‘The Andy Griffith Show’: The Real Reason Viewers Never Meet Sarah or Juanita

Fans of the classic comedy series Andy Griffith Exhibition fond of the show for a reason. Connected viewers experience Mayberry’s “visitation” in each program, getting to know each character and what they bring to the fictional city.

Two characters who never saw the light of day were Sarah, the city’s phone operator and Juanita, Barney Fife’s former vice-lover.

Some team members offered their theory as to why the two imaginary, but very real, characters stayed off stage.

Andy Griffith, left, and Don Knotts in Season 1, Episode 1 of 'The Andy Griffith Show' in 1960
Andy Griffith, left, and Don Knotts in Season 1, Episode 1 of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ in 1960 | CBS through Getty Images

The little characters of Mayberry

Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier
Andrew Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier CBS through Getty Images

The main characters on it Andy Griffith Exhibition the Mayberry rulers were: Andy Taylor, of course, his deputy Barney Fife, Andy’s Aunt Bee, and of course, his son Opie.

There were a number of other little characters who appeared from time to time and gave the village a special feeling.

As Richard Kelly in the Andy Griffith Exhibition the book said, “There were a number of little characters living in the town: Mayors Stoner and Pike, Floyd the barber, Clara Edwards, a druggist, old men sitting outside the courthouse, Otis the city drunk, Gomer and Goober, Helen Crump (Andrew’s girlfriend), Thelma Lou (Barney’s girlfriend), raw mountain family, and town band. ”

Don Knotts’ theory of why viewers never meet Sarah or Juanita

Don Knotts, left, and Andy Griffith
Don Knotts, left, and Andy Griffith CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images

Listeners did not see or hear Sarah the phone operator (who apparently worked 24 hours a day) or Juanita the server at the Bluebird Diner. As Kelly put it, they received “a credit similar to that of the other characters – they were probably even more colorful because imagination could play with them.”

Griffith told the author what he thought of the pretend characters, “If you ever saw them, it would be disappointing; they are too colorful in your mind. ”

Actor Barney Fife Don Knotts put forward his own fascinating theory of his character’s secret lover, Juanita: “I saw [Juanita] as a compilation of every dinner server I’ve ever tried that you try to do when you’re in at one o’clock in the morning for some coffee. I think everyone has thought of that one time or another. She was easy and Barney got a little on the sidelines. ”

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Ron Howard looked back at the show in a conversation with the American Television Archive and it turned out that his character, Opie Taylor, was initially a very different boy.

“Early on, they wrote Opie a little differently,” Howard explained. “More like the normal sitcom kids who were always kind to the clever ribs. I heard later that my father was talking to Andrew about it. ”

Howard and his father, Rance Howard, were very close. Rance stayed next to his son while filming for the series, helping him stay in character as Opie and offering support.

Ron continued, “My father apparently said [to Andy Griffith], ‘What would happen if Opie knew Andrew was smarter than him? What about if Opie respected his father? Compared to sitcom kids who are always kind on making their father look bad. ‘Andrew accepted that and that’s how they started writing that.’

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