Goober was one of the most beloved characters ever created for television. A few years ago, George Lindsey was quoted as saying, “Goober is every man, everyone finds something to like about ol` Goober.” Yes, Goober was somewhat of a goofball, and he certainly provided the comic relief. But his character was also full of charm, warmth, and humanity. Goober had an unusual way of presenting a unique brand of wisdom that we just don’t see in today’s current network TV shows.
It seems these days television shows have to be provocative and edgy. Nothing is innocent anymore. Our culture demands that our kids must grow up faster than ever. I think I was fortunate growing up in the 60’s. The shows I watched were fun and entertaining and allowed me to be a kid. I’m not sure we will ever see shows again like The Wonderful World of Disney, My Three Sons, Gilligan’s Island, Gomer Pyle, USMC, Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, Mr. Ed., My Favorite Martian, Bonanza, Lassie, and, of course, The Andy Griffith Show.
The good news is shows like Andy Griffith are available on DVD. They are to be treasured, and we should be thankful that there is something good to watch on our modern day, high definition, widescreen TV’s. All we have to do is insert a disc to visit Mayberry or Gilligan’s Island.
Thanks George for the memories!