''[=McHale=]'s Navy'' is an American sitcom first aired in the 1960s, featuring the exploits of a Patrol Torpedo boat crew during WorldWarII. Creator/ErnestBorgnine starred as Lt Commander Quinton [=McHale=].

The series resulted in two movies, ''[=McHale=]'s Navy'' (1964) and ''[=McHale=]'s Navy Joins the Air Force'' (1965), and a DistaffCounterpart spin-off series, ''Broadside'' (1964, one season).

A new ''[=McHale=]'s Navy'' movie was released in 1997, starring Tom Arnold as Quinton [=McHale=] Jr.

!!The series provides examples of:

* ArmedFarces
* BatmanGambit: When one of [=McHale's=] crew gets caught trying to use Binghamton's brand new printing press, [=McHale=] has the right to see his crewman go through a fair trial as per military regulations. Binghamton admits this is how it must be done, and assigns Ensign Parker as council, knowing full well that his own stupidity would do nothing to help defend the crewman.
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Seamen]]
* CatchPhrase: "Why me?!? Why is it always me?!?" Capt Binghamton bemoaning his fate as ButtMonkey as his latest scheme to get rid of [=McHale=] and his men fails.
* DisguisedInDrag: One episode involves Binghamton tagging along with the crew of the PT 73, and getting TrappedBehindEnemyLines in a Japanese encampment. In order to disguise themselves long enough to be rescued, they steal outfits from a traveling entertainment troupe. Binghamton has no choice but to dress up and act like a geisha.
* DuringTheWar
* EvilRoy: Lt Elroy Carpenter.
* TheIdiotFromOsaka: When [=McHale=], Binghamton, and the crew infiltrate a Japanese encampment dressed as a traveling entertainment troupe, one of the Japanese soldiers in the audience comments to another on how poor [=McHale's=] accent was as he spoke to them in Japanese. Another soldier comments back that he must be from Osaka.
* MilitaryBrat: Ensign Parker, a hopeless schlub from an illustrious military family who is nevertheless bound and determinied to somehow carry on his family's tradition of service.
* MilitaryMaverick: The crew of the PT 73 are often the cause of the problem of the episode, and [=McHale=] wont' hesitate to chew them out when they do.
* MrViceGuy: Torpedoman Lester Gruber is usually the cause for all the problems for [=McHale=] and the crew of the PT 73, by coming up with well-intentioned schemes to make some money. He'd always be trying to pawn off "[[{{Plunder}} authentic wartime memorabilia]]" like "Authentic Japanese Katanas" (Made in China), or the "actual wing" from a Japanese Zero. He's told time and again that war profiteering will get them all court marshaled, but he and the other crewmen can't help themselves if it'll mean living the easy life and slacking off.
* PunBasedTitle: The show's short lived SpinOff ''[[ShortRunners Broadside]]'' about WACS.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Sub-Lieutenant Clivedon
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A cast consisting of:
** A brilliant and sharp-witted tactician who rightfully earned his position as Commander
** A dimwitted ensign originally assigned to make sure the crew follows the rules, and as such always gets caught up with quoting rules and regulations
** A torpedoman who's always scheming to making a few bucks
** A bunch of good-natured slackers
** A Japanese POW who is more than happy to aid his captors and belittle his own native country.
** A captain who does whatever it takes to get rid of them for not following the rules and regulations, and just taking the war seriously in general.
** And a Lieutenant who acts as the Captain's right-hand man, and sometimes rival to [=McHale=] as the commander of another PT boat.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: [=McHale's=] uniform cap badge is smaller than everyone else's by a noticeable amount. This is not an error. In fact, all the other caps, which used 1960's vintage hat badges, are in error. The badge [=McHale=] wears in the series is personally owned by Ernest Borgnine, who is a genuine WorldWarTwo Navy veteran and came from his time in the service.
* ReTool: In its final season, the series moved from the Pacific theater to Italy.
** The entire premise of the show itself came from a retool: The pilot episode was called "Seven Against the Sea," an installment of "Alcoa Presents", and was a gritty war drama, featuring [=McHale=] as a serious leader trying to keep the men on his PT boat alive after a shattering Japanese attack. [[ExecutiveMeddling One of the producers, however, wanted to do]] Sgt. Bilko [[InSpace in the Navy]]. He ordered the shore-side business angle (which included running a laundry and still and [=McHale=]'s rapport with the native chiefs) ramped UpToEleven, and the dramatics jettisoned. [[LighterAndFluffier The rest]] [[SitCom is history]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Played around with a bit. Admiral Rogers and some of the other among the brass hold [=McHale=] in high regard and will take his side, or at least sympathize with him. One episode ended with Admiral Rogers walking in while Binghamton had irrefutable proof that would get [=McHale=] court marshaled. Rogers, upon hearing such accusations, just straight up dismisses the issue and chews out Binghamton for trying to get rid of one of his finest commanders. In another episode, Binghamton figures he can get rid of the crew for good, figuring there'd be no way the whole crew could pass a psychological test, and thus be rendered unfit for duty. Sure enough, Ensign Parker fails his test, but the psychologists sympathize with [=McHale=], and find a way to turn the rules against Binghamton. In the end, they conclude that Binghamton has developed a persecution complex for always trying to get rid of [=McHale=].
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: Most of the episodes feature [=McHale=] and co spending their time goofing off, with them occasionally managing to contribute to the war effort by accident.
* SitCom
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''[=McHale's Navy=]'' shares many behind-the-scenes people with ''ThePhilSilversShow'' and in many ways is Sergeant Bilko [[foldercontrol]]

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** Torpedoman's Mate Lester Gruber could also be seen as an unintentional Expy of ''[[TheNavyLark The Navy Lark's]]'' Chief Petty Officer Jon Pertwee to boot, as both shows cribbed liberally from ''ThePhilSilversShow''.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Almost every episode involves Captain Binghamton uncovering something that will get the crew of the PT 73 court marshaled and out of his hair for good, but things always play out so, at the least, his plans usually end up backfiring against him. Many times, [=McHale=] gets commended for exemplary performance and brilliant planning by the higher ups.
* WelcomeEpisode: The pilot has Capt Binghamton assign NaiveNewcomer Ensign Charles Parker the job of making [=McHale=]'s men behave the military way.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The naval base is located on the island of Tortuga in the South Pacific. Even before the 3rd season started to focus on Italy, It's mentioned that the city of New Caledonia is only a reasonably short travel away from the island. Once the 3rd season did focus on Italy, there was still the glaring issue of all the tropical palm trees scattered around the set of the show itself, since it was filmed in Hawaii.
* WorldWarII
* YouNoTakeCandle: Chief Urulu always talked this way.

!!The contemporary spin-offs provide examples of:

* DistaffCounterpart
* TheMovie

!!The 1997 movie provides examples of:

* BottomlessMagazines: There are no shots of the missiles on the back of Vladikov's boat where there aren't two on the launcher, even when he had just fired one seconds before.
* BuffySpeak:
-->'''Vladikov''': What do you think of my stealth boat, David?\\
'''David''': Very stealthy, sir.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: [=McHale=] has dealt with the villain before, and once punished him by taking him (while unconscious) to get [=McHale=]'s name and face tattooed across his entire torso. Backwards so it can be read in a mirror.
* TheFilmOfTheSeries
* GenerationXerox
* ShootTheMessenger