The Andy Griffith Show

Richard Kelly

John F. Blair, Publisher
$16.95 paperback
$9.99 eBook
5 ½ x 8  
286 pages
black-and-white photos throughout
Published in 1981

The Andy Griffith Show was one of the most successful series in television history. It ranked among the top ten shows in the nation during each of its eight prime-time seasons, from 1960 to 1968. Over forty years later, the 249 episodes still remain some of the most frequently watched syndicated shows on television. In this book, Richard Kelly makes clear to everyone, from the occasional fan to the serious student of television, why The Andy Griffith Show is still so beloved.

In Part One, Kelly quotes from in-depth interviews with most of the principals and traces the development of the show from conception to conclusion.

In Part Two, he discusses both the contributions made to the series by some of its best writers and the show's innovations in television comedy.

Part Three updates the careers of various cast members. It also discusses the phenomenal growth of interest in the show and gives information about organizations that have been formed to celebrate the series. 

The final sections include a sample script called "The Sermon for Today" and an unfilmed script called "The Wandering Minstrel." The book ends with capsule summaries of all the episodes in the order in which they originally appeared.


“This book is a very well written and researched volume on the The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry. Kelly uses extensive primary data (interviews—possibly the last for many cast members) to give an in-depth account of the greatest of all TV shows! If you are serious about Andy/Mayberry this is the book for you.” 
— reviewer
“This is the first and still definitive study of the show. It contains extensive interviews with the major stars, directors, and producers from the show. It also contains two full scripts: one never seen or performed before and the other "The Sermon for Today.” The Andy Griffith Show also provides concise summaries of all 249 episodes. A terrific buy and a must read!” 
— reviewer