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RIP Andy Griffith: 10 Things We Learned From 'The Andy Griffith Show' (VIDEOS)

07/03/2012 12:47 pm ET

Andy Griffith, star of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock," has passed away at the age of 86. In some ways, his passing marks the end of an era.

For many people, "The Andy Griffith Show" remains synonymous with their childhood. It was wildly popular in syndication at a time when letting the television raise your kids wasn't actually the worst thing you could do. It's myriad life lessons, delivered with sensitivity and the most good-hearted sense of humor any television show has ever mustered, have left a lasting impression on American culture. Be honest, work hard, take care of your friends, be a part of a community... those are just a few of the values it passed along to its millions of fans.

In honor of the legendary actor and his landmark show, here are 10 things we learned from Andy Griffith.

RIP, Sheriff Taylor. You made us better.

10 Things We Learned From Andy Griffith

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