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Andy Griffith Fans Here?
« on: Wed Oct 13, 2010 - 19:25:36 »
We have all 8 seasons. Love it! Perhaps one of the cleanest sit-coms of all (post 1960) times. If there are any fans here, what are your top 3 favorite episodes?

My favorite is "Big House". "Convicts at Large" ranks up there as well. After that, I like "Mind Over Matter" (season 7).

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« Reply #1 on: Fri Oct 15, 2010 - 08:59:04 »

Where I live they're presently showing Andy Griffith all day long for fifty days I believe it is. I really can't remember a real favorite, but I have always favored skits with some of their regulars. I get a kick out of Barnie, Floyd, Otis, Ernestine Bass, and just so many more; I think all of their characters presented a wholesome look at America.

There are too many favorites to eliminate any of them but one bit comes to mind many times and that is where Barney is giving Otis a sobriety test and has him hopping on one foot and then the other until Barney tires out first. It was then that Andy and Barney was to go somewhere like the courthouse or whatever and Andy starts hopping out the door on one foot and tells Barney to "Come on, let's hop on over there" or something like that, and then you get that look from Barney.

I always enjoy scenes where Barney has his hair all messed up, and I remember "Citizen's arrest" and I reckon if I sit here for awhile near all the episodes would come to mind. My wife and I watch them over and over, and It's too bad there are not new shows like that produced today.

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« Reply #2 on: Fri Oct 15, 2010 - 19:36:05 »
Yeah, "Citizens Arrest" is one of my favorites!

What impresses me a lot about this show is the quality of the acting. Often, they will portray all kinds of emotions without even uttering a word. Also there is great use of background music.

Floyd (Howard McNear) had a stroke in real life after or during Season 3. After that time he only had full use of one arm and could not stand unless he was propped up (which he was at times). The irony of this all was that he became a much better character for the show after the stroke. In fact, he is probably my favorite actor of the series. It is said that in his latter years with the show his real life demeanor was not much different than his demeanor on the set - this is probably what made him seem so authentic perhaps.

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« Reply #3 on: Fri Oct 15, 2010 - 23:44:55 »
In one of the reunion shows several of the cast said something to the effect that Howard McNear was hard to work with and they would have to do lots of retakes because it was hard to get through a scene with him without everyone breaking out in laughter. 


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« Reply #4 on: Tue Oct 19, 2010 - 17:57:42 »
I am a fan!  Love Barney.  Never get tired of watching the ones he is in.  Not as good when he left the show in my opinion.  Andy and Barney needed each other.  That'll preach.

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« Reply #5 on: Fri Apr 15, 2011 - 21:58:56 »
You know, Andy Griffith may have been the best-made show ever. It's really a trick to make a show consistently funny and still invest the show with dignity, values, and meaning. I don't see it as much as I used to, but you know, this show has probably meant more to more people than anything else ever made. And I don't think I'm exaggerating.

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« Reply #6 on: Fri Apr 15, 2011 - 22:44:42 »

You know, Andy Griffith may have been the best-made show ever. It's really a trick to make a show consistently funny and still invest the show with dignity, values, and meaning. I don't see it as much as I used to, but you know, this show has probably meant more to more people than anything else ever made. And I don't think I'm exaggerating.


My wife and I remain fans and still watch the reruns.

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« Reply #7 on: Sat Apr 16, 2011 - 22:22:52 »
The 2 years prior to moving back home in SC, I was working at a 400 bed hospital in the piedmont area of North Carolina while in school.  It was my job to be in at least a third or more of the patients rooms each time I worked, and without failing, no less than 90% of the patients rooms had the channel turned to th Andy Griffith show.  That it truly a good clean fun show!

(BTW, years ago while working on Mattlock in my hometown of Wilmington, NC I learned that Andy is nothing like his character on TV, I think over the years the fame drove him crazy since he couldn't go anywhere without anyone bothering him.  He now resides with his wife ~ and 2 yellow labs if he still has them ~ in a home on Figure 8 Island, an island just north of Wilmington that has guards at the beginning of the bridge and you must be a resident go enter or get there by boat.  They filmed "Sleeping with the Enemy" and "Weekends at Barney's" in the exact same home on the end of the island....not sure who owned the  home, but breathtaking).

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« Reply #8 on: Sun Apr 17, 2011 - 08:27:18 »
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« Reply #10 on: Mon Apr 25, 2011 - 12:40:51 »
They filmed "Sleeping with the Enemy" and "Weekends at Barney's" in the exact same home on the end of the island....not sure who owned the  home, but breathtaking).

That's "Weekends at Bernie's".  "Weekends at Barney's"?  Mrs. Mendelbright would not be pleased.

 

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« Reply #11 on: Wed Apr 27, 2011 - 10:41:04 »
Andy Griffith fan from way back here.

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« Reply #12 on: Thu Feb 23, 2012 - 20:00:08 »
amen, one of the classics. much better than the rubbish of today

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« Reply #13 on: Tue Mar 13, 2012 - 08:11:33 »
I believe Andy after season 5 had thought about ending the show so don knotts signed for a motion picture deal and Andy decided to keep it going but it was too late for don.

With don leaving and "color" shows took away from that other time feel...

Those still alive I know of

Andy
thelma  Lou
opie



I was surprised to hear that "trixie" on the honeymoners was still alive.
A bit before my time..... But that ran from about 51-55 or so

leave it to beaver was about 59-65
Andy 60-65 blk an wht
Gilligans 61-65
bonanza 60-65

but nothing beats mayberry....

these are just from memory

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« Reply #14 on: Tue Mar 27, 2012 - 12:09:11 »
Yes!  Great clean humor and basic values.  I  don't watch TV anymore.

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« Reply #15 on: Tue May 08, 2012 - 13:27:05 »
By Cindy Watts, The Tennessean

Published: 5/6/2012 1:05:30 PM

George "Goober" Lindsey, most widely known for playing Goober Pyle on the iconic television series The Andy Griffith Show, died Sunday in Nashville after an extended hospitalization. He was 83.

As long as his health allowed, he was still making people smile. The Hee Haw star showed up at Ray Stevens' CD release party Feb. 28 at The Rutledge to lend support to his good friend and fellow comedian. Stevens beamed from the stage as he thanked Lindsey for being there.

"He was in a wheelchair that night, and he was really going out of his way to show up for that," says Stevens, who was friends with Lindsey for 35 years. "That's the kind of friend he was."

Actor Andy Griffith said in a statement that accompanied the family's Sunday morning announcement of Lindsey's death: "George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit. In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago. We would talk about our health, how much we missed our friends who passed before us and usually about something funny. I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, 'I love you.' That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. 'I love you.' "

Lindsey's career was much broader than the confines of Mayberry. Lindsey also appeared in MASH, Gunsmoke, Herbie the Love Bug and C.H.I.P.S. He was in movies including Take This Job and Shove It and Cannonball Run II, was a judge for the Miss USA pageant for years, and lent his voice to an assortment of animated Disney characters in movies including The Aristocats, The Rescuers and Robin Hood. He recorded a comedy album in 1971, Goober Sings!, and was a member of the Hee Haw cast for 20 years.

Lindsey, who lived in Nashville at the time of his death, was born in Fairfield, Ala., Dec. 17, 1928, to parents George Ross Lindsey and Alice Smith Lindsey, and grew up in Jasper, Ala. His mother was disabled, and his father struggled to find work. He was the couple's only child and was primarily raised by his grandparents.

He enjoyed spending time at his Aunt Ethel's gas station, where the mechanics wore felt caps to keep the grease and oil from the cars from dripping in their hair. Their caps inspired the beanie Lindsey wore as Goober on The Andy Griffith Show.

From an early age, Lindsey had a sharp sense of humor and comedic timing and became interested in acting at age 14 after seeing a production of Oklahoma! Also an athlete, he played football in high school and went to college at Florence State Teachers College (now the University of North Alabama) on a football scholarship. While there, he also participated in the school's theatrical productions.

Lindsey graduated in 1952 with a teaching certificate and a degree in biological science and physical education. He joined the Air Force and was stationed at Pinecastle Air Force Base in Orlando, where was recreation director. While in Orlando, he met Joyanne Herbert, who became his wife and the mother of his two children, daughters Camden and George Jr. Lindsey and Herbert were married from 1955 to 1991.

Lindsey was discharged from the military in 1956 and moved back to Alabama, where he was a teacher and a basketball coach at a high school outside Huntsville. From there, he and his wife moved to New York City in the late 1950s, where the teacher and would-be actor enrolled in classes at the American Theater Wing. After graduation, Lindsey found work with small parts in local theaters before launching his professional career with significant roles in Broadway plays All-American and Wonderful Town, which led him to Los Angeles with the dream of being a television actor.

He signed with William Morris Agency and after appearing in small roles on multiple television shows, he landed the part of Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show in 1964 — about two years after he first tried out for the role of Gomer Pyle, which was awarded to Jim Nabors. Lindsey acted on the show until it was canceled in 1968, and from there, he took the Goober character to the spinoff Mayberry R.F.D. The show was canceled in 1971. The comedy album won the attention of executives at country variety show Hee Haw, the actor's professional home for the next 20 years.

"Hee-Haw was a great place for George to continue doing what he loved to do, and nobody can crawl inside his head, but he seemed to be pretty happy doing what he was doing when I was there," Stevens says. "I know I enjoyed doing the Hee-Haw shows. It was a big happy family. I think he had a pretty full life."

Lindsey also toured heavily as a comedian, often opening shows in the late '70s for The Oak Ridge Boys. Joe Bonsall remembers the joke Lindsey opened his set with every night:

"He would say, 'I was backstage splashing toilet water on my face and the lid fell on my head,' " Bonsall says. "And of course he wrote it, he was very proud that he wrote all of his own jokes. The first words you heard out of his mouth when you saw him off stage was a joke. It never stopped with George, and I guess that's what you got to be to be a great comic."

In addition to his work on screen, Lindsey was also heavily involved in charity work. He's a recipient of the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award, and he raised more than $1.7 million for the Alabama Special Olympics through his George Lindsey Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Lindsey "was a very caring man," Bonsall says. "He just cared about stuff and he cared about people. He cared about what people were going through, and he was so good with people. People would come up to him and he would put his arm around them and they would just light up because that was Goober. I always enjoyed our times with him."

Lindsey is survived by son George Lindsey Jr. of Woodland Hills, Calif.; daughter Camden Jo Lindsey Gardner, her husband, Russell, and their sons, Carson Cole Gardner and Andrew Liam Gardner, all of Valencia, Calif.; a cousin, Rebecca Weber of Gadsden, Ala.; and his companion of many years, Anne Wilson of Nashville.