The Phil Silvers Show

The BEST episodes of The Phil Silvers Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 5/11/2022Network: CBS
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Rock 'n' Roll Rookie
star
9.00
7 votes

#1 - Rock 'n' Roll Rookie

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/5/1957

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

Doberman the Crooner
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8.67
6 votes

#2 - Doberman the Crooner

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/10/1958

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.

Bilko the Art Lover
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8.50
4 votes

#3 - Bilko the Art Lover

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/5/1958

In New York, Bilko stays with an old buddy who is a prospective artist, but he falls out with his father, until the father realises how good his son is.

Bilko Goes South
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8.50
8 votes

#4 - Bilko Goes South

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/26/1957

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.

Bilko Goes to College
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8.50
8 votes

#5 - Bilko Goes to College

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/2/1956

When a local gangster insults the army Bilko takes a bet of 1000 -1 That the local College Schmill can beat Notra Dame in a football game. Nobody gives them a chance, but when Bilko gets to work on the press they start to believe that Schmill can win.

Bilko's Hollywood Romance
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8.50
4 votes

#6 - Bilko's Hollywood Romance

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/9/1959

A film star's agent decides that a romance with a soldier would be a good public relations exercise. Bilko gets chosen but in next to no time he becomes to powerful.

It's for the Birds
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8.45
11 votes

#7 - It's for the Birds

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/25/1956

Bilko looks around for an expert to go on the 64,000 Dollar quiz show on TV. He ends up with Pvt Honnegar who is an expert on wildlife, After surviving a loss of memory he wins the money but he has a surprise in store for Bilko

Love That Guardhouse
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8.43
7 votes

#8 - Love That Guardhouse

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/15/1957

After winning 1500 dollars in Las Vegas, Ritzik is desperate to play poker with Bilko, so the Colonel locks him up in the guardhouse for his own protection.

Sergeant Bilko Presents Bing Crosby
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8.43
7 votes

#9 - Sergeant Bilko Presents Bing Crosby

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/22/1957

Bilko promotes a show starring Bing Crosby, but when Bing suddenly fails to show up, Bilko has to find a lookalike as a replacement.

The Face on the Recruiting Poster
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8.40
10 votes

#10 - The Face on the Recruiting Poster

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/16/1956

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.

The Song of the Motor Pool
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8.33
6 votes

#11 - The Song of the Motor Pool

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/30/1956

Bilko looks for a song that the motor pool can adopt. He hears Paparelli singing one in the shower - but it turns out that someone else thought of it first.

Doberman's Sister
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8.33
6 votes

#12 - Doberman's Sister

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/20/1956

It's family day at Fort Baxter and all the platoon have invited their sisters. They all have dates except Doberman's so Bilko sets out to con Zimmerman into taking her out.

Bilko's Cousin
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8.33
6 votes

#13 - Bilko's Cousin

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 1/24/1958

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.

Bilko the Genius
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8.33
3 votes

#14 - Bilko the Genius

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/12/1958

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.

Bilko and the Medium
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8.33
3 votes

#15 - Bilko and the Medium

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/22/1958

Hearing that Ritzik's have won $500 ,Bilko tries to borrow the money to open a pool hall.

The Court Martial
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8.29
38 votes

#16 - The Court Martial

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/6/1956

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

The Blue Blood of the Bilkos
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8.29
7 votes

#17 - The Blue Blood of the Bilkos

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/8/1957

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

Bivouac
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8.25
40 votes

#18 - Bivouac

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/29/1955

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

The Big Scandal
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8.22
9 votes

#19 - The Big Scandal

Season 2 - Episode 32 - Aired 5/14/1957

Bilko tries to hypnotize Ritzik, but it's Doberman who falls under the influence and he tells the Colonel's wife that he loves her

Bilko Joins the Navy
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8.20
5 votes

#20 - Bilko Joins the Navy

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/28/1958

When word of a big crap game for sailors only gets around Bilko Paparelli, and Zimmerman join the navy to take part but somehow they all end up at sea and have problems getting back ashore.

The Reunion
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8.19
36 votes

#21 - The Reunion

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/20/1955

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.

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Hollywood
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8.19
36 votes

#22 - Hollywood

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/3/1956

Hollywood plans a film of the "Battle of Kabuchi" and they hire Bilko as the technical adviser, but after a couple of days he has taken over the whole production, and the film people want shot of him.

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Hair
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8.18
40 votes

#23 - Hair

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired 4/24/1956

Bilko's head is constantly being used by his barber to find a cure for baldness. The other three sergeants know this and while Bilko is asleep decide to play a trick on him, but Bilko has the last laugh

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Bilko's Tax Trouble
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8.17
6 votes

#24 - Bilko's Tax Trouble

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/4/1956

Through an error Bilko is called before the tax people to explain his earnings

A Mess Sergeant Can't Win
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8.14
7 votes

#25 - A Mess Sergeant Can't Win

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/13/1956

Fed up with losing to Bilko all the time Mess Sgt Ritzik is leaving the army having saved up $400 to open a snack bar. So Bilko devises a plan to repay all the money that he has won off Ritzik.