Mac Hyman's book, No Time For Sergeants, released in 1954, had been adapted for television for The United States Steel Hour, for Broadway, and for a feature film, all starring Andy Griffith. What Warner Bros. sought to do by putting Sergeants back on television, 10 years after the book's initial release, was take dead aim at the audience who'd tuned to Andy's self-titled CBS sitcom. Even Will Stockdale would have told the studio brass that this move didn't make the least bit of sense.
Sammy Jackson, who had a small role in the movie, meriting one line, earned a promotion of sorts by being cast as Stockdale in the series version, which was being co-produced by WB with George Burns' production company. Burns was starring in another ABC series, Wendy & Me, with Connie Stevens, at the same time, so the two were coupled together on Mondays opposite Griffith. Ballgame over. No Time For Sergeants lasted one season, as viewers undoubtedly saw Jackson as a poor man's Griffith filling the big shoes.
Where ABC went wrong was putting Sergeants on Mondays when it could've been coupled with the network's other service comedy, McHale's Navy, which was entering its 3rd season. However, there must've been some sort of arrangement between Burns, ABC, & WB to enable this scheduling blunder.
In this sample episode, Will saves a new recruit, a wealthy fellow who wants to be "one of the fellas", from getting hit by a jeep. Chaos follows.
Associate producer William P. D'Angelo later was a writer-producer on The Love Boat after a run of producing shows for children for NBC in the 70's. In fact, if you watch close, you'll see a young Buck Kartalian, 12 years before he was cast in one of D'Angelo's NBC Saturday morning shows, The Monster Squad. While Sergeants, set on an Air Force base, could've also stood to be coupled with the Quinn Martin drama 12 0'Clock High, Warner Bros. tried again with a service comedy the next year, going further back in time to the post-Civil War years. Yep, I refer to F-Troop, which essentially replaced Sergeants on the ABC schedule and lasted two years.