Podcast Episode 43: What Andy Griffith Can Teach Us About Parenting

Jul 13, 2012 | Podcasts

In The Loop with Andy Andrews, hosted by Andy Traub.

In honor of Andy Griffith’s passing, Andy and A.T. discuss The Andy Griffith Show and what it can teach modern families.


How did The Andy Griffith Show have an impact on Andy growing up?

  • He watched the show with his family. They would laugh and be entertained and have a good time while they watched.
  • At the end of the show, Andy’s dad would always say, “Now what was the moral of that show?”
  • There was always a bit of wisdom or a lesson in every episode, and those lessons still hold up to this day.
  • Andy thinks the first 5 years of The Andy Griffith Show was the best programming in the history of television.
  • To this day, Andy and his family will still quote lines from the show to each other.
  • The show was still the number one show in the nation when Andy Griffith left it after eight years.


The show had a very natural sense of comedy.

  • Opie was funny in the way kids in real life are actually funny.
  • That’s not what kids on modern sitcoms are like. Now, they try to make the kids seem smarter than the adults and wittier than actual comedians.


Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) talked about the responsibility that people on television have for what they produce.

  • A.T. is finding that it’s harder and harder to find quality programming for his children on TV, especially because of what is shown on commercials now.
  • The Andy Griffith Show is a great alternative that families can still enjoy on TV.
  • The atmosphere and sense of community on the show is something that Andy and Polly are trying to create for the environment in which their boys grow up.
  • Andy really encourages moms and dads to get this show to watch with their family.
  • Season four is the best, and season three is awesome too.


Andy’s Top 10 episodes of all time:

  • “Citizen’s Arrest”
  • “The Pickle Story”
  • “Man in the Middle”
  • “Barney and the Governor”
  • “The Loaded Goat”
  • “Opie the Birdman” (one of the best father/son discipline moments of all time)
  • “Ernest T. Joins the Army”
  • “Mountain Wedding”
  • “Haunted House”
  • “A Black Day for Mayberry”


Questions for Listeners

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