Album released 1958

Escape to Mayberry-Juanita Beasley

This could be my most controversial blog yet. Controversy about whether Barney should have dated Juanita and good ole Thel at the same time. Controversy about what Juanita actually looked like. I know that for the most devoted TAGS viewers we all have in mind what we think she would really look like. However, not knowing makes her a more colorful character. Last but not least, controversy about whose girl she was first, Andy’s or Barney’s. Juanita was mentioned in 11 episodes ending in season 5 when as my last blog said Barney Vanishes.

We hear…

Barney’s last scene as a regular on The Andy Griffith Show

Escape to Mayberry-Barney Vanishes

We all know that if roles were reversed and Andy had just disappeared from The Andy Griffith Show like Barney did, Barney would have most certainly formed a posse to find him. It would probably have consisted of Floyd, Otis, and poor old Judd. Barney would have bumbled his way through a house to house search, then a road block at the old road down by Myers lake. Every stone, including the one Opie threw into the water, would have been turned over in his search for Andy.

However, that is not what happened at all…

Andy meets Barney, well sort of….

We all know that Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. was a spin-off from The Andy Griffith Show. This is a special case though. The actual inspiration for Gomer Pyle was the movie No Time For Sergeants in which Andy Griffith starred as Private Will Stockton. Like the character of Gomer, Will was a country bumpkin that caused chaos and trouble for all those around him. He filmed two versions of the movie the first in 1955 then again in 1958. Even the last version was almost 2 ½ years before The Andy Griffith show would premiere…

Escape to Mayberry

To Start With

By: Becky Shepherd

When I first started dating my husband, I told him I needed someone who would watch “The Andy Griffith Show” with me for the one millionth time and still laugh like it was the first. Well, here we are 2 ½ years later and I think he may slowly be adjusting to my addiction to all things Mayberry.

I completely adore the show. Its not just the characters that I love. Its not just Andy’s unending sage wisdom that keeps me going back for more. Its not just the clean comedy…

Becky Shepherd

I lost my job due to the pandemic and have begun writing as a hobby.

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