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The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete First Season

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Few television characters have impacted family culture as much as Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Opie (Ron Howard), and the idyllic American town of Mayberry. As town sheriff and widowed father, Andy teaches his son the meaning of family, friendship, and upstanding citizenship in this all-time classic series, now in remastered HD with slick-as-a-whistle special features!

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Since its network debut in 1960, The Andy Griffith Show has been a viewer favorite thanks to its folksy, nostalgic charm and memorable cast, both of which shine in this set featuring the series' debut season. Originally spun off from an episode of Make Room for Daddy (both series shared producers Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas), The Andy Griffith Show centered around the lives of small-town sheriff Andy Taylor (the marvelously dry Griffith), his son Opie (Ron Howard), cousin and deputy Barney Fife (multiple Emmy winner Don Knotts), and the other gentle eccentrics of Mayberry (which was based on Griffith's real hometown). But while other "rural" programs poked fun at its characters (The Real McCoys, The Beverly Hillbillies), The Andy Griffith Show never stooped to stereotypes, preferring instead to draw its humor from the fine writing and cast, which counted Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee, Howard McNear as Floyd the Barber, and Hal Campbell as Mayberry's benevolent drunk, Otis, among the first season ensemble. All 32 episodes (including the epilogues, which are rarely aired in syndication) are compiled on this four-disc set, which regrettably lacks any supplemental features. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • All 32 episodes from the 1960-61 season

Product Details

  • Actors: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier, George Lindsey
  • Directors: Bob Sweeney, Don Weis, Gene Reynolds, Sheldon Leonard
  • Writers: Aaron Ruben, Arthur Stander, Ben Gershman, Benedict Freedman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 915 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,616 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002NY8PI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,581 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I am anxiously awaiting October 12 to view these DVDs. Let's hope Paramount releases quality, like with their boxed set of The Honeymooners. Until then, here's an episode guide for your reference.

First season air dates:

October 1960-May 1961

1. The New Housekeeper: Aunt Bee comes to live with Andy and Opie when their housekeeper Rosie gets married.

2. The Manhunt: State police ask Andy and Barney to step aside while they hunt for a criminal. But Andy tricks the criminal at the end by allowing him to ?escape? in his leaky fishing boat.

3. The Guitar Player: Andy tries to help Jim Lindsey, a young guitar player from the hills, get a job with Freddie Fleet and His Band With a Beat.

4. Runaway Kid: Opie befriends an 8-year-old runaway.

5. Opie?s Charity: Andy becomes upset when Opie contributes a measly three cents to an underprivileged children?s fund.

6. Ellie Comes to Town: Andy becomes interested in the new ?lady druggist,? Miss Ellie Walker (Elinor Donahue).

7. Irresistible Andy: Andy thinks that Ellie is a ?deadly female hunter? out to get him. But Ellie will have something to say about that!

8. A Feud is a Feud: Andy tries to end a feud between two neighboring families.

9. Andy the Matchmaker: To lift Barney?s morale, Andy stages a minor robbery and encourages him to date the shy seamstress in town.

10. Stranger in Town: Mayberry citizens are perplexed by an out-of-towner who seems to know everything about everyone.

11. Christmas Story: Scrooge-like businessman Ben Weaver causes trouble on Christmas Eve, resulting in the gang having to celebrate Christmas at the courthouse.

12. Ellie for Council: Ellie?
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I agree with "MB" and his review except for the complaint about the "sponsors" and all. I also disagree with "Barney's Brother" for the following reason: GET A LIFE! We FINALLY get the AGS on quality DVDs from the studio - and they are less than $1 per episode! Can someone get a clue here? I guess you'd like to spend $60 just to get some original commercials? Why nitpick?

"MB" is right on about the quality. The picture is so clear and the sound is great! You can see many things (such as shadows from ceiling mikes) you have never noticed before. Man, it is so much different than watching on TV reruns or the bargain-bin public domain episode DVDs or VHS tapes.

All of each show is here - minus I guess those commercials. Who cares? They are NOT part of the actual show anyway!

Overall I say 5 stars are NOT ENOUGH! This is a dream come true. I cannot wait until they release all the B&W years (first 5 seasons). You can have the color years and characters such as Howard and that new deputy who wouldn't win a talent contest with kindergardener's! Long live Barney Fife!
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This first season-a must for anyone even remotely interested in vintage television at its best. While the first episode, technicaly, should be considered an episode of the Danny Thomas Show (originally airing 2/15/1960), the first episode of the actual series (airing 10/3/1960) is well worth the price of the set. This collection introduces us to some of the most unique television characters ever created: Sheriff Andrew Jackson Taylor, Deputy Sheriff Bernard P. Fife, Opie Taylor, Beatrice 'Aunt Bee' Taylor, Floyd Lawson, Otis Campbell, Ellie Mae Walker and Thelma Lou (we never know her last name).

The following is a brief synopsis of each featured episode, with some trivia.

Disc 1

1. The New Housekeeper:

Andy and Opie's housekeeper, Rose, leaves to be married and Opie finds Aunt Bee difficult to accept as Rose's replacement.

**1st of two episodes where Barney is referenced as Andy's cousin.

2. The Manhunt:

State police comb the Mayberry area for an escaped convict, refusing Andy and Barney's offer of help.

**2nd time Barney is referenced as Andy's cousin.

**1st appearance of Otis Campbell, the town drunk.

**Watch for Barney's mother.

3. The Guitar Player:

Andy helps Mayberry's best guitar player, Jim Lindsey (James Best)get a job with Bobby Fleet (Henry Slate) and His Band with a Beat.

4. Ellie Comes to Town:

The "new lady druggist", Ellie Walker (Elinor Donahue), comes to town and has trouble adapting to Mayberry life.

**This is Ellie's 1st appearance.

5. Irresistible Andy:

Andy mistakenly thinks Ellie is a "desperate, determined hunter" eyeing him for matrimony.

6.
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Folks, if you love the Andy Griffith show, you will not be disappointed in this set. I just read the review from Pi and I can't imagine him/her being a true fan of the show and cutting this set down the way they have. It doesn't matter that there are no extras, commercials, etc. Us life long fans of the show pretty much know all the extra stuff from books, interviews, articles etc. What matters most is that these are the complete shows in the best uncut quality that we have ever seen and they are our's to enjoy for life. I've probably seen each episode more than a couple dozen times each and this is like seeing them for the first time. This set is what we've all been waiting for and don't let anyone tell you that it's not. Let's only keep our fingers crossed that the best is yet to come with seasons 2 thru 5.
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