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Feeling good with 'comfort TV'

Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show.
Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show.

Wholesome. Nostalgic. All is right with the world.

We’re not talking about comfort food. Rather, we’re talking about comfort TV.

We’re talking Sheriff Andy Taylor. Mike Brady. Howard Cunningham. All feel-good characters on feel-good television shows. Shows that emit a warm glow and give you a warm feeling.

Fortunately, because of the hundreds of options on digital television, there is plenty of comfort TV to be seen these days. The Andy Griffith Show, The Brady Bunch and Happy Days are just three examples.

Others include Gilligan’s Island, The Beverly Hillbillies, Wings, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Family Ties, The Golden Girls, Petticoat Junction, Welcome Back Kotter, Green Acres, Everybody Loves Raymond, I Dream of Jeannie, My Three Sons, Leave it To Beaver and, of course, I Love Lucy.

Then there is The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, who was such a likable guy. More importantly, his nightly monologue was the perfect therapy for Americans to help us get through the Cold War, Vietnam War, Watergate, inflation, stagflation, oil embargoes, hostage crises, assassination attempts and a space shuttle explosion. Probably he should have been called Dr. Johnny Carson.

So, if you’re feeling low over the holidays or during the long, cold winter, try comfort TV. As Fonzie might say, sit back, shut out the world and “relax-amundo.”

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