“The Mayberry Deputy/David Browning is A BRIDGE between The Andy Griffith Show and today.”
- Don Knotts, Actor & “Barney Fife”
David Browning was the original inspiration for this film. I met David in Kernersville, North Carolina while doing a car commercial with him and immediately thought his personal story would make a fun documentary. After briefly discussing the possibility of making a film about him, he encouraged me to look at a larger picture of how The Andy Griffith Show has affected not only fans of the show but Mt. Airy's economy and how this one particular sitcom saved a small town in North Carolina from ending up like so many other small towns in America who have slowly died due to manufacturing jobs exiting and people losing their way of living.
The Mayberry Effect was shot in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Indiana, and Alabama over a year following a number of Andy Griffith Show tribute artists, fans, and authors who have dedicated their lives in the attempt to keep the Andy Griffith Show's legacy alive for another 60 years and beyond.
- Chris Hudson Director/Producer
What happens when a television show from the 1960s still affects audiences decades later?
The Mayberry Effect is a humorous and inspiring film exploring how The Andy Griffith Show has influenced individuals and audiences over many generations. This film follows David Browning, the nation’s number one Barney Fife tribute artist, Allan Newsome, the Floyd The Barber tribute artist, and many other tribute artists as they entertain crowds all over the nation at various Mayberry festivals helping new and old Andy Griffith Show audiences laugh and stay connected to one of America’s favorite television sitcoms of all time.
The Mayberry Effect also explores how fans today continue to celebrate the sitcom through festivals like Mayberry Days, decorating their own homes and businesses in all things Mayberry, through participating in Bible studies based on the lessons taught in the show and by dressing up as their favorite characters.
The question is, How long will The Mayberry Effect last?
The Andy Griffith Show has never been off the air since its last season in 1968. Will people continue to flock to Andy Griffith's hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina to experience that Mayberry feeling or will the sitcom fade away into past like so many other television shows have done over the past 60 years?
The Mission of The Mayberry Effect is to help continue the legacy of
The Andy Griffith Show and to explore why a show has lasted in the hearts and minds of audiences for almost 60 years.
The Mayberry Effect will not only entertain audiences both young and old but will make viewers think about the future of
The Andy Griffith Show. What will the future hold? Will older generations pass down the legacy of the show to their children and grandchildren? Will The Andy Griffith Show still
remain Mt. Airy's lifeblood? What will happen to the show when all the current living cast members have passed away? The show has never been off the air since it first aired in 1960. How is it that so many shows have disappeared while The Andy Griffith Show still remains strong in our everyday lives?
The Mayberry Effect shows that people in the 21st Century still love The Andy Griffith Show and the values and morals it represents.