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November 5, 2015

DAILYKENN.com -- Here’s a trivia question: Which of the characters on The Andy Griffith Show were married?

For those of us old enough to remember the sitcom, we recall the lead character — Andy Taylor — was single as was his Aunt Bee and, of course, Andy’s son, Opie.

Barney Fife was single as were Goober and Gomer Pyle. Floyd the barber, Andy’s girlfriend Helen, and Thelma Lou were unmarried as I recall. Aunt Bee’s best friend, Clara, was a widow.

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For those of us old enough to remember the sitcom, we recall the lead character — Andy Taylor — was single as was his Aunt Bee and, of course, Andy’s son, Opie.

Barney Fife was single as were Goober and Gomer Pyle. Floyd the barber, Andy’s girlfriend Helen, and Thelma Lou were unmarried as I recall. Aunt Bee’s best friend, Clara, was a widow.

The only recurring character who was married was Otis the drunk. Otis would stumble into the Mayberry jail and lock himself in.

Granted, I’ve not watched every episode and may have missed someone.

What’s more everyone who lived in Mayberry was white. Considering the population of North Carolina was over 20 percent black in the 1960s, that bit of trivia contrasts with reality. Then, again, it was fiction.

A third oddity about Mayberry is that virtually everyone in town drove a Ford.

Were there conspiracies afloat? Were the producers of the show intentionally demeaning the institution of marriage by consigning it exclusively to the town drunk?

Were the producers white supremacists? Did they have a pathological prejudice against blacks? After all, Mayberry enthusiasts know that the sheriff’s full name was Andrew Jackson Taylor. Gasp!

And what about the proliferation of Fords along the streets of Mayberry? Were anti-Chevy bigots lurking in the back office at the show’s production company?

I suspect there was only one true conspiracy.
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