The beloved American comedy series ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ was so popular in its time, that it was still the number one show on television the year it ended. The show aired from 1960 to 1968, during a period in which Americans needed something fun to watch and distract themselves with.
The program was created by Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas, starring Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Ron Howard as Opie Taylor and Don Knotts as Barney Fife. Here are 40 facts about the show that can not only shed some light on lesser-known facts about the show but also take you down memory lane.
The Opening Song Took 15 Minutes to Write
“The Andy Griffith Show” had one of the most memorable theme songs in the history of television. What’s more remarkable than that is the fact that it was written in a matter of 15 minutes! The theme song also had a title, called “Fishin’ Hole.” Apparently, no one sang it better than Andy himself, which is why he originally sang the opening song!
Griffith recorded a version of the show’s theme song which was written in under 15 minutes by Herbert Spencer and Earle Hagen. Everett Sloane,who composed TV theme songs for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Mod Squad,” and “I Spy,” wrote the lyrics to “Fishin’ Hole.” The simplicity was meant to reflect the nature of the show.