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04 Jun 2015 4:59 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Feb 2015 8:30 p.m. PST

Excluding movies, mini-series, documentaries. Excluding sci-fi and fantasy. Looking for something that you would have watched once a week, like any other regular TV show.

Weasel23 Feb 2015 8:32 p.m. PST

What is the cutoff episode count for a mini-series?

MASH is about the only thing comes to mind.

ernieR23 Feb 2015 8:38 p.m. PST
Toronto4823 Feb 2015 8:46 p.m. PST

If you go back a bit there was Combat starring Vic Morrow from 1962-1967 There were 152 episodes!

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2015 8:49 p.m. PST

Tour of duty, combat, Black Sheep, Ultimate Force (British) Sea Patrol an Australian show.

sarangkhan23 Feb 2015 8:51 p.m. PST

Combat, McHales Navy, 12 O'clock High, Ba-ba Black Sheep, The Rat Patrol all come to mind, though the last mentioned wouldn't qualify as best.

sarangkhan23 Feb 2015 8:56 p.m. PST

Forgot Hogan's Heroes

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2015 9:06 p.m. PST

I thought of the same shows saranghkan did. I also barely remember F Troop.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Feb 2015 9:08 p.m. PST

Gomer Pyle, USMC
'Allo 'Allo!
Dad's Army
The Phil Silvers Show AKA Sergeant Bilko

Mako1123 Feb 2015 10:28 p.m. PST

Yea, Combat, Tour of Duty, 12 O'clock High, Black Sheep.

Combat for WWII.

Tour for post-WWII.

willthepiper23 Feb 2015 10:40 p.m. PST

M*A*S*H was the only one of the shows mentioned above that I ever watched even semi-regularly. But I remember there were a few shows in addition to those mentioned above, including Operation Petticoat, Soldier Soldier, Spearhead.

Does Sharpe count? There were plenty of episodes – I mostly watched them on Masterpiece Theatre, so sort of regular viewing. OTOH, you did say "no fantasy or sic-fi" 8^)

willthepiper23 Feb 2015 10:43 p.m. PST

Best of the lot for me, however, was Blackadder Goes Forth.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2015 10:47 p.m. PST

12 O'Clock High
Tour of Duty
McHale's Navy
Rat Patrol

In that order.

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wrgmr123 Feb 2015 11:27 p.m. PST

Sea Patrol (Australian)
Still watch Mash

As a youngster:
12 O'clock High Very good.

These are poor really but some are quite funny
Hogans Hero's
McHale's Navy
Ba Ba Black Sheep
Rat Patrol
F Troop

Martin Rapier24 Feb 2015 3:42 a.m. PST

Is Band of Brothers a mini-series or a TV show? I watched it every week, but I suspect the former, not the latter.

A few which spring to mind in no particular order:

Dads Army
Allo Allo
Secret Army (the more po faced version of Allo Allo)
Danger UXB
Frigate (although they didn't do much actual fighting!)
It Ain't Half Hot Mum
Bluestone 42
Blackadder Goes Forth
Tour of Duty on the odd occasion I remembered to watch it.
F Troop

WarWizard24 Feb 2015 4:37 a.m. PST

The two I never missed were:

The Gallant Men

A lot of people don't remember all the guest stars that appeared in Combat episodes:
…In the first season, the then little-known Ted Knight and Frank Gorshin made appearances. Other notable guest stars included Lee Marvin, Robert Duvall, James Coburn, Bill Bixby, Dwayne Hickman, Telly Savalas, Luise Rainer, Charles Bronson, Richard Basehart, Eddie Albert, James Caan, Jeffrey Hunter, Leonard Nimoy, Frankie Avalon, Sal Mineo, Neville Brand, Brandon De Wilde, Tab Hunter, Beau Bridges, John Cassavetes, Roddy McDowell, Walter Maslow, Mickey Rooney, Claudine Longet, James Whitmore, Dennis Hopper, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Weaver, Keenan Wynn, Richard Jaeckel, Fernando Lamas, Ricardo Montalban, Claude Akins, Warren Oates, Nick Adams, Joan Hackett, Jack Lord, Dean Stockwell, Jack Carter, and Chad Everett.

doug redshirt24 Feb 2015 6:13 a.m. PST

China Beach which of course had Sarg's rules. Remember your weapons were built by thev low bidder or friendly fire isn't friendly.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2015 6:49 a.m. PST

Ba Ba Black Sheep
Rat Patrol

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2015 7:53 a.m. PST

On COMBAT series---I remember reading that the Sgt was wounded like elevenety million times during the show. It listed all the places he was hit. He should have looked like Frankenstein's monster from stitching up all the "flesh wounds"!!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2015 8:19 a.m. PST

If the Sherrif of Nottingham's soldiers count:

The Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin of Sherwood

f u u f n f24 Feb 2015 8:54 a.m. PST

What about Spartacus? He started off a soldier and then was leading the slave army in later seasons.
I watched that every week when I had cable.
It was about as historically accurate as any of the rest of the stuff listed here.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2015 9:03 a.m. PST


Girls Und Panzer

Martin Rapier24 Feb 2015 9:14 a.m. PST

Well, if we are going for historical dramas with a bit of war how about Robin Hood, William Tell, The Flashing Blade, The Tudors, Rome, Ivanhoe, I Claudius and The White Queen (even if the 'battles' were laughable).

Huscarle24 Feb 2015 10:40 a.m. PST

Private Schulz link
Then Churchill said to Me link
Piece of Cake link
Enemy At the Door link

Personal logo jdginaz Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2015 12:02 p.m. PST

Combat, McHale's Navy and 12 O'clock High

shaun from s and s models24 Feb 2015 12:03 p.m. PST

dads army, tops them all

PVT64124 Feb 2015 12:12 p.m. PST

Victory at Sea
World at War

Mako1124 Feb 2015 2:00 p.m. PST

Spartacus was excellent for the ancient period.

DeltaBravo24 Feb 2015 3:30 p.m. PST

'Soldier Soldier' deserves a very honourable mention.

But top of my list is 'Bluestone 42' – my wife adores it (or perhaps the Lt…) and she usually hates anything military based on TV.

Mingans Marauders24 Feb 2015 5:08 p.m. PST

Has no one watched Strike Back? I guess it might be a bit more mini-series like then not.

f u u f n f24 Feb 2015 5:10 p.m. PST

Oh and what about Turn on AMC? Does that count? Between it and the Sons of Liberty mini-series I am now interested in gaming the period.

Katzbalger24 Feb 2015 5:12 p.m. PST

Tour of Duty and The Unit were shows I watched consistently, though when I was younger, McHale's Navy and Baa Baa Blacksheep were my favorites.

Does Magnum PI count? Lots of flashback episodes and espionagee stuff going on.


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2015 6:25 p.m. PST


jgibbons24 Feb 2015 6:35 p.m. PST

Combat and Tour of Duty for me too as well!

Don Hogge24 Feb 2015 7:32 p.m. PST

Rat Patrol
MASH (first couple seasons)
Roll Out (only lasted one season)
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Hogan's Heroes

walkabout24 Feb 2015 9:55 p.m. PST

Generation Kill

Joppyuk25 Feb 2015 3:46 a.m. PST

What was the one starring Ross Kemp called? Made such an impression I can't even remember the title!

Weasel26 Feb 2015 12:31 a.m. PST

Thanks to Martin for reminding me: Black Adder Goes Forth indeed.

"What's the scale?"

"Er.. one to one sir"

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Feb 2015 4:46 a.m. PST

Looking for something that you would have watched once a week, like any other regular TV show.

So …. nothing.

Gennorm26 Feb 2015 5:07 a.m. PST

I've just remembered 'Wings'

MarescialloDiCampo26 Feb 2015 11:52 a.m. PST

Garrison's Gorillas; Rat Patrol

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