The BEST Episodes of The Phil Silvers Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 8, 2019

Network: CBS

Classic military comedy set on the fictional Army base of Fort Baxter in Kansas and starred Phil Silvers as Sgt. Ernest Bilko, a fast-talking sharpster who would do anything to make an extra buck. Paul Ford co-starred as Colonel Hall, Bilko's harried commanding officer who often found himself stuck in the middle of Bilko's schemes.

Sergeant Bilko Presents

#1 - Sergeant Bilko Presents

Season 3 - Episode 7

Unable to raise the necessary funds to back Pt Hugo Lockman's play 'Sharecropper's Summer', Bilko persuades the army to run a playwriting competition.

star 10.00
1 votes
Bilko Buys a Club

#2 - Bilko Buys a Club

Season 3 - Episode 11

When Bilko learns that a new member of the platoon is a merchant banker, he tries to get him to invest in a club that Bilko wants to set up.but he asks the wrong man of advice.

star 10.00
1 votes
Bilko's School Days

#3 - Bilko's School Days

Season 3 - Episode 36

Bilko learns that a new training camp is to be opened at Fort Baxter, Just when it looks like a new source of cash has presented itself, he finds that it is for M.P.'s not trainees.

star 10.00
1 votes
Joan's Big Romance

#4 - Joan's Big Romance

Season 3 - Episode 37

Joan Hogan is fed up waiting for Bilko, so she takes off for Chicago, and meets up with a wealthy playboy on the train. When her picture appears in the paper, she sees a way of making Bilko jealous.

star 10.00
1 votes
Bilko's Ape Man

#5 - Bilko's Ape Man

Season 4 - Episode 23

Bilko hopes to launch Pvt Forbes in a film career, by entering him in a Mister Universe contest

star 10.00
1 votes
Bilko's Casino

#6 - Bilko's Casino

Season 4 - Episode 31

Bilko discovers an old document saying that the Grove City USO is exempt from California's Gambling laws. So Bilko opens a gambling club, but the mob muscle in on him so Bilko reverts the club back to the USO

star 10.00
1 votes
Bilko in Outer Space

#7 - Bilko in Outer Space

Season 4 - Episode 33

Sgt's Ritzik and Grover win $600 but are terrified of losing it to Bilko, so they hide out in a space capsule mock up, but Bilko finds them

star 10.00
1 votes
Bilko the Genius

#8 - Bilko the Genius

Season 3 - Episode 25

In a mix up over test results, Bilko is told that he has a genius rating and he goes on a course with other test winners. They try and come up with a foolproof method of predicting the result of any horse race.

star 9.50
2 votes
Bilko's Prize Poodle

#9 - Bilko's Prize Poodle

Season 3 - Episode 35

Doberman gets attached to a poodle, and Bilko sees a chance of winning $10,000 in a dog show.

star 9.50
2 votes
Bilko's Grand Hotel

#10 - Bilko's Grand Hotel

Season 4 - Episode 17

Bilko opens a pizza stand,But it burns down with Paparelli and Zimmerman in charge. So he tries again with a cheap hotel but the same thing happens again.

star 9.50
2 votes
Viva Bilko

#11 - Viva Bilko

Season 4 - Episode 19

Bilko and three of the platoon are on holiday in Mexico, when they are robbed of their clothes by Mexican bandits, who use the clothes as a disguise to rob a bank. Later when Bilko gets their clothes back, they are arrested, until he can explain what happened.

star 9.50
2 votes
Bilko's Godson

#12 - Bilko's Godson

Season 4 - Episode 25

When he is named as the godfather to the son of a G.I. friend, Bilko tries to get the boy enrolled at Stanford University.

star 9.50
2 votes
Guinea Pig Bilko

#13 - Guinea Pig Bilko

Season 4 - Episode 26

Bilko takes a tranquilliser and loses his love for gambling, but the Colonel can't stand the change and tries to shock him out of it.

star 9.50
2 votes
Bilko the Butler

#14 - Bilko the Butler

Season 4 - Episode 27

While helping out as a waiter, Bilko overhears a stock tip so he phones Cpl Henshaw to invest their money, but before Henshaw can act the Stock falls and Bilko thinks that their money has been lost.

star 9.50
2 votes
The Colonel's Second Honeymoon

#15 - The Colonel's Second Honeymoon

Season 4 - Episode 32

With the Colonel away on a second honeymoon, Bilko and Zimmerman who has won a prize in a competition find that they are staying at the same hotel

star 9.50
2 votes
The Court Martial

#16 - The Court Martial

Season 1 - Episode 25

When Zippo the ape is accidently inducted into the army the only way to get the army off the hook is to get Bilko as defense council and court martial the ape before anybody finds out

star 9.12
8 votes
The Blue Blood of the Bilkos

#17 - The Blue Blood of the Bilkos

Season 2 - Episode 16

A sergeant from Fort Baxter is to be excluded from his son's wedding to an heiress. They only want officers to attend so Bilko decides to change their minds

star 9.00
4 votes
The Son of Bilko

#18 - The Son of Bilko

Season 2 - Episode 22

A young practical joker joins the platoon and drives everybody crazy until Bilko finds a way to give give him a taste of his own medicine.

star 9.00
3 votes
Rock 'n' Roll Rookie

#19 - Rock 'n' Roll Rookie

Season 2 - Episode 23

When singer Elvin Pelvin joins the platoon, Bilko sees a way to make money but he can't get him to sing.

star 9.00
4 votes
Bilko Goes South

#20 - Bilko Goes South

Season 2 - Episode 25

During a cold spell the platoon think that they are entering a singing contest which will be held in Florida, but instead they take part in a dangerous medical experiment.

star 9.00
4 votes
Doberman the Crooner

#21 - Doberman the Crooner

Season 3 - Episode 17

Bilko discovers that Doberman has a beautiful singing voice but only when he has a cold. So Bilko gets him to make a record, but by then the doctors have cured his cold and his real voice returns.

star 9.00
4 votes
The Eating Contest

#22 - The Eating Contest

Season 1 - Episode 9

In an eating contest between the platoons Bilko puts his money on a new member of the platoon nicknamed 'The Stomach' only to find that he can only eat when he is depressed

star 8.89
9 votes

#23 - Bivouac

Season 1 - Episode 11

When maneuvers come round again the Colonel is interested in which illness Bilko has in order to miss out on the joys of marching through the countryside. In order to make him go the Colonel uses reverse psychology

star 8.89
9 votes
The Singing Contest

#24 - The Singing Contest

Season 1 - Episode 12

Bilko hears of a singing contest in Miami and to get away from the bitterly cold weather he enters the platoon but on hearing them sing he puts a bet on for them to lose. While he is putting on the bet a new platoon member is found to have a beautiful singing voice

star 8.86
7 votes
The Reunion

#25 - The Reunion

Season 1 - Episode 14

When Bilko meets up with his old army buddies, he thinks that they are going to be so short of money, that he is going to have to help them out , but it turns out that they have all been very successful.

star 8.83
6 votes