F Troop

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  • TV-PG
  • 1965
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.3  (3,187)

F Troop is a classic American sitcom that aired on ABC for two seasons from 1965 to 1967. The series was set in the 19th century at Fort Courage, a fictional military outpost in the Old Wild West, and followed the misadventures of the soldiers stationed there. The show's lead character, Captain Wilton Parmenter, was played by Ken Berry. Parmenter was a naive and hapless soldier who was given command of Fort Courage due to a case of mistaken identity. His second-in-command was Sergeant Morgan O'Rourke, played by Forrest Tucker, who was a shrewd and scheming Irishman with several sidelines, including running a bar and smuggling goods.

The rest of the cast included Larry Storch as Corporal Randolph Agarn, James Hampton as Private Hannibal Dobbs, Bob Steele as Trooper Duffy, and Melody Patterson as Wrangler Jane. Corporal Agarn, who was O'Rourke's partner in crime, was known for his silly facial expressions and his catchphrase, "I don't want to talk about it." PVT Dobbs was an aspiring inventor who was always trying to come up with new gadgets, while Trooper Duffy was the oldest member of the troop and the resident grump. Wrangler Jane was the sole female character in the series and was known for her beauty and her prowess with a lasso.

The show was known for its zany humor, sight gags, and slapstick comedy. Each episode usually followed a formula, with Parmenter and his troops getting into some kind of trouble or misunderstanding, and O'Rourke and Agarn coming up with some scheme to profit from the situation. The episodes often parodied western tropes, and there were many running gags and recurring jokes throughout the series.

One of the show's most memorable aspects was its theme song, which featured a chorus of singers singing the lyrics:

"F Troop, F Troop, where Indian fights are colorful
And nobody takes a lickin'
Where redskin and paleface, both turn chicken."

Despite its popularity, F Troop was criticized by some for its stereotypical portrayals of Native Americans and its sanitized depiction of the Old West. However, the show remains a beloved classic, known for its colorful characters and lighthearted humor.

F Troop is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (65 episodes). The series first aired on September 14, 1965.

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Is This Fort Really Necessary?
31. Is This Fort Really Necessary?
April 6, 1967
A former troop member returns to Fort Courage for his wedding, but is mistaken as an inspector sent to shut down the camp.
Our Brave in F Troop
30. Our Brave in F Troop
March 30, 1967
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 Majority of Wilton
29. The Majority of Wilton
March 23, 1967
The cure is worse than the illness after Captain Parmenter comes down with a cold just before his examination for a promotion to Major.
Carpetbagging, Anyone?
28. Carpetbagging, Anyone?
March 16, 1967
Fort Courage must prove itself useful after Big Jim Parker buys up their land along with the Hikawis.
Marriage, Fort Courage Style
27. Marriage, Fort Courage Style
March 9, 1967
A marriage broker gives O'Rourke a money-making idea, Agarn nightmares and terrifies Captain Parmenter after Wrangler Jane enlists her services.
Guns, Guns, Who's Got the Guns?
26. Guns, Guns, Who's Got the Guns?
March 2, 1967
Captain Parmenter, O'Rourke and Agarn is sent undercover to find the traitor who is selling guns to Indians.
Only One Russian is Coming! Only One Russian is Coming!
25. Only One Russian is Coming! Only One Russian is Coming!
February 23, 1967
A battle for Wrangler Jane's affection occurs after Agarn's Russian cousin comes for a visit to Fort Courage.
The Day They Shot Agarn
24. The Day They Shot Agarn
February 16, 1967
Agarn must face a firing squad after a prisoner he was guarding escapes and since has seemingly killed Sergeant O'Rourke.
That's Show Biz
23. That's Show Biz
February 9, 1967
Agarn resigns to become the manager of "The Bedbugs," a new rock-n-roll group who has been brought in to play at a camp dance. But when O'Rourke hears Agarn is leaving, he creates his own band to best the Bedbugs and run them out of town.
V is for Vampire
22. V is for Vampire
February 2, 1967
The troop believes a Transylvanian count is responsible for the disappearance of Wrangler Jane.
A Horse of Another Color
21. A Horse of Another Color
January 26, 1967
Captain Parmenter tries to capture a wild stallion to impress Wrangler Jane, but O'Rourke sees money in it if he can sell it to a circus.
What Are You Doing after the Massacre?
20. What Are You Doing after the Massacre?
January 19, 1967
The Hikawi's 147 year-old High Chief Flaming Arrow, comes down from the mountain to lead the tribe in an attack on Fort Courage to retrieve their land.
The Sergeant and the Kid
19. The Sergeant and the Kid
January 12, 1967
Sergeant O'Rourke tries to convince a runaway boy to go back home.
From Karate with Love
18. From Karate with Love
January 5, 1967
A Japanese Samurai is searching for his intending wife from an arranged marriage who has fled to Fort Courage.
The Loco Brothers
17. The Loco Brothers
December 29, 1966
Two lonely Indians kidnap Captain Parmenter, just for company.
Bring on the Dancing Girls
16. Bring on the Dancing Girls
December 22, 1966
Sergeant O'Rourke plans revenge after a blackmailer tries to take his saloon away from him.
Survival of the Fittest
15. Survival of the Fittest
December 15, 1966
To ensure Captain Parmenter and Agarn pass their survival fitness test, O'Rourke sneaks them food.
The Return of Wrongo Starr
14. The Return of Wrongo Starr
December 8, 1966
Bumbling Wrongo Starr returns to Fort Courage escorting a load of dynamite.
Wilton, the Kid
13. Wilton, the Kid
December 1, 1966
Captain Parmenter's look-alike, Kid Vicious the notorious bank robber, comes to town.
La Dolce Courage
12. La Dolce Courage
November 24, 1966
A scorned member of the Italian Secret Society comes searching for his girlfriend and her father, believed to be hiding at Fort Courage.
Miss Parmenter
11. Miss Parmenter
November 17, 1966
Captain Parmenter's sister has a wild time during her visit to Fort Courage, including chasing after Dobbs and assisting with Wild Eagle's appendectomy.
For Whom the Bugle Tolls
10. For Whom the Bugle Tolls
November 10, 1966
A visiting Colonel with a fetish for bugle calls spells trouble for Dobbs, the worlds worst bugler.
Did Your Father Come from Ireland?
9. Did Your Father Come from Ireland?
November 3, 1966
Fort Courage becomes a Little Ireland once Sergeant O'Rourke's father pays a visit.
The Ballot of Corporal Agarn
8. The Ballot of Corporal Agarn
October 27, 1966
Agarn is showered with gifts after it's discovered that he is the deciding vote of the Mayoral race in his hometown.
Yellow Bird
7. Yellow Bird
October 20, 1966
An Indian woman who takes a liking to Captain Parmenter, is the daughter of a tycoon kidnapped as a child by a tribe.
The West Goes Ghost
6. The West Goes Ghost
October 13, 1966
With a railroad buying up land, O'Rourke Enterprises along with Vanderbilt and Dobbs, decide to retire and take claim of a ghost town.
The Great Troop Robbery
5. The Great Troop Robbery
October 6, 1966
Agarn's amnesia seems like a perfect excuse for him to be blamed for a robbery by a phony medicine man.
Reach for the Sky, Pardner
4. Reach for the Sky, Pardner
September 29, 1966
With the troops payroll having been stolen in a train robbery, O'Rourke and Agarn volunteer to guard the next shipment from Washington D.C.
Bye, Bye, Balloon
3. Bye, Bye, Balloon
September 22, 1966
Fort Courage is visited by a Prussian balloonist, in search of new recruits.
How to be F Troop Without Really Trying
2. How to be F Troop Without Really Trying
September 15, 1966
A transfer sends Agarn to train the crew at G Troop, who are more incompetent than the soldiers at Fort Courage.
The Singing Mountie
1. The Singing Mountie
September 8, 1966
A Canadian mountie, in search of Agarn's look-alike cousin Lucky Pierre Agarniere, comes to Fort Courage.
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F Troop is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch F Troop on demand at Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 14, 1965
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (3,187)