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McHale's Navy (1962–1966)

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The misadventures of a misfit PT Boat crew during World War II.

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Series cast summary:
 Lt. Commander Quinton McHale / ... (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
 Captain Wallace B. Binghamton / ... (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
 Ensign Charles Parker (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
 Lester Gruber (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
 George Christopher (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
 'Tinker' Bell (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
 Virgil Edwards (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
John Wright ...
 Willy Moss (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
Yoshio Yoda ...
 Fuji Kobiaji (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
 Lt. Elroy Carpenter / ... (129 episodes, 1962-1966)
 Happy (73 episodes, 1962-1964)


These are the adventures of the misfit crew of PT-73 during World War II. They're one of the best fighting crews in the Navy, but break regulations when it suits them. Their commander, LCDR McHale, is at times as roguish as his crew, but he puts his foot down when things go too far. They are assigned an XO, Ensign Parker, who is by-the-book, but too much of a klutz to command too much respect. They have a house-boy Fuji, who deserted the Japanese Navy, who wears a POW outfit just in case he's caught so he won't be shot at. Their nemesis is CAPT Binghamton and his aide LT Carpenter. They're initially stationed in the South Pacific, but move to Italy in the last season. Written by Tony B

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Batten down the hatches!


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11 October 1962 (USA)  »

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McHale's Men  »

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Did You Know?


The hull section prop of the PT-73 can be seen on an episode of the TV show Emergency! titled "Ouicker Than The Eye" (1974). In the segment an employee of a movie studio becomes trapped under the hull of PT-73 when it is being moved on the studio back lot and the crew from Station 51 rescue him. See more »


Although the show is set in the 1940s, the nurses and other women are seen sporting hairdos from the early 1960s. See more »


[repeated line]
Capt. Binghamton: What is it McHale, what do you want what, what, what?
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Spin-off Broadside (1964) See more »

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McHale's Navy TV Series
29 November 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I have always enjoyed Mchale's Navy, it has to be one of my all time favourite shows. The show was immensely popular in Australia during the 1960's and has returned regularly since then. The show joins many of those other TV SitComs of that 'Golden Era' of television, such as: Batman, Gilligan's Island, The Addams Family, Gomer Pyle, USMC and many more that kept us amused.

I always made sure I was home from school and seated in time for the show every Monday to Friday to see the wacky adventures of McHale and his crew as they managed to get themselves into yet another 'mess' in their daily battle of wits with their strictly by the book Captain Wallace B. Binghamton and Lieutenant Carpenter.

Ernest Borgnine has always been one of my favourite actors and his portrayal of the long suffering LTCOMDR Quinton McHale was first rate. McHale always seemed to have his hands full trying to keep his 'bunch of eight balls' in line, as well as have to contend with his bumbling Exec Officer, Ensign Parker (Tim Conway).

I thought Ernest Borgnine made the show, being the go-between his men and his stern CO, Capt Binghamton. McHale was always concocting some scheme to get his men off the hook with Binghamton, sometimes himself too, after they got into some mishap or other. Capt, Binghamton was also forever trying to invent some scheme to get McHale and his 'Pirates' shipped out, inevitably this backfired on the good Captain someway or another.

I still enjoy this show, it's as every bit as entertaining now as it was back in those good old days.

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