McHale's Navy

The BEST episodes of McHale's Navy

Every episode of McHale's Navy ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of McHale's Navy!

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.

Last Updated: 7/26/2022Network: ABC (US)
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The Vampire of Taratupa
star
10.00
1 votes

#1 - The Vampire of Taratupa

Season 3 - Episode 33 - Aired 5/4/1965

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.

Birth of a Salesman
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10.00
1 votes

#2 - Birth of a Salesman

Season 3 - Episode 34 - Aired 5/11/1965

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.

Make Room for Orvie
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10.00
1 votes

#3 - Make Room for Orvie

Season 3 - Episode 36 - Aired 6/1/1965

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.

Hello, McHale? Colonna!
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9.50
2 votes

#4 - Hello, McHale? Colonna!

Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/13/1965

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.

H.M.S. 73
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9.42
40 votes

#5 - H.M.S. 73

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired 4/11/1963

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.

Directors: Sidney Lanfield
The Great Necklace Caper
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9.33
3 votes

#6 - The Great Necklace Caper

Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired 3/30/1965

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.

Send This Ensign to Camp
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9.00
1 votes

#7 - Send This Ensign to Camp

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/9/1965

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.

By the Numbers, Paint
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9.00
1 votes

#8 - By the Numbers, Paint

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/16/1965

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.

Chuckie Cottontail
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9.00
1 votes

#9 - Chuckie Cottontail

Season 3 - Episode 27 - Aired 3/23/1965

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.

Rumble on Taratupa
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9.00
2 votes

#10 - Rumble on Taratupa

Season 3 - Episode 31 - Aired 4/20/1965

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.

The Fugitive Ensign
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9.00
3 votes

#11 - The Fugitive Ensign

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/11/1966

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.

Portrait of a Peerless Leader
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8.81
37 votes

#12 - Portrait of a Peerless Leader

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/25/1963

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.

Directors: Sidney Lanfield
The Monster of McHale's Island
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8.81
36 votes

#13 - The Monster of McHale's Island

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired 6/13/1963

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.

Directors: Oscar Rudolph
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One Enchanted Weekend
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8.79
34 votes

#14 - One Enchanted Weekend

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/28/1963

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 ‘working vacation' on the island, which winds up with an unexpected bonus.

Directors: Edward Montagne
The Stool Parrot
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8.75
4 votes

#15 - The Stool Parrot

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/5/1965

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.

Alias Captain Binghamton
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8.69
39 votes

#16 - Alias Captain Binghamton

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired 5/16/1963

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.

Directors: Sidney Lanfield
The Truth Hurts
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8.67
3 votes

#17 - The Truth Hurts

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/19/1965

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.

Who Was That German I Saw You With?
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8.67
3 votes

#18 - Who Was That German I Saw You With?

Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/15/1966

During an attempt to impress a famous War Correspondent, Binghamton is taken prisoner by a German patrol who have disguised themselves as American Sailors. After Parker is also captured, McHale and the guys come to the rescue and wind up having their picture on the cover of a popular magazine.

Will the Alligator Take the Stand?
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8.50
2 votes

#19 - Will the Alligator Take the Stand?

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/27/1964

After Binghamton devises a scheme to frame McHale and the crew for the theft of his wallet, Parker is arrested and charged with the crime. But the Ensign is cleared at the last minute when McHale and the boys produce Parker's star witness, an alligator that has taken a special liking to Parker.

The Return of Maggie
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8.50
4 votes

#20 - The Return of Maggie

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/2/1965

McHale's gambling, conniving, saloon-keeping old friend Maggie Monohan, is back in business in New Caledonia, and Binghamton has been ordered to shut her down. Seeing an opportunity to 'kill two birds with one stone', Binghamton schemes to nail McHale and the crew along with her, but McHale and Maggie join forces in a plan to keep him from doing so.

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Fire in the Liquor Locker
star
8.50
2 votes

#21 - Fire in the Liquor Locker

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/4/1966

Gruber and the guys find a way to both make and deliver their homemade liquor when they build a mobile distillery in an old fire engine. But their scheme goes sour when Binghamton confiscates the old engine for the new Voltafiore Volunteer Fire Department, formed as a part of his new civic improvement program.

My Son, the Skipper
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8.50
2 votes

#22 - My Son, the Skipper

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/1/1966

Thinking that McHale has been shipped out and fed up with the power-drunk Parker, Gruber, Virgil, Tinker, Christy, and Willy all put in for transfers. But when they find out that McHale's absence is only temporary, Parker and the crew must come up with a plan to get the Captain to tear up the transfer papers.

Little Red Riding Doctor
star
8.50
2 votes

#23 - Little Red Riding Doctor

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/8/1966

In the midst of the town's 500th anniversary celebration, Binghamton tries to arrange to have a visiting psychiatrist declare the 73 crew unfit for duty, forcing the newly-crowned 'King of The Festival' to come up with a plan to keep his crew together and turn the tables on the Captain.

An Ensign's Best Friend
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8.50
2 votes

#24 - An Ensign's Best Friend

Season 4 - Episode 28 - Aired 3/29/1966

Concerned about Parker's unusual behavior, McHale and the guys investigate his situation, and are a bit shocked when they find that he's involved with a cute young thing named Angelina who happens to be in a family way.

The Day They Captured Santa Claus
star
8.40
10 votes

#25 - The Day They Captured Santa Claus

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/27/1962

Mchale decides for Christmas he and the crew of PT-73 will pay a visit to Sister Monique and the children dressed up in a Santa Claus outfit and elf outfits. Mchale would parachute from a plane first and meet the kids and PT-73 would follow a little while after. Mchale jumps in his Santa outfit but when he lands he finds the island was overtaken by Japanese and was captured. Mchale as usual cons his way through the interrogation and he claims that a new secret weapon is on it's way, just then PT-73 arrives singing Christmas carols and dressed in elf outfits. The Japanese commander becomes scared fearing that this was some kind new of physiological warfare and he surrenders.

Directors: Sidney Lanfield

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