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TV Land To Air Andy Griffith's Most Memorable Episodes

7/4/2012 7:10am EDT
Andy Griffith Show
TV Land is honoring the life and work of Andy Griffith, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 86, with a TV marathon. Griffith, born in 1926 in North Carolina, has been a part of the American TV landscape for nearly 60 years, first appearing on popular programs such as "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Steve Allen Show" in the early 1950s.

In 1960, CBS premiered the series that bore his name, "The Andy Griffith Show." For eight years, he starred as Andy Taylor, the kind-hearted Sheriff of Mayberry. Then-child actor Ron Howard played his son Opie and hilarious character actor, Don Knotts, wa...

Andy Griffith Laid To Rest Just Hours After Passing

7/3/2012 8:57pm EDT
Andy Griffith
TV icon Andy Griffith, who passed away at the age of 86 Tuesday morning, has already been laid to rest. The star was buried on his family farm in Roanoke Island, North Carolina.

A representative from the Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo, NC, confirmed the burial, which occurred less than five hours after his death, as per his wishes.

During the early hours of the morning an ambulance was called to Griffith's home and he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to

Close friends and family attended the small, private service held prior to the burial.


Television Icon Andy Griffith Dies At 86

7/3/2012 10:51am EDT
Andy Griffith
Legendary TV star Andy Griffith died at his North Carolina home at the age of 86.

News station WITN reports that Griffith's close friend Bill Friday, once president at the star's alma mater of the University of North Carolina, confirmed Griffith's death; saying the actor passed away at his Dare County home at about 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Griffith was best known for the eponymous Andy Griffith Show, which ran from 1960-68. The show was set in the fictional town of Mayberry, NC, where the star played the title role and became known as "America's Favorite Sheriff" thanks to its success. ...

Andy Griffith Pays Tribute To Co-Star George Lindsey, Dead At 83

5/7/2012 8:32am EDT
George Lindsey & Andy Griffith
Comedic actor George Lindsey died at the age of 83 in Nashville, TN, early Sunday morning after battling a brief illness.

Lindsey is most famous for playing the slow-witted Goober Beasley on CBS's popular TV sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" in the 1960s. Lindsey's character was soon renamed Goober Pyle, and he became known for his bad impression of Cary Grant and his outrageous Goober Dance, keeping up the antics for the comedy's successor "Mayberry R.F.D.," which ran until 1971.

Andy Griffith said about his former co-star, "George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent...

In Honor Of Fathers Day: 10 Best TV Dads

6/19/2010 4:00pm EDT
Mike Brady, Hank Hill, Cliff Huxtable
Since Father's Day is this Sunday, we wanted to take some time to honor some of the best TV dads of all time. So, loosen your belt, crack open a beer, plop down on the recliner and check out which fantastic fathers made our Top 10!

Ward Cleaver, Leave It to Beaver - Ward, as played by Hugh Beaumont, was THE prototypical middle-class suburban dad of the late '50s and early '60s. He was an all-American guy who worked hard all day, appreciated his wife and acted as the moral compass for his sons, Wally and Beaver. Even though the world has changed a great deal since LITB aired, Ward's influen...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 21

7/21/2009 3:00am EDT
Robin Williams
Happy Birthday to "Pearl Harbor" actor Josh Hartnett (1978), "The Last Starfighter" star Lance Guest (1960), "SNL" alum Jon Lovitz (1957), 80s singer Taco (1955), "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" star Robin Williams (1951), expatriate singer Cat Stevens (1948), "The Andy Griffith Show" actor Don Knotts (1924; d. 2005), and author Ernest Hemingway (1899; d. 1961).

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Video: Ron Howard Brings Back Opie & Richie Cunningham For Obama

10/23/2008 11:43am EDT
Ron Howard Obama Video
Ron Howard wanted to talk about the election, Obama and McCain. To do so, he decided to bring back his beloved characters from Happy Days and The Andy Griffith Show plus Henry Winkler and Andy Griffith to help him out.

Watch Ron Howard's Call To Action:

Funny or lame? Leave a comment below!

More political spoof videos:

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Five Most Underrated & Overrated TV Shows At Comic-Con

8/8/2008 10:31am EDT
Two weeks ago, nerds, geeks, and those "just going to San Diego for the weekend to check out the beaches" poured into Comic-Con 2008 in all their "Babylon 5"-clad glory.

Comic-Con is an ever-evolving beast. It started as a few dozen collectors meeting in a basement in San Diego to trade and discuss comics. Now it is an event so massive it shuts down an entire city for the weekend.

Comic-Con also holds a tremendous amount of power nowadays. Nervous directors unveil scenes from their latest superhero big-screen opus to the attendees, well-aware that a lukewarm response could spe...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 21

7/21/2008 3:00am EDT
Robin Williams
Happy Birthday to "Pearl Harbor" actor Josh Hartnett (1978), "The Last Starfighter" star Lance Guest (1960), "SNL" alum Jon Lovitz (1957), 80s singer Taco (1955), "RV" star Robin Williams (1951), expatriate singer Cat Stevens (1948), "The Andy Griffith Show" actor Don Knotts (1924; d. 2005), and author Ernest Hemingway (1899; d. 1961).View more Celebrity Birthdays

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Our Favorite Fictional TV Towns

5/22/2008 8:30am EDT
South Park
Many television series are based in real-life cities (Full House - San Francisco; Family Matters - Chicago; and Beverly Hills, 90210 - Beverly Hills). Even though several TV towns are fictional, TV fans can't help but wonder what it'd be like to live there.

Here's a look at some of our favorite fictional TV towns:

Stars Hollow, Connecticut (Gilmore Girls)

Stars Hollow, which was founded in 1779, is a small town in Connecticut that's home to some very eccentric characters. From Rory and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), to the grouchy Luke Danes and the always stranger Kirk, ther...

Top TV Sidekicks

4/1/2008 2:00pm EDT
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Who does a hero turn to for support? How does a tough as nails cop lighten up a little? Who do fan fiction writers pair up with their main characters to create some truly disturbing story lines? The answer to all these questions is sidekicks.

Without sidekicks, lead characters would simply have nobody to talk to. So Starpulse has decided to honor some of the sidekicks that have made television a little more enjoyable:

Rhoda Morgenstern

Sidekick to Mary Richards

From: The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)

Portrayed by Valerie Harper

Before Romy and Michele had a reunion...

Reverse Typecasting: What Happens When An Actor's Current Role Destroys Past Work

3/26/2008 12:02pm EDT
James Gandolfini
Typecasting is an actor's worst nightmare. The last thing a professional wants to happen is getting pigeonholed into the same role time after time following a breakthrough performance. Usually this happens at the beginning of a career, such as the case of Bob Denver. Denver was Gilligan for the rest of his career and essentially the rest his life. In fact, we dare you to think of one role Jim Nabors played other than Gomer Pyle (a prize to anyone who shouted out "Lugs Harvey in Stroker Ace").

In recent years, we have noticed a new phenomenon. In the past it was not as common for actors...

TV Land To Air Two-Night 'Andy Griffith Show' Marathon

3/15/2008 9:00am EDT
The Andy Griffith Show
Move over Crockett and Tubbs, Andy and Barney round up Mayberry's swindlers, crooks, and cheats when TV Land airs "Mayberry Vice," a two-night marathon of The Andy Griffith Show.

Tune in on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM ET/PT as shoplifters, bank robbers, and escaped convicts are seized sans a Ferrari.

The "Mayberry Vice" schedule is as follows (all times listed are ET/PT):

6p #002 - Manhunt 6p #133 Barney's Bloodhound

6:30p #030 Barney Gets His Man 6:30p #150 - TV or not TV

7p #037 Barney On The Rebound 7p #177 Legend Of Barney F...

Critically Acclaimed 'Waitress' Comes To DVD November 27; Win A Copy!

11/7/2007 7:45pm EST
A favorite of critics and audiences alike, Waitress, the irresistible film filled with delicious spunk, arrives on DVD November 27, 2007 from Fox Home Entertainment. This "vibrant and uplifting comedy" (Entertainment Weekly) follows the day-to-day realities of a small town woman who ultimately transforms her seemingly hopeless life into a hilarious and unexpected love story. "Both satisfying and surprising . . . a movie that leaves you feeling good" (The New York Times), Waitress is a whimsical romantic comedy that reveals the power of friendship, motherhood and the willingness to take a ch...

Starpulse Q&A: Kix Brooks: Redefining The Cowboy

11/1/2007 4:14pm EDT
Kix Brooks
On their latest effort, Cowboy Town, Brooks and Dunn, the best selling country duo of all time, deliver a collection of rocking honky-tonk about love, women, family, and drinking, universal themes you can tap your foot too. The cowboy may not be the first thing that comes to mind anymore when you think of America, but Kix Brooks imagines a new sort of cowboy, one that possesses the courage and initiative that defines the American dream. And you just won't find this 21st Century Cowboy down south, but in Anytown, USA doing everything and anything. It's all about attitude, and in this Starpul...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 21

7/21/2007 3:00am EDT
Robin Williams
Happy Birthday to "Pearl Harbor" actor Josh Hartnett (1978), "The Last Starfighter" star Lance Guest (1960), "SNL" alum Jon Lovitz (1957), 80s singer Taco (1955), "RV" star Robin Williams (1951), expatriate singer Cat Stevens (1948), "The Andy Griffith Show" actor Don Knotts (1924; d. 2005), and author Ernest Hemingway (1899; d. 1961).

New TV on DVD, May 29

5/29/2007 8:00am EDT
The Closer
In her first lead role in a dramatic series, Kyra Sedgwick plays a tough CIA-trained detective with Southern charm, who has been brought from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up the Priority Murder Squad, a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Season 2 of The Closer is now in stores. Also on DVD: Rawhide and "F Troop" season 2 and The Andy Griffith Show the complete series.

Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten

12/25/2006 9:00am EST
Peter Boyle
2006 was a great year in the entertainment world; however, let us not forget those who entertained us for generations but have moved on. We look back on those entertainers and cultural icons who left us in 2006 to pay our respects...

Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart a...

Tune In To TV Land's 'Merry-Thon'

12/24/2006 9:00am EST
Good Times
TV Land presents 24 hours filled with merriment and holiday cheer when the network rolls out a collection of heart-warming Christmas episodes during TV Land's 7th Annual Merry-Thon beginning Sunday, December 24 from 6:00 p.m. through Monday, December 25 at 6:00 p.m. (all times ET/PT).

The marathon features classic TV's most-loved friends and families enjoying the holiday season as cousin Naomi joins the Evans Family for Christmas on Good Times, The Jeffersons' George and Tom discover a brand new joy, Andy and Barney decide to throw a holiday party at the jail on The Andy Griffith Show...

New TV on DVD, Dec. 12

12/12/2006 8:00am EST
Law & Order CI
The third of producer Dick Wolf's Law & Order TV series, Law Order: Criminal Intent season 2 includes many of the dramatic ingredients that have contributed to the success of the earlier programs. There are the usual dedicated cops, represented by detectives Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames, and the standard hardworking prosecutors, personfied by Assistant DA Ron Carver. Also on DVD: Full House season 5, The Andy Griffith Show season 8, and Stacked the complete series.

New TV on DVD, August 29

8/29/2006 8:00am EDT
Desperate Housewives
The second season of Desperate Housewives arrives in stores this week. This season focused on new neighbors the Applewhites, Bree battles alcoholism, Lynette's husband harbors a secret love child, Susan still struggles with her relationships, and Gabrielle decides she wants a baby. Also on DVD: season three of Arrested Development and Nip/Tuck, season five of Will & Grace, season seven of The Andy Griffith Show, and season eight of South Park.

Celebrity Birthdays, July 21

7/21/2006 3:00am EDT
Josh Hartnett
Happy Birthday to "Pearl Harbor" actor Josh Hartnett (1978), "The Last Starfighter" star Lance Guest (1960), "SNL" alum Jon Lovitz (1957), 80s singer Taco (1955), "RV" star Robin Williams (1951), expatriate singer Cat Stevens (1948), "The Andy Griffith Show" actor Don Knotts (1924; d. 2005), and author Ernest Hemingway (1899; d. 1961).

At a Loss for Summer Programming? Check Out TV Land

5/18/2006 4:33pm EDT
TV Land will feature a Little House on the Prairie marathon
TV Land is in high gear as it kicks off the summer with new originals, the addition of favorites such as The Jeffersons, classic marathons such as Little House and the Prairie, and other programming throughout August. Over the course of the summer, the network will premiere brand new episodes of “TV Land's Top Ten” and unveil the new series "My First Time."

In addition, the network will showcase movies such as Grease, Caddyshack and "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company."

Below is a detailed list of summer programming for TV Land:

TV Land's Top Ten (s...

New TV on DVD, May 9

5/9/2006 8:00am EDT
Rescue Me
There is a lot of activity this week among DVD releases. In addition to oldies but goodies The Andy Griffith Show (season six) and Golden Girls (season five), television fans can get their hands on the sixth season of The West Wing or Everybody Loves Raymond, season four of That 70s Show, season three of Scrubs or season two of Rescue Me.

New TV on DVD, Feb. 14

2/14/2006 8:00am EST
This Valentine's Day enjoy love in the ER with the first season of Grey's Anatomy. The hospital drama focuses on Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), one of several first-year surgical interns at a Seattle, Wash., hospital. Along with her colleagues, Meredith struggles to maintain relationships while staying sharp at her new job. Also new on DVD this week: the first season of Charles in Charge, season three of The Pretender, season four of The Golden Girls, and the complete fifth season of The Andy Griffith Show.

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Bravo Honors Director Ron Howard

1/7/2006 8:00am EST
Ron Howard
Bravo will pay tribute to the nearly five-decade career of director Ron Howard in the special, "Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard" on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 9 pm. The salute will include presentations from Howard's star-studded colleagues and friends as well as exclusive film clips.

Special guests and presenters include Jim Carrey, Edie Falco, Paul Giamatti, Howard's long-time producing partner Brian Grazer, surprise guest Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Bryce Dallas Howard, Michael Keaton, Kurt Russell, Jeffrey Tambor and Renee Zellweger.

The Salute will include a first look at Howard's ad...

New TV on DVD, Nov. 22

11/22/2005 7:00am EST
Leave it to Beaver
The complete first season of Leave it to Beaver is now on DVD. The Cleavers lived in the town of Mayfield and shared many of the same trials and tribulations as the "nuclear families" who comprised the show's fan base. What really sold the series was the warm, realistic rapport between the Cleaver kids and their parents, and the authentic-sounding dialogue, full of the slang and idioms common to youngsters of the Eisenhower era.

Other releases this week:

Seinfeld Seasons 5 and 6

The Golden Girls The Complete Third Season

Aeon Flux The Complete Animated Collection

The Andy Gr...