The BEST Episodes of Combat!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

This WWII show centered on the lives of the men from King Company. For 5 1/2 years the men of King Co. faced the enemy starting with the landing on Omaha Beach-D Day June 6, 1944. You see how they evolved from a squad of men to a family.

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The Good Samaritan

#1 - The Good Samaritan

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 11, 1966

Marsini, the sole survivor of a squad, blames Saunders for the fate of his fellows after Saunders could not help because he had orders to keep his position. Marsini volunteers to lead the sergeant on reconnaisance of the same deadly area.

star 10.00
2 votes
Writers: Shirl Hendryx
Hills Are For Heroes (1)

#2 - Hills Are For Heroes (1)

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 1, 1966

This two part Combat! episode is the story of the futility of war as viewed through the eyes of surviving infantrymen. An American division of troops is making an assault all along their lines. Lt. Hanley's platoon is ordered to take a strategic hill that overlooks a needed road, but it is protected by two concrete bunkers with machine guns. Saunders gets hit in the first assault while several other GIs are killed. Hanley finds it almost hopeless with Saunders wounded.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Vic Morrow
Writers: Gene L. Coon
The Party

#3 - The Party

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 24, 1963

This episode is strictly for laughs. The squad is left in a French village to wait for a ride to meet up with Saunders and Kirby is placed in charge. Three good looking gals smile at our guys as they pass by. Kirby, Caje, and Billy immediately want to delay their ride so they can woo the gals. Three Explosive Ordinance Disposal sergeants already have dates with the gals, and our guys connive to beat the sergeants out of their dates.

star 9.97
32 votes
Directors: John Peyser
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
Thunder from the Hill

#4 - Thunder from the Hill

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 17, 1963

Lt. Hanley and the squad are en route to meet a commander of the Free French Army, but require a guide. Massine (Peter Whitney) is a strong-willed, determined man who has a small band of underground fighters. Before Massine will lead Lt. Hanley to Capt. Boulange, he has an agenda of his own to accomplish, and bends Hanley to his will.

star 9.82
33 votes
Directors: John Peyser
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
No Trumpets, No Drums

#5 - No Trumpets, No Drums

Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired May 14, 1963

Caje must deal with killing a Frenchman. He does this by turning his attention to the dead man's daughter, shirking his duty and worrying the squad. Sgt. Saunders must find a way to bring Caje back to reality before losing him. Saunders finds what he needs when the town is attacked by the Germans.

star 9.74
34 votes
Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
Ambush

#6 - Ambush

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 3, 1963

When the Americans liberate a town, the French shoot a man for collaborating. His daughter, Marie Marchand (Marisa Pavan), is angry at everyone and leaves town. The Americans soon learn her father was actually an undercover allied agent, and Saunders' squad is sent to find her. Saunders needs her help more than he thought, and must overcome her bitterness.

star 9.73
33 votes
Directors: Sutton Roley
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
The Quiet Warrior

#7 - The Quiet Warrior

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 26, 1963

Lt. Hanley is pulled off the line and sent to London, where he is assigned to a secret mission to aid a French physicist to escape occupied France before the Gestapo captures him. Hanley once spent the summer in France at the family's home and is the only man the scientist will trust - especially since it has been discovered that someone in the French resistance is a double agent.

star 9.67
36 votes
Directors: Justus Addiss
Writers: Gene Levitt, Luther Davis
The General and the Sergeant

#8 - The General and the Sergeant

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 14, 1964

John Dehner and Vic Morrow have the title roles, but they play two characters from two wars nearly thirty years apart. Upon liberation of a French village by King Company, French General Armand Bouchard, a veteran of WWI, wants to take command of Saunders' squad. While Bouchard apparently suffers from some form of dementia and is the object of ridicule by some of the villagers, he obviously has personal pride and character.

star 9.50
2 votes
Writers: Gustave Field
Gitty

#9 - Gitty

Season 4 - Episode 27 - Aired Mar 15, 1966

Establishing an observation post in a deserted church, Saunders meets the daughter of a German soldier.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Judith Barrows
Jonah

#10 - Jonah

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 7, 1967

A new replacement, Hank Dolan (Tom Simcox), believes he is bad luck. When things start happening to the others in the squad, they start believing him.

star 9.40
5 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Richard Wendley, William Fay
No Hallelujahs for Glory

#11 - No Hallelujahs for Glory

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 19, 1963

Saunders resents a cold-hearted, reckless photojournalist (Elizabeth Allen) who accidentally causes a town to believe they are liberated. When the Nazis move in and the resistance workers are exposed, she learns the seriousness of human suffering during war.

star 9.33
39 votes
Directors: Paul Stanley
Writers: Luther Davis, Mort R. Lewis
Hills Are for Heroes (2)

#12 - Hills Are for Heroes (2)

Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 8, 1966

In part 2, things look bleak for the men of King Company, but Lt. Hanley's platoon gets the support of a tank to help take the hill. The tank is destroyed by a German bazooka. Now Hanley plans to use the tank as cover to attack the last German bunker.

star 9.33
3 votes
Directors: Vic Morrow
Writers: Gene L. Coon
Rescue

#13 - Rescue

Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Mar 31, 1964

This episode is all Lt. Hanley in a tightly constructed plot. Concussed during an artillery barrage and separated from his platoon, Hanley starts to come out of his daze to find he is being taken prisoner by an SS soldier. The surprising plot twists start immediately and keep on coming, so one needs to pay attention.

star 9.20
5 votes
Directors: Ted Post
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
Barrage

#14 - Barrage

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 10, 1963

Lt. Hanley orders Sgt. Saunders up a hill to locate German artillery that has eluded all attempts to find and destroy it. But the hill is crowned by a dense ring of machine gun nests, and casualties have mounted. They separate and Saunders is wounded in the leg. He crawls until he falls into an abandoned mine, where he has an unusual encounter with Hans Oberst (Alf Kjellin).

star 9.17
6 votes
Directors: Sutton Roley
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
A Distant Drum

#15 - A Distant Drum

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 19, 1963

A wounded Lt. Hanley is pursued by a squad of Germans, and takes refuge in a French farmhouse at great peril to the mother and daughter living there.

star 9.14
7 votes
Directors: John Peyser
Writers: Jess Carneol, Kay Lenard
High Named Today

#16 - High Named Today

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired May 7, 1963

Rob Lawson (Dean Stockwell) joins the squad with the belief that his fate his sealed, and with a reputation as a one-man army. Hanley, Saunders and their men are worried that his reckless bravery will get them all killed.

star 9.00
9 votes
Directors: Paul Stanley
Writers: David Zelag Goodman
The Long Way Home (2)

#17 - The Long Way Home (2)

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 1963

Interred in a German P.O.W. camp, Sgt. Saunders and his squad must find a way to escape before they all die in the hands of SS Capt. Steiner. Billy, who escaped, reaches Lt. Hanley, but no help is coming. Saunders plots a scheme to escape. He convinces Sgt. Akers and his men to work with them.

star 9.00
7 votes
Directors: Ted Post
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
The Little Jewel

#18 - The Little Jewel

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 12, 1963

Saunders' squad encounters orphan boy Bijou (Michel Petit) gobbling rotted food in a bombed-out village. The squad gives him K-rations and chocolate, but Kirby distrusts him and suspects he is feeding information to the Germans. The squad races to bomb an oil depot. When Caje is captured, they begin to think Kirby may be right.

star 9.00
7 votes
Directors: John Peyser
Writers: Shirl Hendryx
Vendetta

#19 - Vendetta

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 1964

Lt. Hanley and his men are rescued by Greek Colonel Kapsalis and his squadron of fast moving jeeps with mounted machine guns. Kapsalis is a gung-ho, no-holds-barred soldier fighting a personal vendetta against the Germans. He orders Lt. Hanley and his men to join him in an attack. Between actions, he shares his gonzo life philosophy with Hanley.

star 9.00
7 votes
Directors: John Peyser
Writers: Ron Bishop, Wells Root
The Little Carousel

#20 - The Little Carousel

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 10, 1964

Despite having just having liberated a French town, Saunders is demoralized and angry. In this emotional episode, he lashes out at a 13-year-old girl whose one ambition is to serve the troops as a nurse. After he gets some sleep, she wins over his heart and gains his support, but she still manages to crosses his line.

star 9.00
2 votes
Writers: Gene Levitt
The Old Men

#21 - The Old Men

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 16, 1965

On patrol to snatch an enemy prisoner, the squad is saddled with three over-aged replacements: an injured vet of the Italian campaign who refuses to accept that he is incapable of fighting as he did as a youth, a homesick family man, and a politician with senatorial ambitions.

star 9.00
4 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Bob Mitchell, Esther Mitchell
Ask Me No Questions

#22 - Ask Me No Questions

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 8, 1966

Saunders is imprisoned in a German POW compound where a German lieutenant poses as an American POW and learns the locations of key American units.

star 9.00
5 votes
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
The Leader

#23 - The Leader

Season 4 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 12, 1966

Kirby, who is given command of the squad in Saunders's absence, finds the challenges mounting quickly and learns a lesson in leadership.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Bob Mitchell, Esther Mitchell
Bridgehead

#24 - Bridgehead

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 1963

Hanley orders Saunders and his squad to take a bridge which is guarded by a heavily fortified house. Pvt. Mick Hellar (Nick Adams) is a self-centered, wise-cracking private who only cares about saving his own skin. He reveals that he is a jazz drummer and is soon to be leaving the front to play in an army band entertaining troops and wants to be sure he keeps himself in one piece. The mission demands heavy sacrifices from the squad.

star 8.89
9 votes
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
Glow Against the Sky

#25 - Glow Against the Sky

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 5, 1963

Sgt. Saunders and his squad become trapped in a cellar of a French village as the Germans sweep through and capture the town. Billy Nelson is seriously wounded, delirious, screaming, and endangering the squad. Saunders leaves him in the street in hopes the Germans will take care of him. German Captain Neubauer (Kurt Kreuger) is bent on making Nelson reveal the whereabouts of the squad, as Saunders desperately devises an escape plan.

star 8.89
9 votes
Directors: Sutton Roley
Writers: Jess Carneol, Kay Lenard