8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Andy Griffith Show
4. Gone with the Wind
The show was filmed at Desilu Studios in Culver City, California, on the same soundstage as Gone with the Wind. The fictional town of Mayberry was created out of the old Atlanta set from the movie. Griffith’s house sat next to Aunt Pittypat’s house and, in many of the episodes, if you were to walk out of the courthouse and look to the right at the end of the street, you’d see the old Atlanta train station from the film.
3. Barney Wasn’t Supposed to be the Comedic Lead
Don Knotts – who played the deputy Barney Fife – was supposed to play the straight man on the show while Griffith was intended as the comedic lead; however, it quickly became apparent to Griffith that the show was funnier with Knotts as the main comedic figure, so their roles were reversed.