This 1960s sitcom about life in Mayberry was so beloved that even in its last season it was the number-one show in America. Not only is it a family-friendly program filled with endearing characters, it’s also a show that treats small towns as places where people are flawed but still (mostly) intelligent, gracious, and just trying to do the right thing. In other words, it did what series such as Friday Night Lights and Gilmore Girls would emulate decades later. Eight seasons, 103 hours.
Streaming on Netflix and Amazon. Available for purchase on iTunes.