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The 25 Whitest TV Shows of All Time

8. The Andy Griffith Show

Network: CBS
Air Dates: October 3, 1960-April 1, 1968
Stars: Andy Grifffith, Don Knotts, Ron Howard, Frances Bavier

Andy Griffith played Andy Taylor, the sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina. The widowed Taylor balanced raising his son, Opie (a young Ron Howard), along with cleaning up the messes of his bumbling, elastic-faced deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts). Stanley Kubrick and Full Metal Jacket can also thank The Andy Griffith Show for creating the character of Gomer Pyle. Thanks to the general sleepiness of Mayberry, Griffith himself even admitted that the show felt more like the '30s than the '60s. What he really meant was, it's a parallel white dimension: A show set in the south in the '60s that didn't engage with the Civil Rights Movement.

The Andy Griffith Show operated in the same lane as Leave It to Beaver, in that it offered a nice, simple slice of what it meant to be white in America at the time.

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