Andy Griffith and Television’s Greatest Dads
All of us at Dadditudes were saddened to hear this morning about the death of TV icon Andy Griffith at the age of 86.
Griffith was the star of the eponymous “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1960 – 1968, and as such was one of television’s iconic Dads. Every episode featured homespun wisdom and lessons in parenting as a widower tried to raise his only son (Opie, played by Ron Howard). Indeed, when it comes to fatherhood, few television characters had the impact (and left the mark on pop culture) that Griffith’s Andy Taylor did.
After “The Andy Griffith Show” ended, it would be nearly twenty years until his next major television hit, but starting in 1986, he’d have a runaway hit with “Matlock” which, like “The Andy Griffith Show”, still runs in syndication today.
In case you’ve spent the last fifty years in a cave, here’s the very first episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” :
Sheriff Andy Taylor came in 8th on TVGuide’s list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time. Other icons that made the list included Charles Ingalls, played by Michael Landon on “Little House on the Prairie” at #4, Robert Reed’s Mike Brady from “The Brady Bunch” at #14, and yes, even Archie Bunker is in the Top 50, with Carroll O’Connor’s curmudgeonly character taking #24 on the list.
It’s worth noting that of the Top Ten on TV Guide’s list, all but three have passed on. Check the list, and see if there are others who should be added.
Here, courtesy IMDb.com, is the TV Guide 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.