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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Release Date 1969-05-02
Runtime 25 minutes
Genres Comedy
Stars Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell
Directors William H. Tuntke, Earle Hagen, John Finger

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 spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show, and the pilot was aired as the finale of the fourth season of The Andy Griffith Show on May 18, 1964. The show ran for five seasons and a total of 150 episodes. In 2006, CBS Home Entertainment began releasing the series on DVD. The final season was released in November 2008. The series was created by Aaron Ruben, who also produced the show with Sheldon Leonard and Ronald Jacobs. Filmed and set in California, it stars Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle, a naive 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 Gilbert "Duke" Slater. Allan Melvin played in the recurring role of Gunnery Sergeant Carter's rival, Sergeant Charley Hacker. The series never discussed nor addressed the then-current Vietnam War, instead focusing on the relationship between Gomer and Sergeant Carter. The show retained high ratings throughout its run.

1. Car For Sale


Hacker plans to get even when Carter sells his car to Gomer instead of to him.

2. Corporal Duke


Duke is promoted to corporal, but finds his old reputation getting in his way.

3. The Booty Prize


Gomer and Carter are the victims of the lead boot, the battalion's booby prize.

4. The Return of Monroe


Lou Ann's old boyfriend visits.

5. Just Move Your Lips, Sergeant


The platoon's chances to sing in a movie are almost spoiled by Sgt. Carter -- he can't carry a tune.

6. All You Need is One Good Break


Gomer and Carter clash as they vie for an actress.

7. A Marriage of Convenience


A movie star tries to get Carter to marry her -- after Gomer refuses -- in order to avoid being deported.

8. A Star is Not Born


Carter appears in a Hollywood movie, but finds acting harder than he thought.

9. Come Blow Your Top


Sgt. Hacker bets Carter that he can't go 24 hours without losing his temper, and then enlists Gomer's aid to win his bet.

10. A Little Chicken Soup Wouldn't Hurt


Lonely widow Molly Gordon feels old and useless until Gomer and his appreciative buddies eat her wonderful home cooking.

11. Gomer, the Perfect MP


Gomer is assigned to guard duty at a back gate of the base and refuses to let Carter pass through.

12. The Wild Bull Returns


South American General Cortez looks up his old friends, and falls in love with Carter's girlfriend Bunny.

13. Hit and Write


When Carter scratches a parked car and offers to pay for it, the owner shows up with a bill for a completely demolished fender.

14. Two on the Bench


Carter won't believe that Gomer really knows football star Moose Lewis.

15. A Tattoo For Gomer


Gomer's practical joke backfires when Lou Ann appears to like his fake tattoo.

16. Win-A-Date


Gomer and Carter are contestants on the ""Win-A-Date"" televised program.

17. Marriage, Sgt. Carter Style


Carter decides that Gomer might not re-enlist if he were married, so he tries to push the private into a quick wedding.

18. To Save a Life


Sgt. Carter saves Gomer's life and almost comes to regret it as Gomer suffocates him with gratitude.

19. Dynamite Diner


Gomer and Lou Ann pitch in to help open a new diner, not realizing the owners are in fact planning to rob the bank next door.

20. Freddy's Friendly Computer


Gomer and Carter again fall prey to con man ""Friendly Freddy,"" now running a computer dating service.

21. Gomer Maneuvers


Gomer inadvertently reveals the position of his platoon to the ""enemy"" during camp maneuvers.

22. Gomer Tends A Sick Kat


Gomer overhears a conversation about Bunny's sick cat and jumps to the conclusion that it's Sgt. Carter who is critically ill.

23. I'm Always Chasing Gomers


Carter decides he must get away from Gomer to avoid a nervous breakdown, but continues to be haunted by him.

24. The Short Voyage Home


Carter takes charge of Gomer's life savings for safekeeping and has his pocket picked by a little old lady.

25. Proxy Poppa


A Marine buddy breaks his leg and Gomer and Carter have to take his expectant wife to the hospital.

26. Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow


Carter allows a pet rabbit to escape before he learns that it belongs to a general's son.

27. Flower Power


Three hippies help Gomer paint a truck for maneuvers, but the results are not standard military camouflage.

28. Show Time With Sgt. Carol


Sgt. Carol wants Gomer to sing in the Marine camp show she is organizing, but Sgt. Carter won't agree to her plans.

29. My Fair Sister


Gomer must escort Sgt. Carter's sister to a dance.

30. Goodbye Camp Handerson, Hello Sergeant Carter


Carter learns Gomer is being sent to another base.