The Andy Griffith Show is considered one of America’s best TV series and is utterly deserving of its lofty reputation. Between 1960 and 1968 Sheriff Andy Taylor entertained millions of Americans, and the show’s innocent and warm tone retains a spot in many sitcom lovers’ hearts. But every closet has its skeletons, and behind the series’ wholesome image lie some revealing secrets. Indeed, these 20 facts may make you think twice about planning a trip to Mayberry.
20. Andy Griffith had a ferocious temper
Despite his calm on-screen demeanor, Andy Griffith suffered from a short fuse in real life. At least, during one tantrum, he punched a hole in one of his own house’s walls – something that resulted in extensive bandaging to the offending hand. His injury was explained on screen as the product of a scuffle with the Gordon boys.