Gomer Pyle was a sweet but not-too-smart U.S. Marine from Mayberry, North Carolina who was stationed at Camp Henderson near Los Angeles, California. Gomer's innocence, naivete, and low-key demeanor often got him into trouble, most frequently at the hands of his loud-mouthed superior, Sergeant Carter. Duke, Frankie, Lester, and Larry were some of Gomer's pals and fellow enlisted men at Camp Henderson, and Lou Anne Poovie was his sometime girlfriend. —Marty McKee <email@example.com>
The funniest show of the sixties
Most of 60s television was repetitive and dull, but Gomer Pyle was actually full of laughs. I remember watching repeats of the Andy Griffith show, which are horrible, and then seeing this one thinking it would be worse. No way!! Jim Nabors was a naturally funny guy, and appeared to be very likeable. I loved the episode where, as a marine, Gomer encounters 3 hippies relaxing by the base, and tries to convince them to join the corps. Instead, they help him paint a military truck (which he is supposed to simply wash!) with bright flower power colors and a huge peace sign to complement them! I laughed for about ten minutes afterwards. It's too bad that Nabors was only suited for this role, afterwards his career quickly faded and his only tv appearances were on low grade variety shows.
- Sep 28, 1999
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