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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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Product Details

  • 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: 6.1 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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One who is starting from a base of zero- little insight into the making of this iconic tv show will enjoy the book. However, if one looks at the entire production, there is a sense of disappointment. This book only covers a few selected show writers because the author was able to contact them and get their perspectives. I would have preferred a more rounded and fuller review of the show. There were several episodes ignored because they were not written by the writers interviewed. Many of those episodes were superior, in my opinion, to those that were selected. For example, the first and last couple of years are basically ignored. I would loved to have heard what Elinor Donihue had to say about the four or five episodes she was in and the problems in the scripts that caused her to jump ship.

It's better than nothing. Or maybe some of us who grew up with the show when it was first run have a different perspective. Still, it's worth the read.
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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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