Combat! (1962–1967)

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Combat!, a one-hour WWII drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show offered ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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 Sgt. Saunders / ... (152 episodes, 1962-1967)
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 Lt. Hanley / ... (152 episodes, 1962-1967)
Pierre Jalbert ...
 Caje / ... (115 episodes, 1962-1967)
Jack Hogan ...
 Kirby / ... (111 episodes, 1962-1967)
Dick Peabody ...
 Littlejohn / ... (100 episodes, 1962-1967)
Conlan Carter ...
 Doc / ... (68 episodes, 1963-1967)
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Combat!, a one-hour WWII drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show offered character studies of men striving to maintain their own humanity in the midst of a world torn by war. Written by Jo Davidsmeyer <snw@gate.net>

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(152 episodes)

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Trivia

According to the DVD box set, it cost Shecky Greene money to step away from his Las Vegas show to do an episode of this show. He left the series because of this. See more »

Goofs

Under-chin helmet straps are hardly ever secured (fastened), and either just hang loose or are tucked inside the helmet. This not only violates combat readiness practice, but would cause helmets to constantly fall off during physical movement in combat situations. You can see this often happen to the actors in many episodes. See more »

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Braddock: Don't just stand there sucking on a prune pit, get these men some water!
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Referenced in The Cleveland Show: Ladies' Night (2009) See more »

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A Strong Show, Especially for the Early 60's!
26 January 2005 | by (Bow, NH) – See all my reviews

Recently I began viewing the episodes of "Combat!" in sequence. I had loved this series as a kid, but was concerned that my return would result in serious disappointment. However, I've been really surprised at how strong the show really is, even after all these years!

The early episodes are a bit shaky because the show is still trying to find its feet. The use of Shecky Greene for comedy relief was an interesting idea, but those situations don't really seem to fit the rest of the show. But as I progress, the shows keep getting stronger, more confident. Yes, more happens to this platoon than would happen to any other unit that size. But, it's TV after all and they keep trying to mix up the scenario to add different plot lines.

Some of the themes considered in what I've seen so far: -The struggle of a new man replacing an old vet. -Challenging a collaborationist to help the resistance (with a good ending!) -How the constant stress of war can break men (a popular theme). -A child trying to join the war, then finding out what that really means.

I also beg to differ with one of the comments made by another reviewer. The platoon doesn't always have what they need. On the contrary, many of the episodes have, at the their heart, the platoon struggling with what they don't have or can't do. I applaud the folks who put this show together. I especially applaud the fact that Germans regularly speak German and French characters regularly speak French and there are no subtitles. Yes, these characters speak English when needed. However, the show often has the men struggling with basic communication and "Caje" is always being asked to translate. A nice touch.

So, if you rent this show, you'll get a pretty decent experience. These episodes will not have the graphic violence of today's military pictures. But the show was perfectly ready to grapple with some pretty complex and tough questions. An admirable effort for its time!


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