Gary: Tank Commander

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  • 2009
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.8  (615)

Gary: Tank Commander was a Scottish comedy television series aired on BBC Two that premiered on October 27th, 2009, and ran for a total of three seasons until October 9th, 2012. The show was created and starred Greg McHugh, who plays the titular character, Corporal Gary McLintoch, an incompetent and irreverent tank commander in the fictitious British Army unit based at the semi-derelict Oswald Barracks in Scotland.

Gary is a typical Scottish guy from the fictional town of Milhaven, who, despite having no leadership qualities or military training, has been assigned to lead his crew of tank soldiers, who are equally inept as Gary. The show follows the daily lives, misadventures, and hijinks of Gary, his crew, and their misfits, as they navigate through their mundane existence of performing pointless military maneuvers and attending sham parades, interspersed with the occasional unexpected operation.

The supporting cast of the show is made up of Gary's fellow tank crew members, with Scott Fletcher playing Spud, Robert Jack playing Charlie, and Paul-James Corrigan playing Jacko, all of them sharing their own unique comedic timing and delivery. Each character brings their comic sensibilities and quirks to the show, and they are often the source of many of the show's laughs.

In the first season of the show, Gary is seen struggling to adapt to his new role as a leader and often makes absurd decisions, leading his team to embarrassment and failure. However, despite his incompetence, Gary maintains the respect of his crew through his loyalty and willingness to stand up for them.

As the show progresses, it becomes clear that Gary's character is not all bark and no bite. He may be bumbling, but he is also resourceful when placed in unexpected situations. In season two, Gary finds himself in a more challenging position, leading a multi-national peacekeeping convoy through the streets of Afghanistan. This is where the show's humor takes on a more satirical nature, poking fun at the absurdity of conflicts and the way nations handle their military presence abroad.

The show's writing and humor are a highlight as it plays with parodies of classic war films, sitcom tropes, and Scottish idiosyncrasies, allowing for various styles of comedy to cater to a wide range of audiences. Comedic situations arise out of mundane moments, like a tank malfunctioning, or from the crew's unrealistic expectations of military life based on Hollywood war films.

At its core, Gary: Tank Commander is a satire that highlights the absurdity of army life while showcasing the comedy and charm of Scottish humor. It also highlights the importance of an undying loyalty and brotherhood that exists between soldiers, despite their diverse backgrounds and talents.

In conclusion, Gary: Tank Commander is an excellent comedy that showcases the talent of its creator and cast, who have created a visually stunning and hilarious world of Scottish military misadventures.

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Seasons
Spooky Dooky
6. Spooky Dooky
October 29, 2012
Hallowe'en is a big deal on the barracks and the boys are determined to successfully defend their dooking for apples trophy. Gary goes with Julie to see a fortune teller, who gives Gary a spooky and terrifying prediction. All seems fine back at the barracks as Jacko and Charlie train Mickey up for his dooking debut, but Gary starts to panic as the prediction starts to come true. It takes the lure of a massive trophy to get Gary to the Hallowe'en party, but once there he comes face to face with the terrifying conclusion to the prediction.
Achtung Charlie
5. Achtung Charlie
October 24, 2012
A posting to Germany hasn't quite lived up to the excitement levels of Afghanistan and Iraq and Gary is desperate to get home. But when Charlie announces that he's just got engaged, the final week gets a lot more interesting. Charlie's bride-to-be makes quite an impression, and while Mickey thinks she seems fun, Jacko is less generous with his feedback. Gary's initial misgivings are replaced with his excitement at being asked to be best man, and he starts making preparations for his special day.
Big Cuts are the Biggest
4. Big Cuts are the Biggest
October 15, 2012
Under threat of barracks closures, Sergeant Thomson is more irritable than usual as he prepares everyone for the visit of MP, Steven Maxwell. The frantic preparations see Thomson injured so Gary steps up to show the MP around. Under strict instructions from Thomson to stick rigidly to the 'boring' agenda, Gary has a better idea and he and Mickey defy the Sergeant to appeal to the MP's appetite for action, but they underestimate just how insatiable it is.
Bad Cammy
3. Bad Cammy
October 8, 2012
Cammy, an old adversary of Gary's, is posted to the barracks and old rivalries are soon restored in the form of a brawl. Sergeant Thomson punishes them both but a series of tit for tat exchanges follow. Things quickly get out of hand when army property is defaced and Gary is the one blamed. With the boys unable to provide an alibi and Thomson refusing to believe that Cammy is to blame, Gary finds himself in serious danger of being kicked out of the army forever.
Good Exercise
2. Good Exercise
October 1, 2012
Gary delights Captain Fanshaw by 'saving his life' on a competitive skills exercise. With the enemy being led by his father, Colonel Fanshaw, the Captain is so grateful that while the others are fending off the Colonel's increasingly audacious attacks, he offers Gary a new job that sounds too good to be true - and turns out to be exactly that.
Betta Shape Up
1. Betta Shape Up
September 24, 2012
The annual fitness test proves too much for Gary. Physical trainer, Corporal Fox, doesn't hold back in telling him how bad a shape he's in so, humiliated and determined to save face with the boys, Gary challenges Fox to a race, with a demotion on the cards if he loses. With the help of Jacko, Charlie and new recruit Mickey, Gary finally faces up to an uncomfortable home truth and makes a confession to his dad and Julie, but will it be in time to help him win the race and keep his job?
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  • Premiere Date
    November 16, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (615)