Bring Back Bilko



The Phil Silvers Show, originally titled You'll Never Get Rich, ran on the CBS Television Network from 1955 - 1959, over four seasons and 143 episodes and a 1-hour special called Keep In Step.


It was first screened by the BBC in 1957 and continued to feature regularly in their schedules until 2004. It is without exception the only black and white comedy series from the 1950's to have stood the test of time.


During it's original run, riding high on a wave of both critical and public acclaim, the show scooped 8 Emmy Awards.


Phil Silvers was a self-confessed Anglophile and adored the admiration the British public bestowed upon him.


In an era when TV shunned the idea of using black actors Phil insisted that his platoon should have a mixture of multi-ethnic faces.


The creator, Nat Hiken, and his team of writers (including Neil Simon), have often been cited as the main influence on the writers of such latter-day classics as Seinfeld and Frasier.


US enlistees trebled during the first run of the show, Bilko represented such fun.


In 2003 the Radio Times  voted The Phil Silvers Show as 'the greatest situation comedy of all-time' - beating Fawlty Towers, Seinfeld and Frasier.


In a recent poll Sgt.Bilko was voted 4th 'most likely candidate for the US Presidency'!


Although almost forgotten in his home country Phil Silvers is still revered as a comedy god in the UK. We are happy to report that numbers of US Phil-recruits are growing day by day!


These are just a few of the reasons why we believe that The Phil Silvers Show deserves to be back on our television screens and although Bilko has seen a complete series DVD release and resurfaced on Forces TV we continue to campaign for a hopeful return to mainstream television.


Get Fell-in! Uncle Ernie needs you! Join us in requesting the immediate return of the entire series of The Phil Silvers Show, in chronological order, to primetime television!