He was, without a doubt, one of the all-time most beloved stars on TV. The simple humor and gentle tone of "The Andy Griffith Show" has spawned many generations of fans for the show.  the show, considered a "rural comedy" spilled well over the banks of such a description.  Many fans found the show somewhat comforting. While it was far from the "reality" of life, it still makes people long to live in the mythical town of  Mayberry.

While the show was not exactly groundbreaking, it did contain elements that today's shows would fear. Take for  example, in the episode "Man in a Hurry", there is a scene with almost no dialogue. We see the type "A" businessman asleep in a rocking chair. No one says a word for a good 10 or 15 seconds. Next time you watch a sitcom, try and count the silent scenes. Let me save you some time...there aren't any.

The show has been on the air, both original run and in syndication since 1960.

While there are still no details on the death of Andy Griffith, it has been confirmed that an ambulance was called to the actors home shortly after 7 a.m. . Griffith was 86.