, 5:04PM
R.I.P. Arlene Golonka, love interest to both Howard and Sam in Mayberry The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. actress was 85. June 1, 2021, 10:03PM
Don Knotts met a real Barney Fife once directing a parade in his hometown The Andy Griffith Show star even shared a funny exchange with the local sheriff who had to deal with the deputy. June 1, 2021, 8:40AM
Hal Smith's happy home life was the complete opposite of Otis Campbell's Mayberry marriage Married for more than 50 years, soulmates Hal and Louise Smith are all the proof we need that the saying is true: happy wife, happy life! May 24, 2021, 9:13AM
9 things you never noticed in the reunion movie 'Return to Mayberry' Did you notice Don's daughter and Judy Jetson? May 20, 2021, 1:06PM
Do you recognize the Andy Griffith Show character modeling these fashionable 1940s jackets? Before he became Mayberry's most mysterious lineman, Karl Swenson had one of the prettiest faces in radio. May 18, 2021, 9:09AM
This has to be the cutest ritual from The Andy Griffith Show Ron proved over and over to Andy that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. May 14, 2021, 8:36AM
10 MeTV shows make Rolling Stone list of 50 Best Sitcoms of All Time Andy and Lucy made it — but which is higher? May 13, 2021, 10:08AM
Don Knotts found the inspiration for his comedic persona at an awkward 1950s dinner banquet How a "violently and hilariously nervous" speaker brought Knotts back to being a funnyman. May 10, 2021, 11:37AM
Even celebrities couldn't resist doing impressions of Barney Fife Guess which TV stars grew up doing Barney Fife impressions. Hint: One was later his costar. May 10, 2021, 8:52AM
At the age of 84, Mayberry regular Burt Mustin made his singing debut with Elvis and a mop If only his classmates had been around to see it. May 6, 2021, 3:13PM
Fan Favorite Mayberry Apparel in the MeTV Store Now we don our Don Knotts apparel. April 29, 2021, 5:00PM
Andy Griffith hid a sweet tribute to his wife in the episode where Opie loves Helen When Andy tells Opie about his first crush, he's really describing his first wife! April 29, 2021, 8:55AM
Stories from Andy Griffith's makeup artist inspired many hilarious events in Mayberry "He was a wild, wonderful man," Andy once said. April 27, 2021, 12:21PM
Ever wonder what the ''T'' in Ernest T. Bass stands for? The Mayberry hillbilly's name has surprising connections to Hitchcock and the TV movie Brian's Song. April 20, 2021, 8:40AM
9 times Parley Baer played a mayor on TV His roles on The Andy Griffith Show and The Addams Family were just two of his many TV terms in office! April 19, 2021, 1:28PM
The former home of Aunt Bee is for sale in North Carolina Frances Bavier lived her later years in Siler City, NC. April 19, 2021, 11:18AM
Just once Denver Pyle wanted to play the guy who gets the girl Aunt Bee was just another in a long line of ladies who rejected the veteran character actor onscreen. April 14, 2021, 8:31AM
MeTV presents The Month of Mayberry throughout May Our mammoth month-long celebration of 'The Andy Griffith Show' runs May 2-28. See the complete schedule. April 12, 2021, 1:56PM
Elizabeth MacRae had to ''relearn'' her Southern accent to play Lou-Ann Poovie The well-educated performer utilized method acting to play Gomer's girlfriend. April 8, 2021, 11:15AM
Bernard Fox wanted Malcolm Merriweather to replace Barney Fife The actor who played Andy's English valet once shared his dream of what happened after Malcolm left Mayberry. April 8, 2021, 8:38AM
Andy Griffith got his start earning $35 and performing at banks The actor returned to North Carolina for a hero's welcome in 1958. April 6, 2021, 10:56AM
Rance Howard won baby Ron Howard his debut movie role by jumping off a balcony Here's a father who would do anything to see his son succeed. It took a tomahawk to get baby Ron to cry on cue. March 31, 2021, 9:29AM
The Andy Griffith Show appears in the Looney Tunes animated universe So that's what a cartoon Mayberry looks like. March 29, 2021, 9:41AM
The Mayberry farmer was a Perry Mason medical examiner and Star Trek pioneer Jon Lormer can be seen all over classic TV. March 25, 2021, 10:13AM
Ron Howard made an exit plan to grow out of kiddie roles He said The Andy Griffith Show had his back early on, helping him go much further than the average child star. March 23, 2021, 10:31AM
Here's a peek into Andy Griffith's backyard wedding to a Seventies ''flower child'' Ken Berry said the bride and groom made the most unlikely couple he ever saw. March 23, 2021, 9:33AM
Julie Adams saw the simple life as a thing of beauty Sheriff Andy's one-time sweetheart was a beauty queen who grew up loving all things wholesome. March 16, 2021, 1:22PM
Andy Griffith snuck a nod to his musical hero into an episode of The Andy Griffith Show A jazz legend is hidden in "Sheriff Barney." March 8, 2021, 2:26PM
You could say this trip to Mayberry made a big impact on Bill Bixby After appearing on The Andy Griffith Show, Bixby played "himself" on a show about a widowed father bonding with his 6-year-old son. March 8, 2021, 10:14AM
Don Knotts lived the story at the heart of ''Opie's Hobo Friend'' As a boy, Knotts befriended passers-through at his mother's boarding house. March 3, 2021, 9:04AM
Andy Griffith's ''Woman Speeder'' essentially recycled the plot to its pilot episode And there was another connection to The Danny Thomas Show right under your nose. March 1, 2021, 11:20AM
The farmer Rafe Hollister passed on a chance to be one of Mayberry's biggest breakout stars Jack Prince turned down a chance to be a series regular but said he was proud to be a small part of The Andy Griffith Show. February 16, 2021, 9:29AM
This Mayberry visitor was briefly the original Ward Cleaver You might know this actor by two different names. February 15, 2021, 1:36PM
Here's a toast to Barney Fife's forgotten love Hilda Mae The delightful Florence MacMichael had a "wonderful humility," just like her Mayberry character. February 12, 2021, 9:18AM
14 revealing and rollicking behind-the-scenes photos from The Andy Griffith Show See Andy hanging with his costars, wife and manager on the set of Mayberry. February 3, 2021, 11:20AM
Mayberry's Joyce Jameson was the most ''Fun Girl'' Robert Vaughn ever met The Man from U.N.C.L.E. star thought his friend deserved to be the next Carol Burnett, but she was typecast. February 1, 2021, 9:28AM
All of Mayberry's money talk revolved around sharing one's good fortune Howard McNear's son Kit got emotional describing Andy Griffith's "big heart" and generous spirit. January 29, 2021, 2:53PM
Is this the most mysterious lovely lady we ever met in Mayberry? Josie Lloyd emerged from her father Norman Lloyd's shadow on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but later she just disappeared. January 28, 2021, 5:23PM
This Andy Griffith Show episode had a subtle tie back to the pilot episode Did Frank Cady's town drunk move on from the pilot to Mount Pilot? January 25, 2021, 3:37PM
You never saw Barney Fife faint for a reason Don Knotts had a real problem feeling faint in big life moments. January 22, 2021, 8:54AM
Betty Lynn hid her secret crush on Andy Griffith so she wouldn't ''hurt anyone's feelings'' Andy once wrote to Betty Lynn, ''You were Don's girl, but you should’ve been mine.'' January 13, 2021, 10:21AM
Frank Sutton was ''the perfect sergeant for Gomer'' A secret intellectual, the Sergeant Carter actor ''had a built-in sense of comedy and timing.'' January 12, 2021, 10:52AM
Joining Opie's boy gang was the ultimate fun for these child actors Plus: Ron Howard described what it was like to be in the boy gang on Dennis the Menace. January 11, 2021, 9:54AM
Allan Melvin quietly became ''one of TV's most recognizable faces'' The actor appeared regularly on major sitcoms from the 1950s to the 1980s, but he called his popularity ''a cult thing.'' January 6, 2021, 9:17AM
Did you know Rambo's mentor once rescued The Andy Griffith Show? Richard Crenna saved the day in 1963. He also brought a new perspective to Mayberry — and rethought the front door. Did you notice? December 29, 2020, 11:36AM
Goober Pyle got his very own forgotten spin-off show in the late Seventies This pilot really piled on the Pyles. December 23, 2020, 3:21PM
Ron Howard explained how Christmas inspired his whole family to act The Howard family tree should be shaped like a Christmas tree. December 21, 2020, 8:18AM
The Darlings had this feedback after their first appearance on The Andy Griffith Show Plus: The story behind the Dillards' audition is as funny as an episode of the show. December 16, 2020, 9:12AM
There's a good reason why Helen Crump has such an ugly sounding name The writers were just as surprised as Sheriff Andy that Crump became his love interest. December 15, 2020, 8:50AM
This Christmas, thank Santa Claus for believing in Don Knotts The Jolly Old Elf encouraged Knotts to pursue his showbiz career. Knotts: "Don't tell me there's no Santa Claus!" December 10, 2020, 9:33AM
How Richard Keith went from being the ''World's Tiniest Drummer'' to Little Ricky to Opie's pal "Ron and I played catch, went to eat hamburgers together," Keith said. December 8, 2020, 1:36PM
Parley Baer fondly remembered being with his ''dearest friends'' on The Andy Griffith Show Find out how Otis and Mayor Stoner passed time as friends in the real world. December 8, 2020, 10:05AM
Tatum O'Neal perfectly described the allure of her mother, Joanna Moore of The Andy Griffith Show "She was extraordinarily beautiful," her daughter gushed. December 7, 2020, 11:12AM
Carol Burnett and Jim Nabors prove classic TV bonds run deep "We hit it off immediately." The TV icons became practically family. December 1, 2020, 3:30PM
Don Knotts laughed so hard in this Andy Griffith Show scene, it had to be reshot 20 times Even a comedy pro couldn't help but to crack up and ruin the scene over and over again. November 30, 2020, 1:50PM
Opie's friend Joey reached out decades later to remember that time Don Knotts dressed up as an old lady Child actor Joe Stannard was also frequently Ron Howard's stand-in. November 30, 2020, 9:02AM
A determined fan used his wedding to break through Frances Bavier's wall of silence You could say he was the last fan to get advice from Aunt Bee. November 24, 2020, 3:57PM
Andy Griffith once teased Don Knotts for not being a ''tough dad'' Don's daughter Karen tells a hilarious story about Andy's parenting advice behind the scenes of The Andy Griffith Show. November 24, 2020, 8:58AM
Andy's dad Carl Griffith made a brief cameo on The Andy Griffith Show Here's why some say Carl was the inspiration for Sheriff Andy. November 17, 2020, 9:15AM
There's a big inside joke that explains this marvelous overlooked Mayberry character Andy Clyde had a doppelgänger behind the scenes of The Andy Griffith Show. November 10, 2020, 10:14AM
Hal Smith faced a little backlash for playing Otis Campbell "I enjoy making people happy as Otis." November 2, 2020, 8:49AM
The ''Stranger'' of Mayberry later became of mayor of 'Newhart' Really, Floyd the Barber was the true stranger in this tale. October 30, 2020, 4:20PM
Don Knotts perfected the comedic art of being scared "People seem to enjoy the idea of seeing me get scared." October 26, 2020, 8:46AM
Elinor Donahue's time in Mayberry deserves more respect This story will (hopefully) change the way you see Ellie Walker. October 20, 2020, 3:03PM