The Andy Griffith show debuted in the fall of 1960 and ran until the spring of 1968. Refuns are still running and you can watch all 8 seasons on Netflix so everyone from the Greatest Generation to the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Baby Boomers are familiar with Andy, Bea, Barney, Opie, Gomer and the rest of the Mayberry family.
The program was a spin off from a February 1960 episode of The Danny Thomas Show and spun off a program of it's own, Gomer Pyle, USMC.
The whistled tune i the opening, possibly the most familiar whistling in history, was done by Earle Hagen.
In TV ratings The Andy Griffith Show placed in the top ten for its entire 8 seasons.