Comic exploits of an acid-tongued chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy.

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 C.P.O. Otto Sharkey (37 episodes, 1976-1978)
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 Chief Robinson (37 episodes, 1976-1978)
Peter Isacksen ...
 Seaman Pruitt (37 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jeff Hollis ...
 Recruit Daniels (37 episodes, 1976-1978)
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 Recruit Skolnick (37 episodes, 1976-1978)
Tom Ruben ...
 Recruit Kowalski (37 episodes, 1976-1978)
Richard Beauchamp ...
 Recruit Rodriguez (35 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jonathan Daly ...
 Lt. Whipple (24 episodes, 1976-1978)
Phillip Simms ...
 Apodaca (23 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Captain Buckner (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Capt. Quinlan (15 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Recruit Mignone (14 episodes, 1976-1977)
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The perfect sitcom outlet for the acid-tongued talents of comic Don Rickles, who plays Chief Petty Officer Sharkey, based at a naval recruitment center in California. Since all the men under his command seem to be from different racial and cultural backgrounds (black, Polish, Hispanic, etc.), Sharkey has plenty of ammunition for his insults and putdowns. He's actually very fond of his men though, and usually must protect them from mealy-mouthed boss Lt. Whipple and gruff base commander Capt. Buckner. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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This show is often remembered for an incident in which Johnny Carson interrupted a taping session. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) with guest host Bob Newhart, Don Rickles accidentally broke the cigarette box on Carson's desk. When Carson returned to the show the next day, he discovered the broken box during taping. Carson took the broken box and a cameraman with him to the adjacent studio where Rickles' show was taped and teased him. This incident was played on Carson's annual specials and also on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) on the day Carson died. See more »

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Referenced in Girls Will Be Girls (2003) See more »

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Letting Rickles Be Rickles
7 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have only seen Don Rickles in two parts where he really got to let go and be Don Rickles. Those were CPO Sharkey and when he was the supply Sergent in Kelly's Heroes. Both parts must have been written for him since I never saw him in any other parts where he got to let it rip. I saw him in more than one part where he was supposed to be "nice" and it was not the same. It was often in those parts that he was defanged. My father was retired Navy as a CPO and he really like any show about the navy and this and McHale's Navy were two of his favorites. Too bad CPO Sharkey only had one or two seasons because with the right writing, directing, etc it could have gone on longer. I think most of it was in studio with a studio audience and if it had been shot on location somewhere it would have lasted longer. Not every comedy has to be done in a studio with an audience. Good job Mr. Rickles and rest in peace.


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