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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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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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Storyline

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sto-Rev-Co Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(138 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Captain Binghamton's middle name was Burton. In earlier episodes, his name was R.F. Binghamton. Later on, his name changed to W.B. Binghamton. See more »

Goofs

Although the show is set in the 1940s, the nurses and other women are seen sporting hairdos from the early 1960s. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Capt. Binghamton: [grumbling] I could just scream.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera (1991) See more »

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Classic TV
20 July 2001 | by Thor2000See all my reviews

My memories of watching this show coincide with the same days I used to stay home sick from, and in some cases "sick of," school. I loved staying home and watching the wacky adventures of McHale and his crew. Borgnine's big smiling face made him sort of my best buddy and his crew my extended family. I think the best appeal of the show was that it seemed to pay homages to so many of my favorites: Gilligan's Island, Hogan's Heroes, F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show and Get Smart just to name a few. Conway's character had a lot of Barney Fife in him, and the surreal humor reminded me a lot of Night Court. Maybe that's what makes a show a classic; by it's way to reinvent comedy where everyone can find some interest in it.


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