Comedy / Sitcom / Western
Cast: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry, Melody Patterson, Frank DeKova, Bob Steele, James Hampton and Joe Brooks
F Troop is a satirical American sitcom that aired for two seasons on ABC-TV. It debuted in the United States on September 14, 1965 and concluded its run on April 6, 1967 with a total of 65 episodes. The first season of 34 episodes was filmed in black-and-white, but the show switched to color for its second season. F Troop is set at Fort Courage, Kansas—a fictional United States Army outpost in the Old West —shortly after the American Civil War ended in 1865. Fort Courage was supposedly named for General Sam Courage (portrayed by Cliff Arquette), who had been in the Army for forty years. Given that there were only four generals in the regular Army before the Civil War, taking 40 years to advance to the rank of general was fairly common. The show is light on historical accuracy (e.g. the uniforms, weapons, salutes and calling a company "troop" are incorrect for the period) but heavy on character-based humor; verbal and visual gags, slapstick and burlesque comedy make up the prime ingredients of F Troop.
The end of the Civil War was near
When quite accidentally,
A hero who sneezed, abruptly seized
Retreat and reversed it to victory!
His Medal of Honor pleased and thrilled
His proud little family group;
While pinning it on, some blood was spilled
And so it was planned, he'd command... F TROOP!
Where Indian fights are colorful sights
And nobody takes a lickin',
Where paleface and redskin
Both turn chicken!
When drilling and fighting get them down
They know their morale can't droop
As long as they all relax in town
Before they resume with a bang and a boom... F TROOP!
F Troop Intro
Episodes: 65 total
Season One (Black & White 1965–1966)
Scourge of the West (Pilot episode)
Don't Look Now, One of Our Cannons Is Missing
The Phantom Major
Corporal Agarn's Farewell to the Troops
The Return of Bald Eagle
Dirge for the Scourge
The Girl from Philadelphia
Me Heap Big Injun
She's Only a Build in an Girdled Cage
A Gift from the Chief
O'Rourke vs. O'Reilly
The 86 Proof Spring
Here Comes the Tribe
Iron Horse Go Home
Our Hero, What's His Name?
Wrongo Starr and the Lady in Black
Go for Broke
The New I. G.
Spy, Counterspy, Counter Counterspy
The Courtship of Wrangler Jane
Play, Gypsy, Play
Reunion for O'Rourke
Captain Parmenter, One Man Army
Don't Ever Speak to Me Again
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Troop
Johnny Eagle Eye
A Fort's Best Friend is Not a Mother
Lieutenant O'Rourke, Front and Center
The Day the Indians Won
Will the Real Captain Try to Stand Up?
Season Two (Color 1966–1967)
The Singing Mountie
How to Be F Troop Without Really Trying
Bye, Bye, Balloon
Reach for the Sky, Pardner
The Great Troop Robbery
The West Goes Ghost
The Ballot of Corporal Agarn
Did Your Father Come from Ireland?
For Whom the Bugle Tolls
La Dolce Courage
Wilton the Kid
The Return of Wrongo Starr
Survival of the Fittest
Bring on the Dancing Girls
The Loco Brothers
From Karate with Love
The Sergeant and the Kid
What Are You Doing After the Massacre?
A Horse of Another Color
V is for Vampire
That's Show Biz
The Day They Shot Agarn
Only One Russian Is Coming! Only One Russian Is Coming!
Guns, Guns, Who's Got the Guns?
Marriage, Fort Courage Style
The Majority of Wilton
Our Brave in F Troop
Is This Fort Really Necessary?