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What American Military Sitcom Was Also Beloved by Brits? Take The Sgt Bilko Quiz!

Updated on July 23, 2016

Fun Sitcom Quiz & Answers on One of the Classic TV Shows of the 1950's

On just about every list of top sitcoms and classic tv comedy shows from the 1950's, you'll find the old Sgt Bilko show. Although "Sgt Bilko" was the title character on this funny military situation comedy from the fifties, the actual name of the show for most of its 4-year run, from 1955 to 1959, was "The Phil Silvers Show." It was always on my personal list of top comedy sitcoms during those years. Yours, too? Much of the credit belongs to talented writer/producer Nat Hiken and to a superb supporting cast, including perpetually slovenly, but lovable, Maurice Gosfield, Allan Melvin, Harvey Lembeck, Herbie Faye, Joe E. Ross, Beatrice Pons, Bill Sands, Jimmy Little, Mickey Freeman, and Elizabeth Fraser. After it's run at CBS, the series was sold to to NBC who made a mint rerunning the series at the rate of 5 shows a week. It also ran in syndication on UK television. The Phil Silvers Show was also a major hit in the UK where the UK publication Radio Times Guide to Comedy ranked The Phil Silvers Show as its top TV sitcom! You can order the complete series--all four seasons--from Amazon, below. Watch, or rewatch, the show that Larry David, co-creator of Seinfeld and creator and star of the modern classic, Curb Your Enthusiasm, has called his favorite TV show of all time.

But first, test your knowledge of this great old television classic with this fairly easy TV sitcom quiz about the Phil Silvers Show. Find the fun quiz and answers below. Sgt. Bilko fans will probably get 7 or more correct. Get all ten correct and you will have proven yourself to be a Master of 1950s Pop Culture and Classic TV Shows. Hope you enjoy my Sgt Bilko trivia sitcom quiz questions and answers! Challenge other oldtimers and compare scores! Good luck, and have fun!

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Sgt Bilko Sitcom Quiz


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Sgt Bilko and Pvt Doberman

Phil Silvers (Sgt. Bilko) and Maurice Gosfield (Pvt. Doberman), 1956. The "lovable slob," may have been Bilko's most popular character. It's reported, series creator Nat Hiken took one look at the dumpy Gosfield & proclaim he was "born for the part!"
Phil Silvers (Sgt. Bilko) and Maurice Gosfield (Pvt. Doberman), 1956. The "lovable slob," may have been Bilko's most popular character. It's reported, series creator Nat Hiken took one look at the dumpy Gosfield & proclaim he was "born for the part!" | Source

Sgt. Bilko On Amazon - The Phil Silvers Show On DVD

Hope you enjoy my 1950s American pop culture trivia questions and answers on one of the most popular 1950s tv shows! Are you a fan of classic TV shows from the Television's Golden Age? Add these classic DVDs to your video library. They make great gifts, too, for anyone who grew up in the 1950's when TV was in it's adolescent years if no longer still in it's infancy. Even if you are not a child of the fifties, but are a student of American cultural phenomena, these early television show DVDs are well worth buying and holding onto. Order them one season at a time! Fill your house with laughter on Christmas morning when you stuff these in someone's stocking!

Do Top Sitcoms of the Fabulous Fifties Make You Nostalgic? - Take My Poll!

Do television classics, especially military comedy tv shows such as Sgt Bilko ever make you wish you had lived in the fabulous fifties? We think of the 1950's as a less complicated time, and in many ways they were. But there was also the Korean War..."The Bomb"...and a militarily powerful Cold War adversary, the USSR, whose leader vowed, "We will bury you!" On the other hand, America for the everyday citizen was a much less cynical place than it is today. While it's fashionable today to knock 1950s sitcoms as being "corny," and unrealistic, early TV shows like "Father Knows Best," "Ozzie & Harriet," "The Donna Reed Show," and, of course, "Leave It To Beaver," presented "ideal" families...something to strive for. On some level, each episode was a morality play. Others like "Topper," "Our Miss Brooks," "My Little Margie," "I Love Lucy?"...and of course, "Sgt Bilko," were strictly for laughs. As a child of the fifties, I loved them all.

How about you? Ever wish you'd lived in the 1950s? Maybe you did!

Do old tv shows from the 1950s ever make you wish you were living in that decade today?

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Have You Seen Both Original Sgt Bilko TV Show.... - AND Steve Martin's Movie Version?

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If you've seen both the original television show and Steve Martin's portrayal of Sgt Bilko in the movie of the same name...

...whose portrayal do you like better?

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Do you love old tv shows? Did you learn anything new about this classic situation comedy from the 1950's? Here's something about Phil Silvers I bet you never knew: He used to pal around with infamous gangster Benjamin "Bugsy Siegel," the West Coast hood who played a big part in putting Las Vegas on the map! Hope you'll leave a comment. Thanks for taking my sitcom quiz!

So, How Well Do You Know Ernie Bilko? - Did You Ace This Sitcom Quiz?

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Well I managed 8 out of 10 - amazing what trivial things you can remember when you can't recall where you put your car keys

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @SusannaDuffy: Thank you for being the first to take my Sgt. Bilko quiz, Susannah! I'd say that 8 out of 10 is a very respectable score! Any new Squid wanting see what a topnotch lens looks like should visit your "Claudia Goes To Pomeii" lens. Perfection!

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      Tempus 6 years ago

      Drat, 9 out of 10 I got the emmy question wrong! Great quiz I really enjoyed it. Bilko set the standard for all other sit-coms to live up to. No matter how many times you've seen an episode it still makes you laugh.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Tempus: Excellent job! I agree, Bilko was a classic. Just visited your Top Ten Gardeners Gifts lens and would recommened it to anyone Christmas shopping for a gardener. Most look like they'd be affordable for kids shopping for gardening grandparents.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @jolou: Thank you for taking my Sgt Bilko Quiz, Joanne! Anyone who enjoyed this quiz is sure to enjoy your 70s TV Trivia Quiz lens and your Classic 60s and 70s TV Shows lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think I should go home now and rest my brain, just took one too many and shot down to 40%. bye-bye...

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Thanks for taking them all, Susie...and for leaving comments. Much appreciated! I am going to have work on a few more.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nine out of ten, I'd say I know him pretty well.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: An excellent score...which makes me think you must've spent some time on the floor in front of the old 19-in (diagonal) Motorola. Anyone who loved old radio shows, or who'd like to experience what his/her parents and grandparents whiled away the hours with after the sun went down will surely enjoy the old-time radio shows on the lenses you've put together on the subject.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      70% right. I remember the show well. great quiz.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ohcaroline: Pretty good score, considering I probably wouldn't have known a couple of the answers if I hadn't done a little research. Thanks for taking my quiz, Caroline!

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      yayas 5 years ago

      Apparently, not as well as I thought I did. 'Course, it has been a long, loooooong time since I've seen any of the programs.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Fun quiz - thank you.

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      moralblogger lm 4 years ago

      9/10..not bad seeing as I was born in the sixties! Got the 10th question wrong, Darn it!

      If only comedies were made this way today!

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      Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

      Been a long time since I saw this show

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      ConvenientCalendar 3 years ago

      I learned a lot!

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      Did OK.

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      Sharon Berry 2 years ago from Michigan

      I didn't do very well on the quiz but remember watching this show when I was a kid. But, I had fun taking the quiz.

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