RIP Andy Griffith

Longtime TV great Andy Griffith passed away at 86 at his North Carolina home, news reports have said.

Griffith, of course, is best known from his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor in "The Andy Griffith Show," but also spent many years on the tube as attorney Ben Matlock in "Matlock." He received an Emmy nomination in 1981 for the TV Movie, "Murder In Texas." He also starred in one of my favorite big screen comedies, "No Time For Sergeants" and has a nice, small role in the movie "Waitress."

One of his final TV appearances was portraying himself on "Arrested Development," in which his TV son, Ron Howard, did the voice-over narration for the show.

Griffith played mostly gentle characters infused with what might be described as "country wisdom." The Mayberry represented in "The Andy Griffith Show" represented a sort of perfect slice of small-town Americana.

Griffith truly was worthy of the title of TV icon.

TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: "NYPD Blue's" Sharon Lawrence plays Maura's birth mom on a new "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT, 9 p.m.), followed by a new "Franklin & Bash" at 10 p.m.

Everything else is pretty much reality shows or reruns.