Andy’s Obit: So Many Years later, Sherrif Taylor, Barney and Aunt Bea Still Delight

In an elegant obituary for Andy Griffith, who died on July 3 at age 86, Ted Anthony might be right about the survival of small communities, but perhaps not about what made “The Andy Griffith Show” so successful.

The most important part of the program, of which CBS ran 249 episodes (159 in black and white and 90 in color) from 1960 to 1968, was not the idealized portrayal of small town American life.


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