On behalf of all of The Andy Griffith Show fans, I’d like to thank Daniel de Visé for writing Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show. It’s extremely well-researched and includes 35 great photographs. Not a surprise given all the awards (including a Pulitzer) de Visé has earned. His investigative reporting twice led to the release of wrongly convicted men from life terms in prison. It might seem odd that a journalist of his stature would write a comprehensive book about a pop culture TV show. Not when you learn that he was the brother-in-law of Don Knotts, the actor who played Deputy Barney Fife, by way of his wife’s sister, Francey, the third and final Mrs. Knotts. And why not? TAGS wasn’t just any TV show. It ran from 1960-1968 and has never stopped airing. According to de Visé it is: watched by a fan club with more than one thousand chapters and celebrated in an annual festival that draws nearly thirty thousand fans to a real-life Mayberry….try to find a Honeymooner’s convention. WARNING: After watching deVise peel back the layers on the two men most responsible for the success of the show you’ll be binge-watching it in no time.