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.
You don't want to go to the wood shed, ever. (Start at 4:08.)
Explaining higher math to children can be complicated.
How to get to first base.
Sometimes your kids are telling the truth even when it seems ridiculous.
The town drunk doesn't know anything about women.
Lying about how much you love Aunt Bee's pickles will always backfire on you. (Start at 22:20.)
You have to take care of your friends. (Start at 17:09.)
How the economy worked before the banks screwed it up.
Sometimes a porch, a rocking chair and a guitar is all you need to fix things.
Birds have to fly away.