TITLE: THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006 (Paramount Home Video)
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 30
Running time: approx. 12 hours, 47 minutes
Language and Subtitles: English, closed captioning available
Special Features: None
Now you can take home another classic season of The Andy Griffith Show, featuring
30 more episodes of the wholesome and irreverent humor that entertained audiences and critics
alike all over the world. Season Six includes many firsts for the little town of Mayberry.
It was the first season to be aired in color and it also marked the first of several
re-appearances by Don Knotts as the lovable deputy Barney Fife, which helped
garner him his 3rd Emmy Award for the role.
So join Andy (Andy Griffith), Opie (Ron Howard), Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier),
and the rest of the quirky residents of Mayberry in this 5-disc set of the show that TV Guide
reveres as "one of the greatest television shows of all time."
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The Andy Griffith Show slipped a bit in the ratings, finishing in 6th place
with a 26.9 rating for Season 6 (1965-66). Spin-off series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,
finished ahead of it once again in 2nd place. This was the first season shot and
broadcast in color. The final 3 seasons (90 episodes) were in color. Don Knotts
would win an Emmy for Outstanding Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy for
the episode "The Return of Barney Fife." With Don Knotts departure as a regular,
Jack Burns was brought in to play Deputy Warren Ferguson. His character
was only in 11 episodes before he was written out of the show without any explanation.
Jack Dodson also joined the cast as Howard Sprague. He would appear in the final 3 seasons,
as well as Mayberry R.F.D.. This season also marked the final appearances
of Ernest T. Bass and Malcolm Merriweather.
While most fans seem to prefer the black & white episodes, there were still some
memorable episodes in each season...including this one. Andy receives a large check
from a Hollywood studio to tell his story in an upcoming film in "Off to Hollywood."
The Taylors get a chance to visit the set of the film based on Andy's life and Aunt
Bee is appalled at how his character is portrayed, until she gets a chance to see her own in
"The Taylors in Hollywood." Andy reluctantly poses for a publicity photo
with the reavishing lead actress from the film in "The Hollywood Party."
Barney returns to Mayberry to attend his high school reunion and to see
Thelma Lou again in "The Return of Barney Fire." Warren decides to take
his idol Barney on a hunt for two escaped convicts in "The Legend of Barney Fire."
Aunt Bee finally convinces Andy to let her learn to drive and then damages her new car in
an accident in "Aunt Bee Learns to Drive." Andy tries to help Goober
get seen by the new waitress he likes at the Mayberry Diner in "Eat Your Heart Out."
A visiting rock star decides to record a song Aunt Bee wrote and turns her balled into
a rock song in "A Singer in Town."
Notable guest appearances included Bernard Fox as Malcom Merriweather in "Malcolm at the Crossroads."
Gavin McLeod guest starred as Bryan Bender and Hayden Rorke was
A.J. Considine in "Off to Hollywood." Don Knotts returned as Barney Fire in "The Return of
Barney Fire" and "The Legend of Barney Fire." Frank Cady played
Farley Upchurch in "The Legend of Barney Fire." Jack Dodson appeared as Mr. Jenkins
in "Lost and Found." He would play Howard Sprague for the first time in
"The County Clerk." Vito Scotti played Mr. Murrillos and Jamie Farr was
Sylvio/Grecos in "The Gypsies." Ronnie Schell guest starred as the director, Jim Martin,
in "The Foster Lady."
All 30 episodes from the sixth season (1965-66) are included in this 5-disc set.
The DVD cover art features color photos of Andy, Aunt Bee, and Opie. The house
is in the background. Andy, Goober, and a dog are featured on the back
of the box. There is a synopsis of the set listed, as well as the episodes titles by disc.
The DVD specs are listed on the bottom of the box. Opie is featured on the spine of the box.
There are 3 slim cases that slide out from the main cardboard outer box. They feature
various color photos of the cast. Slim case #1 features Andy, Opie, and Aunt Bee
with the famous Hollywood sign in the background. Slim case #2 has a photo of
Andy talking on the telephone, with Warren looking on. Slim case #3 pictures
Miss Crump, and Opie sitting at his desk at school. On the back of the slim cases,
the episode titles are listed on different themed backgrounds. Slim case #1 has
a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, director's slate, and an autograph book. Slim case #2
lists the episodes on a Mayberry County Sheriff's Office Incident Report. Slim case #3
has the episodes listed on Opie's Mayberry Elementary School Report Card.
Inside the cases, the theme for each slim case is continued with different backgrounds and related
items: Hollywood, the Sheriff's Office, and Opie's school. There are detailed summaries and the original airdates listed when
you lift up the discs from the holders. The discs have a light teal background and feature
individual photos of the cast and the show logo. The disc number is listed in a yellow badge.
Disc 1 has a photo of Andy and has episodes 160-166. Disc 2 features Opie
and includes episodes 166-171. Disc 3 pictures Goober and contains
episodes 172-177. Disc 4 has a photo of Aunt Bee and has episodes 178-183.
Disc 5 features Miss Crump and rounds out the set with episodes 184-189. Just like
all the previous releases, the discs pop out of the holders and slide around too
easily. There has to be a better method to store the discs.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus continue to have a simple design, and they are easy to navigate. There is just
one menu on each disc. A solo photo of a cast member is on each disc, and the house
is in the background. The title logo is at the top of the screen. The episodes
titles are listed vertically in a different color on each disc. There is a green
badge next to the episode you select that turns red upon your selection. A Play All
button in a different colored badge is available for every disc. When you first play disc 1, you are
given the option of going straight to the menu or you can view the previews.
Disc 1's menu features Andy, Disc 2 has Opie, Disc 3 shows Aunt Bee, Disc 4
has another shot of Andy, and Disc 5 has Warren. There are well-placed chapter stops
within the episodes, but there are no separate menus for scene selections.
Video and Audio Quality:
Watching the episodes in color is a different experience from seeing them in black & white.
Since this was the early days of shooting in color, the colors look somewhat faded
and not as vivid as what you see today. With the episodes being around 40 years old,
they look as good as can be expected. The picture is in its original 1.33:1 ratio
full frame. Since the show was shot on film, there is some grain, dust and debris occasionally.
It's a little more evident and noticeable in color than it was in the black & white
episodes. There are no major problems, and these episodes certainly look cleaner
and have a better picture than what you've seen on cable over the years.
The episodes are spread out well over 5 discs, with no more than 6 episodes on each
one. The audio track, once again, is a Dolby Digital mono track. This was typical
of 1960's sitcoms. The volume is at a good level, and there isn't a lot of hiss or background
noise. These episodes include the original opening theme credits as you would expect.
I've read that they rescored the opening theme for this season originally.
Closed captioning is available for all of the episodes.
The episodes are presented in their original airdate order.
There is nothing on the packaging to indicate that any of the episodes have been
edited. They all run about 24-25 minutes in length.
Here is a breakdown of the episodes, and their running times and original airdates:
160. Opie's Job (09/13/65) (25:26)
161. Andy's Rival (09/20/65) (25:39)
162. Malcom at the Crossroads (09/27/65) (24:37)
163. Aunt Bee, the Singer (10/04/65) (25:38)
164. The Bazaar (10/11/65) (24:49)
165. A Warning from Warren (10/18/65) (25:33)
166. Off to Hollywood (10/25/65) (25:31)
167. The Taylors in Hollywood (11/01/65) (25:39)
168. The Hollywood Part (11/08/65) (25:34)
169. Aunt Bee on TV (11/15/65) (25:34)
170. The Cannon (11/22/65) (25:29)
171. A Man's Best Friend (11/29/65) (25:29)
172. Aunt Bee Takes a Job (12/06/65) (25:29)
173. The Church Organ (12/13/65) (25:40)
174. Girl Shy (12/20/65) (25:34)
175. Otis, the Artist (01/03/66) (25:38)
176. The Return of Barney Fife (01/10/66) (25:33)
177. The Legend of Barney Fife (01/17/66) (25:32)
178. Lost and Found (01/24/66) (25:33)
179. Wyatt Earp Rides Again (01/31/66) (25:32)
180. Aunt Bee Learns to Drive (02/07/66) (25:32)
181. Look, Paw, I'm Dancing (02/14/66) (25:30)
182. The Gypsies (02/21/66) (25:27)
183. Eat Your Heart Out (02/28/66) (25:30)
184. A Baby in the House (03/07/66) (25:30)
185. The County Clerk (03/14/66) (25:29)
186. The Foster Lady (03/21/66) (25:35)
187. Goober's Replacement (03/28/66) (25:32)
188. The Battle of Mayberry (04/04/66) (25:31)
189. A Singer in Town (04/11/66) (25:31)
For the third consecutive season, there are no special features included.
Seasons 2 and 3 had the original sponsor spots that were a lot of fun to watch. It would
have been nice to have some kind of Don Knotts tribute, but maybe we will see that with
the next release. This set is a good value at less that $1 per episode.
Life went on in Mayberry, but it was never quite the same when Barney left.
I don't think it would have mattered who they brought in. Don Knotts' shoes could
never be filled, and almost every show experiences a decline at some point.
Andy and Barney's chemistry could never be duplicated. Some people might stop
buying these DVD sets with Barney gone and these episodes
now being in color, but I think they will be missing out on some very funny
moments. Even the weaker TAGS seasons were better than some other shows.
Paramount continues to impress by releasing seasons at a rate of about
every 3 months. We should see the seventh and eighth seasons in the fall and winter to
complete the series. Still no word on when we will see the start of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. or if we will
see Mayberry R.F.D. once TAGS is finished. RIP Don Knotts. You are greatly missed.
Your work on TV and in film will live on forever, and you will never be forgotten.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller on 05/02/06
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