Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Life Is Fort, War Is Long

It's time for CBS to get bold and produce a new military sitcom. Why do I say CBS? Take a look at their lineage of militcoms:
  • "The Phil Silvers Show" (CBS, 1955)
  • "Gomer Pyle, USMC" (CBS, 1964)
  • "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS, 1965)
  • "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972)
  • "Roll Out" (CBS, 1973)
  • "Private Benjamin" (CBS, 1981)
  • "Major Dad" (CBS, 1989)
They Eye took a chance with "M*A*S*H" only two years after the shooting at Kent State University's Vietnam War protest (May 4, 1970), but we're not ready to laugh with the military quite yet. I'm guessing that in about five years a military comedy will be a box office hit and then some network will try to capitalize on that film's success. And fail.

Wondering about other military sitcoms that aired on US TV? Match each military site with its series.
Series NameMilitary Site
1."The Army Show" (WB, 1998)a.Camp Henderson
2."At Ease" (ABC, 1983)b.Camp Singleton
3."Beetle Bailey" (1962)c.Camp Swampy
4."C.P.O. Sharkey" (NBC, 1976)d.Camp Tar Creek
5."F Troop" (ABC, 1965)e.Fort Baxter
6."Gomer Pyle, USMC" (CBS, 1964)f.Fort Bendix
7."Major Dad" (CBS, 1989)g.Fort Bradley
8."No Time for Sergeants" (ABC, 1964)h.Fort Courage
9."The Phil Silvers Show" (CBS, 1955)i.Naval Training Center
10."Private Benjamin" (CBS, 1981)j.Oliver Air Force Base


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