Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
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Genre: Comedy
War
Sitcom
Running Time: 23 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 25, 1964 - May 2, 1969
Network(s): Sundance
CBS
Created by: Aaron Ruben
Starring: Jim Nabors
Frank Sutton
Ronnie Schell
Barabara Stuart
Roy Stuart
Allan Melvin
Elizabeth MacRae
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 150
Previous show: The Andy Griffith Show


Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American situation comedy that originally aired on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969. The series was a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show, and the pilot episode was aired as the season finale of the fourth season of its parent series on May 18, 1964. The show ran for a total of 150 half-hour episodes spanning over five seasons, in black-and-white for the first season, and then in color for the remaining four seasons.

Premise

Gomer Pyle, is a naïve but good-natured gas station attendant from the town of Mayberry, North Carolina, who enlists in the United States Marine Corps. Frank Sutton plays Gomer's high-octane, short-fused Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter, and Ronnie Schell plays Gomer's friend Duke Slater. Roy Stuart portrayed Corporal Chuck Boyle, GySgt Carter's good-natured sidekick.

Why It Rocks

  1. A funny yet really great concept.
  2. There are many likable characters in the Show most notably Gomer Pyle's naive yet very gullible self, some other characters such as Seargent Carter, Duke Slater, and Corporal Boyle are also likable.
  3. The comedy is very funny and hysterical, many of the jokes often stem from Seargent Carter's patience with Pyle, aswell as his iconic quotes (see WIR #5).
  4. It is a spin-off to The Andy Griffith Show which is considered one of the best shows ever made.
  5. The cinematography looks really good even when the show started filming in color in Season 2.
  6. A great theme song along with end credits, that have very catchy instrumentals.
  7. Many memorable quotes such as "Shazam!", "Go-o-o-o-llee!”, "Move it, Move it, Move it!", and "Surprise, surprise, surprise."
  8. There are many good morals within the show.
  9. Similiar to The Andy Griffith Show while having comedy, it also has a few heartwarming moments along with a very calm atmosphere.
  10. There are plenty of good/memorable episodes such as:
    • Private Ralph Skunk
    • Gomer Overcomes the Obstacle Course
    • Pay Day
    • Nobody Loves a Seargent
    • Survival of the Fattest
    • They Shall Not Pass
    • Seargent of the Week
    • Old Man Carter
    • PFC Gomer Pyle
    • Gomer Minds His Seargent's Car
    • Gomer Pyle, P.O.W.
    • Caution: Low Overhead

Bad Qualities

  1. Some of the characters can be unlikable at times such as Seargent Carter, and Duke Slater.
    • Due to this, it has the tendency to get a little mean-spirited at times.
  2. The show slightly went downhill after Season 3, with episodes revolving less around the marine base, or even the marines in general with plots also becoming a lot more nonsensical.
  3. Some bad/mediocre episodes, such as:
    • The Feuding Pyles

Reception

Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C, was met with generally positive reviews from many fans and critics alike, it currently holds an IMDb rating of 7/10 and a 7.7/10 on Rating Graph.

Trivia

  • Jim Nabors himself, didn't like watching the intro to the show, as many of the men marching in the intro were his friends who died in war.

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