Parents' Guide to

The Andy Griffith Show

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Cheery classic has positive, kid-friendly lessons.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 5+

provides a much-needed escape

Because the setting was a small town, the town was close-knit where everybody was neighborly and had time for each other- hard to find in real life even then, and especially hard to find today. There were also episodes where Opie learned a life lesson. My father didn't like the show because he thought that there was too much silliness (Barney Fife, etc.). I do not share his view, and many others obviously don't either. But now it's my turn to voice my opinion: just as he dislikes THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, I hate ESPN!
age 5+

My Favorite '60s Sitcom

Gee whiz, I love that show. It's exciting, funny, and fantastic! Andy Griffith plays the role of Andy Taylor, Don Knotts as Opie Taylor, and Don Knotts as Barney Fife. Oh, boy!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (37 ):

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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