The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Third Season

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Overview

The third season of The Andy Griffith Show has come to DVD with a bonus feature that's a fascinating relic of an era of television that was soon to disappear -- the series sponsor spot, in which cast members, in character and on their established set, plugged the sponsor's product. It was a couple of years later that sponsors ceased to buy 100 percent interest in the commercial time and control of series -- other series, especially sitcoms, did the same sort of promotions, some of which, such as The Dick Van Dyke...
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Overview

The third season of The Andy Griffith Show has come to DVD with a bonus feature that's a fascinating relic of an era of television that was soon to disappear -- the series sponsor spot, in which cast members, in character and on their established set, plugged the sponsor's product. It was a couple of years later that sponsors ceased to buy 100 percent interest in the commercial time and control of series -- other series, especially sitcoms, did the same sort of promotions, some of which, such as The Dick Van Dyke Show cast plugging Kent cigarettes, are awkward -- if not downright difficult to explain or excuse -- today. The Griffith spots here are unusual, however, in that the plugs and their setups are keyed to elements of the specific episodes on which they appeared, and refer to elements of those episodes. All of it -- the commercial spots and the shows themselves -- looks beautiful, and the audio is a good match for the visual quality. As with the other DVD editions of the series, the chapter breaks match the commercial break points of the original programs, with five to an episode. The shows themselves demonstrate how this series managed to stay on the air for eight seasons -- the writers were always reaching in new directions and deeper into the character relationships and successfully mining not only new levels of humor but also coming up with a serious subtext; the relationship between Andy Griffith's Andy Taylor and Ron Howard's Opie Taylor, for example, takes on a new level in the opening episode of this season, as Andy learns something important about a child's imagination and also about a parent's trust in his own child's word and judgment -- but the show also manages to be extremely funny. Each of the five discs opens automatically to a simple and very easy to use menu.
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Special Features

Original sponsor spots
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • UPC: 097360473049
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 13:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,659

Menu

Side #1 -- Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Third Season, Disc 1
   Mr. McBeevee
   Andy's Rich Girlfriend
   Andy and the New Mayor
   Andy and Opie, Bachelors
   The Cow Thief
   Barney Mends a Broken Heart
   Lawman Barney
   Play All
   Original Sponsor Spots
      Mr. McBeevee
      Andy's Rich Girlfriend
      Andy and the New Mayor
      The Cow Thief
      Barney Mends a Broken Heart
      Lawman Barney
      Play All
   Previews
Side #2 -- Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Third Season, Disc 2
   The Mayberry Band
   Floyd, the Gay Deceiver
   Opie's Rival
   Convicts-at-Large
   The Bed Jacket
   The Bank Job
   One-Punch Opie
   Play All
   Original Sponsor Spots
      The Mayberry Band
      Floyd, the Gay Deceiver
      Opie's Rival
      Convicts-at-Large
      The Bed Jacket
      The Bank Job
      One-Punch Opie
      Play All
Side #3 -- Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Third Season, Disc 3
   Barney and the Governor
   Man in a Hurry
   High Noon in Mayberry
   The Loaded Goat
   Class Reunion
   Rafe Hollister Sings
   Play All
   Original Sponsor Spots
      Barney and the Governor
      Main in a Hurry
      High Noon in Mayberry
      The Loaded Goat
      Class Reunion
      Rafe Hollister Sings
      Play All
Side #4 -- Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Third Season, Disc 4
   Opie and the Spoiled Kid
   The Great Filling Station Robbery
   Andy Discovers America
   Aunt Bee's Medicine Man
   The Darlings are Coming
   Andy's English Valet
   Play All
   Original Sponsor Spots
      Opie and the Spoiled Kid
      The Great Filling Station Robbery
      Andy Discovers America
      Aunt Bee's Medicine Man
      Andy's English Valet
      Play All
Side #5 -- Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Third Season, Disc 5
   Barney's First Car
   The Rivals
   A Wife for Andy
   Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
   Mountain Wedding
   The Big House
   Play All
   Original Sponsor Spots
      Barney's First Car
      The Rivals
      A Wife for Andy
      Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
      The Big House
      Play All
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    love me some andy griffith

    Never ever get tired of The Andy Griffith Show

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful funny shows!

    Oh, for the days of good clean fun on television!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    love love all of them watching it every day specially at evening

    love love all of them watching it every day specially at evening  i mean every evening it is so so funny  with great  scene of  morality good for all  family !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love TAGS, except for a couple of things

    Always love this show, however I never saw anything funny at all about the character Ernest T. Bass. I usually avoid the episodes w/ ET Bass. Just too silly. Gomer never was a favorite of mine either but he is a little more tolerable.

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