WWII Comedy Series

by LlllPppp | created - 18 Feb 2013 | updated - 15 Jul 2017 | Public

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1. 'Allo 'Allo (1982–1992)

45 min | Comedy, History, War

In France during World War II, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene.

Stars: Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner

Votes: 22,309

2. Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, War

The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders.

Stars: Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Richard Dawson

Votes: 7,725

3. Dad's Army (1968–1977)

30 min | Comedy, War

A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie

Votes: 5,059

4. McHale's Navy (1962–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, War

The misadventures of a misfit PT boat crew during World War II.

Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway, Carl Ballantine

Votes: 2,177

6. Roll Out (1973–1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, War

Drivers and the other largely African-American staff at the U.S. Third Army's Red Ball Express during WWII try to squeeze in a life and a few laughs dealing with the Army and being thousands of miles from hometowns and families.

Stars: Stu Gilliam, Hilly Hicks, Mel Stewart, Val Bisoglio

Votes: 27

7. Private Schulz (1981– )

300 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Time - WWII, the place - Germany. The Germans have a plan to destroy the British economy by flooding the country with forged £5 notes. Private Schultz is coerced into organizing a gang ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Elphick, Ian Richardson, Cyril Shaps, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 340

8. Operation Petticoat (1977–1979)

30 min | Comedy

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.

Stars: Melinda Naud, Jim Varney, Richard Brestoff, John Astin

Votes: 169

9. Czterej pancerni i pies (1966– )

55 min | War, Adventure

Story follows the adventures of a tank crew and their T-34 tank in the 1st Polish Army during World War II.

Stars: Janusz Gajos, Franciszek Pieczka, Wlodzimierz Press, Malgorzata Niemirska

Votes: 1,111

10. Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–2016)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

British sitcom in which an unhappily married man discovers he can time travel back to 1940s war-torn London where he masquerades as an MI5 agent and part-time songwriter whilst courting the local barmaid.

Stars: Nicholas Lyndhurst, Victor McGuire, Christopher Ettridge, Elizabeth Carling

Votes: 2,134

11. Which Way to the War (1994 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

In the Western Desert of World War II, a party of British "Desert Rat" soldiers and a party of Australian soldiers are holed up in a remote building, when an ambulance of Italian "nurses" arrives.

Directors: Roy Gould, David Croft | Stars: William Tapley, Simon Baker, Terry John, Robert Hands

Votes: 5

Unfortunately, this is just a pilot for what could have been a brilliant WWII comedy series...

Was not well received at the time, but enjoys a great cult following today.

Once was available for viewing on the "David Croft" website <www.davidcroft.co.uk/Which-Way-To-The-War/>, but no longer [as of 02/13]...short intro clip and credits still available on youtube [as of 04/13; as of 12/13, short intro clip is no longer available anywhere; as of 02/16 it is once again available...]

Highly recommended as a WWII comedy, if you can find it...

12. My Uncle Napoleon (1976– )

770 min | Comedy, Drama

An uproarious adoption of a popular novel by Iraj Pezeshkzad set in and around the family compound in early 1940s Tehran, marvelously rich in personality and incident. The title character, ... See full summary »

Stars: Gholamhossein Naghshineh, Parviz Fanizadeh, Minoo Abrishami, Esmail Davarfar

Votes: 884

13. It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–1981)

30 min | Comedy, War

The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II.

Stars: Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes, Donald Hewlett, Don Estelle

Votes: 1,114

14. Broadside (1964–1965)

30 min | Comedy

Lt. Anne Morgan and her fellow Waves are posted to the backwater station on Ranakai, much to the displeasure of Commander Adrian. So his South Seas idyll, including gourmet cook, isn't disrupted has Adrian scheming to transfer the women.

Stars: Kathleen Nolan, Edward Andrews, Dick Sargent, Sheila James Kuehl

Votes: 28

WAVES in South Pacific; "McHale's Navy" spinoff...

15. First of the Summer Wine (1988–1989)

30 min | Comedy

Set Just before WW2, this involves the younger lives of some of the Last of the Summer wine characters. Norman Clegg's father is played by Peter Sallis who plays Norman Clegg in Last of the summer wine.

Stars: David Fenwick, Paul Oldham, Paul Wyett, Peter Sallis

Votes: 104

16. Heil Honey I'm Home! (1990)

30 min | Comedy

In Berlin, 1938, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun have a love-hate relationship with their Jewish neighbours in this bizarre spoof of 'fifties American sitcoms.

Stars: Neil McCaul, Denica Fairman, Gareth Marks, Caroline Gruber

Votes: 392

Another one-off, pilot-only, series; considering the material, no one should be too surprised, but is it funny? Hmmm...

17. Mister Roberts (1965– )

30 min | Comedy

The final adaption of the popular book, play, and movie has Lt. Roberts being far from the war action while stationed on the Reluctant, a cargo ship. While trying to get transferred he must... See full summary »

Stars: Roger Smith, Steve Harmon, Richard X. Slattery, George Ives

Votes: 35

18. The Rear Guard (1976 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

Pilot episode for an American version of the British tv comedy series 'Dads Army'. This episode is a recreation of the episode 'The Deadly Attachment.'

Director: Hal Cooper | Stars: Lou Jacobi, Cliff Norton, Eddie Foy Jr., John McCook

Votes: 21

Another one-off, pilot-only, series; US remake of 'Dad's Army'...

20. Goodtime Girls (1980)

30 min | Comedy

Four young women share a Washington, D.C. apartment during World War II.

Stars: Annie Potts, Lorna Patterson, Georgia Engel, Francine Tacker

Votes: 24

21. Land Girls (2009–2011)
Episode: Back to the Land (2011)

44 min | Drama

Lady Ellen is frustrated when Tucker is released from the charge of murdering her husband and her flighty, selfish sister Diana comes to Hoxley Hall. Rather than help Ellen with the ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Hughes | Stars: Becci Gemmell, Jo Woodcock, Liam Boyle, Susan Cookson

Votes: 44

22. The Train of Childhood and Expectation (1989– )

360 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Why do people like returning to their childhood in their memories? Most probably because seen through children's eyes, the world is better and merrier than as adults perceive it. Close ... See full summary »

Stars: Zbysek Olsovský, Pavel Pochylý, Miriam Brochová, Jana Eichlerová

Votes: 99

23. The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965–1966)

60 min | Adventure, War, Comedy

In the spring of 1942, the New Zealand government presents the U.S. a 70-year-old wooden twin-masted schooner. The US military decides to use the ship to place spies ashore behind Japanese ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Warden, Gary Collins, Mike Kellin, Mark Slade

Votes: 136

24. Jane (1982–1984)

10 min | Animation, Comedy

BBC 2's adaption of the classic adult UK comic strip of the same name especially popular during WWII for its heavy pin-up elements. Ingenue, Jane Gay, does her best to foil enemy agents as well as lose clothing.

Stars: Glynis Barber, Bob Danvers Walker, Max Wall, Dean Allen

Votes: 51

25. Ace London (1998– )

Adventure, Comedy

A series of the adventures of Major Alvega, a legendary British-Portuguese RAF (Royal Air Force) pilot, famous for his courage and audacity, performing high-risk missions during World War II.

Stars: Ricardo Carriço, Rosa Bella, António Cordeiro, Fernando Pessa

Votes: 106

26. Johnny and the Bomb (2006– )

120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Based on the book by Terry Pratchett, the adventure begins for thirteen-year-old Johnny Maxwell and his four friends when they come to the aid of eccentric homeless woman, Mrs Tachyon, and ... See full summary »

Stars: George MacKay, Lucien Laviscount, Jazmine Franks, Kyle Herbert

Votes: 296

28. Ain't Misbehavin' (1997)

150 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Wartime comedy about two very different bandsmen (Eddie and Eric) and their misadventures with gangsters, romance, and black-marketing in Blitz-time London.

Stars: Jerome Flynn, Robson Green, Warren Mitchell, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 51

29. Demob (1993– )

Comedy, Drama

Ian and Dick are two soldiers returning to peacetime Britain from WW2. They struggle to fit back into society, and get involved in various shady schemes.

Stars: Griff Rhys Jones, Martin Clunes, Amanda Redman, Samantha Womack

Votes: 57

30. Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
Episode: So Sorry, My Island Now (1965)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A Japanese soldier arrives on the island, thinks it's still WWII, and holds the castaways prisoner on their own island.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer

Votes: 155

31. Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
Episode: Mine Hero (1965)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

While The Professor tries to round up enough metal to make an anchor for a raft with an S.O.S. message attached to it, Gilligan reels in a World War II underwater mine from the lagoon.

Director: Wilbur D'Arcy | Stars: Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer

Votes: 116

32. Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
Episode: Forward March (1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The castaways form a military unit led by Mr. Howell when an unidentified enemy begins attacking them with hand grenades.

Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer

Votes: 106

33. The Danny Kaye Show (1963–1967)
Episode: Episode #4.13 (1966)

60 min | Comedy, Music

Singers Sergio Franchi and Sallie Blair are Danny's guests for this episode. In one sketch Danny, playing Jerome, a shy shoe clerk, gets into hot water when he tries to hide a pretty girl ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Kaye, Sergio Franchi, Sallie Blair, Harvey Korman

34. The Danny Kaye Show (1963–1967)
Episode: Episode #4.15 (1966)

Comedy, Music

For the last show of 1966, Danny is jointed by singer Caterina Valente, composer Gilbert Becaud, little Victoria Meyerink and series regulars Harvey Korman and Joyce Van Patten. In one ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Kaye, Gilbert Bécaud, Harvey Korman, Victoria Paige Meyerink

35. Green Acres (1965–1971)
Episode: Wings Over Hooterville (1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

When the dreaded bing bug threatens all the crops in Hooterville, Oliver tries to rally the people to rid the town of the menace. He is then volunteered to be the one to fly the crop duster... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Pat Buttram, Frank Cady

Votes: 49



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