The first episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” was copyright registered. Its pilot episode appeared on “The Danny Thomas Show,” in which Griffith and Thomas met.

The comedy, centered around a widowed sheriff in a fictional North Carolina town, aired on CBS-TV from 1960 to 1968 and spanned 249 episodes (159 in black and white, 90 in color). 

Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina, is home to the Andy Griffith Museum.2