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!
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
- All 32 episodes from the 1960-61 season
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It is a pure escape from what our world has become.
The Don Knots seasons (1-5) are the penultimate episodes. The show suffered a great loss when he left (much the same way MASH did when Larry Linville left) which reflected the crucial changes in America at that time. There was never again that ribald, physical humor that his character shined a light (with such animated hyperbole and comedic genius) on the tiny, irrational, hidden parts of the human psyche!
It is both nostalgic and refreshing to watch.
There are 32 episodes, imagine, they don't usually make anywhere near that many episodes per year anymore. Sometimes only 8. But, I digress. I only watched the first 3 thus far and they got everything done perfectly from the first episode. Barney and his not being allowed to have a bullet for his gun. Aunt Bee shrieking when she caught a fish. Andy strumming his guitar and singing old country tunes on the porch. Buy it, you won't regret it.