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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1962!
McHale's Navy cast shot
In 1962, McHale's Navy premiered with a star-studded cast, great writing, and campy characters. The show became an instant hit with a great following.

After running for 138 episodes, the show was finally cancelled, but not before the characters had become familiar to nearly every household in America. The black and white classic is no longer available on television at the time of this writing.

Main Characters:
  • Ernest Borgnine as Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
  • Joe Flynn as Capt. Wallace B. Binghamton
  • Tim Conway as Ensign Charles Parker
  • Carl Ballentine as Lester Gruber
  • Gary Vinson as George "Christy" Chistopher
  • Billy Sands as Harrison "Tinker" Bell
  • Edson Stroll as Virgil Edwards
  • Jane Dulo as Nurse Molly Turner
  • Gavin MacLeod as Joseph "Happy" Haines
  • John Wright as Willy Moses
  • Yoshio Yoda as Fuji Kobiaji
  • Bob Hastings as Lt. Elroy Carpenter
  • Henry Beckman as Col. Douglas Harrigan
  • Simon Scott as General Bronson
  • Dick Wilson as Dino Baroni

Show Concept:

  • Stationed in the South Pacific during World War II, the crew of the PT boat endeavours to get the luxuries and fortune they're missing out in the middle of nowhere. The crew arranges parties, raids, and spoofs on their nemesis Capt. Binghamton and his aide Carpenter, while trying to stay under the radar.  Their houseboy, a Japanese army runaway, Fuji, retains his POW garb to avoid accidental shooting should he be discovered.  The final year was shot after their relocation to their new port in Italy, but by then, the show's popularity was waning.

Hosts or Guests:

  • unknown

Writers or Producers:

  • Directed by Norman Abbott and Charles Barton
  • Written by Ray Brenner and George Carleton Brown


  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • unknown

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered in 1962
  • Final episode in 1966
  • 138 episodes released


  • The show was nominated for five Emmy awards
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