11 rare behind-the-scenes photos from 'The Andy Griffith Show'

See the cast of the beloved sitcom relaxing, fishing and goofing around.

Top image: Ron Howard listens to Andy Griffith's 1959 album 'Shouts the Blues.' / The Everett Collection

Andy, Opie, Barney and Aunt Bee feel like a part of our family, relatives down in North Carolina we wish we could visit more often. Thankfully, we can check up on them five days a week with The Andy Griffith Show on MeTV. The sitcom first charmed America in its first run from 1960 to 1968. The heartwarming humor made Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Jim Nabors and Frances Bavier household names. 

Taking a look back at pictures from the production, it becomes clear that the show's chemisty was no act. These actors truly cared for each other and enjoyed their time together on set. Let's take a peek. All images come courtesy of The Everett Collection.

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Knotts, Griffith and Nabors all deserve directors chairs.

No better way to pass the time in Mayberry than fishing.

We wish this was in our back yard.

Elinor Donahue was intended to be Andy's love interest, but left the series after the first season.

Ron Howard and little brother Clint play cowboy.

Howard liked to sling play pistols with his TV dad, too.

Are these the giant playing cards from Card Sharks?

Birthday cake! The cast celebrates Howard's 11th with a chocolate cake that reads "Happy Birthday Ronny."

Howard McNear (Floyd) and Andy kick back in front of Floyd's.

Bavier gets used to the controls in the airplane seen in the episode "Aunt Bee's Big Moment."

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