‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Shares One Major Achievement with ‘I Love Lucy’

by Madison Miller

“The Andy Griffith Show” and “I Love Lucy” were both remarkable and popular shows while they were on-air. Both of them are still being watched by large audiences today.

“The Andy Griffith Show” aired from 1960 to 1968. “I Love Lucy” was on from 1951 to 1957.

Both shows are considered to be some of the greatest in U.S. history. But what is one important thing the two shows have in common?

Similar Accomplishment

Besides being exceptionally popular, both shows had successful final seasons.

“The Andy Griffith Show” and “I Love Lucy” were two of the three shows that had their last season rank No. 1 on TV. The last show was “Seinfeld,” according to Showbiz CheatSheet.

This means that each of these shows was able to keep audiences’ attention and interest to the very end. This is a great accomplishment on its own for shows that ran several years.

For example, “The Andy Griffith Show” ran for 8 seasons on CBS. There were 159 episodes in black and white and 90 in color. The lowest ranking the show had ever gotten in Nielsen ratings was seventh. It remained in the top ten for most of its time on air.

All three shows finished strong in the industry and continue to be popular re-runs today.

‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Lowest-Rated Episode

While the show is considered timeless by many, not every episode could be equally popular.

Also, while the last season was ranked as No. 1, the last episode of the entire series was not quite as popular.

IMDb ratings suggest that the worst episode is the series finale of the show. The episode is called “Mayberry R.F.D.” The episode follows Sam Jones and his friend that’s from Italy. His friend, Mario, goes to help on the farm. However, he brings his father and sister along without saying anything to Sam. It leaves Sam to decide if they can stay or not.

The episode has 4.8 stars out of 10. The problem with the series finale may be that viewers are left wondering what happens to Andy and the other main characters. There are no finalizations of the storyline and nothing is really wrapped up in the traditional sense. Many viewers did not like being left with this sense of wonder about some of their favorite characters to grace the TV.

Viewers are typically more skeptical of series finales in general since it’s their chance to see how a show is wrapped up. Odds are, if it’s not exactly how they envisioned, it won’t be right. Other popularly hated series finales are “How I Met Your Mother,” “Roseanne,” “True Blood,” “Lost,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Gossip Girl.”

The point of the final episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” wasn’t to say goodbye, but it was to say hello to a new spinoff called “Mayberry R.F.D.”