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F Troop - The Complete Second Season



DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007 (Warner Home Video)
Color / 1966-67
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 31
Running Time: 784 Minutes
Languages: English
Subtitles: French and Spanish; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Retrospective Featurette: "Fall In With F-Troop"


Go west for one last visit to Fort Courage! Re-visit with Captain Parmenter (KEN BERRY) and his buffoons in blue in TV's wackiest western spoof. Not much has changed this season, except it is filmed in color! At Fort Courage, Wrangler Jane (MELODY PATTERSON) still pines after Parmenter, the Hekawis still plot and O'Rourke (FORREST TUCKER) and Agarn (LARRY STORCH) have more get-rich-quick schemes. Enlist now for a second tour of duty in this 31-episode final season of F-Troop!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable episodes include "How to Be F Troop without Really Trying" in which F Troop must train its own replacements, the bumbling men of G Troop. "The Great Troop Robbery" in which an accident gives Agarn memory loss - and gives a crooked medicine man a perfect fall guy. "Did Your Father Come From Ireland?" in which O'Rourke's father arrives from the old country to transform Fort Courage into a wee bit o' Irish heaven. "The Return of Wrongo Starr" in which human jinx Wrongo Starr returns ... and this time he is escorting a shipment of dynamite. "A Horse of Another Color" in which it doesn't take much horse sense to figure that Captain Parmenter isn't the right man to rope a wild stallion. "V Is for Vampire" in which it seems Wrangler Jane could be the victim of a Transylvanian count with a taste for A-Positive! "Marriage. Fort Courage Style" is the one in which Wrangler Jane looks for a bridal trail. She hires a matchmaker to snare Captain Parmenter. "Our Brave in F Troop" in which F Troop's newest recruit, Wild Eagle, moves up the ranks faster than a greased arrow. Finally, "Is This Fort Really Necessary" is the one in which an office in charge of closing down unnecessary forts arrives at Fort Courage.

Special guest stars this season included Phil Harris, Harvey Korman, Paul Lynde, Milton Berle, Vincent Price and more!


The set is slip sleeve, which means individual cases are found inside of the box. The main cover design features the four main actors (Forrest Tucker, Ken Berry, Melody Patterson and Larry Storch). The back of the box gives the usual description of the series.

Inside the box are three slip-sleeve cases, which hold all six discs (two discs to a case). The cases themselves just list the episodes, along with a description. On top of the cases are shots of the cast (and a color photo can be found on the front and the back of each case). Case 1 features Larry Storch; Case 2 features Forrest Tucker and Case 3 features Ken Berry and Melody Patterson.

The discs themselves do feature artwork. Each disc features a color (season one was in black and white) promotional shot of the cast. Disc 1 features Forrest Tucker and contains episodes 1-6. Disc 2 features Larry Storch and episodes 7-12. Disc 3 features Melody Patterson and episodes 13-16. Disc 4 features Ken Berry and episodes 17-22. Disc 5 features Frank De Kova and contains episodes 23-28. Disc 6 features Larry Storch, Ken Berry and Forrest Tucker and contains episodes 29-31 and the bonus feature.

Menu Design and Navigation:

When you insert the disc, a cropped shot of the four major cast members together is shown on top of a fence. The logo is underneath and the theme song plays (with lyrics, although this season features a new set of opening credits and a short version of the theme without lyrics) and then loops after it is done (it repeats just once and then stops). The three selections are "Play" (which is the play all feature), "Episodes," which takes you to another menu that lists the episodes on that disc. The final selection is "Languages" which gives you English as the main language but you can select French or Spanish subtitles. On Disc 6, you can select the bonus feature on the disc.

Video and Audio Quality:

Now that the series is in color, the video is in pretty good quality. A lot of the outdoor scenes do have some noticeable grain, but that's to be expected. The audio itself is very good. There is closed captioning available on each episode. The episodes are uncut and generally run 25 minutes in length, which was the normal for a sitcom in the 1960s. Unlike the first season, there ARE chapter skips on this set.

Disc 1
1- The Singing Mountie (25:21)
2- How to Be F Troop without Really Trying (25:22)
3- Bye, Bye, Balloon (25:23)
4- Reach for the Sky Pardner (25:18)
5- The Great Troop Robbery (25:24)
6- The West Goes Ghost (25:21)

Disc 2
7- Yellow Bird (25:24)
8- The Ballot of Corporal Agarn (25:23)
9- Did Your Father Come From Ireland? (25:24)
10- For Whom the Bugle Tolls (25:22)
11- Miss Parmenter (25:22)
12- La Dolce Courage (25:23)

Disc 3
13- Wilton the Kid (25:23)
14- The Return of Wrongo Starr (25:24)
15- Survival of the Fittest (25:22)
16- Bring on the Dancing Girls (25:21)

Disc 4
17- The Loco Brothers (25:24)
18- From Karate with Love (25:27)
19- The Sergeant and the Kid (25:22)
20- What Are You Doing After the Massacre? (25:26)
21- A Horse of Another Color (25:27)
22- V is for Vampire (25:25)

Disc 5
23- That's Show Biz (25:23)
24- The Day They Shot Agarn (25:23)
25- Only One Russian is Coming! Only One Russian is Coming! (25:24)
26- Guns, Guns, Who's Got the Gun? (25:24)
27- Marriage, Fort Courage Style (25:25)
28- Carpetbagging, Anyone? (25:25)

Disc 6
29- The Majority of Wilton (25:23)
30- Our Brave in F Troop (25:24)
31- Is This Fort Really Necessary? (25:23)

SP - Retrospective Featurette: Fall in with F Troop (28:32)

Special Features:

Finally! A special feature!
* Retrospective Featurette: "Fall in with F Troop" (28:32)
More or less, what it says, this is a retrospective. Featuring clips from the series and interviews with people such as Rocky and Irma Kalish, who were writers on the series. It is a wonderful bonus feature and I'm very glad it was included.

Final Comments:

What a wonderful show this was. Very funny and boasted a talented cast. It is a shame it did not last longer. One of those wonderful short-lived sitcoms that will remain a fan favorite, probably joining the ranks of rare and original shows such as Gilligan's Island, The Addams Family, The Munsters and others as those who just didn't seem to make it very far despite great popularity, especially today. It is a shame F Troop is rarely on television anymore. It was also nice to see Warner include a bonus feature! Overall, a fun set and a fun show, so please, go out and pick it up!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 2.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 06/13/07

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