F Troop (1965–1967)

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The misadventures of the staff and neighbors of a remote US Army outpost in the Wild West.

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 Sgt. Morgan O'Rourke / ... (65 episodes, 1965-1967)
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 Cpl. Randolph Agarn / ... (65 episodes, 1965-1967)
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 Capt. Wilton Parmenter / ... (65 episodes, 1965-1967)
Melody Patterson ...
 Wrangler Jane Angelica Thrift (65 episodes, 1965-1967)
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 Hannibal Dobbs / ... (65 episodes, 1965-1967)
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 Chief Wild Eagle / ... (63 episodes, 1965-1967)
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 Trooper Duffy (63 episodes, 1965-1967)
Ben Frommer ...
 Smokey Bear / ... (52 episodes, 1965-1967)
Don Diamond ...
 Crazy Cat / ... (50 episodes, 1965-1967)
Joe Brooks ...
 Trooper Vanderbilt / ... (48 episodes, 1965-1967)
Ivan Bell ...
 Trooper Duddleson / ... (45 episodes, 1965-1967)
Jimmie Horan ...
 Trooper Hogan (31 episodes, 1965-1967)
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Becoming a hero by accidentally leading a cavalry charge the wrong way, Captain Wilton Parmenter is given command of Fort Courage. The Fort's crafty Sgt. O'Rourke has a deal with the local Hekawi Indians to market their wares to the tourists. They must sometimes pretend to be enemies (and the Shugs really are enemies). Jane is out to marry the innocent Parmenter. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The names of Captain Parmenter's family all came from mythology. His first cousin was a major named Achilles (Greek), his second cousin was a lieutenant colonel named Hercules (Romanisation of Greek Herakles), his uncle was a colonel named Jupiter (Roman) and his father was a general named Thor (Scandinavian). See more »

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The show takes place from 1865 to 1867, yet the fort flag has 37 stars on it. But the 37th state (Nebraska) wasn't admitted to the Union until Friday, March 1, 1867, so the number is incorrect for most of the series. See more »

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Chief Wild Eagle: Hekawis very brave warriors, except for one thing...
Sergeant Morgan O'Rourke: What's that?
Chief Wild Eagle: We *faint* a lot.
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F Troop
Lyrics by Irving Taylor
Music by William Lava
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A TV Classic Way Ahead Of It's Time!
21 May 2000 | by (Bayonne, NJ) – See all my reviews

F Troop was without a doubt a victim of it's own genius and thus in my mind ranks as the SINGLE greatest example of a television show that was way ahead of it's time. Perhaps, too far ahead. As correctly pointed out in previous comments, the show ran for two seasons on ABC from 1965 to 1967. One season in black and white, the other in color. 66 episodes were produced and every one of them was a comedic masterpiece. Despite poor ratings and eventual cancellation, the show went on to become extremely popular in syndicated reruns and develope a large cult following. So what happened? Here is my opinion. At the time F Troop made it's debut, Television was still in it's infancy and America was use to either the "family" sitcoms such as "Donna Reed", "Beaver", "Ozzie and Harriet", etc... Or, the "idiot" sitcoms such as "Gilligan", "Bewitched" or "Jeannie". The nation was not ready for, nor did the understand the "Satire" comedy. Two came out in 1965. One worked, the other didn't. "Get Smart" was a satire of the secret agent phenomenon which was sweeping the country. America could relate to that because of "James Bond" and the cold war so "Get Smart" was a success. Plus you had the great talents of Don Adams and a superb show to boot! But a satire on the American west? The nation didn't get it or take to it thus "Troops" fate was sealed. Despite the fact that the show is brilliant, the chracters are funny and endearing and the writing was superb and ahead of it's time, America just didn't get it. Only when times changed in the 70's and 80's and the show was in syndication did America start getting the humor and understanding what satire really meant. "F-Troop" paved the way for satires like "Police Squad" and "The Naked Gun". To this day the humor is fresh and funny and even relevant. I have seen episodee hundreds of times and still laugh and still find things I didn't notice before. And hats off to Televisions most underrated physical comic, Ken Berry. I urge anyone to find this show on video and enjoy it for the classic and genius that it is.


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