Black Sheep Squadron TV series

Gregory Boyington was a World War II Marine and flying ace. He was the head of Squadron 214, based in the South Pacific. Boyington was very famous for his heroics during the war and later wrote a book about his adventures called Baa Baa Black Sheep.

The book was turned into a TV series on NBC in the 1970’s and Boyington served as the technical advisor. Boyington was nicknamed Pappy by his pilots ,because he was about 35 years old when he formed the squadron. That was rather an advanced age for a WWII pilot. The series was loosely based on Pappy’s adventures fighting the Japanese.

Robert Conrad as Pappy was a skirt-chaser, rule-breaker and got into plenty of fist fights. He fought the Japanese and the higher-ups in the military. I remember this series fondly. My father was in the Navy during WWII and from what he told me, this series is pretty realistic. The squadron was based on the island of Vella La Cava.

CAST

CHARACTER
ACTOR
Robert Conrad
Greg "Pappy" Boyington
Dana Elcar
Col. Lard
James Whitmore, Jr
James Gutterman
Dirk Blocker
Jerry Bragg
Robert Ginty
TJ Wiley
John Larroquette
Bob Anderson
WK Stratton
Lawrence Casey
Jed Adams
Jed Pruitt
Simon Oakland
General Moore

Baa Baa Black Sheep lasted for 1 season and was then cancelled. But other series had failed, so NBC brought back the series in 1978 and renamed it Black Sheep Squadron. Some nurses also got a base on Vella La Cava and young new pilot, Jed Pruitt joined the group.

Opening Credits

Season One

episode number
episode title
pilot
Flying Misfits
1
Best Three out of Five
2
Small War
3
Hi Jinx
4
Prisoners of War
5
Presumed Dead
6
The Meatball Circus
7
Up For Grabs
8
Anyone for Suicide?
9
New Georgia On my Mind
10
The Cat's Whiskers
11
Love And War
12
the War Biz Warrior
14
The Deadliest Enemy of all (2 parts)
15
Devil In The Slot
16
Five The Hard Way
17
The Last Mission Over Sengai
18
Trouble at Fort Apache
19
Poor Little Lambs
20
WASPS
21
Last One for Hutch
22
The Fastest Gun
24
 

Casting Trivia


The show was not noted for guest stars but Peter Frampton was in the episode A Little Bit of England. Frampton played a coast watcher on a remote island.

Jeb Adams who played young Jeb Pruitt was the son of Conrad’s old friend, actor Nick Adams.

Jerry Bragg, one of the pilots was played by the son of Dan Blocker, star of Bonanza.

Nurse Nancy Gilmore was played by Robert Conrad’s daughter, Nancy.

Season Two Episodes

episode number
episode title
1
Divine Wind
2
The 200 pound Gorilla
3
the hawk Flies on Sunday
4
Wolves in the Sheep Pen
5
Operation Stand Down
6
Ten'll Get You Five
7
Forbidden Fruit
8
Fighting Angels
9
The Iceman
10
Hotshot
11
the Show Must Go On�Sometimes
12
Sheep In the Limelight
14
A Little Bit of England

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ComicFan 4 years ago

Among the real members of the squadron, they've said in interviews that the show wasn't really true to what they experienced. IMO, its pseudo-realistic, and one of my favorite shows of all time.

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