There are few shows that stand the test of time like those that aired in the 60s and 70s. One of those shows is The Andy Griffith show which ran from 1960-1968 on CBS starring Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier, Jim Nabors, George Lindsey. Now fans can return to Mayberry with The Andy Griffith Show Complete series.
If for some reason you have been locked up in the cell with Otis, the series follows Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie who live with Andy’s Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy’s time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney. The series was a spin off from The Danny Thomas show, but managed to make a name for itself all its own and ran for 8 seasons in its original run. The show features some of the best TV moments of all time with plenty of laughs coupled with moral story arcs that gave the show a bigger purpose besides just the comedy. The first episode does a great job in its simplistic nature to set the tone to the rest of the series and for those that have never seen it is a bit of a different feel. Everyone is used to the dynamic of Andy, Opie and Aunt Bee, but in the first episode that was not the case and it set up Bee’s initial arrival and Opie’s not so happy attitude with her being there. It comes down to a pretty funny and cute way of resolving this conflict without making it too heavy and allowing the series to move forward from there.
The small town nature of the series made for some ridiculously fun moments for Barney played always to perfection by the late great Don Knotts. Outside of the fun of him only having one bullet, his code to upholding the law bordered on his obsession to want to arrest people resulting in some of the best moments of the show. While the series keeps every story focused on the principals the cast of characters that inhabit this town along with them is what makes this series run more smoothly and effectively. These were all the more important due to the change in Griffith’s character as the show moved forward from more of a country bumpkin to more of well-spoken sheriff. The series kept a formula that worked well throughout its run only running into some issues in the later seasons with both Don Knotts and Jim Nabors leaving the show for varying reasons. It still managed to find its footing and remained one of the funniest shows of the time.
Each episode in this collection looks as beautiful as the day it aired and while it doesn’t offer up too many special features other than some of the original sponsor spots, having all 249 episodes from the series here in one cool collection more than makes up for it. The final three seasons of the show are in color which helps to soften the blow of not having Barney Fife around. This is the perfect collection for anyone that grew up or just loved this show like most people did, but if you are one that never really took a trip through Mayberry then now is your chance with The Andy Griffith Show the Complete Series on DVD from Paramount and CBS Home Entertainment.