McHale's Navy

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McHale's Navy
McHales Navy-Cast.jpg
Premiere October 11, 1962
Finale April 12, 1966
Network/Provider ABC
Style 30-minute military sitcom
Company Sto-Rev-Co Productions,
Revue Studios (seasons 1-2),
Universal TV (seasons 3-4)
Seasons 4
Episodes 138
Origin USA

McHale's Navy is a military sitcom that aired on ABC.

In the first episode it is established that McHale is a former merchant ship captain who was intimately familiar with the South Pacific over a period of 20 years. McHale's second-in-command is Ensign Charles Parker (Tim Conway), who is referred to by McHale as "Chuck" and by the crew as "Mr. Parker" (in the United States Navy all officers ranked from Warrant Officer to Lieutenant Commander who are not in command are more often than not referred to as "Mister"). Conway's performance as a gentle, naïve but somewhat gung-ho bungler who usually succeeded in spite of his own ineptitude was career-defining. Parker frequently mentions that he is from Chagrin Falls, Ohio (Tim Conway grew up there in real life). Among Parker's catchphrases were "Gee, I love that kind of talk" and citations of various naval regulations. In an episode entitled "The Great Impersonation," Mr. Parker is called upon to impersonate a famous British General (Tim Conway in a dual role) in Noumea, New Caledonia (where he dodges assassins) while the real general leads an invasion against Japanese forces.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4
Ernest Borgnine Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale * * * *
Joe Flynn Captain Wallace Burton Binghamton * * * *
Tim Conway Ensign Charles Parker * * * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4
Carl Ballantine Lester Gruber * * * *
Gary Vinson George "Christy" Christopher * * * *
Billy Sands Harrison "Tinker" Bell * * * *
Edson Stroll Virgil Edwards * * * *
Gavin MacLeod Joseph "Happy" Haines * * *
John Wright Willy Moss * * * *
Yoshio Yoda Fuji Kobiaji * * * *
Bob Hastings Lt. Elroy Carpenter * * * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
ABC
Season One October 11, 1962 June 27, 1963 36
Season Two September 17, 1963 May 19, 1964 36
Season Three September 15, 1964 June 1, 1965 36
Season Four September 14, 1965 April 12, 1966 30

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series November 17, 2015 purchase 21
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season One March 20, 2007 purchase 5
Season Two September 11, 2007 purchase 5
Season Three March 18, 2008 purchase 5
Season Four November 18, 2008 purchase 5
Episode Collections  (Region 1)
The First 8 Episodes July 14, 2009 purchase 1

External Sites