While searching the web, I ran across other T.V. shows that just flooded me with more childhood memories. I remember watching every single episode to both of these shows. First off was The Andy Griffith show that lead into a cast member named Gomer Pyle getting his own series.
The show took place in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, where Taylor, a widower and was the towns sheriff. His life is complicated by an inept but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife, a spinster aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee, and a young son, Opie. Sheriff Taylor's level-headed approach to law enforcement makes him the scourge of local moonshiners and out-of-town criminals, while his abilities to settle community problems with common-sense advice, mediation and conciliation make him popular with his fellow citizens.
I remember when Andy Taylor took Gomer Pyle to the U.S.M.C., this spin-off was just as good as the The Griffith Show. Gomer Pyle was a simple-minded gas station attendant and later auto mechanic that wanted to enlist with the Marines. Gomer's naivety immediately exasperates his drill instructor, Sergeant Carter, it was based at a fictional Camp Henderson in California. I can still remember each episode having these catchphrases, "Shazam!", "Gaaw-aawl-ly" and "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" Indulge into the series if you can, you won't be sorry.