If you were asked which of all the THOUSANDS of communities, towns, cities, or locations in all of TV history you'd most like to live in, I think quite a GREAT number of us would say Mayberry.
It is a quiet place, of kind neighbors and tree-lined streets and ice cream socials and Big Date night at the Diner, with the 7:30 Picture Show, and maybe a double-straw milkshake before a chaste kiss on the front porch.
Children play in the street until after dark, until they're called in to eat with their families around the supper table, and problems are of the gentle sort, solved within a half hour. Calls to the Law get you a real person, with reassurance and calm reasoning and maybe a quick visit from the Sheriff---a calm, reasonable man himself, ready to smooth the waters and soothe feelings and make things right.
R.I.P. Sheriff Andy Taylor
You showed us Truth and Honor and Humor and how Doing the Right Thing was good for us and helped us, too. You embody a gentler time, an innocent haven where folks know things will turn out all right in the end.
You will live on forever, spinning your tales and captivating audiences and filling a sweet spot in our hearts. There's a new, melodious baritone beside that familiar tenor in Heaven's Choir tonight.