If it was on and my Father happened to be in the mood to watch TV, our entire family would be watching Baa Baa Black Sheep (also known as Black Sheep Squadron in syndication). The Stephen J. Cannell series, originally aired on NBC from 1976 until 1978, for a total of 37 episode. The plot of the show revolves around the experiences of United States Marine Corps aviator Pappy Boyington and his World War II “Black Sheep Squadron”.
The show starred Robert Conrad. Who is best known for his role in the 1965 CBS television series The Wild Wild West, in which he played Secret Service agent James T. West. While Conrad was the marquee star, the show would also introduce us to other talented actors. Including John Larroquette, who would go onto Night Court fame, and Larry Manetti and Jeff MacKay who were both on Magnum PI. Manetti played Rick on Magnum and was integral to the series while MacKay play Mac, who made all to infrequent appearances (Like MacKay? Check him out at Corky in Tales of the Gold Monkey).
The opening credits of Baa Baa Black Sheep read: “In World War II Marine Corps Major Greg ‘Pappy’ Boyington commanded a squadron of fighter pilots. They were a collection of misfits and screwballs who became the terrors of the South Pacific. They were known as the Black Sheep.” Watching that intro still give me the chills.
Season 1 of the show was release 6+ years ago in two sets, Volume 1 and Volume 2. Fans are still waiting on season 2, but judging by the amount of time that has passed, I would say a better bet would be an entire re-issue by another company.
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