is an American sitcom first aired in the 1960s, featuring the exploits of a Patrol Torpedo boat crew during World War II
. Ernest Borgnine
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 Distaff Counterpart
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:
- Armed Farces
- Bunny Ears Seamen
- Catch Phrase: "Why me?!? Why is it always me?!?" Capt Bimmington bemoaning his fate as Butt Monkey as his latest scheme to get rid of McHale and his men fails.
- During the War
- Evil Roy: Lt Elroy Carpenter.
- Marathon Running: To mark the passing of the show's star, Digital station Antenna TV ran "A 21 Hour Salute to Ernest Borgnine" on 7/15/12.
- Military Brat: 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.
- Military Maverick
- Pun-Based Title: The show's short lived Spin-Off Broadside about WACS.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Sub-Lieutenant Clivedon
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
- Reality Is Unrealistic: 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 World War II Navy veteran and came from his time in the service.
- Re Tool: 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. One of the producers, however, wanted to do Sgt. Bilko 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 Up to Eleven, and the dramatics jettisoned. The rest is history.
- Screw the War, We're Partying: 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.
- Spiritual Successor: McHale's Navy shares many behind-the-scenes people with The Phil Silvers Show and in many ways is Sergeant Bilko in the Navy.
- Torpedoman's Mate Lester Gruber could also be seen as an unintentional Expy of The Navy Lark's Chief Petty Officer Jon Pertwee to boot, as both shows cribbed liberally from The Phil Silvers Show.
- Welcome Episode: The pilot has Capt Binghamton assign Na´ve Newcomer Ensign Charles Parker the job of making McHale's men behave the military way.
- World War II
The contemporary spin-offs provide examples of:
The 1997 movie provides examples of: