A Real Jokester

Andy was really into playing pranks on his co-stars of The Andy Griffith Show. He targeted Don Knotts most of all. Don’s real first name was actually Jesse (which he hated) and Andy loved to tease him about it by calling him “Jess.” This was opposite to the dynamic of the show, however, of which Griffith has said, “By the second episode, I knew that Don should be funny and I should play straight.”

If The Shoe Fits

The cast pranked Andy right back, once stealing his shoes. He had to wear his big Sheriff boots home from the studio that day. The good-natured humor from the cast carried over into the tv episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, like in the “Runaway Kid” episode where Opie and his friends pranked Sheriff Taylor by moving his car in front of a fire hydrant, so he would get a ticket.

Gone Fishin’ On The Andy Griffith Show

One of the most memorable aspects of The Andy Griffith Show is its opening credits, with the whistled tune and image of Andy and little Opie on their way to fish. The famous scene was filmed at Franklin Canyon Park, which is located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Trickery On The Andy Griffith Show

Actor Ronny Howard was only six years old at the time, and was simply not strong enough to throw the stone far enough to land in the lake. After several failed attempts, the assistant director decided to hide a prop man behind a bush. When Opie pretended to toss a rock, the prop man threw it instead. Watch the scene again — you might notice a very subtle lag between Opie’s throw and the resulting splash.

Andy Taylor + Helen Crump = Love

They played a couple on the show. But off set, Andy Griffith and actress Aneta Corsaut are rumored to have been real-life lovers—even though he was married at the time! Yikes! Griffith ended up getting a divorce later and went on to have three marriages total before he passed away.

Caught In The Act

During one of the cast’s many pranks, a crew member dressed as a waiter and delivered a dinner to Andy’s hotel room, but he caught Andy and Aneta in a compromising position. Ooops! I’d say that prank went over like a lead balloon. Looks like The Andy Griffith Show started yet another notable secret relationship in Hollywood.