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Black Sheep Squadron 

Baa Baa Black Sheep (original title)
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The dramatized World War II adventures of U.S. Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington and his U.S. Marine Attack Squadron 214, (The Black Sheep Squadron).
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1978   1977   1976  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Robert Conrad ...  Maj. Greg 'Pappy' Boyington 36 episodes, 1976-1978
Simon Oakland ...  Brig. Gen. Thomas Moore 36 episodes, 1976-1978
Dana Elcar ...  Col. Thomas A. Lard 36 episodes, 1976-1978
Dirk Blocker ...  1st Lt. Jerome 'Jerry' Bragg 36 episodes, 1976-1978
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ...  2nd Lt. Lawrence 'Larry' Casey / ... 36 episodes, 1976-1978
Jeff MacKay ...  1st Lt. Donald French 36 episodes, 1976-1978
Larry Manetti ...  Lt. Bob Boyle 34 episodes, 1976-1978
Robert Ginty ...  1st Lt. Thomas Joseph 'T.J.' Wiley 29 episodes, 1976-1978
John Larroquette ...  2nd Lt. Robert 'Bob' Anderson 29 episodes, 1976-1978
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ...  Capt. James 'Jim' Gutterman 23 episodes, 1976-1977
Joey Aresco ...  Sgt. John David 'Hutch' Hutchinson 20 episodes, 1976-1977
Red West ...  Sgt. Micklin / ... 19 episodes, 1977-1978
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Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington is the squadron leader of a group of fighter pilots stationed on an island in the Pacific during World War II. "Pappy" often needs to intercede in altercations at the base, but everyone seems to pull together when they are assigned missions in the air. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Sheep Squadron See more »

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Runtime:

(37 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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This television series was originally called, "Baa Baa Black Sheep" when the episodes were first aired. Then later syndicated, the name was changed to "Black Sheep Squadron" once it was being shown in reruns after the series cancellation. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the episodes a newsreel would be shown usually as a way to introduce the subject of that episode's story. The copyright date on the newsreel was MCMXXXIX (1939), which would have been at least two years before the U.S. entered the war. See more »

Quotes

Capt. James Gutterman: [talking back to a Navy officer] I'm already carrier qualified Mommy!
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Somewhat mixed but generally quite entertaining
9 December 2001 | by Hessian499See all my reviews

Set in the South Pacific during World War Two, the series dealt with a squadron of US pilots known as the Black Sheep (called such due to the fact most were misfits and disciplinary cases before joining the outfit). The best part of the series were the aerial combat sequences; using a mix of archived material from the war, newly filmed sequences, and superbly edited tapings of radio transmissions, the producers made it seem like you were up there in the sky with the squadron in the encounters with the Japanese. On the ground, the dramatic scenes were often done just as well; you got to realize that even though the squadron was made up of screwballs they behaved as a unit and worked as a team to make it through whatever came up.

Later episodes in the series tend to be rather lacking in entertainment value. The addition of "Pappy's Lambs" - a group of nurses assigned to the island - was probably meant to help ratings, but at the same time the focus started to swing towards them and away from the war against the Japanese, which had been the backbone of the more successful earlier episodes. The overall writing of the series seems to have deteriorated as the show got towards the end of its run as well.

While mixed in quality through its run, the show is definitely worth watching, if nothing else for the Corsairs that were restored to be used on the show - great aircraft!


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