The BEST Episodes of The Phil Silvers Show
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2020
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.
#1 - Sergeant Bilko Presents
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 29, 1957
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.
#2 - Bilko Buys a Club
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 1957
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.
#3 - Bilko's School Days
Season 3 - Episode 36 - Aired Jun 10, 1958
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.
#4 - Joan's Big Romance
Season 3 - Episode 37 - Aired Jun 24, 1958
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.
#5 - Bilko's Ape Man
Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 18, 1959
Bilko hopes to launch Pvt Forbes in a film career, by entering him in a Mister Universe contest
#6 - Bilko's Casino
Season 4 - Episode 31 - Aired May 20, 1959
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
#7 - Bilko in Outer Space
Season 4 - Episode 33 - Aired Jun 5, 1959
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
#8 - Bilko the Genius
Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 12, 1958
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.
#9 - Bilko's Grand Hotel
Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 28, 1959
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.
#10 - Viva Bilko
Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 11, 1959
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.
#11 - Bilko's Godson
Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 3, 1959
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.
#12 - Guinea Pig Bilko
Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired Apr 17, 1959
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.
#13 - Bilko the Butler
Season 4 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 24, 1959
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.
#14 - The Colonel's Second Honeymoon
Season 4 - Episode 32 - Aired May 29, 1959
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
#15 - The Blue Blood of the Bilkos
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 8, 1957
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
#16 - The Son of Bilko
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 26, 1957
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.
#17 - Rock 'n' Roll Rookie
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 5, 1957
When singer Elvin Pelvin joins the platoon, Bilko sees a way to make money but he can't get him to sing.
#18 - Bilko Goes South
Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 26, 1957
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.
#19 - Doberman the Crooner
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 10, 1958
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.
#20 - Where There's a Will
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 27, 1956
A member of the platoon is cheated out of his share in his uncles will. The only thing he gets is a parrot so Bilko starts a rumor that the parrot holds the clue to a hidden treasure map.
#21 - Bilko Enters Politics
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 5, 1957
When the plan for a new serviceman's center is turned down by the mayor Bilko gets Doberman to run for Mayor. When it looks like Doberman will win, the campaign manager makes a deal with Bilko to build the center if Doberman will drop out
#22 - Bilko's Television Idea
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 12, 1957
When T.V. star Buddy Bickford come to Fort Baxter to research background for a new television show. Bilko tries to sell him a T.V. idea of his own.
#23 - Bilko's Cousin
Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 24, 1958
When the Colonel hears that another Bilko is about to arrive he hopes that he is no relation to Ernie because with two Bilko's at the camp life is going to be worse that ever but he turns out to be Ernie's cousin Swifty, but there is a surprise in store for everybody.
#24 - The Face on the Recruiting Poster
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 16, 1956
Bilko hopes to get a handsome young recruit noticed by Hollywood so he tries to get the soldier's face on the new army recruiting poster. But first he must pass a test on the army and with Doberman coaching him a surprise is in store.
#25 - Sergeant Bilko Presents Bing Crosby
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 22, 1957
Bilko promotes a show starring Bing Crosby, but when Bing suddenly fails to show up, Bilko has to find a lookalike as a replacement.