January 4, 2018
Lesson Launch: a weekly academic social studies teaching tips blog, which occasionally touches on other topics.
By Dr. Paul E. Binford
President, Mississippi Council of the Social Studies
The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS), set in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, was a beloved television show of the 1960s. It’s wholesome brand of humor, memorable ensemble of characters, and the wisdom, decency, and fatherly devotion of the lead—Sheriff Andy Taylor—made this comedy a favorite. In fact, it is one of the few shows that ended its television run (in 1968) at #1 in the Nielsen rankings. The timeless themes of the show still appeal; even today, the reruns are watched by thousands of viewers. Brief video clips from the TAGS episodes can also provide a humorous, entertaining, and interesting opening to your next US History class.