There are many classic comedy series in the history of television from the days of I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners up to modern classics like Seinfeld and Modern Family. But in the truly golden days of television comedy was king and the sheer amount of classic TV to come out of this era is impressive, it truly earned the name ‘The Golden Age”. Among those all-time classics that influenced generations of comedian that came after was Sgt. Bilko and Shout Factory has deemed it time to release the entire run of the show plus loads of extras for the first time on DVD this week.
Considered by many to be THE greatest sitcom of all time and lauded by Larry David as his all-time favorite television program ever. Phil Silvers plays Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko, a soldier at Fort Baxter working in the motor pool. Bilko is quite the schemer and is always hatching a new get rich quick plan while constantly trying to outwit his post commander, Colonel John T. Hall. But Bilko is always devoted to the men under him as well. The show also featured a who’s who of Hollywood guests of the era including Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, and many more.
Sgt. Bilko is as beloved as it is for very simple reasons. First off is the genuine likability of Phil Silvers. He is magnetic on the screen and a comedic genius. But secondly, it was just plain funny. Even today it is just as funny as ever with relatable situations, silly scenarios and downright hilarious writing. It is surprising the show only lasted 4 seasons but it did garner 3 consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Comedy series. Now that Shout Factory has released Sgt. Bilko – The Phil Silvers Show: The Complete Series it is preserved for all generations to come to see one of the all-time greats and where many of today’s most loved comedy greats got their inspiration. This one is a treasure.
Available now on DVD.