‘The Andy Griffith Show’: One Actor Revealed the Things That ‘Tickled’ Griffith on Set

by Katie Maloney

What made a comedy icons like Andy Griffith laugh? The answer is pretty much everything you see on The Andy Griffith Show.

Most shows go off the air because their ratings have plummeted. But not The Andy Griffith Show. The show’s fanbase stayed true through the end and is still watching reruns today. In fact, The Andy Griffith Show is one of only three shows to be the number one ranked show on television during its final season. The other two shows are I Love Lucy and Seinfeld. So what was it about the show that inspired such dedication from fans? Maggie Peterson, who played Charlene Darling on the show, said that it was Andy Griffith’s sense of humor that made The Andy Griffith Show unique.

“He’s a very complex man. And the show, although it’s a hillbilly show or supposed to be a southern show, it’s really very sophisticated,” said Peterson during an interview in 2003. “All the names, the places, the circumstances, the pauses, are all things that tickle Andy.”

Peterson added that everyone on The Andy Griffith Show set knew when Andy was “tickled” with a scene because he’d get a specific twinkle in his eye.

“Andy had this silly sense of humor and he had a twinkle in his eye,” said Peterson. “And when you see that twinkle in his eye then you say, ‘Oh okay, we got it. We see that twinkle.'”

Maggie Peterson Actually Played Two Different Roles On ‘The Andy Griffith Show’

When it comes to The Andy Griffith Show, Maggie Peterson is best known for playing Charlene Darling. Darling was the youngest daughter of Briscoe Darling and had a big crush on Sheriff Taylor. However, Peterson also played another role on the show, although most people have no idea.

In 1968, Peterson played Doris in the episode titled “A Girl for Goober.” During the episode, a new dating service comes to Mayberry to test out its questionnaire. The questionnaire is meant to help the service match people with common interests. Goober decides to try his hand at dating and fills out the survey. But he fills it out completely wrong –saying he’s read 30 books a month when he rarely reads anything besides comic books. Soon, Goober finds himself on a date with the highly educated designer of the questionnaire, Doris. It becomes hilariously apparent that the two have almost nothing in common. Nevertheless, after getting to know Goober, Doris decides that she may like some aspects of small-town living.