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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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4   3   2   1  
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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Sto-Rev-Co Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(138 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Ernest Borgnine was forty-five-years-old when the show started. 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

Ens. Charles Parker: Gee I love that kind of talk.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in St. Elsewhere: The Naked Civil Surgeon (1988) See more »

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Borgnine's show, but Flynn & Conway were the real stars
6 April 2002 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

I know this was Ernest Borgnine's show, and though he played it too broadly sometimes, he was still pretty good in it. However, the main reason I watched the show was for Joe Flynn's Captain Binghamton and Tim Conway's Ensign Parker. Binghamton was always trying to nail McHale and his crew (he kept calling them "you and your pirates") and some of his schemes to get rid of them were hilarious, especially when, as usual, they blew up in his face. Conway's eager but almost totally incompetent Ensign Parker was a a joy to watch, due to Conway's comic genius. It was side-splitting to watch him squirm, stutter and completely fall apart whenever he was given any kind of responsibility at all; he'd try to do a good job, and it usually worked out in the end, but what happened in between was always good for a lot of laughs. I especially enjoyed watching him totally dissolve whenever Claudine Longet put the moves on him. Conway was one of TV's great clowns, as shown by his work on "The Carol Burnett Show," and he's at the top of his form; he had the amazing ability to move his body in three or four different directions at the same time--he would look like a marionette with the strings tangled--and that combined with his twitches, facial expressions and look of total incomprehension was a riot. Another actor I really enjoyed was Bob Hastings, who played Binghamton's loyal, long-suffering and abused underling, Lt. Carpenter. Carpenter was the ultimate company man, so eager to please his boss that he gladly entered into whatever lame-brained scheme Binghamton cooked up to discredit McHale ("Oh, good-o, sir, that's brilliant!"), which usually wound up with Binghamton's shifting the blame to him whenever it went wrong--which Carpenter, of course, always readily accepted ("I'm sorry, sir, of course it was all my fault"). Carl Ballantine's scheming Gruber, always on the lookout to make a (usually dishonest) buck, was a lot of fun, too.

I think the series lost a bit of steam when the location was moved from the South Pacific to Italy, and some of the supporting cast was somewhat weak (Gavin McLeod's Happy was especially annoying), but overall it was a very funny, enjoyable show, with some great byplay between Flynn and Conway.


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