The Phil Silvers Show

The Phil Silvers Show

Sep. 20, 1955
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Nat Hiken


Phil Silvers isMaster Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko
Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko
Paul Ford isCol. John T. Hall
Col. John T. Hall
Dick Van Dyke isPvt. Swiftington 'Swifty' Bilko
Pvt. Swiftington 'Swifty' Bilko
Dick Van Dyke isPvt. Hank Lumpkin
Pvt. Hank Lumpkin
Alan Alda isCarlyle Thompson III
Carlyle Thompson III

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The Phil Silvers Show, originally titled You’ll Never Get Rich, was a sitcom which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959 for 142 episodes, plus a 1959 special. The series starred Phil Silvers as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko of the United States Army.

The series was created and largely written by Nat Hiken, and won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series. The show is sometimes titled Sergeant Bilko or simply Bilko in reruns, and is very often referred to by these names, both on-screen and by viewers. The show’s success transformed Silvers from a journeyman comedian into a star, and writer-producer Hiken from a highly-regarded behind-the-scenes comedy writer into a publicly recognized creator.

The Phil Silvers Show
The Phil Silvers Show
Original titleThe Phil Silvers Show
First air dateSep. 20, 1955
Last air dateNov. 05, 2011

Seasons and episodes

1Season 1 Sep. 20, 1955
2Season 2 Sep. 18, 1956
3Season 3 Sep. 17, 1957
4Season 4 Sep. 23, 1958

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