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F Troop is a comedy that tells the story of a troop of soldiers who inhabit Fort Courage. The series is set near the end of the Civil War. The series is based on the antics of the soldiers of F Troop. They are led by Captain Wilton Parmenter, played by the actor Ken Berry. Parmenter is honorable and sweet, but he is also clumsy and naive.

Parmenter succumbs to a fit of sneezing during an attack. Soldiers mistake the sneezing for a signal to charge. The charge is a success! Parmenter is rewarded with a metal. However, he is pricked with the metal’s pin. To compensate him, he is awarded a leadership position.

However, Parameter’s ineptitude does not go unnoticed. He is given a position at Fort Courage, in Kansas. Fort Courage is filled with misfit soldiers.

The unofficial leader of F Troop is Sergeant Morgan Sylvester O‘Rourke, played by Forrest Tucker. O’Rourke is an entrepreneur. He runs the saloon and has a treaty with the local Indian tribe, the Hekawi, to sell their souvenirs to tourists. His sidekick is the emotional and sentimental Corporal Randolph Agarn. Yankee Doodle and Dixie are the only songs Bugler Hannibal Shirley Dobbs can play. The fort lookout is legally blind Trooper Vanderbilt. A recurring joke is Agarn or Dobbs kicks the canon, which accidentally fires. The cannonball hits the tower leg, knocking down Vanderbilt.

The Hekawi Indians are a peaceful tribe. They conduct business with the citizens of Fort Courage through O'Rourke Enterprises. Much humor is derived from the fact that Parmenter is unaware of this partnership.

Another running story line is based on the beautiful Jane Angelica Thrift. Thrift runs the general store and post office. She excels at riding and shooting. She is romantically aggressive and more competent than Parmenter.

F Troop is comprised of sixty-five episodes. The first season is filmed in black and white; the second season is shot in color.

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ABC
2 Seasons, 65 Episodes - Ended
Comedy
7.5/10
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F Troop Full Episode Guide

  • A former troop member returns to Fort Courage for his wedding, but is mistaken as an inspector sent to shut down the camp.

  • Wild Eagle becomes a soldier so he can visit their dentist and fix his toothache. But after a visiting General promotes him, he decides to remain at Fort Courage.

  • The cure is worse than the illness after Captain Parmenter comes down with a cold just before his examination for a promotion to Major.

  • Fort Courage must prove itself useful after Big Jim Parker buys up their land along with the Hikawis.

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