Crazy Secrets You Didn’t Know About The Andy Griffith Show

Even the most popular television shows that people watch again and again have bits of behind-the-scenes secrets and details about the cast members that hide in the darkness. Here, we dig into the lesser known aspects of The Andy Griffith Show. What strange things did fans mail to Don Knotts? Which episode was Andy Griffith’s favorite? And who was that mysterious actor who played Mr. Schwamp? Keep reading through to find out.

Andy Griffith Show Featured Real-Life Besties

Many viewers didn’t know that the loving relationship exhibited by Don and Andy on The Andy Griffith Show came from their real-life friendship. Both of them grew up during the Great Depression and both lived in poverty as children. Griffith was raised in North Carolina and Knotts in West Virginia.

The two had much more in common than that, as you’ll soon learn. Andy even had a special nickname for Don that he used on the show.