It’s funny...everybody says the Sheriff Taylor character was so sweet and kindly. I guess that’s so. But I could never get past the look on Griffith’s face, and the expression in his eyes. He always looked shifty and downright mean to me. That affable smile looked sort of like a shark’s grin. He always creeped me out.
That said, condolences to his loved ones, and I hope he found Christ before he died.
I'm inclined to agree. Most of the stories were briefly and superficially entertaining but the characters, meh! Deputy Warren, Gomer and Goober, I found all 3 outright offensive. Yet Barney, Ernest T. and Floyd were, imo, excellent clown work. Never gave it much thought, but now that I think of it, it may have had something to do with the character each one played off - Ernest T. vs Barney was a lot funnier than Ernest T. vs Andy.
And the Darlings, they were wonderful, no matter whom they frustrated. Mr. Darling repeatedly warning innocent Andy to quit bewitching the overheated Charlene...priceless.
We have the whole series on DVD and have voluntarily watched it many times.
Worst episode: Andy's awful reaction to Opie's report of Mr. McBeevee. A lot of bugs flew out of Andy's psyche when that came along. Threatening and punishing a kid for, at worst, an imaginary companion; not giving him benefit of doubt; it was cruel and mean-spirited and boneheaded.
As for leftwinger Griffith -- hey, Andy, if you're departed, RIP, but if not, GTH!
My 2 cents. Andy got that look in the color episodes (ones I have never cared for). His character lost something not having Don Knotts around.
Sheriff Andy was a great straight man.