The WORST Episodes of McHale's Navy

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2022

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.

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All Chiefs and No Indians

#1 - All Chiefs and No Indians

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 9, 1965

When Binghamton learns that all Chief Petty Officers are to be shipped out, he talks all the guys into taking the exam for CPO, then fixes the results to see that all of them pass. Now without a Crew, the 73 is to be scrapped, and McHale and Parker are to be reassigned. But a very determined Ensign Parker takes it upon himself to keep the 73 in business.

star 0.00
0 votes
All Ahead, Empty

#2 - All Ahead, Empty

Season 3 - Episode 32 - Aired Apr 27, 1965

When an MIT-trained electronics wizard comes to the base to convert the 73 into a fully automated, remote-controlled vessel, McHale and the crew fear that they may soon become obsolete. But they're reprieved at the last minute with help from a very unlikely source.

star 0.00
0 votes

#3 - 36-24-73

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 22, 1966

A regulation-quoting lady Ensign tries to help McHale and the crew make some much-needed money by providing the participants for a beauty contest, and winds up helping them bag a German submarine in the bargain.

star 5.00
2 votes
McHale's Country Club Caper

#4 - McHale's Country Club Caper

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 8, 1966

When Binghamton loses $1000 of Navy money to an Italian con man for the construction of a new golf course, he enlists the aid of McHale and the 73 crew in not only getting the money back, but making a fool out of Colonel Harrigan as well.

star 5.50
2 votes
Carpenter in Command

#5 - Carpenter in Command

Season 2 - Episode 33 - Aired Apr 28, 1964

In temporary command of the base while Binghamton recovers from a broken leg, and drunk with power, Carpenter gets the goods on the crew and has them up for Court Martial on several serious charges. McHale and Parker must then scheme to get Binghamton back in command, and the boys off the hook.

star 6.00
2 votes
The Return of Giuseppe

#6 - The Return of Giuseppe

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 21, 1965

After McHale defies Binghamton's orders and travels to a nearby town to attend his little cousin's birthday party, Binghamton tries to nail him on a desertion charge. But McHale manages to stay out of trouble when he and his look-alike Italian cousin, Giuseppe, assume each other's identities long enough to fool Binghamton and General Grayson.

star 6.25
4 votes
Dear Diary

#7 - Dear Diary

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 18, 1964

Binghamton gets hold of Parker's diary, which includes details of the crew's shady activities. After the guys steal the diary from the Captain's safe, Binghamton sets out to personally escort Parker to the Admiral. But after falling into enemy hands on the way, and being rescued by the 73 Crew, Binghamton changes his mind after some gentle persuasion by McHale.

star 6.33
6 votes
Instant Democracy

#8 - Instant Democracy

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired May 2, 1963

Gruber does some shady trading with Chief Urulu involving Navy property, and McHale is arrested, and threatened with court martial. But Binghamton drops the charges, when he finds he needs help from Urulu and his tribe.

star 6.41
37 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Howard Leeds
One of Our Engines is Missing

#9 - One of Our Engines is Missing

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 14, 1963

The 73's engines are dying, and Binghamton uses the situation as an excuse to have McHale and his Crew reassigned. So McHale and the boys must scheme, to try to make the 73 healthy again.

star 6.42
38 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Frank J. Gill Jr., George Carleton Brown
The Ensign Gets a Zero

#10 - The Ensign Gets a Zero

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 31, 1963

Complications arise, when Gruber falsifies Parker's gunnery score to keep Parker from being shipped out.

star 6.49
37 votes
Marryin' Chuck

#11 - Marryin' Chuck

Season 2 - Episode 34 - Aired May 5, 1964

Gruber and the guys pick up a few souvenirs during a mission, not knowing that they're valuable items stolen by the Japanese during the battle of Manila. When one of the items, a priceless antique tea set, winds up as a wedding present for an Admiral's daughter, McHale and the crew must make a hasty trip to New Caledonia where Parker must play the part of the officiating Chaplain as part of a scheme to get it back.

star 6.50
4 votes
The Wacky WAC

#12 - The Wacky WAC

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 18, 1966

After Binghamton arrests an AWOL WAC Corporal and jails her on suspicion of espionage, Parker must play the part of a WAC MP as part of McHale's plan to free her and reunite her with her boyfriend, before her unit ships out to North Africa.

star 6.50
2 votes
Washing Machine Charlie

#13 - Washing Machine Charlie

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 14, 1963

A pesky Japanese Pilot – Whom the base personnel have dubbed ‘Washing Machine Charlie' – Is wreaking havoc, with his daily strafing runs on Taratupa, and McHale and the 73 Crew have an incentive to bring him down.

star 6.58
38 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Myles Wilder, William Raynor
The McHale Grand Prix

#14 - The McHale Grand Prix

Season 4 - Episode 27 - Aired Mar 22, 1966

McHale and the Crew have a jeep that needs an engine; A local race driver has an engine that needs a car; The Army wants to get hold of one of the Germans' new staff cars - And all 3 are accomplished during the town's annual Grand Prix auto race.

star 6.75
4 votes
Creature from McHale's Lagoon

#15 - Creature from McHale's Lagoon

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 31, 1963

Gruber and the guys try to make some money with some phony pearl oysters, but their scheme backfires, when a greedy Binghamton takes over their operation. Then, when Chief Urulu muscles in on Binghamton's business, McHale and The Crew put a stop to the whole operation, by taking advantage of an old native superstition, and some Japanese technology.

star 6.80
5 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Myles Wilder, William Raynor
The Captain's Mission

#16 - The Captain's Mission

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 10, 1963

Binghamton’s reputation as a “desk jockey” brings on a desire for some real combat experience, so, while McHale is away at New Caledonia, he assumes command of the 73, and goes out looking for action, with disappointing results.

star 7.00
7 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Danny Simon, Jerry Davis
Urulu's Paradise West

#17 - Urulu's Paradise West

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 11, 1964

Binghamton is ordered to purchase one of Chief Urulu's islands for the construction of a radar station. But Urulu, knowing that he's got the Navy 'over a barrel', inflates the price of his real estate to ridiculous levels. So McHale and the crew try to help the Captain out with a scheme to de-value the Chief's land.

star 7.00
5 votes
Babette Go Home

#18 - Babette Go Home

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Feb 25, 1964

The Navy is negotiating for the purchase of a nearby island for the construction of a new Supply Depot. But complications arise when the lovely daughter of the owner of the island stows away on the 73, so that she can be near Virgil.

star 7.00
5 votes
Alias PT 73

#19 - Alias PT 73

Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Mar 31, 1964

After being restricted to base by Binghamton, McHale and the guys mock up a damaged PT boat to look like the 73, so that they can sneak a load of building materials to a nearby island village to help the natives rebuild after an air raid. But complications develop when Admiral Rogers visits Taratupa to investigate.

star 7.00
4 votes
The McHale Mob

#20 - The McHale Mob

Season 2 - Episode 32 - Aired Apr 21, 1964

Impressed by a gangster movie he's recently seen, Chief Urulu plays mob chieftain and refuses to sign the document allowing the Navy the use of McHale's island. So McHale and the crew, and even Binghamton, Carpenter, and Admiral Rogers, join forces and play their own mobster game to try to make Urulu change his mind.

star 7.00
4 votes
The Ghosts of 73

#21 - The Ghosts of 73

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 1964

When Binghamton discovers how superstitious McHale and the crew are, he devises a plan to scare them into transferring out. But when McHale and the boys find that they've been duped, they cook up their own plan to scare Binghamton into cancelling their transfers.

star 7.00
5 votes
Giuseppe McHale

#22 - Giuseppe McHale

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 5, 1965

During his absence from the base against orders, McHale is spared an AWOL charge, with help from his Italian cousin who happens to bear a very strong family resemblance to his American counterpart.

star 7.00
3 votes
Blitzkrieg at McHale's Beach

#23 - Blitzkrieg at McHale's Beach

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 7, 1965

After Colonel Harrigan cons Binghamton into moving the 73 Crew into town so that he can take over McHale's beach, McHale and Binghamton carry out similar, but conflicting plans to get back at the Colonel.

star 7.00
4 votes
The Boy Scouts of 73

#24 - The Boy Scouts of 73

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 28, 1965

Parker tries unsuccessfully, to set 3 young Italian thieves on the straight and narrow with some good old-fashioned Boy Scout training. But after McHale and the crew are arrested and jailed for the gang's crimes, the boys set out to help their Scoutmaster and his Crew, and wind up nailing Binghamton in the bargain.

star 7.00
2 votes
The Day the War Stood Still

#25 - The Day the War Stood Still

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 1963

During a search for some stolen goods, while McHale and the 73 Crew are out on a recon mission, Binghamton catches Fuji, and holds him as a spy. McHale and the boys then cook up a complicated plan to spring him.

star 7.08
40 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Myles Wilder, William Raynor