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The Andy Griffith Show – The Complete Sixth Season


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Show: B-



The Andy Griffith Show might have gone under without Don Knotts’ Barney Fife and continuing into the formulaic direction it was drifting into, but with The Complete Sixth Season benefited greatly from the conversion to color.  Being one of the biggest hits CBS had at the time, the network, Griffith and Danny Thomas decided to really make the show over with more production values, taking full advantage of the switch to color film and need to fill the gap left by Knotts.


There are 30 shows this time over 5 DVDs and Knotts actually returned for two of them, but the show holds up better than expected and seeing them in copies this remarkable gives one a whole new respect for the shows latter years.  It also continued Griffith’s run as one of TVs most popular male actors.  Another development in the show that helped was that Ron Howard’s Opie was growing up and the scripts became more involved in his life than before.  The show had a laugh track, but it was often limited in appropriate ways that also save it from aging.  Even if you are not a fan of the show, you have to see these transfers to believe them.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 color image is a very pleasant surprise, and though it has some fine detail issues, the color is very wide ranging and just rich enough that the transfers here are impressive and will even be a revelation for some.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono feels small at times, but is usually pretty good, give or take some instances of harshness here and there.  Again, there are no extras, but some color ads Griffith did for General Mills are in the vaults and it would be nice to see them on the next set.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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