Gung Ho (TV series)

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Gung Ho
Gung Ho TV Series Title Card.jpg
Developed byEdwin Blum
Directed byJeff Chambers
Dick Martin
George Sunga
Art Dielhenn
John Bowab
Randy Carter (first assistant director)
Composer(s)David Michael Frank
Country of originUnited states
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Executive producer(s)John Rappaport
Running time30 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s)Imagine Television
Four Way Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseDecember 5, 1986 –
February 9, 1987
Preceded byGung Ho (film)

Gung Ho is an American sitcom based on the 1986 film of the same name. The series aired on ABC from December 5, 1986 until February 9, 1987.[1] during the 1986-87 season.


Just like in the movie, the TV series follows the exploits of Hunt Stevenson (here, played by Scott Bakula as opposed to Michael Keaton in the movie), a laid-back American employee liaison of a Japanese car company (Assan Motors) in Hadleyville, Pennsylvania. Much of the humor arose from the abounding clashes between Hunt and the new Japanese plant manager, Kaz Kazuhiro (Gedde Watanabe, who was reprising his role from the movie) while looking for ways to bridge the culture gap between one another.


Besides Watanabe, many of the Japanese actors from the movie reprised their roles for the series. Clint Howard (brother of Gung Ho movie director Ron Howard) was the only Caucasian actor from the film to also appear in the TV series.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"TBATBADecember 5, 1986 (1986-12-05)
Hunt, acting as labor's liaison to management, tries to restore the job of a fellow who brashly expressed his opinion of a new employee rule book.[2]
2"Line of Credit"John BowabBruce Ferber & David LernerDecember 12, 1986 (1986-12-12)
Hunt uses a new company credit card to entertain a date (Mary-Margaret Humes), an action that lands him back on the assembly line.
3"Talk of the Town"TBATBADecember 26, 1986 (1986-12-26)
Hunt invites Kaz to a civic meeting, where Kaz's straight talk is a hit with the crowd after Hunt's ramblings strike out.[3]
4"Sick and Tired"TBATBAJanuary 2, 1987 (1987-01-02)
The flu puts Kaz in bed, leaving Saito in charge, just as a reporter (Earl Boen) arrives to do a story on cooperation between the Americans and the Japanese.
5"Love Me Tender"TBATBAJanuary 9, 1987 (1987-01-09)
Hunt proclaims himself a one-woman man, but Kaz and Umeki have evidence that his girl friend isn't similarly inclined.
6"Help Wanted"TBATBAJanuary 16, 1987 (1987-01-16)
Hunt encourages Umeki to get a job selling TVs and stereos, but Kaz is outraged by the idea of his wife working.
7"Kaz Over Easy"TBATBAJanuary 23, 1987 (1987-01-23)
When Kaz's workaholic friend from Japan dies of a heart attack, Kaz drastically alters his own work habits.
8"Where the Boys Are"TBATBAJanuary 30, 1987 (1987-01-30)
Umeki can't contact Kaz to tell him that the prototype he plans to introduce at the auto show was totaled in transit.
9"Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar?"TBATBAFebruary 6, 1987 (1987-02-06)
A visit from Hunt's brother Eddie (Marc Poppel), a Chicago commodities broker, sparks sibling rivalry.


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