The dramatized World War II adventures of U.S. Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington and his U.S. Marine Attack Squadron 214, (The Black Sheep Squadron).
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1978   1977   1976  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Robert Conrad ...  Maj. Greg 'Pappy' Boyington 36 episodes, 1976-1978
Simon Oakland ...  Brig. Gen. Thomas Moore 36 episodes, 1976-1978
Dana Elcar ...  Col. Thomas A. Lard 36 episodes, 1976-1978
Dirk Blocker ...  1st Lt. Jerome 'Jerry' Bragg 36 episodes, 1976-1978
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ...  2nd Lt. Lawrence 'Larry' Casey / ... 36 episodes, 1976-1978
Jeff MacKay ...  1st Lt. Donald French 36 episodes, 1976-1978
Larry Manetti ...  Lt. Bob Boyle 34 episodes, 1976-1978
Robert Ginty ...  1st Lt. Thomas Joseph 'T.J.' Wiley 29 episodes, 1976-1978
John Larroquette ...  2nd Lt. Robert 'Bob' Anderson 29 episodes, 1976-1978
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ...  Capt. James 'Jim' Gutterman 23 episodes, 1976-1977
Joey Aresco ...  Sgt. John David 'Hutch' Hutchinson 20 episodes, 1976-1977
Red West ...  Sgt. Micklin / ... 19 episodes, 1977-1978
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Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington is the squadron leader of a group of fighter pilots stationed on an island in the Pacific during World War II. "Pappy" often needs to intercede in altercations at the base, but everyone seems to pull together when they are assigned missions in the air. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Some scenes show the pilots holding the triggers for extended periods of time. Standard practice was to fire in three to five second bursts, because the Corsair only carried enough ammunition for just under thirty continuous seconds of firing. There were four hundred rounds per gun in the inner two guns and three hundred seventy-five rounds for the outer gun. See more »

Goofs

Whenever a Zero was shot down by a Corsair, it would bellow white smoke and begin to trail away. In reality, because the Zero did not have self sealing fuel tanks, in would in almost every circumstance burst into flames or explode when shot down. See more »

Quotes

Major Greg 'Pappy' Boyington: Around here, we brush our teeth with Scotch.
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Connections

Followed by Black Sheep Squadron: Flying Misfits (1976) See more »

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Somewhat mixed but generally quite entertaining
9 December 2001 | by Hessian499See all my reviews

Set in the South Pacific during World War Two, the series dealt with a squadron of US pilots known as the Black Sheep (called such due to the fact most were misfits and disciplinary cases before joining the outfit). The best part of the series were the aerial combat sequences; using a mix of archived material from the war, newly filmed sequences, and superbly edited tapings of radio transmissions, the producers made it seem like you were up there in the sky with the squadron in the encounters with the Japanese. On the ground, the dramatic scenes were often done just as well; you got to realize that even though the squadron was made up of screwballs they behaved as a unit and worked as a team to make it through whatever came up.

Later episodes in the series tend to be rather lacking in entertainment value. The addition of "Pappy's Lambs" - a group of nurses assigned to the island - was probably meant to help ratings, but at the same time the focus started to swing towards them and away from the war against the Japanese, which had been the backbone of the more successful earlier episodes. The overall writing of the series seems to have deteriorated as the show got towards the end of its run as well.

While mixed in quality through its run, the show is definitely worth watching, if nothing else for the Corsairs that were restored to be used on the show - great aircraft!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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Black Sheep Squadron See more »

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Runtime:

(37 episodes)

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Mono

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

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4:3
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