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Roll Out

By alex m & swordfish71421

Roll Out, a lived sitcom, featured the misadventures of the 5050th supply platoon in WWII France. It was a thinly veiled army version of McHale's Navy that featured a cast of crafty black N.C.O.s outwitting their dim-witted white superiors (Ed Begley Jr. was typecast).

Col. 'Sweet' Williams (Stu Gilliam) was the commanding officer, Lt. Robert W. Chapman (Ed Begley Jr.) was his second in command. It was a wonderful comedy about a USA combat trucking company (big red one, etc.) carrying supplies to the front lines, this comedy was far, far ahead of it's time.

It was one of the most hilarious sitcoms of all times. The Williams is fixated on throwing darts at a photo of Mussolini, the Italian dictator, his nemesis. Chapman is the go between for the command side and the enlisted men, truck drivers, mechanics, etc. who just happened to be the best and brightest all black comedic cast available at the time, led by Garrett Morris.

The episodes are all classically funny and have good family moral values as well, highly entertaining and recommended viewing for all. If I could only find copies of the show!

 

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I remember the show vaguely. I only ever heard of it when BET would show it in the 80`s. But when I watched it, I laughed and laughed and laughed some more. When BET stopped showin it, I cried, and wondered if it would ever come on video, and now DVD.

--Eric

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TV TIDBITS

Aired: October 5, 1973 - January 4, 1974

Cast: Stu Gilliam, Ed Begley Jr, Garrett Morris, Hilly Hicks, Mel Stewart

Network: CBS

Genre: Sitcom

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