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Operation Petticoat 

It's hijinks on the high seas when a U.S. submarine has to take on a collection of female nurses. Somehow or another, the sub gets painted pink in the process.




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Series cast summary:
Melinda Naud ...  Lt. Dolores Crandall 33 episodes, 1977-1979
Jim Varney ...  Seaman 'Doom & Gloom' Broom / ... 33 episodes, 1977-1979
Richard Brestoff ...  Yeoman Hunkle 32 episodes, 1977-1979
John Astin ...  Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Sherman 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Richard Gilliland ...  Lt. Nick Holden 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Yvonne Wilder ...  Major Edna Howard 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Jamie Lee Curtis ...  Lt. Barbara Duran 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Dorrie Thomson ...  Lt. Ruth Colfax 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Bond Gideon ...  Lt. Claire Reid 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Christopher J. Brown Christopher J. Brown ...  Ensign Stovall 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Kraig Cassity Kraig Cassity ...  Seaman Dooley 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Wayne Long Wayne Long ...  Chief Herbert Molumphrey 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Richard Marion Richard Marion ...  Pharmacist's Mate Williams 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Michael Mazes Michael Mazes ...  Radioman Gossett 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ...  Chief Machinist's Mate Tostin 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Jesse Dizon ...  Ramon Gallardo 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Peter Schuck Peter Schuck ...  Seaman Horwich 23 episodes, 1977-1978
Raymond Singer ...  Lt. Watson 23 episodes, 1977-1978


It's hijinks on the high seas when a U.S. submarine has to take on a collection of female nurses. Somehow or another, the sub gets painted pink in the process. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Release Date:

4 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life in the Pink See more »

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Technical Specs


(24 episodes)

Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original plan was for Operation Petticoat to run as a one-hour series. They shot a 2-hour pilot movie, and several one-hour scripts were written. Then ABC had second thoughts and decided it would work better in a half-hour format. The first script (after the pilot) was shot as written and shown in two parts, allowing time for the other scripts to be rewritten. See more »


Referenced in Circus of the Stars #2 (1977) See more »

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12 July 2009 | by mikerestSee all my reviews

While a lot of people are familiar with the John Astin version most don't even realize there was a second season with an entirely new cast and many new characters. I loved the Astin version when I was a kid but don't even remember Season Two.

It's hard to picture Montooth's Bender replacing Lt. Holden.

Nor does it seem to have the same humor and the Pink Submarine bit was getting rather old.

Worse they turned the Sub from a combat sub into a glorified hospital ship.

They should have let it go when the first cast was cut.

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