Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 20, 1955
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network
Genre

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The Phil Silvers Show

Originally titled 'You'll Never Get Rich' and often now referred to as just 'Bilko'. The series starred Phil Silvers as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko of Fort Baxter's motor pool. He was always looking for a way to make a fast buck, provided the Colonel didn't find out. His platoon was frequently the brunt of his money making schemes.

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Last Episode

04x36 The Weekend Colonel Aired: Jun. 17, 1959

Camp Fremont enters the television era and the number one show is the Sgt. Bilko show.

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 4 seasons and 141 episodes air between 1955 and 1959.

Series Fun Facts

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  • On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also…
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    On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. On the stamp honoring "The Phil Silvers Show", star Phil Silvers appears in character as Master Sergeant Ernest G. (Ernie) Bilko. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), "The Dinah Shore Show" (1951), Dragnet (1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled The Ed Sullivan Show), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Hopalong Cassidy, The Honeymooners, "The Howdy Doody Show" (original title: "Puppet Playhouse" (1947)), I Love Lucy, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Lassie, The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason, The Red Skelton Show, "Texaco Star Theater" (titled "Texaco Star Theatre Starring Milton Berle" (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as "Tonight!" (1953)), The Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950).
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  • George Kennedy, who served in the US army, was a technical advisor for the show. He was also given a bit part playing an MP, the first acting role of his screen career.
  • Although the ratings were still good in the show's final season, it was canceled by CBS because they wanted to sell the reruns in syndication. At the time, it was believed that a series could…
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    Although the ratings were still good in the show's final season, it was canceled by CBS because they wanted to sell the reruns in syndication. At the time, it was believed that a series could not still be in production in order to do well in reruns. The reruns were sold to NBC and aired continuously for 40 years.
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