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Black Sheep Squadron (1976–1978)
"Baa Baa Black Sheep" (original title)

TV Series  |   |  Action, War, Adventure
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The dramatized World War II adventures of US Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington and his Marine Attack Squadron 214, AKA The Black Sheep Squadron.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
 Maj. Greg 'Pappy' Boyington (36 episodes, 1976-1978)
 Brig. Gen. Thomas Moore (36 episodes, 1976-1978)
 Col. Thomas A. Lard (36 episodes, 1976-1978)
 1st Lt. Jerome 'Jerry' Bragg (36 episodes, 1976-1978)
W.K. Stratton ...
 2nd Lt. Lawrence 'Larry' Casey / ... (36 episodes, 1976-1978)
 1st Lt. Donald French (36 episodes, 1976-1978)
 Lt. Bob Boyle / ... (34 episodes, 1976-1978)
 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph 'T.J.' Wiley (30 episodes, 1976-1978)
 2nd Lt. Robert 'Bob' Anderson (30 episodes, 1976-1978)
 Sgt. Micklin / ... (24 episodes, 1976-1978)
James Whitmore Jr. ...
 Capt. James 'Jim' Gutterman (23 episodes, 1976-1977)
 Sgt. John David 'Hutch' Hutchinson (20 episodes, 1976-1977)


Pappy Boyington is the squadron-leader of a group of fighter pilots stationed on an island in the Pacific, during World War II. Pappy often needs to intercede in altercations at the base, but everyone seems to pull together when they are assigned missions in the air. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Release Date:

21 September 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Sheep Squadron  »

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Did You Know?


There is a famous photo of every member of the Black Sheep Squadron posing on the wings of one of their planes wearing St. Louis Cardinals baseball caps. The Cardinals donated one cap for every Japanese plane the squadron shot down. They ended up donating so many caps that everybody in the entire squadron, including the ground personnel, got one. See more »


Whenever a Zero was shot down by a Corsair, it would bellow white smoke and begin to trail away. In reality, because the Zero did not have self sealing fuel tanks, in would in almost every circumstance burst into flames or explode when shot down. See more »


Major Greg 'Pappy' Boyington: Around here, we brush our teeth with Scotch.
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Edited into Airwolf: And They Are Us (1984) See more »

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Pappy rules!
21 March 2001 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

I watch this every day on the History Channel. Great show, maybe not the most historically accurate, but you get a sense of what life was like for these young pilots in the Pacific. Gutterman and Pappy are my favorite characters. Most everyone with a speaking role in the series carved out a nitche for himself and made his character fairly memorable. This is a show the whole family can watch together and learn a little about WW2. One thing I like about the History Channel is that each commercial break has a blurb from a real member of the Black Sheep Squadron giving insights into areas where the show is not accurate.

Why did they cancel this show?? The show went WAY down hill with the addition of the T&A factor (aka Pappy's Lambs). What was a pathetic attempt to boost ratings further detracted from the historical accurateness of the show by depicting woman with no acting talent, often scantily dressed, with 70s hairstyles positioned on the front lines in WW2. Pappy Boyington was a technical advisor to the show and should have put a stop to this!!!

Attention Hollywood: Pappy Boyington and his brave men would make an excellent feature film. The TV series just scratches the surface of the adventures of the Black Sheep.

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