The Andy Griffith Show was originally known as Make Room for Daddy. The sitcom ran from 1960 to 1986 and never placed lower than seventh in Nielsen ratings. When it ended, it’s final season was number one and it currently sits in the 9th spot on "TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time."
Andy Griffith starred as Andy Taylor, small-town sheriff of a town where nothing ever really happens. Other than the usual antics of its residents, of course. The town is populated with lovable eccentrics, many of whom made television history. In addition to the spinoff, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964), the show got a sequel series Mayberry R.F.D. in 1968 and a reunion movie Return to Mayberry in 1986. Take a look at what the cast of The Andy Griffith Show has been up to since leaving Mayberry.
Andy Griffith was already an established actor with a degree in music and a (now classic) hit record under his belt, What It Was, Was Football when he became Andy Taylor on the beloved The Andy Griffith Show. The widowed country-bumpkin of sheriff oversaw the fictional small town of Mayberry, North Carolina. The show ran for eight seasons, from 1960 to 1968.
After leaving The Andy Griffith Show in 1968, it took about 18-years to land a comparably prominent television role but he did it. In 1986, he was cast as Attorney Ben Matlock in the legal drama Matlock. Once again, Andy had a hit on his hands, Matlock. It was nominated for four Emmy Awards and ran from 1986 to 1995. Andy Griffith passed away at his North Carolina home at the age of 86 on July 3rd, 2012.