California was an American state far removed from North Carolina. In season 6, the Taylor family travelled there on a working vacation to Hollywood. There, they observed some of the principal photogrqphy on the film Sheriff Without a Gun, which was based on the magazine article of the same name, and biographical of Andy's term as sheriff of Mayberry.

The state also was the setting for the Marine base at which Gomer Pyle mainly served during his tour of duty in the spin-off, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.

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