The misadventures of a misfit PT Boat crew during World War II.
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 Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
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 Captain Wallace B. Binghamton / ... (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
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 Ensign Charles Parker (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
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 Lester Gruber (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
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 George Christopher (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
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 'Tinker' Bell (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
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 Virgil Edwards (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
John Wright ...
 Willy Moss (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
Yoshio Yoda ...
 Fuji Kobiaji (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
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 Lt. Elroy Carpenter / ... (129 episodes, 1962-1966)
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 Happy (73 episodes, 1962-1964)
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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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Comedy | War

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11 October 1962 (USA)  »

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McHale's Men  »

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(138 episodes)

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4:3
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Trivia

Whenever one of the crew's elaborate schemes calls for President Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog, Fala to bark, they sometimes bark like a big dog and then bark like a smaller dog. FDR had six other dogs besides Fala - Meggie, another Scottish Terrier and five others that were large breed dogs - Tiny, an Old English Sheepdog, Winks, a Llewellyn Setter, Blaze - a Bullmastiff, President, a Great Dane, and Major - a German Shepherd. See more »

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Throughout the run of the series, characters are frequently shown saluting indoors and without a hat on. In the United States Navy, personnel are not supposed to salute "uncovered" (not wearing a hat) and "in the house" (indoors). See more »

Quotes

Lieut. Comdr. Quinton McHale: Stall em! I don't care how you do it but stall 'em!
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Version of F Troop (1965) See more »

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Classic TV
20 July 2001 | by (Collinsport, Maine) – See all my reviews

My memories of watching this show coincide with the same days I used to stay home sick from, and in some cases "sick of," school. I loved staying home and watching the wacky adventures of McHale and his crew. Borgnine's big smiling face made him sort of my best buddy and his crew my extended family. I think the best appeal of the show was that it seemed to pay homages to so many of my favorites: Gilligan's Island, Hogan's Heroes, F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show and Get Smart just to name a few. Conway's character had a lot of Barney Fife in him, and the surreal humor reminded me a lot of Night Court. Maybe that's what makes a show a classic; by it's way to reinvent comedy where everyone can find some interest in it.


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