1926 - 2012
Andy Griffith died today at the age of 86.
I didn't want to write this post because, frankly, I've grown a little tired of chronicling the demise of celebrities. But there's no way that I could let the passing of someone I've dug as much as Andy Griffith go without comment.
In short, The Andy Griffith Show was, is and will continue to be, one of the funniest, best television shows ever made. It was wholesome and yet still managed to be funny, something that today's television seems unable to accomplish. The awesomeness of the show clearly was the result of the pairing of Andy and Don Knotts, who played Griffith's inept deputy, Barney Fife. Knotts was sheer comic genius, and great fodder for Andy's more serious Sheriff Taylor.
The Andy Griffith show ran from 1960 to 1968 and was ranked the ninth best show in television history by TV Guide. Despite it's consistently high ratings, the show never won any awards, though Knotts did win several emmy's for his portrayal of Fife.
Now if you want to see another side to Andy Griffith, might I suggest you check out A Face in the Crowd. Griffith does a rather creepy turn as Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, a drunk hick who catapults to fame when he is sprung from the hoosegow to sing on a radio program. As his fame and ego rise, his moral standards plummet. Joe Bob says, check it out.
Anyway, Godspeed to Andy. May he find rest at that eternal Mayberry in the sky.