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All 30 episodes from season two (the series's first in color)--including "PFC Gomer Pyle,""Gomer Untrains a Dog,""Gomer Pyle, POW,""A Star Is Born," and "Gomer, The Would-Be Hero"--are collected in a five-disc set. 12 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **30 episodes on 5 discs. 12 2/3 hrs.**
Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., a spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show, was one of the "surprise, surprise, surprise" hits of its day. In this second season (its first in color), it ranked second to Bonanza in the Nielsen ratings. That Nabors and Sutton were never even nominated for Emmys is a TV Land injustice. Nabors, especially, finds new music in what could have been a one-note bumpkin character (he even demonstrates his unexpected baritone singing voice in "Arrivederci, Gomer"). Providing expert support are Ted Bessell (That Girl) and Ronnie Schell (who demonstrates his standup comedy chops in "Duke Slater, Nightclub Comic") as Gomer's Marine buddies. Look sharp for two future M*A*S*H stars, Jamie Farr in "Gomer Pyle, P.O.W." and, in a couple of episodes, William Christopher. Making welcome visits from Mayberry are George Lindsay in the mistaken-identity episode, "A Visit from Cousin Goober," and Ron Howard in "Opie Joins the Marines," in which Carter bonds with the runaway Opie and, movingly, hints at a less than nurturing relationship with his own father. "The world has changed a lot since I was a kid," he remarks when Andy (Andy Griffith) arrives to retrieve his son, and puts a reassuring arm around the boy's shoulder. Television has changed, too, in the more than 40 years since these still funny episodes were first broadcast. Prime time could use another Gomer, with his boundless optimism, unwavering character and try, try again attitude. --Donald Liebenson
The second season of Gomer Pyle USMC aired from September 1965 to April 1966.
It is unfortunate that Paramount cut numerous scenes in several of the episodes in this... Read more
I completely agree with other reviewers in that the edits and cuts are ridiculous and uncalled for as they do affect the nostalgic merits of the show. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andrea D. Stanton
Gomer is such a gomer. I love this show. He's a great singer too!Published 12 months ago by S. Phillippy
also for my daughter in law and she loved them and they worked finePublished 15 months ago by Trudy Gaerte
I got the full series - 5 years. The first 2 seasons were great, but as they went on....it went down hill. Read morePublished 23 months ago by coffeebreak
Great entertainment! Always enjoyed watching this show. Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton were great together.
Sometimes I thought Sgt. Carter was a little funnier.