Andy Taylor – He’s Kinda A Douche
One of the TV shows that always seemed to be on when I was a kid was The Andy Griffith Show. I think the characters really made the show.
In my opinion once Barney Fife left the show it lost something big…it was over for me.
I was flipping through some channels and started watching it again. I’ve always been a fan of the show, and I’ve always admired the character of Sheriff Andy Taylor, played by the legendary Andy Griffith. But something happened to me while watching it and it made me see Andy in a whole new light.
Andy is kinda a douche!
During one episode, the town band was so awful that the Mayor refused to let them play at the State Capital. Instead of encouraging the band to practice and
Mayberry band. This blatant abuse of power left me stunned. Was this the same Andy Taylor I had admired all these years?
improve, Andy, our beloved sheriff, threatened to detain a local band that was leaving town and forced them to play in front of the Mayor, posing as the
This incident piqued my curiosity, and I decided to dig a little deeper. I started re-watching episodes and researching the character, and I was shocked to find that this wasn’t the only time Andy had shown questionable behavior.
In one episode, Andy supports child abuse. He suggests to a local kid’s dad to take the kid out to the woodshed, implying a physical punishment. This suggestion visibly moved Opie, Andy’s son, suggesting that Andy might have done the same thing to him. This was a hard pill to swallow. Opie was only 6-7 years old! But, the little brat did deserve it. Still.
Andy’s integrity was further questioned when I found out that he lied about his war record. In two episodes, Andy mentions that he was in France during WW2. However, in a different episode, it’s revealed that Andy graduated high school in the spring of 1945, making it impossible for him to have been in France during the war.
Another shocking revelation was Andy’s irresponsible behavior towards the town drunk, Otis. He allowed Otis to have keys to the town jail, which is a clear security risk. He even tried to give Otis a stray dog, despite Otis’s inability to take care of himself.
The more I delved into Andy’s character, the more I found instances of his questionable behavior. He showed clear nepotism by employing Deputy Barney Fife, who was clearly incompetent and a risk to the town’s safety. The only reason Barney had a job was that he was Andy’s cousin. I also feel like “The Skipper” hired “Gilligan” only because there might have been related. He always messed up their chances to get off that island!
Why didn’t they just ‘off’ Gilligan and eat him or something?
And let’s not forget about Andy’s womanizing ways. In one episode, he gets lost in the woods with an old girlfriend and then lies to his current girlfriend about it. In another, he takes a waitress to the duck pond to make his girlfriend jealous.
So, while I still love the show…I now see that Andy Taylor isn’t the paragon of virtue he’s made out to be. He’s flawed, just like the rest of us. This doesn’t mean we should stop enjoying “The Andy Griffith Show.” Instead, it serves as a reminder that even our heroes have their faults, and it’s important to recognize and learn from them.
So, the next time you watch an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” I encourage you to look a little closer. You might just see a side of Andy Taylor you never knew existed. And remember, it’s okay to love a character while acknowledging their flaws. After all, it’s these flaws that make them human, relatable, and, in a strange way, even more lovable.