Gomer Pyle (played by the comedian Jim Nabors) was the bumbling gas-station attendant on ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. However, Gomer became so popular, he was eventually put right in his own spin-off. The series ran on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1964 to 1969, a total of 150 episodes in 5 seasons.

Here, Pyle enlists in the [[SemperFi U.S. Marine Corps]]. Every episode has Pyle doing something crazy, mostly enraging his superior, Sergeant Vince Carter (Frank Sutton), who should not be [[NamesTheSame confused with the basketball player of that name]].
* ArmedFarces
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: This is a sitcom, after all, and follows the RuleOfFunny. Getting details of military life exactly right are of ... secondary importance.
** Especially considering this was filmed during the Veitnam conflict. Gomer saw about as much front line action as BeetleBailey did. The show's opening credits were filmed with actual Marines, many of whom never made it back home.
* BreakoutCharacter: Gomer Pyle broke from ''The Andy Griffith Show''.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* DecliningPromotion:Gomer's unit (all privates) are to take the Corporal's test. Gomer doesn't want to at first because "the Private is the backbone of the Marines" and he ''likes'' being the backbone.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Notably Subverted by Sgt. Carter, Carter does shout a lot and is angry sometimes but he is kind at heart. And the troops respect him a lot more than they let on.
* EpicFail: The plots frequently revolve around Pyle's ability to turn even the simplest assignments into major crises, such as the time a simple errand into town ended up as a twenty-four-hour transatlantic odyssey.
* EverythingsSmellierWithSkunks: In one of the first episodes Gomer adopts a wild ( and fully loaded ) skunk.
* LargeHam: Carter, Again.
* LoudLastName: "PYYYYYLLEEEEE!!"
* NamesTheSame: So this is where Sgt. Hartmann from ''FullMetalJacket'' got the idea to call Pvt. Lawrence "Gomer Pyle". It helps that both Pyle and Lawrence are idiotic and bumbling when it comes in serious situations.
** While Lawrence was nothing but a complete screw-up until the end, Pyle did manage on several occasions to come up with innovative solutions (usually grounded in his back-country upbringing) to a problem he, Carter, or the unit as a whole faced.
** Larry Hovis has a few appearances on this show as a private. He would go on to play a Sgt. Carter in [[HogansHeroes another military-themed '60s sitcom]].
** In Universe example...in the pilot as Carter is about to drum Gomer out of the service, Andy Taylor implys that Gomer is related to a military hero also named Pyle, inspiring Carter to keep him on.
* PeelingPotatoes: Weeks of K.P. were the very first punishment inflicted by Sergeant Carter on the laid-back Pyle, all the way back in the pilot episode.
** Which is totally lost on Pyle: "Goollee, Sarge, you're right! This IS fun!"
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The show's premise was established in an episode of ''The Andy Griffith Show'' itself, also titled "Gomer Pyle, USMC".
* RequiredSpinoffCrossover: Opie and Andy Taylor turn up in "Opie Joins the Marines", as do Aunt Bee in "A Visit from Aunt Bee" and Goober in "A Visit from Cousin Goober".
** "Gomer Goes Home" has Gomer visiting Mayberry on furlough, only to find that the Taylors and Goober have gone out of town on a camping trip. (They do finally turn up...just as Gomer's returning bus is leaving town in the very last scene.)
* SouthernFriedPrivate: Gomer, of course, is a quintessential example.
* ShoutOut: Gomer makes frequent reference to his friends from [[TheAndyGriffithShow Mayberry]], and characters from the earlier series [[RequiredSpinoffCrossover make crossover appearances]] about once a season.
* {{Spinoff}}
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''ThePhilSilversShow'', with more antics and less zany schemes.
* TranquilFury: Sgt. Carter usually got extra loud when he was angry, but if he got quiet, it meant he was ''really'' angry.