Gomer Pyle was a sweet but not too smart 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, Sgt. 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 sometimes girlfriend. Written by
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The pilot, which aired as the season four finale of The Andy Griffith Show (1960), placed the base as Camp Wilson in North Carolina. However, when the series was launched the location was changed to Camp Henderson in California. See more »
The outdoor backdrops in Gomer's interior barracks scenes do not coincide with the actual outdoor scenes when the platoon is outside in formation. In the interior, other rows of barracks are clearly seen directly across from Gomer's barracks. But when the shots are taken outside at a distance, no barracks are seen. See more »
This was one of the funniest shows of the 1960's. This took the premise of putting the very innocent and naive Gomer Pyle from the Andy Griffith show and putting him into the the greatest killing machine ever. The thing that made this show great was not only his interaction with Sergeant Carter, but with other people as well. The situations that Gomer would get into as a result of his naive nature helped to make this show the classic that it was. Also, Frank Sutton created one of the classic characters in the history of television in Sergeant Carter. Not only could Carter be easily exasperated, but in a lot of instances he also could be seen as more of a big brother to Gomer as he bumbled his way through his hitch in the marines.
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