On October 4, 1960 television viewers were likely talking about a new television show they'd seen the night before. They'd seen the first episode of The Andy Griffith Show called "The New Housekeeper." [caption id="attachment_80" align="aligncenter" width="519"] Opie doing his best to keep the first housekeeper single and attached to him.[/caption]
Because I wasn't there to see the series when it was first on television my first contact with the show was a VHS tape. The first episode I saw was "The Bank Job." I then had the luxury of going on to the next episode on the tape and then the next. I can't imagine how wonderful, but difficult, it would have been waiting a full week for the next episode. On the 10th of October, 1960 viewers were treated to the second episode: "The Manhunt."
Today we have Netflix, Hulu and a bundle of other options to guarantee we see our shows. There's something nostalgic and special about yesterday's means of entertainment. I imagine there's a special and strong bond among the people who first saw these episodes. For them, the shows were flashed on the screen and gone just as quickly. I believe this is what makes The Andy Griffith Show so special to such a tightly-knit group of fans. The show is so wonderfully done but got its start in a time where entertainment was something special families enjoyed together and not the way of life - just as life was in The Andy Griffith Show.