It’s true that Mayberry RFD is no Andy Griffith Show and Sam Jones is no Andy Taylor. Heck, Howard Sprague and Emmett Clark together can’t hold a candle to Barney Fife. A lot of fans of the Andy Griffith show refuse to acknowledge the color episodes and since RFD was the worthy successor it gets lumped in with those last three seasons of TAGS. But growing up in South Carolina during those times we were thrilled to have the flavor of "down home" shown on TV once a week (even though it was filmed in California!) RFD was a continuation of the elements that were prevalent on TAGS. Family, friends and community were held in the highest regard and traditional values were evident in the episodes as well. The comedy was a little more subtle than the first seasons of TAGS but since it remained in the top 10 Nielsen ratings during it’s run and was at #7 when canceled the writers must have been doing something right. Some of the guest stars were Jodie Foster (Buddy’s sister) and Farrah Fawcett (Yes Farrah!) This is still a classic show that deserves to be on TV and deserves a DVD release.