Here’s Why ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Got Pulled From Netflix in 2020

by Josh Lanier

You won’t be able to catch your favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show on Netflix anymore. The popular comedy was removed from the streaming service. But there are still ways to watch the beloved show.

CBS pulled The Andy Griffith Show from Netflix last year as part of the broadcast network’s purge of most of its old shows from streaming platforms. Executives were hoping to bolster the back catalogs of their own streaming platform CBS All Access. CBS removed Star Trek episodes and The Twilight Zone as well from Netflix to move to their service.

If you don’t have CBS All Access there are still ways to catch up with your favorite characters from Mayberry. You can stream episodes of the show on Amazon Prime, Tubi, or you can purchase them on iTunes. If you are a die-hard fan of the show and don’t ever want to lose access to it, buying digital or physical copies may be a good investment.

Andy Griffith wore the badge of the sheriff of Mayberry from 1960 until 1968. But after 8 years, he walked away even though the show was still popular.


No television formula can last forever. And after 249 episodes, The Andy Griffith Show faced some major changes. The show had gone from black and white to color. The incomparable Don Knotts, who had played Griffith’s beloved if befuddled sidekick Barney Fife, had left the show. His popularity was rising in Hollywood, largely because of that performance.

Griffith felt the show had lost that special quality. He also thought the writing was getting too wacky and far-fetched for the small town he’d envisioned when he created the show.

“[Barney Fife actor Don Knotts] was gone, and the show had gone into color from black and white,” Griffith said. “And it was getting like a regular situation comedy. And I was afraid I wasn’t holding up my end of it any longer. Also, I wanted to try my wings outside.”

But, moreover, Griffith was exhausted. Being the lead of a television show, a comedian, and working in movies at the same time takes its toll. He needed to rest.

“Andy had gotten to the point where he was physically and mentally tired and felt he couldn’t add any more to the character,” Griffith’s manager, Richard Linke, said.

Regardless of why he left, he still gave fans one of the most beloved shows of all time. One that is still watched and enjoyed more than 50 years later.