The Andy Griffith Show
Oh, The Andy Griffith Show, there ain't never been nothing like. You know they did 249 shows in eight seasons and that show ain't never been off the air in almost 54 years. And I bet most people, both young and old alike, have whistled Earle Hagen's famous theme song at one time or another.
The show reflected Andy Griffith’s vision, which he repeatedly said was to tell universal stories about goodness that reflected the values he grew up with.
It was his intention to simply entertain people through the stories and characters who lived in Mayberry. Andy said the friendly town of Mayberry emerged where everybody liked one another and all problems were solved in half an hour. It was a show about relationships; about putting the best interests of others before your own self-interests. It was simply about being nice, being friendly, being respectful, being fair, being good, doing good, and loving one another. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.
And generation after generation still relate to those values, those stories, and those great characters as evidenced by the shows great popularity in syndication in hundreds of markets around the country, millions of fans, and more and more TV watchers discovering the show each day. It reminds us of a simpler time, a time that seems to be long gone in the hectic and complex world we find ourselves living in today.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Behaving yourself and loving your neighbor, basic recurring themes of the show, don’t have to be out of style and each would go a long way into turning things around for all of us.