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While rewatching The Andy Griffith Show for the first time in years, I really enjoyed reading this book. It has some very interesting tidbits regarding the cast, crew, writing and development of the series. I recommend for fans of the show. The drawback is that it was written in the 80's and updated in 2001, so most of the characters have gone since then.
A good overview with keen insights as to why this show remains a favorite a generation after going off the air. The book was first published in 1981 and has first-person interviews with Andy Griffith, Don Knotts and other key players. It's too consumed with minutia, including taking up 28 pages on an unfilmed script.
This is one of my favorite tv shows along with I Love Lucy. This book offers Andy Griffith fans a real insight into the everyday aspects of what went on in making The Andy Griffith Show. Tid-Bits of many episodes with a behind the scenes look. Many great photos and memories.
Of all the books on the Andy Griffith Show, this one, written by University of Tennessee English professor Richard Kelly, is by far the most insightful. I used it heavily when I taught my course “The Andy Griffith Show: Pilgrimage to Mayberry” at UAB in the early 1990s.