At Ease (TV series)

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At Ease
Genre Sitcom
Created by John Hughes
Written by Tom Biener
Ron Landry
Arthur Julian
John Hughes
Directed by Bob Sweeney
Hy Averback
Edward H. Feldman
Starring Jimmie Walker
John Vargas
Jourdan Fremin
Richard Jaeckel
Josh Mostel
David Naughton
George Wyner
Theme music composer Jack Elliott
Opening theme Jack Elliott
Composer(s) Jack Elliott
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 14
Executive producer(s) Aaron Spelling
Douglas S. Cramer
Producer(s) Hy Averback
Jim Mulligan
Cinematography Archie R. Dalzell
Editor(s) Samuel E. Beetley
Running time 24 min.
Production company(s) Aaron Spelling Productions
Distributor Paramount Television
Paramount Domestic Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current as of 2007)
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release March 4 (1983-03-04) – June 10, 1983 (1983-06-10)

At Ease is an American sitcom starring Jimmie Walker that aired for 14 episodes on ABC from March 4 to June 10, 1983.


The series, which has a similar premise to another classic show, Sgt. Bilko, follows the misadventures of a pair of conniving GIs – Sgt. Val Valentine and Pfc. Tony Baker – stationed at Camp Tar Creek, an Army base located in Texas. They attempt to outwit their by-the-books commander Major Hawkins and his informant Cpl. Wessel (who is derisively called "Weasel" by Baker and Valentine), and profit from their hitch in the army.[1]



Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 "A Tankful of Dollars" Hy Averback Tom Biener,
Ron Landry
4 March 1983 (1983-03-04)
Baker and Valentine are disciplined for on-base gambling.
2 "Chariots of Fear" Bob Sweeney Tom Biener,
Ron Landry
11 March 1983 (1983-03-11)
3 "Computer Dating" Bob Sweeney Arthur Julian 18 March 1983 (1983-03-18)
Baker and Valentine plot to use the base's computer as a computer dating service.
4 "Prairie Moon Over Texas" Edward H. Feldman Tom Biener,
Ron Landry
25 March 1983 (1983-03-25)
Baker and Valentine get caught renting Army equipment to a nudist colony.
5 "Murder on the Tar Creek Express" Hy Averback Tom Biener,
Ron Landry
1 April 1983 (1983-04-01)
Colonel Clapp's new automated security system is sabotaged.
6 "Love Sick" Hy Averback Tom Biener,
Ron Landry
8 April 1983 (1983-04-08)
Baker pretends to be sick in order to be looked at by a pretty doctor.
7 "The Marriage of the Figaros" Hy Averback Tom Biener,
Ron Landry
15 April 1983 (1983-04-15)
Baker and Valentine rent the chapel to a couple wanting a military wedding.
8 "The Ballad of Lucinda Ballard" Hy Averback Stephanie Garman,
Hollace White
22 April 1983 (1983-04-22)
Corporal Grey bets Major Hawkins that there has been an American female war hero.
9 "The Great Computer Robbery" Bob Sweeney Arthur Julian 29 April 1983 (1983-04-29)
After one insult too many, the soldiers get revenge on Major Hawkins by stealing his secret laser device.
10 "A PFC and a Gentleman" Bob Sweeney Arthur Julian 13 May 1983 (1983-05-13)
Baker plans a romantic evening with Lola, but is ordered on a mission.
11 "A Tar Creek Sting" Edward H. Feldman Tom Biener,
Ron Landry
20 May 1983 (1983-05-20)
The soldiers force Corporal Wessel to help them break up a gambling ring at the saloon.
12 "Valentine's Day" Bob Sweeney Arthur Julian 27 May 1983 (1983-05-27)
A Texas state police officer comes to the base believing that Valentine is seeing his girlfriend.
13 "Maxwell's People" Bob Sweeney Arthur Julian 3 June 1983 (1983-06-03)
A Russian spy is working at Tar Creek and the Pentagon thinks one of the soldiers is providing her with information.
14 "The Tar Creek Chronicles" Hy Averback John Hughes 10 June 1983 (1983-06-10)
A former All-American football player arrives at Tar Creek and Colonel Clapp wants to play him against Navy. Note: this was the original pilot film for the series, featuring a slightly different cast and setting. A new opening and closing sequence were added for this version.


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 73. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 

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