Another one of the shows I watched religiously growing up was Gentle Ben. Clint Howard starred as Mark, the son of a game warden, who has a tame pet bear named Ben. Although the show was filmed from 1967-69 (long before I was even born), I remember it running on TV in the mornings during the summer months. We loved it. Apparently we were into animal shows, because I seem to recall Gentle Ben being followed by Flipper, another favorite of ours.