Thanks to syndication the show, which debuted in 1960, continues to be popular. Asked why Mayberry enjoys such popularity, Howard Morris (who played Ernest T. Bass) responded, “It kinda tells the truth. Where are you going to find two guys in a rocking chair on the porch just talking? There’s a lot of honesty there, and you get down to basic things which we need to do.”
Nashville’s Opryland Hotel hosted a special reunion this summer. A Mayberry Cast Reunion Show was a highlight as was Aunt Bee’s Blue Ribbon Dinner hosted by Goober (George Lindsey) for a Q&A and reception where fans could meet the actors.