The Andy Griffith Show
Format Sitcom
Created by Sheldon Leonard
Aaron Ruben
Starring Andy Griffith
Ronny Howard
Don Knotts
Frances Bavier
Theme music composer Earle Hagen
Opening theme "The Fishin' Hole"
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 249
Production
Executive producer Sheldon Leonard
Location Desilu Studios
Paramount Studios
Running time 25-26 minutes per episode without ads
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black and white 1960-1965,
Color 1965-1968
Full screen
Original run October 3, 1960 – April 1, 1968
Chronology
Followed by Mayberry R.F.D.
Related shows The Danny Thomas Show
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom first televised by CBS between October 3, 1960 and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays a widowed sheriff in a fictional small community of Mayberry, North Carolina. His life is complicated by an inept but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife , a spinster aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee , and a young son, Opie . Local ne'er-do-wells, bumbling pals, and temperamental girlfriends further complicate his life.

Though neither Griffith nor the show won awards during its eight season run, series co-stars Knotts and Bavier accumulated a combined total of six Emmy Awards. The series was a hit, never placing lower than seventh in the Nielsen Ratings and ending its run at number one. The show spawned a spinoff series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. , a sequel series, Mayberry R.F.D. , and a reunion telemovie, Return to Mayberry . The show's enduring popularity has generated a good deal of show-related merchandise. Reruns currently air across the United States, and the complete series is available on DVD.

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