Mayberry RFD: Season 1 DVD Review

     Actors: Ken Berry, Francis Bavier
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014



            Spin-off shows are common, but “Mayberry R.F.D.” was almost more of a continuation show than a spin-off, simply allowing for a few new lead characters to take over as the previous ones from “The Andy Griffith Show” departed. The premiere episode of “Mayberry R.F.D.” is as much a departure for the characters of “The Andy Griffith Show” as it was an introduction to the new characters, featuring Andy’s marriage to long-time girlfriend Helen Crump, with Barney Fife appearing as best man.


            This new series featured ken Berry as widowed farmer and father Sam Jones. Sam raises his son Mike with the help of loveable housekeeper Aunt Bee. There are also the usual characters found in the town, aligning with the style and structure of “The Andy Griffith Show” almost too perfectly. The narratives in each episode are wholesome and rural, with all of the problems you might imagine in small-town American life.


            The first season includes twenty-six half-hour episodes, all of which are included in this four-disc set. There aren’t any special features, although there is single-sheet booklet insert with the episodes listed alongside the date it aired.


    Entertainment Value: 6/10

    Quality of Filmmaking: 6/10

    Historical Significance: 7.5/10

    Special Features: 0/10


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