The BEST Episodes of McHale's Navy
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 3, 2021
Network: ABC (US)
A lively, light-hearted romp through the Pacific Theater of operations An experienced South Pacific Sea Dog by the name of Quinton McHale, was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander into the U.S. Navy Reserve at the start of World War II, and made the Skipper of the Torpedo Patrol (PT) Boat #73 stationed at the U.S. Naval Installation on the island of Taratupa in the Southwest Pacific. Assigned to his command were 6 free-spirited, good-hearted swabbies who loved to have fun, but who, though they usually ignored Navy regulations, did their jobs and did them well when duty called. The 73 'Family' included, among others, a con man and amateur Magician, a womanizing hunk, a dedicated Family man, a guitar-playing, moonshine-making Tennessee good ol' boy, and even a deserter from the Japanese Navy, who was an excellent cook. Second in command was Ensign Charles Parker, a young spit-and-polish, by-the-book Officer from Chagrin Falls Ohio, who was somewhat of a klutz.
#1 - The Vampire of Taratupa
Season 3 - Episode 33 - Aired May 4, 1965
Angry after another mishap with Parker, Binghamton assigns the Ensign to coast-watching duty in a hazardous location. But he quickly changes his mind, when he finds that Parker may be the only source of his extremely rare blood type in the South Pacific.
#2 - Birth of a Salesman
Season 3 - Episode 34 - Aired May 11, 1965
After learning that his stateside employer has closed down, Binghamton lands a job as an insurance salesman under the condition that he sell life insurance policies to the 73 Crew. But the Captain's high-pressure sales tactics prompt McHale and the guys to work up a plan to get back at him.
#3 - Make Room for Orvie
Season 3 - Episode 36 - Aired Jun 1, 1965
Binghamton pressures a young new member of the 73 crew into spying on McHale and the guys, to try to gather evidence of any shady activities. But the Captain's plan is foiled by another new member of the crew, who proves to be not only very intelligent, but an excellent sailor as well.
#4 - The Truth Hurts
Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 19, 1965
In an effort to get the goods on the 73 crew, Binghamton lures the boys into the hospital under false pretenses, and has them injected with sodium pentothal, or 'truth serum', which causes them to tell him everything he wants to know. McHale and Parker must then work up a plan to get them off the hook, by literally giving Binghamton a dose of his own medicine.
#5 - Hello, McHale? Colonna!
Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 13, 1965
After running into Jerry Colonna in New Caledonia, McHale and the guys talk the bug-eyed, mustachioed comic into making an unscheduled stop for a show on Taratupa. But when they learn that the base doesn't qualify for a Special Services show, they must make some special arrangements for an 'epidemic' at the base hospital.
#6 - The Bald-Headed Contessa
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 26, 1965
After both Binghamton and Harrigan catch McHale and the guys having some unauthorized R&R in the home of an Italian Contessa, they have no choice but to go along with the plan of having Parker pose as the Contessa in order to try to fool General Bronson, and keep everyone out of trouble.
#7 - H.M.S. 73
Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Apr 11, 1963
Binghamton schemes to get McHale chosen for a Liaison Officer's position, in Sydney, Austrailia. But, when McHale finds out that he will be going alone, and for the duration, he and his crew cook up a plan to get him off the hook.
#8 - The Great Necklace Caper
Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired Mar 30, 1965
Binghamton panics when he learns that Naval Intelligence is on it's way to investigate the disappearance of a $1000 jade necklace, which he bought with funds 'borrowed' from the Officer's Club. Then, after the necklace turns up, Binghamton tries to frame McHale and his men with the crime in order to cover his tracks.
#9 - A Nip in Time
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 12, 1965
Gruber and the guys find that there is money to be made in the lucrative German war souvenir market, and after they, McHale, and Colonel Harrigan are all captured by a German patrol during a souvenir-hunting trip to an off-limits town, Parker and Fuji collaborate on a clever plan to rescue their comrades.
#10 - The PT 73 Follies
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 12, 1965
Marooned on a supposedly deserted island for their mandatory survival test, Parker and Binghamton are captured by a Japanese patrol. McHale and the crew on their way to New Caledonia to try out for the Navy talent show, are captured as well when they drop in to check on the Captain and Parker. They must all then utilize their various talents in a plan to get out of the situation.
#11 - The Late Captain Binghamton
Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 26, 1965
After the Captain has his annual physical exam, the guys see an opportunity to get him out of the way for a while and 'doctor' his X-rays to make it look like he's dying. But the plan backfires when, in an effort to go out a hero, Binghamton volunteers to lead the 73 crew on a dangerous mission to destroy an enemy fuel dump.
#12 - McHale's Floating Laundromat
Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 2, 1965
In an effort to gather evidence of any shady activities, Binghamton appoints Carpenter as the 73's new Executive Officer, and makes Parker the base's Laundry Officer. After Parker fouls up, McHale and the guys try to help him out, but Carpenter catches them in the act, forcing McHale to come up with a plan to get out of the situation, and get Parker his job back.
#13 - The Seven Faces of Ensign Parker
Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 23, 1965
After the guys swipe Binghamton's dictation machine, Parker is nailed for the crime while in the process of returning it and the Captain throws him into the brig, pending Court Martial. Parker must then work with McHale and the boys in a complicated plan to try to make Binghamton drop the charges by making him think he's losing his mind.
#14 - Send This Ensign to Camp
Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 9, 1965
Struck on the head during a Japanese raid, Parker develops regressive amnesia and thinks he's returned to his childhood days at summer camp. McHale and the guys must then try to keep the Ensign out of sight long enough to think of a way to cure him, before the Fleet Medical Officer arrives to examine him.
#15 - By the Numbers, Paint
Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 16, 1965
Major complications develop when Gruber and the guys, desperate to raise $300 for a tonsillectomy for Christy's little girl, try to pass off a 'paint-by-numbers' portrait as a genuine 'Claude Gauguin', supposedly painted by the brother of the legendary French Artiste.
#16 - Chuckie Cottontail
Season 3 - Episode 27 - Aired Mar 23, 1965
While searching McHale's island for some stolen eggs, Binghamton, Carpenter, and Admiral Hardesty are captured by Japanese soldiers drunk on the egg nog made from the stolen eggs. But they're soon rescued by the Easter Bunny on his way to an Easter egg hunt, supervised by McHale and the guys for some native school children.
#17 - Rumble on Taratupa
Season 3 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 20, 1965
Binghamton tries to frame the 73 crew for the manufacture and sale of illegal liquor and has them all thrown into the brig pending an investigation. But with a little outside help, McHale and the guys manage to escape from jail and execute a complicated scheme to make the Captain look like a lunatic in the eyes of the Fleet Legal Officer.
#18 - Piazza Binghamtoni
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 19, 1965
After Binghamton throws Parker into the brig under several unfair charges, McHale and Mayor Lugatto must cooperate in a plan to turn the glory-hungry Binghamton into 'The Great Liberator', as part of a plan to get the Ensign out of the slammer.
#19 - Reunion for PT 73
Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 14, 1965
Binghamton has the evidence he needs to court martial McHale and the 73 crew and has summoned the Judge Advocate General to present it. McHale and the crew must then execute a very complicated plan to get Binghamton to reveal the whereabouts of the evidence, so that they can get rid of it before the JAG arrives.
#20 - The Fugitive Ensign
Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 11, 1966
Parker takes it on the lam after an accident with a machine gun has him thinking that he's killed the Captain. After the furious Binghamton orders an all-out search for Parker and offers a sizeable reward for his capture, McHale and the boys must first find him, then cook up a complicated plan to get him out of trouble.
#21 - Portrait of a Peerless Leader
Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 25, 1963
A Naval Personnel Officer is coming to check out McHale for a stateside training position. Binghamton leads McHale and his crew to believe that the Officer is coming to check out Binghamton for a promotion, and transfer, so they shape up, so that Leadbottom will ship out. But, when McHale finds out the real reason for the Officer's visit, he and his crew cook up a plan, to get him off the hook.
#22 - The Monster of McHale's Island
Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired Jun 13, 1963
A Navy transport plane develops engine trouble, and is forced down at Taratupa. One of it’s passengers is an Admiral’s Son, and a strict, by-the-book disciplinarian, as well as a spoiled brat. Binghamton sees to it that the kid is quartered on McHale’s island, where he and his “Little black book” cause quite a bit of trouble for McHale and his Crew. But McHale is soon fed up with the brat, and takes matters into his own hands.
#23 - One Enchanted Weekend
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 28, 1963
Lovely Yvette Gerard has invited Parker to join her for a weekend at her island home. When Binghamton denies him leave, McHale works up a plan for Parker to have a â€˜working vacation' on the island, which winds up with an unexpected bonus.
#24 - The Stool Parrot
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 5, 1965
Binghamton’s “No-Fraternization” policy forces McHale and the boys to find a secret location for a big party they’ve planned with the Nurses. But Gruber’s pet parrot spills the beans to Binghamton.
#25 - Alias Captain Binghamton
Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired May 16, 1963
The 73 gets a new crew member, who turns out to be a trouble-maker. McHale and the 73 crew cook up a wild plan to get rid of him, but, when their plan backfires, they find themselves in hot water again. So, they turn to their new Crewman, and use his special physical qualities to their advantage.