"The Andy Griffith Show" was a show that spoke to the importance of family, despite the fact that none of the families portrayed on the show were by any means ordinary. Whether it was confirmed bachelor Barney Fife or Andy's own unique family arrangement, all the show's disparate characters were involved in atypical families - Families that were defined and bound by the overall neurotic town of Mayberry. This simple fact makes "The Andy Griffith Show" groundbreaking for it's time, as it showed that the "nuclear family" could also be re-purposed as a "nuclear community"... Mayberry is a town that was once described by Andy as a "normal town bordered by a ring of insanity". It is a show that is imminently watchable, timeless in it's humor and humility, and as funny and chaotic as it was poignant and empathetic. What it was, Was Fantastic....
R.I.P. Andy Griffith. You and Don Knotts can now sit a spell and catch up.
Jeff "Scotch" Wallace
Drummer/Manager, Mumu Tutu
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