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  • Series: Behind the Scenes of a TV Classic (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 507 pages
  • Publisher: John F Blair Pub (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895872188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895872180
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neal Brower, a Methodist minister, teaches a 10-week course about The Andy Griffith Show at community colleges throughout North Carolina. He is a native of Asheboro, North Carolina.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Hunt on September 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
Of the two books I own on The Andy Griffith Show, this is definitely my favorite. The detailed episode summaries are a breath of fresh air, and point out lil things you never bothered to take stock of. And the comments from the writers and actors make it even better! Man, I wish something like this would come out for The Monkees' TV show! If you like The Andy Griffith Show, you MUST have this book in your collection!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By adblaylo@hotmail.com on May 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
For all you Mayberry fans out there, this is a pretty good book. It offers a few new insights on all those episodes that we have seen many times. I was kind of disappointed in the fact that most of them are from the story writers and not from the actors. However, it is evident that a lot of research went into this book. If theirs any Mayberry books that provide more insight from the actors point of view please let me know. Happy Reading!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kenneth c neely on July 18, 2000
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At first I thought this book was a little slow and not interesting since it was from the writers point of view but after reading several pages I fell in love with this book. I really enjoyed the information about what was written contrasted with what was actually filmed and where ideas came from etc. Definitely worth reading if you are a serious TAGS fan. I hope a Mayberry 102 will come out with info on more episodes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Brandt VINE VOICE on January 20, 2007
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Neal Brower's book, "Mayberry 101" is one of those books that you pull out before or after you watch a classic episode of the Andy Griffith show. In Brower's book, the episodes are broken down by season and a little more information about each show is given along with comments from the writers, producers, directors and even the actors. I do wish there were more comments from the actors, but the book is still a gold mine of information for Andy Griffith show fans (like yours truly).

I wonder what happened to the other two volumes of this book? This is Volume One, but according to what I have read/understood two more volumes were to be published.

Get this book if you enjoy the Andy Griffith Show!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim on October 16, 2000
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Let me first start off by saying Neal Brower did a fantastic job on Mayberry 101, that said, all that was missing was an in depth look at all the cast members. I would have like to seen profiles of actors like Frances Bavier, what made her the opposite of Aunt Bee in real life ?
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Allred on December 4, 2000
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This book is a delight for Andy Griffith fans and scholars alike. I have used this book for graduate work, the Mayberry Bible study, and for a reference tool when I am watching a marathon. Brower brings new insights to these old friends and makes the show even more enjoyable
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Carter on January 21, 2011
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This book is filled with the synopsis of various shows. What it lacks is enough of the stories behind the scenes and behind the shows. It has some, but I'd like to see more. Most people who would buy this book have probably already seen the shows and a shorter synopsis of them and much greater detail in the stories behind the stories and the making, and other fun facts would make it a better read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel B. White on January 24, 2013
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This is a good book for the deeply fanatical fan of Mayberry and "The Andy Griffith Show". Neal Brower has interviewed the writers of some of the show's episodes and gotten their memories of it and what it was like to work on the show. I deduct one star, though, for the fact that he spends so much time recounting the episode--which, if you're buying this book, you've probably seen. A little more "behind-the-scenes" info would have been appreciated.
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