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McHale's Navy 

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The misadventures of a misfit PT boat crew during World War II.
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1966   1965   1964   1963   1962  
Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Ernest Borgnine ...  Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale 138 episodes, 1962-1966
Joe Flynn ...  Captain Wallace B. Binghamton / ... 138 episodes, 1962-1966
Tim Conway ...  Ensign Charles Parker 138 episodes, 1962-1966
Carl Ballantine ...  Lester Gruber 138 episodes, 1962-1966
Gary Vinson ...  George Christopher 138 episodes, 1962-1966
Billy Sands ...  'Tinker' Bell 138 episodes, 1962-1966
Edson Stroll ...  Virgil Edwards 138 episodes, 1962-1966
John Wright John Wright ...  Willy Moss 138 episodes, 1962-1966
Yoshio Yoda Yoshio Yoda ...  Fuji Kobiaji 138 episodes, 1962-1966
Robert Hastings ...  Lt. Elroy Carpenter / ... 129 episodes, 1962-1966
Gavin MacLeod ...  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, Lieutenant Commander McHale, is at times as roguish as his crew, but he puts his foot down when things go too far. They are assigned an Executive Officer, 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 Captain Binghamton and his aide Lieutenant Carpenter. They're initially stationed in the South Pacific, but moved 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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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

McHale's Men See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sto-Rev-Co Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(138 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In some episodes, Ensign Parker mentioned that he had a pet frog named Albert. Later, his frog's name changed to David. See more »

Goofs

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

[repeated line]
Capt. Binghamton: What is it McHale, what do you want what, what, what?
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Guilt-Free Fun !
28 May 2005 | by parmrhSee all my reviews

"McHale's Navy" manages to present THE PERFECT take on "War-Time Comedy", (eclipsed only by "M*A*S*H"). Some may point to "Hogan's Heroes" as being superior, but while I enjoyed that as a kid, nowadays I cannot get past "Hogan's Heroes"' simple-minded take on The Nazis and sugar-coated fantasy prison camp setting. The Nazis were NOT simple-minded, easily-fooled buffoons, and "Hogan's Heroes" is an insult to the ordeals endured by every Allied POW in WW2.

McHale's Navy" on the other hand,never insults the intelligence of The Viewer by taking too many broad liberties with history. The Japanese in Mchale's Navy are a serious enemy,(save for the harmless "Fuji" the escaped POW given shelter by McHale and Crew).

In "McHale's Navy", The REAL Enemy is..... THE BRASS!

That's where honest War-Time Comedy is meant to derive from,and where it is at it's best. When you spotlight the overly- officious asininity of The Higher Ranks, you get Genuine Comedy. It's a Truth that Ernie Pyle, Bill Mauldin, Floyd Gibbons and Richard Hooker understood; and that Truth is showcased no where better than in "McHale's Navy".


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