The Andy Griffith Show

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Cheery classic has positive, kid-friendly lessons.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 34 reviews

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the secondary characters (Otis) is the town "drunk." But alcohol is never visible.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byThe_Stranger_Thing October 14, 2019

Great show. one of the few wholesome shows i ever saw.

Not saying the show is bad just saying that there is alcohol visible at rare times (moonshine) barney fife only carries one bullet. andy and barney are shot at... Continue reading
Adult Written byShowsontv July 29, 2019

Fun Girls

There is a mistake made in this episode at the end where Andy refers to Goober as Goomer!
Teen, 16 years old Written byJim And Pam Forever July 29, 2019

Good clean show, but there is one potentially frightening episode

Let me make one thing clear: This show does NOT encourage violent behavior. It is very family friendly, clean, wholesome, and funny. And is absolutely positive.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bynavid28 April 6, 2019

A fun family friendly show!

It is a very family friendly show that I personally think is a very easy-going fun to watch up beat show that has very positive mesages in it. I watch it every... Continue reading

What's the story?

One of television's most iconic -- and cheerful -- comedy series, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW revolves around Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), the easygoing sheriff of the fictitious town of Mayberry, North Carolina. Mayberry may be small, but with eccentric residents like goofy auto mechanic Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) and easily distracted barber Floyd Lawson (Howard McNear), it's certainly not boring. Thanks to Taylor and his cousin -- rather overzealous "by-the-book" Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) -- the tight-knit but rather innocent community is protected from anything and anyone that threatens their simple, happy way of life. Taylor is also raising his son, Opie (Ron Howard), with the help of their Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), who moved in to help run the household. The strong relationship between father and son provides the basis for many of the show's discussions about "doing the right thing" and accepting the consequences of your actions.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how families have been presented on television over the years since The Andy Griffith Show was on the air. How has TV family life changed over the past 40+ years? What's the definition of family today? Do you think a single dad was a typical TV character during the '60s?

  • Parents and kids can also talk about what it's like to live in a small town. What are the advantages of living in a tight-knit community? Disadvantages? What do small towns offer that cities don't, and vice versa?

  • How do the characters in The Andy Griffith Show demonstrate communication and compassion? Why are these important character strengths?

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