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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. – The Final Season (Fifth Season/CBS DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: B-



After a fun run of five seasons, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. reached its logical conclusion with its Final Season and the show remained funny, but Gomer and Sgt. Carter at this point were either going to be friends of some kind or Carter would have either had him discharged or killed him personally.  Also, even drafted, you are only going to be in the service so long.  If you are unfamiliar with the show, you can start at this link for starters:





Also, the chemistry with the actors has peaked and as you watch these final 30 half-hours that they are almost too comfortable with each other, even for a military comedy.  Of course, the controversy over The Vietnam War finally caught up with the show, so it was becoming dated and passé to some.  Also, they had logged enough shows to go into syndication, so the show was lucky it started when it did, or it might have not lasted as long or had the chance to grow and expand as nicely as it did.


Guest stars also turned up in the final shows like Larry Storch and Nita Talbot, so they got to mix in and add energy to the show as it was entering its twilight, though the regular cast was not slacking.  After all the United States Marine Corp. would have never found that acceptable!


They would find the 1.33 X 1 color image acceptable, however, as despite it having some slight softness and slight inconsistency between the episodes here, this final set has the same fine picture and sound as the previous sets and even more.  The prints are in incredibly good shape, especially considering how huge this was in syndication being so massive.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also good for its age, recorded nicely and with the picture, these shows play better than ever.  Our only complaint once again is that there are no extras, but there is always the Blu-ray release down the line someday.  In the meantime, we’ll recommend this set and also a hilarious appearance Frank Sutton (Sgt. Carter) made with The Beverly Hillbillies’ Nancy Culp on the original Password.  You can read about it at this link:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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