A Fun Program Starring Andy Griffith
Remembering The Andy Griffith Show
It's been over 50 years since its debut, but The Andy Griffith Show remains a beloved program. The show's enduring popularity has kept it in reruns on various networks since the series ended in 1968.
It's a family friendly program that newer generations discovered and enjoyed. They have been entertained much as those who first saw it on the original run. I still like to watch it as a nice reminder of my childhood days. I love viewing programs like this one, that have quality entertainment for all ages.
The town of Mayberry had some interesting and funny characters that entertained us for so many years. They include the characters of Andy and his son Opie Taylor, Aunt Bea, and Barney Fife. They were what made the show so successful for most of the 1960s.
To this day, Mayberry is referred to as an idyllic, happy place. "This is just like Mayberry" is something someone might say, and almost anyone would know what that person was talking about. Life certainly was simpler in those days.
I love classic TV programs, and this is one of my all time favorite comedies.
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Why is This Series Still So Popular?
The passage of time has really not diminished the popularity of this show. I think there are a few reasons for this. It serves as reminder of life in simpler times. Neighbors knew each other well, and looked out for each other.
The show was very innocent, suitable for all ages, and the characters were ordinary folks many of us could relate to. It had its funny moments, but for the most part the series avoided the slapstick comedy that was popular in that decade.
Many episodes centered around Opie and the lessons he had to learn as he was growing up. A lot of what happened to Opie were things anyone could relate to. He struggled at school sometimes and even had to deal with a bully. Opie and Andy had a very strong relationship. The one weakness was Opie's late mother was never mentioned at all. That was something that should not have been overlooked.
Some episodes also featured very poignant moments. One of the best known was the one where Opie killed a bird by accident, which left three baby birds as orphans. When Andy gets Opie to realize the babies have no one to look after them, Opie decides he will take care for them. Once they are old enough to look after themselves, Andy must convince his son to set them free.
That was such a touching episode, and many people consider it as one of the best of all time. I think it is one that children today can still learn from. It taught Opie a lesson about personal responsibility and how he could make amends for accidentally killing the mother bird.
For many of us, these classic episodes never get old. You may be able to think of a few that stand out in particular.
The actors got along so well, and many life time friendships were formed. Ron Howard stayed in touch with Andy Griffith until his death in 2012.