Andy Griffith was an Iconic familiar face on the television screen. He won our hearts over in The Andy Griffith show. He did this not only by being the law in town as Mayberry’s no-nonsense sheriff but as being a stand-up father.
He was a widower and employed the assistance of the likes of Aunt Bee and Barney Fife to raise Opie, his son played by young Ron Howard, right. He knew that it took a village to raise a child and had the humility to reach out to his community when he needed it. He rarely did, however. It seemed as if Andy always knew just what to say at the right time.
He gave sage advice when needed. He was never quick to criticize Opie even when he would seriously screw up. Andy Griffith became the nation’s moral compass. He was an excellent example of what it meant to be a Dad.
TV had numerous other examples of fatherly role models throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s. From The Munsters to Father Knows Best, TV dads were always there to set the matter straight and inspire us by their wisdom beyond their years. Facts Verse takes an exclusive look at some of TVs best dads and sees how they stack up with our good friend Andy Griffith. Who will our pick be of TVs best dad be?
We show you what made these Dad’s great on and off the screen. We’ll turn to there children themselves to see what kind of father they really were when the camera wasn’t rolling.