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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
Bob 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 »

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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

The only extra included with any of the DVD sets that were issued beginning in 2007 was a reunion video featuring five of the surviving cast members as of that year: Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway, Carl Ballantine, Edson Stroll, and Bob Hastings. (Joe Flynn died in 1974, Gary Vinson committed suicide in 1984, and Billy Sands also died in 1984) the other cast members who did not appear in the video are apparently alive as of 2016.) As of 2016, the only surviving member of the group featured in the 2007 reunion is Tim Conway. 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

Nurse Molly Turner: I thought you were the 'tiger of the pacific.'
Lieut. Comdr. Quinton McHale: No, I'm a "chicken-livered sissy. Quinton McHale"
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Catalina Caper (1990) See more »

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Tim Conway and Joe Flynn -- two forgotten comic geniuses
2 July 2007 | by tallguy62See all my reviews

Who can resist the comic talent of Tim Conway? Further, who can resist both Conway and Flynn on the same show to "play off" one another? The result is hysterical. I recently bought this first season, after having seen McHale's Navy (the 1960s movie) and McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force. I had enjoyed them both, but was unaware that the original TV show is now available for purchase.

I am always sad that nowadays, comedians are vulgar and crude and do not need to have ANY talent in order to be popular. True comedy is one of the toughest things for an actor to portray well. Any fool can spew forth obscenities for a cheap laugh, but true comedy requires something more. Joe Flynn and Tim Conway both have that "something more" I am referring to. You will know what I am talking about if you watch any of these old episodes.

What a delightful television show with good writing and decent acting.


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