The BEST Episodes of Black Sheep Squadron

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 4, 2020

Network: NBC

In World War II Marine Corps Major Greg 'Pappy' Boyington commanded a squadron of fighter pilots. They were a collection of misfits and screwballs who became the terrors of the South Pacific. They were known as the Black Sheep. Original title : Baa Baa Black Sheep

Devil in the Slot

#1 - Devil in the Slot

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 25, 1977

Gutterman suffers battle shock after he is shot down by a Japanese ace pilot. Sgt. Micklin becomes the Black Sheep's new mechanic, making Pappy's life as difficult on the ground as the Japanese ace is making it in the sky.

star 8.02
81 votes
Directors: Edward Dein
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Flying Misfits - Pilot

#2 - Flying Misfits - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 1976

Major Greg Boyington, upset with his new desk job, goes against regulations and forms a fighter squadron using pilots thrown out of other squadrons for disciplinary reasons.

star 7.98
221 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Deadliest Enemy of All (2)

#3 - The Deadliest Enemy of All (2)

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 18, 1977

While recovering from severe burns, Pappy has fallen for the nurse who is taking care of him, but then discovers that she is married and her husband is missing in action in Europe.

star 7.85
79 votes
Directors: Barry Shear
Writers: Philip DeGuere
Anyone for Suicide?

#4 - Anyone for Suicide?

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 23, 1976

Everyone thinks that Pappy's bout with malaria has caused him to go insane when he proposes a suicide mission starting with a dead-stick landing on a Japanese-held island.

star 7.65
145 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Ken Pettus
WASPS

#5 - WASPS

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 1, 1977

Women's Air Service Pilots who arrive on the island to ferry bombers aren't supposed to fraternize with the Black Sheep, but a battle of the sexes ensues anyway.

star 7.63
83 votes
Directors: Dana Elcar
Writers: Philip DeGuere
The Meatball Circus

#6 - The Meatball Circus

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 9, 1976

Pappy leads the Black Sheep on a mission to destroy a Japanese aircraft carrier in a squadron composed of captured Japanese planes.

star 7.62
162 votes
The Last Mission Over Sengai

#7 - The Last Mission Over Sengai

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 8, 1977

A new pilot whose family has military connections alleges that Pappy ordered an attack against American troops, leaving Pappy facing a court martial.

star 7.61
77 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Philip DeGuere
Last One for Hutch

#8 - Last One for Hutch

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 8, 1977

After an enemy attack destroys their base and kills their mechanic, the Black Sheep Squadron is broken up and the men assigned to desk jobs in other units.

star 7.58
77 votes
The Fastest Gun

#9 - The Fastest Gun

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 15, 1977

Pappy faces attack on three fronts: a Pentagon efficiency expert who is poking his nose into everything, a maintenance chief who's angry enough to kill him, and a Japanese ace who challenges him to a one-to-one dogfight.

star 7.55
77 votes
Trouble at Fort Apache

#10 - Trouble at Fort Apache

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 15, 1977

Gen. Moore orders the Black Sheep to escort a squadron of experimental bombers, something the bomber squadron's commander refuses to let them do.

star 7.52
85 votes
Directors: Edward Dein
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Operation Stand-Down

#11 - Operation Stand-Down

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 11, 1978

The Black Sheep are pulled out of action and given a series of tests to reevaluate their physical fitness, combat tactics and flight proficiency.

star 7.50
54 votes
High Jinx

#12 - High Jinx

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 5, 1976

Greg and Larry go to Espritos for a special briefing. Greg learns that the Japanese have a new kind of zero that is more difficult to shoot down. He and other squadron leaders are advised to not engage the enemy until a viable defense can be found. Greg can't believe that they are being told not to fight. After the meeting he goes to find Larry. He is in the middle of a poker game with several other officers. Greg watches them finish one hand then tells Casey that it is time to go. Before they leave one of the other players stands up and introduces himself to Greg as Doug Rafferty. When they are alone Larry tells Greg that Doug is Admiral Rafferty's son, and Boyington quickly deducts that Doug would come in handy as a contact if he was to be in the 214th. Pulling a few strings he has Rafferty assigned to the Black Sheep Squadron. When Doug arrives at Vella La Cava and deplanes, a mechanic tells Jim Gutterman that he won't believe who got off the transport...Doug Rafferty. Jim l

star 7.49
225 votes
Directors: John Peyser
Writers: Ken Pettus
The Iceman

#13 - The Iceman

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 8, 1978

Pappy gets transferred back to the States to boost morale, denying him a rematch with a top Japanese air ace and placing the Black Sheep under the command of a no-nonsense by-the-book commander.

star 7.47
60 votes
Directors: Dana Elcar
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
New Georgia on My Mind

#14 - New Georgia on My Mind

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 30, 1976

The Black Sheep are ousted from their quarters when a Marine paratroop battalion takes over their island to use as a training area for an upcoming strike.

star 7.45
153 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Ken Pettus
Ten'll Get You Five

#15 - Ten'll Get You Five

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 18, 1978

Pappy meets his match in a sergeant who is escorting civilian VIPs around the Pacific theatre, and who cons Pappy into trading whiskey for oil that fails in the Black Sheep's engines during combat.

star 7.43
53 votes
Directors: Robert Conrad
Writers: Peter Lefcourt
The Cats Whiskers

#16 - The Cats Whiskers

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 7, 1976

Pappy decides to make an unauthorized attack against a semingly impregnable Japanese radar station in order to generate good PR, which can be used to avoid his impending court martial.

star 7.42
115 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Milt Rosen
Love and War

#17 - Love and War

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 14, 1976

The squadron is granted a few days of rest and relaxation at Espritos Marcos. There Jerry Bragg runs into Annie, an old acquaintance from his home town. She is a nurse that has just been stationed in the South Pacific. He introduces her to the rest of the guys and she seems to have the eye for Larry. An air raid alarm goes of and while trying to find shelter, Jerry and Annie find themselves drenched by sprinklers. Annie takes Jerry back to her quarters so that they can get dried off. They kiss and Jerry asks to see her again the next night. Annie only agrees to the date if he can find a date for her friend and she suggests Larry. Bragg reluctantly agrees and manages to convince Larry to join him in this double date.

star 7.41
112 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Philip DeGuere
Prisoners of War

#18 - Prisoners of War

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 12, 1976

An enemy plane is shot down as it flies over Vella La Cava during an attack by the Japanese. The pilot is taken prisoner and a strange device is found on his plane. Through a series of mistakes, word of the prisoner never makes it to the brass at Espritos. It turns out the Japanese pilot was born and raised in the US but still felt enough allegiance to Japan to fight on that side. The Black Sheep befriend the pilot who also plays a mean game of ping pong. The sheep set up a ping pong match with the Seabees and expect their star player, TJ, to clean up during the match, but when TJ is injured, ""Rocky"" as the squadron nick named him steps in to play. TJ and Rocky have a talk about what it is like being a fighter pilot and Rocky admits to TJ that he still gets scared everytime he goes up. TJ is grateful that Rocky wants to talk about this becuase no one else wants to discuss the issue with him. The form an awkward friendship becuase the enemies have so much in common. ""Rocky"" is unwil

star 7.41
192 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Ken Pettus
Forbidden Fruit

#19 - Forbidden Fruit

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 22, 1978

As the Black Sheep are preparing for a dangerous night strike against Japanese bombers, things are disrupted by two new arrivals, an underage pilot and a nurse who happens to be Pappy's old flame -- and General Moore's daughter.

star 7.40
58 votes
Hotshot

#20 - Hotshot

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 15, 1978

The Black Sheep play uneasy hosts to a hotshot army pilot whose amiability masks his ambition to become the war's best fighter pilot.

star 7.39
49 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
The Hawk Flies on Sunday

#21 - The Hawk Flies on Sunday

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 28, 1977

The Squadron's chances of being assigned the mission to kill Admiral Yamamoto are lessened by T.J.'s romance with a Eurasian girl suspected of giving information to the Japanese.

star 7.38
58 votes
Presumed Dead

#22 - Presumed Dead

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 26, 1976

Captain Charlie Dobson,a naval flyer, has been shot done and presumed lost at sea. He has actually been picked by the Japanese and put through an intensive brainwashing program. He is taken by submarine to just off Vella La Cava. The Japanese tell him they are planting a val bag on the beach with explosives and timers for him to use at a later time. He is then placed in an infatable raft at sea near Vella La Cava. Gutterman and Anderson are flying towards a photo recon mission when they spot Dobson and call for the air-sea rescue to pick him up. They continue on to their target, a supposably deserted island with an old Japanese airstrip. When they approach to shoot the pictures, they come under heavy fire from ground artillery. Meanwhile, Dobson has been rescued and brought to Vella La Cava. The flight surgeon, Dr. Jerry Corgney, asks Pappy and the Black Sheep to meet Dobson. Pappy knows Dobson from their time in flight school and thinks that Dobson is acting strangely, althoug

star 7.38
182 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Milt Rosen, Philip DeGuere
Up for Grabs

#23 - Up for Grabs

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 16, 1976

Vella la Cava is taken over by the Japanese, in anticipation of a surprise visit from General MacArthur. The morning starts out as TJ and Casey go fishing before the camp is taken over. The rest of the camp sleeps, except for Anderson and Hutch. They hear Meatball making noises in the jungle and go to investigate. The noise wakes Pappy, but it's too late. Everyone is awakened by the Japanese soldiers and herded into the sheep pen. Pappy does what he can to warn TJ and Casey by turning the squadron flag upside down and playing reveille. As TJ and Casey return to camp, they discover the Japanese. TJ overhears their plans to capture General MacArthur and creates a diversion so Casey can get to his plane and try to warn the general. He makes it into the air and tries to send a message, but it's garbled and MacArthur's plane can't read him. Soon after, Casey is attacked by zero's and has to jump before the message was delivered. On the ground, the Japanese commando in charge grabs G

star 7.37
120 votes
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Fighting Angels

#24 - Fighting Angels

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 1, 1978

Vella La Cava is overrun with Japanese commandos. Col. Lard and Pappy must work together to keep the island out of enemy hands. Is this possible? A number of surprises in this one!

star 7.36
59 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The War Biz Warrior

#25 - The War Biz Warrior

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 4, 1977

A Hollywood actor, Rod Towers, is sent to the South Pacific on a media tour to boost morale and polish his image of a strong hero type. He is stationed with the Black Sheep, most of whom are thrilled to have a star among them. But the thrill soon wears off as he is given 'command' of the squadron, though be it mostly ceremonial. And he takes credit for fighting action when he's actually watching it from a safe distance away.

star 7.35
109 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Gordon Dawson