The episode where Opie kills the bird and Andy has to do some fathering is one that every kid and father should be made to watch.
While Don Knotts was the comedy glitter of the show, Andy was, basically, everything else.
He held together bizarre plots ranging from mountain men trying to kidnap brides to Barney needing to gain weight to Aunt Bea's horrible pickles.
Later on as Matlock he somehow lasted 10 years in one of the dumbest and worst written shows on television, powered by Abe Simpson's viewership and an average demographic of 75+ year olds.
As Barney Fife would say, "RIP, Andge"...