‘The Andy Griffith Show’: ‘Goober’ Actor George Lindsey Explained Why Time on Show Was ‘Another Home’

by Katie Maloney

Who didn’t feel at home while watching The Andy Griffith Show?

There’s a reason The Andy Griffith Show is one of America’s most iconic classic television shows. And it’s because Mayberry feels like home. Viewers felt right at home with Sheriff Taylor and all the town’s quirky residents. However, viewers weren’t the only ones who felt like they were coming home every time they watched The Andy Griffith Show. The show’s stars also got that warm and cozy feeling while filming on set. During an interview in 2003, late actor George Lindsey, who played Goober on the show, said that The Andy Griffith Show was another home to him.

“The best time of my life was the years I spent The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry,” said Lindsey. “It was like another home. And the actors that I worked with were like my family.”

Despite feeling that no one (including himself) ever really understood his character, Lindsey still felt right at home on the show.

“I don’t think they ever understood Goober,” said Lindsey laughing. “I never understood Goober.”

During another interview in 2012, Lindsey revealed why he thought Mayberry felt like home.

“[It’s] honest, down home. I wish life was like that now… with an Aunt Bee and a Barney and a Floyd and a Goober,” said Lindsey. “It was just a magical town, and Andy made it work.”

George Lindsey Wanted To Be A Pro Football Player Before Landing His Role On ‘The Andy Griffith Show’

Long before his days as Goober, George Lindsey had his sights set on a professional football career. However, during the same interview, Lindsey said that he switched career paths after realizing how short football careers tended to be.

“I went to Alabama and I was in Remedial Lunch. And I was there two quarters,” said Lindsey. “I got me a football scholarship in Florence.”

After receiving his scholarship, Lindsey said that he wanted to go pro “more than anything.”

“Oh, yeah, more than anything, but when you realize that your career longevity is like four years, Goober longevity is like a lifetime,” said Lindsey.

In the end, Lindsey said he had no regrets about his career choices.

“I don’t have any crosses to bear. I’m happy. I’ve done what I wanted to do. I wanted to be on Broadway, and I was in two Broadway shows. And I wanted to be on television, and I have been [The Andy Griffith Show]. I’ve made some movies. You might have seen The Aristocrats,” said Lindsey. I’m a happy retired man.”