Mail Call

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  • 2002
  • 8 Seasons
  • 8.2  (447)

Mail Call, hosted by veteran actor and Marine R.Lee Ermey, is a series that deals with questions that viewers have about the five branches of the United States and World Armed forces. All five (which are the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard) are dealt with as well as civilian fighting forces, rebel groups and other active militants during wartime. The episodes begin with Ermey driving into the camp and then proceeding to answer questions that viewers write into ask. Ermey does this in the style of his Full Metal Jacket character, which is fitting given the questions that the show is answering. Questions on the show can vary from "What tanks did the Nazis use at the battle of the bulge?" to "Did the Japanese soldiers during World War II seriously use bamboo planes?" Ermey then answers the questions by providing commentary to a clip. Sometimes, if the question involves a firearm, Ermey will give a demonstration by firing it at watermelons (Ermey was a drill and weapons instructor during his time in the marines, so he really knows how guns and ammo should be cared for) Ermey also will sometimes demonstrate how to drive tanks and other vehicles if the question is asked on how to do so. Normally when he drives this, Ermey will make a comment describing the vehicle using female terms. Before and after the commercial breaks the show will cut to Ermey dressed in full drill instructor uniform (as another homage to Ermey's background as both an armed forces and Hollywood Drill instructor) who will then yell into the camera at the viewer to sit tight, usually throwing some insult at the reviewer, Full Metal Jacket style.

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Episode 94
94. Episode 94
March 22, 2007
Shot on location at Hurlburt Field, Florida, R. Lee Ermey answers viewer questions about this historic piece of real estate with a focus on Air Force Special Operations and hardware.
Mail Call: # 98
9. Mail Call: # 98
May 25, 2007
Ermey flies high in a P-51 and P-47; examines Marine gear during WWII; rides in a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor; bids farewell to the Navy F-14 Tomcat; and shows off his own most famous SNAFUs.
Mail Call: # 95
8. Mail Call: # 95
May 18, 2007
Ermey rides an M8 Armored car; demos the Mauser C96 pistol; overviews German weapons, gear and gadgets during WWII, and explores the history of canine warriors, from WWI, through today.
Episode 12
7. Episode 12
May 25, 2007
A trip to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation to see the P-51s and P-47s. Also: the battle gear used by Marines in World War II; a ride in a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor; and a tribute to the Navy's F-14 Tomcat.
Episode 11
6. Episode 11
May 18, 2007
Included: a ride in a World War II M8 armored car; a demonstration of the Mauser C96 pistol; an overview of the weapons and gear used by German soldiers during World War II; and the history of the use of dogs in war.
Episode 10
5. Episode 10
May 9, 2007
The eighth-season finale focuses on the war in Iraq. Included: R. Lee Ermey talks to the troops, via satellite. Also: a look at the Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System in Atlanta, which provides information on military operations; and a tribute to an Army corporal who was killed in Iraq.
Episode 9
4. Episode 9
May 5, 2007
Polaris MV and Textron M1117 vehicles are test driven. Also: trigger time with an M4 Carbine and a Beretta M9; and a look at a rugged flashlight and a laptop.
Episode 8
3. Episode 8
April 13, 2007
A tour of a military training center in San Diego to observe tactics training against insurgents in a simulated Iraqi village. Also: weapons of the British in the Revolutionary War; the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, which accounts for American POWs and missing and unidentified servicemen and women.
Episode 7
2. Episode 7
March 23, 2007
A tour of Florida's Hurlburt Field, home of the Air Force Special Operations Command, to check out its hardware and history. Included: car-bomb and explosives-detection training; and a ride in the AC-130 gunship. Also: officer candidates "Hell Week."
Episode 6
1. Episode 6
March 16, 2007
In the eighth-season premiere, R. Lee Ermey visits the National Museum of the United States Air Force at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Included: the history of the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter; a reunion of former Vietnam War POWs. Also: the B-25 Mitchell bomber.
Description

Mail Call, hosted by veteran actor and Marine R.Lee Ermey, is a series that deals with questions that viewers have about the five branches of the United States and World Armed forces. All five (which are the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard) are dealt with as well as civilian fighting forces, rebel groups and other active militants during wartime.

The episodes begin with Ermey driving into the camp and then proceeding to answer questions that viewers write into ask. Ermey does this in the style of his Full Metal Jacket character, which is fitting given the questions that the show is answering. Questions on the show can vary from "What tanks did the Nazis use at the battle of the bulge?" to "Did the Japanese soldiers during World War II seriously use bamboo planes?" Ermey then answers the questions by providing commentary to a clip.

Sometimes, if the question involves a firearm, Ermey will give a demonstration by firing it at watermelons (Ermey was a drill and weapons instructor during his time in the marines, so he really knows how guns and ammo should be cared for) Ermey also will sometimes demonstrate how to drive tanks and other vehicles if the question is asked on how to do so. Normally when he drives this, Ermey will make a comment describing the vehicle using female terms.

Before and after the commercial breaks the show will cut to Ermey dressed in full drill instructor uniform (as another homage to Ermey's background as both an armed forces and Hollywood Drill instructor) who will then yell into the camera at the viewer to sit tight, usually throwing some insult at the reviewer, Full Metal Jacket style.

Mail Call is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (122 episodes). The series first aired on August 4, 2002.

Where to Watch Mail Call

Mail Call is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mail Call on demand at Apple TV+ and History Vault.

  • Premiere Date
    August 4, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (447)