The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 10

Ellie for Council

2
Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 12, 1960 on CBS

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    • Growing up in a more "PC-rated" time, younger viewers may not see this as an early TV editorial on feminism, but it was. Although not as far-reaching as the slightly-earlier and more radical Maverick, this episode, showing Andy's personal growth, was part of a large chorus calling for change. Andy, after all, always gravitated toward professional women who worked and thought for themselves - things which are sometimes taken for granted now, but which were the exception to the rule in the b&w America of the 1950's and early-'60's - especially in rural America. Seeing the "rural rube" Andy played in the beginning of the series actually change was a necessary part of change - especially since it occurred because Andy was concerned for the future - as viewed through the prism of Opie's young troglodyte attitude. Change happened on TV before it happened in reality. Remember, women weren't exactly burning their bra's yet - but this tiny, fictional change was a part of that long, slow process. And in the end, the women of Mayberry did bring about change - and the world went on, which perhaps was the message.

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