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The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: Best of Mayberry (2010)

Frances Bavier , Aneta Corsaut , Eamon Harrington , John Watkin  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Frances Bavier, Aneta Corsaut, Rodney Dillard, Elinor Donahue, Andy Griffith
  • Directors: Eamon Harrington, John Watkin
  • Producers: Andy Griffith, Eamon Harrington, John Watkin, Andre Mika, Ron Harbin
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: Best of Mayberry" on IMDb

Special Features

Return To Mayberry
Clip from Opening Night 1963
"Danny Meets Andy Griffith" (From "The Danny Thomas Show S7)
Main Title with sponsor spots; cast commercial end credits with sponsor spots
"Fishin' Hole" Montage
Main Title with sponsor spots; cast commercial end credits with sponsor spots
Clip from Opening Night 1962
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Celebrating Fifty Years of Mayberry
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Editorial Reviews

Only one collection brings you the best of Mayberry, featuring the episodes most cherished by fans! Don't miss the full-length episode of The Danny Thomas Show that introduced Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor. The hit television film Return to Mayberry serves as the heartwarming conclusion, reuniting all of your favorite characters for a final farewell. In between, you'll find the very best original network episodes digitally re-mastered with restored audio and vintage sponsor footage on select episodes. Get ready to rediscover the series hailed by TV Guide as "one of the greatest shows of all time!"

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of a great show! June 28, 2011
The Andy Griffith Show is one of those timeless shows whose appeal spans generations. I've loved it ever since the late 60s when my grandmother would give my cousins and I bowls of Frosted Flakes to enjoy with the show.

This set has most of the classics ("The New Housekeeper"-the show's official debut and the Ellinor Donahue eps from 1960 are MIA, but are available elsewhere). The great "Mr. McBeeVee," the heartwarming tale of Andy dealing with his son's imagination is here, as is a similarly moving "Opie The Birdman." If you're a fan, you know about these eps. If not, be prepared for some excellent television. These two are widely considered to be the best of the series.

The belly laughs are also present with Barney and the choir (the lip synching scene is one of the funniest in television history), Gomer and Goober, Ernest T. Bass, and the Darling Family. The story of Barney Fife being kidnapped by the gangstresses is one that I do not recall seeing as a child (and I thought I've seen them all), but is a real gut-buster of belly laughs with a swell surprise ending.

"Return to Mayberry" (1986), was the last hurrah for the gang while most of them were still alive nearly twenty years after the end of the initial series. Overall, a dreary affair, closer in spirit to the mawkish shark-jumping episodes of 1965-68 that are fortunately absent here than the series' classic years that this collection spotlights. However, the scene where Thelma Lou comes across Don Knotts/Barney Fife dressed as a circus clown entertaining some schoolchildren is one of Don Knotts' best moments ever captured on film, in my opinion.

The episode of the Danny Thomas show that introduced the Andy Griffith show characters (from around 1959-60) is fascinating.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Walk Down A Memory Lane April 8, 2013
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They don't seem to make television shows like this anymore, which is too bad for America. Anyhow, I bought this for the Danny Thomas episode that I remember seeing when it originally aired. It must have been difficult to narrow down the best of such a great show to only 17 episodes. In any event, here's the contents of the set (BTW, the packaging states that the run time is 7 hours and 9 minutes):

Special Feature: Danny Meets Andy Griffith episode of The Danny Thomas Show - Original Airdate: February 15, 1960
The Christmas Story - Original Airdate: December 19, 1960
The Pickle Story - Original Airdate: December 18, 1961
Barney and the Choir - Original Airdate: February 19, 1962
Mr. McBeevee - Original Airdate: October 1, 1962
Convicts at Large - Original Airdate: December 10, 1962
Man in a Hurry - Original Airdate: January 14, 1963

Class Reunion - Original Airdate: February 4, 1963
The Darling Are Coming - Original Airdate: March 18, 1963
Barney's First Car - Original Airdate: April 1, 1963
Dogs, Dogs, Dogs - Original Airdate: April 22, 1963
Mountain Wedding - Original Airdate: April 29, 1963
Opie the Birdman - Original Airdate: September 30, 1963
The Sermon For Today - Original Airdate: October 21, 1963

Citizen's Arrest - Original Airdate: December 16, 1963
Fun Girls - Original Airdate: April 13, 1964
Barney's Sidecar - Original Airdate: January 27, 1964
Goober and the Art of Love - Original Airdate: February 1, 1965
Special Feature: Return to Mayberry reunion movie - Original Airdate: April 13, 1986
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU DON'T HAVE THIS, THAT'S WHY YOU NEED IT! December 18, 2010
Whether you're a casual or die-hard TAGS fan you gotta get this dvd set. For the casual fan it has all the classic episodes, for the die-hards it is chock-full of bonus material such as the complete Danny Thomas pilot and Return to Mayberry movie from 1986. All beautifully restored in stunning quality at an unbelievable price.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TAYLOR-MADE TV April 12, 2011
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW 50TH ANNIVERSARY/THE BEST OF MAYBERRY: See that signpost up ahead?...Nestled oh so comfortably somewhere between Utopia and Never-Never Land is a heavenly haven called MAYBERRY, where we would all like to dwell...where kids can walk through town unattended, the only vice available is through your local still, and haircuts are just a dollar. THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW was spearheaded by its namesake's amiable, problem solving SHERIFF TAYLOR, DON KNOTTS' hyperkinetic deputy BARNEY FIFE, and ANDY's sensible son OPIE, played by the most natural child actor ever, RONNY HOWARD. The large cast of eccentric inhabitants included befuddled barber FLOYD LAWSON, moonshine magnet OTIS CAMPBELL, who had his own jail cell reserved for Saturday nights, and the one and only GOMER "Goll-eeee!" PYLE. Utilized more sparingly were hilarious backwoods characters such as rhyming rock-thrower ERNEST T. BASS and the bluegrass-addicted DARLING FAMILY, as well as the city-fied, hopelessly irrepressible FUN GIRLS, all quite capable of stealing a scene from even DEPUTY FIFE. The first five seasons of TAGS (in glorious, "old-timey" black & white) are all well worth owning, but this 50TH ANNIVERSARY roundup is ever' bit as satisfying as one of AUNT BEA's famous Sunday dinners.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This is nice for all of us who bought the show season by season and weren't able to get the pilot episode and Return To Mayberry that was only offered in the complete boxed set. Aside from the episodes, some interesting little tidbits not included in any other DVD release of the series have been added.

Even nicer is the COMPLETE version of the pilot on this DVD set unlike the previous release by Paramount! It now includes the suit rental shop owner scene with Wil Wright, Andy's final speech on Danny's television show is extended, the epilogue is longer, and there is now a Maxwell House commercial with Andy and Danny right before the closing credits.

Season Three's "The Darlings Are Coming" is another episode that was edited on Paramount's previously released DVD. The 50th Anniversary disc contains a still edited, but different version. A Post Cereals commercial with Andy and Opie has been added just after the opening credits. Now only a line or two of dialogue has been snipped from Andy's first meeting with the Darlings (I believe more was cut from the previous release). A brief portion of the Darlings playing music just after they arrive in their hotel room is still missing along with their performance of "Salty Dog" and the bit of dialogue just before. However, the epilogue showing Andy marrying Charlene and Dud just before the Darling family plays "Cindy" has been restored.

Season Four's "The Sermon For Today" still has problems with a partially missing laugh track. The first DVD release of this episode contained no laugh track at all. Paramount treated this as a defect and replaced the DVDs with a "fixed" version, but this episode along with "A Black Day For Mayberry" (which does NOT appear on this 50th Anniversary set) still lose their laugh tracks at the 18 minute mark.

I'll add to this review as I find out more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
absolutely great!
Published 18 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars I was so glad to find it on Amazon
This movie finishes my full series of The Andy Griffith Show. I was so glad to find it on
Thank you for having it available!
Published 24 days ago by E R Nettles
5.0 out of 5 stars This Show is Timeless
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this series, especially since the show was made so long ago. The humor is timeless and the performances perfection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robyn S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Your Collection
I am a very avid TAGS lover and watcher. I have the entire series, but was missing the movie "Return To Mayberry: as well as the Danny Thomas show where Andy Griffith appears. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brandon Edington
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very satisfied
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars IT BRINGS BACK 50+ YEAROLD MEMORIES!
Published 2 months ago by 63x927is58401
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My husband and I both love this one. We prefer movies of years gone-by, rather than today's movies.
Published 2 months ago by Aldah B. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good - just can't get enough of Andy and Barney !!!
Published 2 months ago by David Lovinggood
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Published 3 months ago by shirley hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Used as a birthday gift for an Andy Griffith Show lover. Needless to say, it was a hit !
Published 3 months ago by Linda Fay
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