In an attempt to cash-in on the success of M*A*S*H, this rarely funny sitcom was stuck into the line-up. Loosely based upon the film "Red Ball Express"(1952) and set during WWII, "Roll Out"... See full summary »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1974   1973  

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Liv is a mercenary drawn into a mission to rescue a kidnapped politician. He travels to the volatile Mideast and is assisted by Laura, a translator, where their lives are imperiled.

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Diana Sands, Calvin Lockhart, Seth Allen
The Associates (1979–1980)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The working lives of three neophyte lawyers.

Stars: Wilfrid Hyde-White, Martin Short, Alley Mills
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Story of the military truck drivers who kept the Allied armies supplied in Europe during World War II.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Charles Drake
The Partners (1971–1972)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stars: Don Adams, Rupert Crosse, John Doucette
Quark (1977–1978)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The misadventures of an outer space garbage collector and his crew.

Stars: Richard Benjamin, Tim Thomerson, Patricia Barnstable
Toma (1973–1974)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This series Is based on the real-life story of New Jersey detective David Toma. Toma was a master of disguise and undercover work. Toma himself made a cameo appearance in many episodes.

Stars: Tony Musante, Simon Oakland, Susan Strasberg
Action | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race.

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, Pam Grier
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The life and times of Lorraine Hansberry, an African-American writer and political activist, whose semi-autobiographical 1957 play "A Raisin in the Sun" became the first show on Broadway authored by an African-American.

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Blythe Danner, Barbara Barrie, Ruby Dee
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Stu Gilliam Stu Gilliam ...  Cpl. 'Sweet' Williams 12 episodes, 1973-1974
Hilly Hicks ...  Pfc. Jed Brooks 12 episodes, 1973-1974
Mel Stewart ...  Sgt. B.J. Bryant 12 episodes, 1973-1974
Val Bisoglio ...  Capt. Rocco Calvelli 12 episodes, 1973-1974
Ed Begley Jr. ...  Lt. Robert W. Chapman 12 episodes, 1973-1974
Garrett Morris ...  Wheels 9 episodes, 1973
Teddy Wilson ...  High Strung 8 episodes, 1973
Darrow Igus Darrow Igus ...  Jersey 7 episodes, 1973
Penny Santon Penny Santon ...  Madam Delacort 5 episodes, 1973
Rod Gist Rod Gist ...  Phone Booth 5 episodes, 1973
Edit

Storyline

In an attempt to cash-in on the success of M*A*S*H, this rarely funny sitcom was stuck into the line-up. Loosely based upon the film "Red Ball Express"(1952) and set during WWII, "Roll Out" attempted to comment on race relations the way M*A*S*H was commenting on Korea. Written by C. Barnes <vabcher@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

truck | army | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

TV-PG
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Commentary on the series Roll Out from the producers of MASH
18 December 2008 | by raysondSee all my reviews

ROLL OUT was an half-hour sitcom that aired on CBS during the 1973-1974 season,producing no more than 12 episodes. For one,ROLL OUT was not one of those black sitcom shows that were all over the place during the 1970's,but this was was totally different.

In an effort to cash in on the success of M*A*S*H,CBS made the choice in 1973 to air another Army comedy. Instead of Army medics,ROLL OUT highlighted the pratfalls of the supply drivers of the 5050th Quartermaster Trucking Company of the U.S. Third Army's Red Ball Express,whose staff was mainly African-American. And since they used the same producers that were behind the success of M*A*S*H(which consisted of producers Gene Reynolds and Larry Gelbert),this one was not set during the Korean War. ROLL OUT was set in World War II as a commentary on race relations,just as M*A*S*H's Korean War setting was also a commentary on the Vietnam War(which was still in chaos during the early 1970's)

This series had the same similarities as M*A*S*H and dealt with race relations during World War II. Ed Begley,Jr. was Lt. Chapman while the rest of the cast were predominantly African-American,this was a short-lived series with a very diverse cast. Several well known actors would go on to bigger and better careers because of this show,most notably Garrett Morris(Wheels Dawson),who would go on to be one of the prime time players during the first season of Saturday Night Live;comedian Stu Gilliam(Corporal Carter "Sweet" Williams);Hilly Hicks(Pvt. Brooks), and Teddy Wilson(High Strung)who would go on to do other roles,including his most infamous role as Sweet Daddy Williams on "Good Times",and Earl on "That's My Mama",and other black-oriented sitcoms of the 1970's and 1980's.

The series aired originally on CBS from October 5,1973 until January 4,1974,producing 12 episodes. The show aired on Friday nights opposite ABC's "The Odd Couple",and NBC's "Sanford and Son". Unfortunably,the series failed to win its timeslot and was replaced on January 11,1974 by the 13-week Dirty Sally,with was a spin off to Gunsmoke and a half-hour western starring Jeannette Nolan. Speaking of this short-lived from the early 1970's,the last time ROLL OUT was ever shown was back in the mid-1980's when BET(Black Entertainment Television)reaired all 12 episodes,and it hasn't been seen since.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed