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F Troop: The Complete First Season

July 3, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

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After accidentally leading a cavalry charge into victory, Private Wilton Parmenter becomes a hero and is given command of Fort Courage. Here, his group of cavalrymen bumble through fighting their enemies and working with the local Hekawi Indians to sell items to tourists.Amazon.com
F-Troop belongs to the ranks of television’s great military slacker comedies, including Sgt. Bilko and McHale’s Navy. Ken Berry was promoted from bit player to leading man with his role as clueless and clumsy (“I fall down a lot”) Wilton Parmenter, who is put in charge of the frontier post Fort Courage after a display of inadvertent Civil War heroism. “He’s the pigeon we always dreamed of,” enthuses Sgt. O’Rourke (Forrest Tucker), … More >>

F Troop: The Complete First Season

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5 Responses to “F Troop: The Complete First Season”
  1. This is a one note comedy series from the sixties. Lots of slaptick bits and jokes that are great in smalldoses. If you watch several episodes at one time you will be struck with the repetition of some of the gags. I liked the casting and thought they could do so much more with more material. The cannon gag is in just about every show. Tag lines are used over and over again. My verdict is OK in small doses. Too bad a talented cast was wasted.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. Ed Mann says:

    I’ve been conditioned over the last few years, for better or worse, to enjoy television comedy without the crutch of a fabricated laugh track. Not to say that brilliant televised comedy hasn’t made proper use of the this technological marvel, but so many fine programs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Scrubs don’t bother with it, and each just got nominated for Best Comedy for this year’s upcoming Emmy Awards–I know, one got cancelled, but there no accounting for network executives, or Fox TV’s scheduling.

    F Troop brings back wonderful memories in a Mel Brooksian, Larry Storchian, Civil Warian fashion and I’ve missed seeing the dopey troopster in the camp lookout get shot down every week. But to uproarious laugh track guffaws? The premise is still great, the perfomances are there and the characters jogged my memory, but I couldn’t continue viewing more than two programs without marching over to the DVD player and smashing it with my fist. I suppose that I should have turned down the volume, but I wanted to make a point to my 7 year old. “Laugh tracks are BAD! VERY BAD,” I screamed, and my wife later tore my head off.

    It’s funny–no REALLY funny: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz had the benefit of live audiences to get their comedy cues as if on stage. I often wonder how much funnier many programs might be if they employed that simple technique, as did Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett and Seinfeld.

    Missed it, but alas, back on the shelf you go, Larry. Where’s the ice?
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. I recieved my 6 disc set only to find disc 2 missing. There seems to be no way of getting disc 2 without first (PAYING MORE POSTAGE) to return what I already have. Here’s an idea why couldn’t I have an option button to email amazon.com, llc to get them to send me what they promised to send? This system is very user friendly until you have a problem.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. the packaging is terrible. Why did they have to put each disk in its own case? If you buy this entire series, and they are all packaged like this, it will take up a considerable amount of space on your shelves!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Dan Smith says:

    I thought this was hilarious when I was a kid, and a lot of it is still quite funny. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
    Rating: 3 / 5

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