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Sitcoms of the 1950s - March 20, 2015

Cast photo of the platoon from the television comedy "The Phil Silvers Show," 1957. (By Tim Marks, Milburn-McCarty Public Relations, New York (eBay front back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Today’s trivia question comes from KPR’s retired Kansas Trivia Champion… Ted Heim of Topeka! 

Q: The Phil Silvers Show was a CBS TV sitcom that ran from 1955 to 1959, featuring the character Sgt. Ernest Bilko. The show was set in a sleepy U.S. Army post in the fictional town of Roseville, Kan. Can you tell us the name of the army post where Sgt. Bilko worked?


A: Fort Baxter

"The Phil Silvers Show" was set in the fictional town of Roseville, Kan.The Phil Silvers Show was a CBS TV sitcom which ran from 1955 to 1959. The show starred Phil Silvers, who played U.S. Army Master Sergeant Ernest Bilko. The show is sometimes titled and referred to by fans as Sergeant Bilko or, simply, Bilko. The series was originally set in Fort Baxter, an army post in the fictitious town of Roseville, Kan. The storyline involved the lives of the soldiers of the Fort Baxter motor pool, who were under the command of Sgt. Bilko. Bilko and his men spent most of their time avoiding army duties and trying to make money through get-rich-quick schemes.

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