Since this iconic show concluded in 1968, fans of “The Andy Griffith Show” have wondered about the behind-the-scenes relationship between the father and son characters.
Andy Griffith’s bought with alcoholism and anger presented the question about the off-screen relationship. According to Cheat Sheet, Howard set the record straight about his relationship with Griffith.
Reports say that Ron Howard’s own father coached Griffith on how to make the father-son relationship feel more real and authentic. As a result, Howard and Griffith were close on and off the screen. Moreover, Howard also posted on Twitter several times about how he looks back at growing up on the show’s set. He’s even mentioned that he looked up to Griffith.
Ron Howard mentioned in an interview that Andy taught him many important lessons “about the spirit of collaboration, which I’ve carried with me forever. I grew up in an environment with an equilibrium, a work ethic but also a sense of joy.”
Griffith also commented on the matter, “Ronny never considered me a father figure — he considered me his friend.”
Griffith also commented on their relationship. According to Closer Weekly, Howard didn’t think of him as a father figure, but he felt that their friendship was authentic. Dixie Griffith, Andy’s daughter, also added, “[Andy Griffith] loved [Ron Howard] very, very much. They had a deep and abiding respect for each other, and they remained friends till the end.”
Andy Griffith Wanted to Give Sense of Nostalgia with Show
The show for many was a staple in their household, and that’s what Andy had envisioned for his creation. Griffith told the TODAY show in the ’90s that he wanted to create a sense of safe nostalgia.
“It had a feeling of the ’30s,” Griffith said, adding that he wanted to capture the essence of “a time gone by.”
The show certainly did just that by starting in black and white, then moving to color before its ending.