The Scourge of Appomattox

Coming on the heels of the Civil War centennial, F Troop joined Hogan’s Heroes as historical comedies just as prime time television shifted from black and white to color (F Troop and Hogan’s Heroes first aired three days apart in September 1965).  Ever wonder about the long story behind Captain Wilton Parmeter’s rise to fame?  Well, here it is:

The captain’s story almost resembles the story behind how Ulysses S. Grant became colonel of the 21st Illinois.  Almost.

I always wondered whether Larry Storch and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees fame were somehow related.  Or whether Wrangler Jane was a sassy takeoff on Elly May Clampett of The Beverly Hillbillies.

For the remainder of the series, each episode was introduced by a most memorable song:

Would such a show air nowadays?