The Andy Griffith Show Trivia Challenge


By: Allison Lips

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

From 1960 to 1968, Andy Taylor and the rest of Mayberry were welcomed into homes across America. While the show started as a spin-off of "The Danny Thomas Show, "The Andy Griffith Show" became popular in its own right. In fact it became so popular that it launched two successful spin-offs. "The Andy Griffith Show's" direct spin-offs were "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." and "Mayberry, R.F.D." 

Throughout its 8-year run, "The Andy Griffith Show" introduced the world to some characters that remain favorites to this day. Most people who have seen the show remember Barney Fife's wacky antics and inability to shoot his weapon properly. They also remember that Otis Campbell, also known as the town drunk, would lock himself into a jail cell for the weekend until he sobered up.

Unfortunately, many of these fan favorites left the show. Jim Nabors left the show in 1964 to do "Gomer Pyle, U.S.MC." After the fifth season, Don Knotts left "The Andy Griffith Show" to pursue a film career. Other characters came and went as the plot demanded. 

Are you a huge fan of "The Andy Griffith Show?" Did you grow up watching it during its original run and continue to watch reruns? Then, you'll enjoy this chance to find out how much you really know about "The Andy Griffith Show!" 

What is the name of Gomer Pyle's brother?

George Lindsey played Goober Pyle. After "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Mayberry R.F.D. went off the air, Lindsey played the character on "Hee Haw" for another 20 years.


On which network did "The Andy Griffith Show" originally air?

"The Andy Griffith Show" aired on CBS from 1960 to 1968. The show ran for 8 seasons, which came to 249 episodes.


Which actor, now known for directing, played Opie?

When he played Opie, Ron Howard was credited as "Ronny Howard." His brother Clint appeared in five episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" as Leon.


What is the last name of the character that Andy Griffith plays?

Andy Taylor first appeared in "The Danny Thomas Show" episode "Danny Meets Andy Griffith." That show originally aired on Feb. 15, 1960.


Mayberry is a fictional town in which state?

Mayberry, North Carolina has a population of 5,360 people. The number appeared on a sign at the railroad station in season 8. However, earlier in the series Mayberry was said to have 2,000 people.


Who is Sheriff Andy Taylor's deputy?

Don Knotts won five Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Barney Fife. In 1961, he won the Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Series. The following two years, he won for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor.


Which actress plays Aunt Bee?

Aunt Bee's full name is Beatrice Taylor. She appeared in 175 episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show," one episode of "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," and 25 episodes of "Mayberry R.F.D."


What is the name of Mayberry's town drunk who locks himself in jail for the weekend?

Hal Smith played Otis Smith in 32 episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show." He also was the voice of Owl in "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh."


An episode of which show served as the pilot for "The Andy Griffith Show?"

Along with Sheldon Leonard, Danny Thomas was an executive producer of "The Andy Griffith Show." Another spin-off of "The Danny Thomas Show" was "The Joey Bishop Show."


What was the name of "The Andy Griffith Show's" 1986 television movie?

"Return to Mayberry" debuted on April 13, 1986. Sixteen of the original cast members appear in this reunion movie.


Which spin-off of "The Andy Griffith Show" had Gomer Pyle join the United States Marine Corps?

"Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." aired from Sept. 25, 1964 to May 2, 1969. "The Andy Griffith Show's" fourth season finale served as this show's pilot.


Who is known for playing Barney Fife?

Don Knotts also worked with Andy Griffith on "Matlock." In that show he played Les Calhoun, who appeared in 17 episodes.


Where was "The Andy Griffith Show" filmed?

The backlot "The Andy Griffith Show" was filmed on was at the time called "Desilu Culver." However, it was previously known as RKO Forty Acres. Other shows filmed at the lot include "Bonanza" and "Star Trek."


What is the name of the deputy who replaces Barney Fife?

Jack Burns played Warren Ferguson. The character only appeared in 11 episodes.


In the color seasons of "The Andy Griffith Show," there is a County Clerk. What is his name?

Jack Dodson played Howard Sprague from 1966 to 1971. He appeared in 38 episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" and 66 episodes of "Mayberry R.F.D."


What is the name of "The Andy Griffith Show's" theme song?

Hebert Spencer and Earl Hagen composed "The Fishin' Hole." Everett Sloane wrote the lyrics.


Who created "The Andy Griffith Show?"

Sheldon Leonard served as executive producer on "The Danny Thomas Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "I Spy," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," and more. The characters Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter are named in his honor.


During which decade did "The Andy Griffith Show" originally air?

During its initial run, "The Andy Griffith Show" ranked seventh or above in the ratings. The show finished its final season at the top of the ratings.


How many bullets did Barney Fife carry?

Barney was only allowed to carry one bullet in his shirt pocket "in case of an emergency." In contrast, Andy Taylor did not carry a weapon during his usual duties.


Floyd Lawson owned what in Mayberry?

Howard McNear played Floyd Lawson in 80 episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show." In his first appearance, Floyd's last name was Colby.


Andy Taylor marries a school teacher. What was her name?

Aneta Corsault played Helen Crump. Her first appearance was in the 1963 episode "Andy Discovers America."


What was the name of Aunt Bee's best friend?

Hope Summers played Clara Edwards. The character appeared in 32 episodes.


How many seasons did "The Andy Griffith Show" last?

Danny Thomas Enterprises and Mayberry Enterprises co-produced "The Andy Griffith Show." During the show's original run, reruns were aired as "Andy of Mayberry."


How many seasons of "The Andy Griffith Show" were filmed in black and white?

From 1960 to 1965, "The Andy Griffith Show" was broadcast in black and white. The remaining three seasons were aired in color from 1965 to 1968.


Which cereal brand used the characters of "The Andy Griffith Show" in commercials?

"The Andy Griffith Show" cast appeared in commercials for Post Sugar Crisps, Post Oat flakes and other Post cereals. It also appeared in commercials for Sanka Coffee, Maxwell House and Gaines Burgers Dog Food.


Which band has a song called "Floyd the Barber?"

"Floyd the Barber" appeared on Nirvana's first album, which was "Bleach." It was released in 1989.


Which saying does Barney Fife use often?

In the early 1600s, "Nip it in the bud" was first used in a Beaumont and Fletcher play. It refers to a spring frost that kills flower buds.


When did "The Andy Griffith Show" debut?

On Nov. 8, 1960, John f. Kennedy won the presidential election. Earlier that year, Elvis left the army.


How are Andy Taylor and Barney Fife related?

In the first season, Barney and Andy are referred to as cousins. However, that was dropped in later seasons.


Which resident of Mayberry went around breaking windows with rocks?

Ernest T. Bass appeared in 8 episodes. The character was played by Howard Morris.


Which North Carolina town is Mayberry based on?

While Andy Griffith told the Archives of American Television that the town was not based on Mount Airy, it is popularly believed that Mayberry was based on the actor's hometown. Mayberry's neighboring town, Mount Pilot, was named after the real Pilot Mountain.


What are Opie and Andy doing in the opening of "The Andy Griffith Show?"

In "Big Fish in a Small Town," Andy and Opie go fishing. In this episode, Opie catches Old Sam, who was the biggest fish in the pond.


What was the name of Barney Fife's girlfriend?

Betty Lynn played Thelma Lou. She appeared in 26 episodes.


Which car company provided the squad car on "The Andy Griffith Show?"

Each season Andy Taylor received a new squad car. In the first two seasons, he drove a Ford Fairline. For the following two seasons, he drove a Ford Galaxie before switching to a Ford Custom.


How many color episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" does Barney Fife appear in?

Don Knotts appeared in five episodes after he left the series full time. The episodes are "The Return of Barney Fife," "The Legend of Barney Fife," "A Visit to Barney Fife," "Barney Comes to Mayberry" and "Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting."


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