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The Andy Griffith Show The Complete Seventh Season


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



The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Seventh Season is surprisingly solid considering how long the show had been on, the loss of the late, great Don Knotts killed story potential (though he actually did another guest round as Fife) and that Ron Howard had not worn thin in his Opie role. This is remarkable for any younger actor, something Howard never got enough credit for.


This was only the second season in color, but it plays as very fresh, though we are more than familiar with all by now. Opie starts to grow up even more into puberty and the series produced thirty half-hours, which is amazing because most shows are lucky they get 20 22 shows in for a season no matter what their length.


So if the show is simple and predictable, why was and is it still so popular? No doubt one reason is that color gave it a new life and fans who were just getting their first color TVs had something they could really enjoy that they were solidly familiar with. As for later syndication, cable and DVD, the teleplay writing was smart and safe, reliable and always had intelligent enough dialogue. The actors did not try too hard doing the comedy and the writers wrote characters that tipped between realistic and TV safe, maybe even slightly stereotypical. That was TV and the situation comedy at the time, with the 1966 1967 season like a calm before a storm of change, while this era of the sitcom would soon come to an end.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 color image is again 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 again 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, especially since that would be his last season.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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