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Thread #46801   Message #695301
Posted By: WFDU - Ron Olesko
21-Apr-02 - 11:07 PM
Thread Name: Andy Griffith Show & Dillards
Subject: RE: Andy Griffith Show
Guest, you are being naive if you think that television as it existed in the early 1960's would have allowed Griffith to tackle the issue. It is easy to be a Monday morning quarterback and blame Griffith but that wouldn't be right. Television still had some growing up to do, as did the country.

Politics and social conscious aside, it was a great show. It is nice to watch the old episodes and see how folk music would often sneak into the soundtrack. The Dillards were only one aspect. Griffith would often be seen strumming a folk tune on the guitar. The humor could easily have taken the Beverly Hillbillies approach making fun of southern culture, but instead it presented a warm picture of the citizens of Mayberry - poking fun at individual traits instead of cultural stereotypes.

As an aside, I was under the weather with a virus a few weeks ago and spent a few hours watching Andy Griffith on TVLand. I felt I was transported back in the 1960's when a sick day from school would be spent in front of the old Motorola black and white watching Andy Griffith. All I needed was an interuption for coverage of a Mercury or Gemini launch and it would have been a perfect reproduction. I could picture my mother bringing me a glass of gingerale and some saltines, and maybe a Pop-tart when my stomach was well enough to handle it! You can go home again, all it takes is a TV show to bring you there!