How Many Seasons of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Were Filmed In Color?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The Andy Griffith Show ran for eight seasons within the 1960s.

Now 60 years since its debut on CBS, it stays one in all tv’s most beloved comedy collection.

Appearing principally in black and white all through the years, this system finally switched to a extra colourful image.

Ron Howard and Andy Griffith on 'The Andy Griffith Show'
Ron Howard and Andy Griffith on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ | CBS through Getty Images

‘The Andy Griffith Show’ marks its 60th 12 months

It’s been 60 years because the comedy a couple of single father and his younger son set in North Carolina in a fictional city debuted on CBS. The father, Andy Taylor, additionally occurred to be the fictional city’s sheriff, overseeing the residents of Mayberry’s troubles and squabbles.

In a 1998 interview with the Archive of American Television, Andy Griffith revealed why he felt the present carried out in addition to it did.

“It was family-oriented,” he stated. “It was about a little town and all the people who lived in it. As Bob Sweeney used to say, ‘It looks like an ordinary little town, but it has a little border of insanity around it.’ And all those fine comedic actors like Don Knotts and Howard McNear and Jim Nabors, all of them made it. They represented that little, that little insane border.”

Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier of 'The Andy Griffith Show'Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier of 'The Andy Griffith Show'
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ | CBS through Getty Images

The present went to paint episodes beginning in Season 6

After Don Knotts’ farewell from the present after its fifth season, The Andy Griffith Show started presenting episodes in coloration.

In “colorful” seasons 6 to eight, with Knotts’ departure, different characters got here out of Mayberry’s woodwork to strive their hand at charming viewers as a lot as deputy Barney Fife had.

County Clerk Howard Sprague performed by Jack Dodson was launched. As effectively, handyman Emmett Clark portrayed by Paul Hartman started to make frequent appearances.

Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor, left, with Jack Burns as Deputy Warren Ferguson on 'The Andy Griffith Show'Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor, left, with Jack Burns as Deputy Warren Ferguson on 'The Andy Griffith Show'
Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor, left, with
Jack Burns as Deputy Warren Ferguson on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’

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Don Knotts was changed by Jack Burns within the position of bumbling, overly eager-to-please deputy Warren Ferguson.

Griffith, talking to interviewer Larry King in 2006 stated of Knotts’ 1965 exit from the present, “I missed him, I missed him so dreadfully, I can’t start to let you know. The present when Don left, the present misplaced its coronary heart.

“It stayed on for three more years and was, in fact, number one for the last year that it was on. But it really lost its heart and its soul when Don left.”

Ron Howard’s favourite episode was in coloration

While talking with Larry King in 2013, filmmaker and former Andy Griffith Show alum Ron Howard was requested to call his favourite episode from the collection. It seems the colour episode titled “The Ball Game” from the present’s seventh season was near dwelling for Howard.

“I like one that was based on real life. My dad actually wrote the story for it,” Howard stated.

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The famend director defined that, within the episode, Andy is umpiring a boys’ softball recreation. He calls his son, Opie, out at dwelling base, leaving him bewildered and upset that his personal father would name him out. Well, it occurred to Ron Howard.

“That had happened to me and my dad,” Howard stated, laughing. “He referred to as me out at dwelling at a ball recreation that was on my birthday. But I couldn’t imagine he referred to as me out!

“My dad thought that was hilarious that I was so upset about it. He took the idea to Andy [Griffith] and they made an episode out of it.”

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