Classic TV is filled with military-themed shows to watch for Veterans Day 2023. Here are a few of our favorites and how to watch them.
Hogan’s Heroes was a sitcom that aired from 1965 to 1971. Set in a German prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II, the show revolved around Col. Robert E. Hogan (played by Bob Crane) and his special operations group. Together with a diverse crew of Allied prisoners, they conducted covert missions from within the camp. The show has a somewhat unlikely premise for a comedy. However, it was made palatable by portraying the German military as buffoons. Hogan’s Heroes can currently be seen for free on Freevee and airs on MeTV.
‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.’
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. stands out as one of the only comedy series centered on the Marines. Originating as a spinoff of the beloved Andy Griffith Show, the series followed the endearing character of Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors), a lovable gas station attendant from Mayberry, North Carolina. Gomer embarks on a comedic journey by enlisting in the Marines, accompanied by Gunnery Sgt. Vince Carter (Frank Sutton). The series ran from 1964 to 1969. Of course, this show left an indelible mark on television history with catchphrases like “SHAZAM!’ and “Well, gawwwww, Lee.” The series can be watched for free on Pluto TV.
Veterans Day 2023’s Essential Show… ‘M*A*S*H’
Combining a war comedy with a medical drama, M*A*S*H is an iconic show set in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. Airing from 1972 to 1983, it became one of the most beloved series of all time. O course, Alan Alda’s portrayal of Hawkeye Pierce propelled him to fame as one of television’s most acclaimed actors. The 1983 series finale drew a record-breaking 106 million viewers, standing until 2010 when surpassed by Super Bowl XLIV. The series is available on Hulu and airs on MeTV.
The A-Team followed a fictional group of U.S. Army Special Forces members who, wrongly accused, went rogue to fight oppression against the less fortunate. Of course, Mr. T became a superstar for his portrayal of Bosco “B.A.” Baracus, known for his catchphrases, mohawk, and gold chains. Baracus was part of a team that included Lt. Col. John “Hannibal” Smith (played by George Peppard), Lt. Templeton Peck (played by Dirk Benedict), and Cpt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock (played by Dwight Schultz). The show aired from 1983 to 1987, leaving a lasting impact, inspiring action figures, and even a cereal dedicated to Mr. T.
Unfortunately, it’s not streaming for free currently. However, the series is available to rent on platforms like Apple TV+.
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