Into The Mayberry Courthouse


Sing to “Into the Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty Andy waited until Barney was through They picked Helen up, and Thelma Lou They went to Goober’s for a pop and some fuel, The Courthouse was wide open Went to the diner, which they both could afford, Barney was happy, but Andy looked bored He […]

Love Lessons from Ernest T. Bass

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Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. If you are a man, and single, perhaps you are looking for a special lady with whom you can celebrate this big day. Sadly, not all of us can be a lady-killer like Barney Fife. Indeed, most of us can only dream of being a suave playboy like ol’ […]

Go Home…Take a Little Nap…Then go Over to Thelma Lou’s to Watch TV!


Whenever my best friend Chris and I have conversations on the telephone, it often leads to discussing all of the stresses and challenges we are facing.  Jobs, kids, ex-wives, finances, and car problems are often part of the wide-range of issues that frequently dominate our chat time.     However, it isn’t long before one of us […]

Baer of a Mayor


One of the many reasons I enjoy watching The Andy Griffith Show is because of the various actors who appeared on it as guest stars or in supporting roles. There were many notable performers that appeared as citizens and visitors to Mayberry. Some of these men and women had careers that went back to the […]

The Colorful Friends of Mayberry

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When I was a kid, I didn’t much care for the color episodes that made up the last three seasons of The Andy Griffith Show. These shows just never seemed as good to me to me as the earlier black and white episodes. As I got into my teens, I realized that what really bothered […]

What ‘School Violence’ In Mayberry Looked Like


I am 52 years old and can remember a kinder, gentler, easier going era, where people didn’t take guns into an elementary school and murder innocent children.  As I watched the news coverage of the Connecticut tragedy, I couldn’t help but think of the town of Mayberry. You know how when you are being too […]

A Special 2013 Christmas Episode


What if you were given the opportunity to travel back in time, write your own Andy Griffith Show Christmas episode and all cast and crew were asked to commit to the moment? What have you always wanted to see in a scene? Or perhaps it’s not a what but a who? What if you could […]

Andy Griffith Show: They Just Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore


The Andy Griffith Show is one of the most well-loved television series during the 1960’s. It was funny, family-oriented, and always teaches a lesson at the end of each story. It was so well-loved in fact, that it lasted 249 episodes. The 1960’s up to the 1970’s was a decade of great television series that […]

Gomer Pyle aka Jim Nabors

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Gomer Pyle,  really Jim Nabors, was discovered by Andy Griffith when he was working at The Horn in Santa Monica California.  Nabors was singing and doing a comedy act with a character similar to Gomer Pyle.   At Griffith’s request Jim Nabors  joined the Andy Griffith Show. In the Andy Griffith Show Jim Nabors plays Gomer […]