“My dad always taught me that the best lessons come from The Andy Griffith Show.”
One of my Facebook friends posted this in response to news of Andy Griffith’s death, announced on July 3. I agree that the wholesome series and Andy Griffith’s fatherly character made for the kind of show you can plop kids down in front of without worrying they’ll be scandalized by the content. This is probably why I watched a lot of the show growing up, even though it aired well before my time (from 1960-1968).
I fondly remember many episodes in which God was referenced and the family went to church on Sunday. Naturally, Andy Griffith’s persona was that of a level-headed, God-fearing Southern man who loved his son, family, and friends and derived joy from the simple things in life, such as relaxing on the front porch after a family dinner or fishing with his son.
Television has (sadly) changed a lot since those days, but Andy’s personal contribution to show hasn’t gone unnoticed or forgotten. In 2005, he was honored by President George W. Bush for “demonstrating the finest qualities of our country and for a lifetime of memorable performances that have brought joy to millions of Americans of all ages.”
Thank you, Andy Griffith, for your contribution to society! Tonight, I think I’ll go home and watch a little of The Andy Griffith Show. What’s your favorite episode?
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