Black Sheep Squadron

NBC (ended 1978)





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  • The story of Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Gregory "Pappy" Boyington sanitized for weekly television.

    Based on the true story of World War II hero Greg "Pappy" Boyington, and Marine fighter squadron VMF-214 aka "The Blacksheep" Black Sheep Squadron took quite a few liberties with the truth on its way to making an interesting show that the family could watch together.

    With Robert Conrad playing lead, the show featured an ensamble cast in its weekly fight against both the Japanese and the tightly run Marine hierarchy. Most episodes featured at least some combat filmed with the real live F4U Corsairs, the venerable WWII fighter the Japanese called "The Whisling Death" all filmed in glorious color. Just watching those planes fly a few minutes out of every hour is almost worth sitting through some of the silly stories.

    Overall, the series was good but aimed mostly at kids. It's too bad because Pappy Boyington's real story, his struggle with alcoholism and his time as a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, has far more real drama in it than series TV would allow. This is ripe for a serious re-make by HBO that could really take it to the next level.