‘Gomer Pyle, USMC’ Makes Series Premiere on This Day in 1964

by Megan Molseed

Today marks fifty-seven years exactly from the premiere episode of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. The classic half-hour-long sitcom premiered on this day, September 25, 1964, on CBS.

Of course, we all know how much of a splash this hilarious classic sitcom made on pop culture.

Everyone who has caught a glimpse of the former Mayberry auto mechanic certainly knows who Gomer Pyle is. And, his star became even brighter once the character set off on his own to join the marines in the popular CBS spin-off back in 1964.

The Retro News Now Twitter page pointed out the anniversary earlier today, and it’s certainly fun to celebrate it along with the outlet’s Twitter post celebrating the anniversary.

‘Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.’

“Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.’ starring Jim Nabors premiered 57 years ago, September 25, 1964, on CBS,” notes the Retro News Now Twitter account in the Saturday afternoon post.

One of the best parts of the Saturday afternoon tweet is the two photos added along with the social media anniversary recognition.

The post includes two outtakes from the TV Guide that printed information about the premiere.

One of the photos includes a still from the Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. premiere episode. The other photo is a snapshot of the TV Guide description of the brand-new show’s premiere episode.

‘Don’t Miss Comedy’

“See the Marines’ funniest recruit run the obstacle course as Jim Nabors stars in a new “don’t miss” comedy hit!” notes the first photo in the throwback tweet.

The picture included in the retro post features Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle doing his best as a marine while Frank Sutton, who plays the ever-serious Seargtaint Carter in the series, gives the new recruit a talking-to.

The next photo is a description of the series ahead of its first run on CBS.

“In this half-hour comedy series, Jim Nabors stars as the character he portrayed on the “Andy Griffith” series – -naive, easygoing Gomer Pyle,” the outtake notes.

“Only now Gomer is a recruit in the Marine Corps,” the classic TV Guide post continues.

The description goes on to note how the lovable Gomer Pyle doesn’t always seem so lovable to his Sargeant.

According to the description, Sargeant Carter is “continually plagued by the hair-brained” Gomer Pyle.

A Favorite Characther Made The New Series An Instant Hit

The popular sitcom originally aired on September 25, 1964, and found itself to be an instant hit. Running until the spring of 1969.

Of course, the character of Gomer Pyle was already well-known to many when the series premiered. Gomer Pyle was first introduced to audiences in the Andy Griffith Show.

Television audiences first met the Gomer Pyle character as the loveably goofy Mayberry auto mechanic on the third season of the long-running CBS series starring Andy Griffith.

Jim Nabors remained a regular on the Andy Griffith Show during the next two seasons. He then took off to join the marines in his own spin-off series.

In fact, the cross-over between the two series was a fun one; as the series premiere of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C was actually the fourth season finale episode of the Andy Griffith Show.