McHale’s Navy Season 1 (1962-1963) – By Jason S. Lockard

In the 60s and 70s TV was filled with military comedies including; Sgt. Bilko, Gomer Pyle USMC, F Troop, Hogan’s Heroes, M*A*S*H and many more. One of those was McHale’s Navy. Thanks to Madman Entertainment from Australia I was able to relive those fun season 1 adventures of the wacky navy.

McHale’s Navy follows veteran seamen Quinton McHale (Ernest Borgnine) who is commissioned to The Navy Reserve at the beginning of World War II. McHale and his crew are free spirits and love to live it up and thus irritate Captain Wallace B. Binghamton (Joe Flynn). Some notable episodes that stand out are ‘An Ensign for McHale’ In a hope to tame McHale and his band of pirates Binghamton sends in Ensign Charles Parker (Tim Conway) to try to keep order. ‘The Confidence Game’ Parker requests a transfer, when he feels he’s not getting the respect he deserves. So, McHale puts him in charge of an important test mission. ‘Monster of McHale’s Island’ McHale takes matters into his own hands, when a spoiled-brat, tattle-tale Admiral’s Son makes trouble for The 73 Crew. ‘Parents Anynomous’ McHale and his crew return from a mission, to find that a young Asian orphan girl has taken up residence on their island. They decide to keep her.

This 5 DVD collection includes all 36 full unedited episodes and these episodes look pretty good considering that these episodes are fifty years old. Than there is the bonus feature; a reunion interview with the cast.

This is a must have for sitcom fanatics, military enthusiasts or TV lovers. So if you can view region 4 DVDs by all means pick up a copy of McHale’s Navy Season 1 and take a trip to the old navy days. Visit www.madman.com.au and find out how you can get a copy today.

Moral Rating: Nothing Offensive
Audience: Families
Genre: Comedy
Length: Almost 900 minutes
DVD Released: 2007
DVD Rating: A