The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom first televised on CBS between October 3, 1960 and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays the widowed sheriff of the fictional small community of Mayberry, North Carolina. His life is complicated by an inept, but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts), a spinster aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), and a precocious young son, Opie (Ron Howard). Local ne'er-do-wells, bumbling pals, and temperamental girlfriends further complicate his life. Griffith said in a Today Show interview, about the time-period of the show: "Well, though we never said it, and though it was shot in the 1960s, it had a feeling of the 1930s. It was when we were doing it, of a time gone by.". Griffith was referring to the "nostalgic feel" the show often portrayed to the viewer, not that it was intended to take place in a previous era. This is evident by the Ford squad car his character drove in the show which was usually that current year's (1960-68) model. Also, in the fourth episode of the second season, a distinct reference was made to the current year being 1961. In the episode, a municipal bond issued in 1861 was discovered and was payable for exactly 100 years of interest.