Learn about the best "The Andy Griffith Show" characters to get the inside scoop on the folks of Mayberry. "The Andy Griffith Show" ran eight seasons on television from 1960 to 1968. The show was billed as family comedy and centered around the people of small town, Mayberry, North Carolina. Not much happens around Mayberry, so Sheriff Andy Taylor, played by Andy Griffith, has unique problems that have not much to do with crime. The gentle way of life is depicted well in "The Andy Griffith Show."

  1. Andy Taylor. The central character of "The Andy Griffith Show" was Andy Taylor, played by Andy Griffith. He is a small-town sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina. Andy is a widower with a small son, Opie. They live with Andy's Aunt Bee in a pleasant house in Mayberry. Andy and his son Opie like to go fishing just outside Mayberry.

  2. Opie Taylor. Andy's son Opie is played by Ron Howard. As the son of a single father, Opie shows none of the outrageous behavior that is often depicted today. Opie gets into minor trouble, but nothing serious. Opie has Aunt Bee, who helps raise him, and all of the townspeople are his friends.

  3. Aunt Bee. Aunt Bee, played by Frances Bavier, is an iconic "The Andy Griffith Show" character. Her distinctive nasally voice is well known. She helps her nephew, Andy, care for his young son, Opie. Aunt Bee is often seen in her print dresses with an apron over top in the kitchen cooking the meals for the family.

  4. Barney Fife. Barney Fife is Andy's cousin and his deputy. Barney, played by Don Knotts, is probably best known for his over-reactions to anything and everything. He is jumpy and therefore, carries his one bullet in his front shirt pocket.

  5. Goober Pyle. Goober Pyle in the town mechanic. Goober is played by George Lindsey. This "Andy Griffith Show" character is Andy Taylor's cousin on the show. With little else to do, Sheriff Andy Taylor spends time around town visiting with friends, family, and neighbors.

  6. Floyd Lawson. Floyd Lawson is the character on "The Andy Griffith Show" who runs Mayberry's barber shop. Andy Taylor spends time shooting the breeze with the citizens of Mayberry at Floyd's barber shop.

  7. Helen Crump. This female character on "The Andy Griffith Show" is played by Aneta Corsaut. Helen is Andy's girlfriend starting about the third season. Helen is a schoolteacher.

  8. Howard Sprague. The character of Howard Sprague was played by Jack Dodson. Howard Sprague was the County Clerk in the later seasons of the show.

  9. Thelma Lou. Another female character on "The Andy Griffith Show" is Thelma Lou. She is played by Betty Lynn. Thelma Lou is Barney Fife's girlfriend.

  10. Otis Campbell. The town drunk on "The Andy Griffith Show" was Otis Campbell. The actor who played Otis was Hal Smith. Otis was often put a jail cell to sleep it off.