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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive representations of family, particularly single parenthood and father-son relationships. Sends a positive message about the strength of community and has good lessons about being kind and responsible and accepting consequences. Because Andy Taylor is a sheriff, there are references to crime and occasional arrests are made, but it's all very tame. Themes include communication and compassion.
Positive Role Models
Andy, Aunt Bee, and Opie all do their best to be good people who make moral decisions; they also teach each other and the community. Barney often has a hard time doing the right thing, but kids can learn from his challenges and mistakes.
Violence & Scariness
Sheriff Taylor rarely wears a gun, but Deputy Fife likes pulling out his revolver (which is sometimes visible but never used). Fife carries around a bullet in his pocket.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the secondary characters (Otis) is the town "drunk." But alcohol is never visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although The Andy Griffith Show features simplistic storylines and dated humor, this classic '60s comedy series also offers timeless lessons about responsibility, kindness, and the consequences of your behavior. It's a cheerful, squeaky clean -- and very idealized -- example of strong family and community relationships in a small town.
Is It Any Good?
This series was part of a TV trend that (somewhat ironically) epitomized traditional family values by featuring a family headed by a widowed parent. The Andy Griffith Show, which aired from 1960-1968, also provided a welcome, albeit idealized, version of simple, quiet American life during a time when the country was experiencing major civil unrest and was in the midst of the Vietnam War. Granted, the show's humor is dated, the cast is hardly diverse, and the storylines are simplistic (especially when you compare them to today's typical family sitcom). But what makes Andy Griffith stand the test of time is its focus on kindness and the importance of community.
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