Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: November 2015
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Andy Griffith and Don Knotts first met on Broadway in the 1950s. When Andy moved to Hollywood at the end of the decade to film a TV pilot for a comedy about a small-town sheriff, Don called to ask if Andy's sheriff could use a deputy. The friendship and comedy partnership between Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife ignited The Andy Griffith Show, elevating a folksy television sitcom into a timeless study of human friendship, as potent off the screen as on. Andy and Don were fellow Southerners, each born into poverty and raised among ne'er-do-wells, bullies and drunks. Together, they created a program with a uniquely small-town American dynamic – with classic scenes spent rocking sleepily on the front porch, meditating about the simple pleasure of a bottle of pop – that captivated the country.
Andy and Don is an insider account that looks behind the show’s sleepy, charming facade to divulge shocking revelations about both men, from their all-too-human struggles with fame, to violent tempers and bouts of neurosis. The book chronciles friendships lost and regained, unspoken rivalries, and unrequited loves. Although Andy and Don ended their Mayberry partnership in 1965 they remained best friends to the end, with Andy visiting Don at his death bed.
The first literary work to be published on Andy Griffith, Don Knotts and the legacy of The Andy Griffith Show, Andy and Don celebrates the powerful real-life friendship behind one of America’s most iconic television programs.