Florida's Barney Fife Brigade

By Carl M. Cannon

Even when it aired in the 1960s, “The Andy Griffith Show” was an anachronism. Today, it’s hardly watchable. Griffith is still likeable as Andy Taylor, sheriff of the mythical North Carolina town of Mayberry. But Barney Fife, his deputy (and cousin), is merely irritating.
A preening blowhard, Fife is so comically incompetent that today we’d see him as a cautionary tale against nepotism, maybe even white privilege. One recurring sight gag was Barney nearly shooting himself in the foot with his own gun. That’s less funny today, as our nation addresses the crisis of… …read more

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