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Andy Griffith mourners place flowers and other heartfelt tributes at the base of the TV Land statue dedicated to 'The Andy Griffith Show' at the Andy Griffith Museum on July 3, 2012 in Mount Airy, North Carolina. The network is running all day marathons of the series this Saturday and Sunday in honor of the TV icon. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images for TV Land)

Andy Griffith Evoked, Stylized Small-Town America

Close your eyes and picture it: small-town America. This is, today, the comforting script America often reaches for when it summons the vanished rural nation that so many say they long for. Not coincidentally, it is also the state of mind given to us by Andy Griffith and his long-running TV show.