Mister Roberts (TV series)

Mister Roberts is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 17, 1965 to April 8, 1966. Based on the best selling novel, 1948 play, and the 1955 film of the same name, the series stars Roger Smith in the title role and Richard X. Slattery as the ship's captain.

Mister Roberts
Roger Smith and Richard X. Slattery.
Written byRichard Baer
Bob Barbash
Bobby Bell
Robert C. Dennis
Herman Groves
Thomas Heggen
Ed Jurist
Bill Lee
Lee Loeb
Douglas Morrow
James O'Hanlon
Ken Pettus
Don Tait
Directed byJames Komack
Allen Baron
Robert Butler
Lawrence Dobkin
Richard Kinon
Leslie H. Martinson
Gene Reynolds
Seymour Robbie
William Wiard
StarringRoger Smith
Richard X. Slattery
Steve Harmon
George Ives
Ray Reese
Richard Sinatra
Theme music composerFrank Perkins
Composer(s)Johnny Mandel
Gordon Bau (make-up)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes30 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)William T. Orr
Producer(s)James Komack
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Warner Bros. Television Division
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Division
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1965 (1965-09-17) 
April 8, 1966 (1966-04-08)
Related showsMister Roberts (novel)
Mister Roberts (play)
Mister Roberts (1955 film)


Set during World War II, the series chronicled the adventures of the crew of the USS Reluctant AK-601 cargo ship. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Mister Roberts was executive produced by William T. Orr. The series' theme song was composed by Frank Perkins.

Featuring a cast of Warner Bros. Television stars and unknowns, the series aired on Fridays at 9:30 and was canceled after its first season due to low ratings.[1]


  • Roger Smith as Lieutenant Douglas Roberts
  • Steve Harmon as Ensign Frank Pulver
  • George Ives as Doc
  • Ray Reese as Seaman Reber
  • Richard Sinatra as Seaman D'Angelo
  • Richard X. Slattery as Captain John Morton
  • Ronald Starr as Seaman Mannion


Season One

Episode #Episode titleOriginal airdate
1-1"Bookser's Honeymoon"September 17, 1965
1–2"Liberty"September 24, 1965
1–3"Physician, Heal Thyself"October 1, 1965
1–4"The Conspiracy"October 8, 1965
1–5"Old Rustysides"October 15, 1965
1–6"Lover, Come Forward"October 22, 1965
1–7"The Captain's Party"October 29, 1965
1–8"Happy Birthday, To Who?"November 5, 1965
1–9"Love at 78 RPM"November 12, 1965
1–10"Don't Look Now, But Isn't That the War?"November 19, 1965
1–11"Which Way Did the War Go?"November 26, 1965
1–12"Getting There Is Half the Fun"December 3, 1965
1–13"Dear Mom"December 10, 1965
1–14"The Reluctant Mutiny"December 17, 1965
1–15"Rock-A-Bye Reluctant"December 24, 1965
1–16"Carry Me Back to Cocoa Island"December 31, 1965
1–17"The Replacement"January 7, 1966
1–18"Black and Blue Market"January 14, 1966
1–19"The World's Greatest Lover"January 21, 1966
1–20"Eight In Every Port"January 28, 1966
1–21"The Super Chief"February 4, 1966
1–22"The Doctor's Dilemma"February 11, 1966
1–23"The Reluctant Draggin'"February 18, 1966
1–24"#*@% the Torpedoes!"February 25, 1966
1–25"A Turn For the Nurse"March 4, 1966
1–26"Son of 'Eight In Every Port'"March 11, 1966
1–27"Unwelcome Aboard"March 18, 1966
1–28"Undercover Cook"March 25, 1966
1–29"In Love and War"April 1, 1966
1–30"Captain, My—Captain?"April 8, 1966


  1. Holsinger, M. Paul (1999). War and American Popular Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 285–286. ISBN 0-313-29908-0.
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