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Which long-running series featured a widower sheriff who raised his young son in a small North Carolina town?

The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968). Andy and the other residents of Mayberry went to church a lot. They had the pastor over for dinner on Sundays. They talked among themselves about the meaning of the pastor’s sermon. They sang hymns while sitting on the front porch. The Andy Griffith Show was so grounded in biblical teachings that it inspired creators of the Sunday school curriculums, “The Mayberry Bible Study” and The Andy Griffith Show Bible Study Series.” The show had distinctly Christian underpinnings, but continues to draw religious and secular audiences all over the world.


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