A spinoff to one of the 1960s most beloved TV comedies made its debut on this day in history.
Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., created by Aaron Ruben, made its debut on CBS on September 25th, 1964. It was the first spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show, an extremely popular TV comedy that had been on the air since 1960.
The series starred Jim Nabors as an innocent, but well-meaning boy from Mayberry, North Carolina who joins the United States Marine Corps. He often clashed with his Sargent, Vince Carter (played by Frank Sutton.)
The show featured the same mix of slapstick, funny situations, and good-natured escapism that its parent show had. After the first season debuted in Black & White, it moved to color in 1965, like many other shows on CBS at the time.
The series remained in the top 10 for CBS throughout all 5 seasons of its run, which wrapped up in 1969. The series has often been repeated on networks like TV Land and MeTV and also has seen a complete DVD release.