Gung Ho (TV series)

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Gung Ho
Gung Ho TV Series Title Card.jpg
Genre Comedy
Developed by Edwin Blum
Directed by Jeff Chambers
Dick Martin
George Sunga
Art Dielhenn
John Bowab
Randy Carter (first assistant director)
Composer(s) David Michael Frank
Country of origin United states
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9
Executive producer(s) John Rappaport
Running time 30 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Imagine Television
Four Way Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Original release December 5, 1986 – February 9, 1987
Preceded by Gung 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 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.

List of episodes[edit]

Title Airdate Short Plot Summary
1 "Pilot" December 5, 1986 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" December 12, 1986 Hunt uses a new company credit card to entertain a date, an action that lands him back on the assembly line.[3]
3 "Talk of the Town" December 26, 1986 Hunt invites Kaz (Gedde Watanabe) to a civic meeting, where Kaz's straight talk is a hit with the crowd after Hunt's ramblings strike out.[4]
4 "Sick and Tired" January 2, 1987 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]
5 "Love Me Tender" January 9, 1987 Hunt (Scott Bakula) proclaims himself a one-woman man, but Kaz and Umeki have evidence that his girl friend isn't similarly inclined.[6]
6 "Help Wanted" January 16, 1987 Hunt encourages Umeki (Patti Yasutake) to get a job selling TVs and stereos, but Kaz is outraged by the idea of his wife working.[7]
7 "Kaz Over Easy" January 23, 1987 When Kaz's workaholic friend from Japan dies of a heart attack, Kaz (Gedde Watanabe) drastically alters his own work habits.[8]
8 "Where the Boys Are" January 30, 1987 Umeki can't contact Kaz (Gedde Watanabe) to tell him that the prototype he plans to introduce at the auto show was totaled in transit.[9]
9 "Brother Can You Spare a Dollar?" February 6, 1987 A visit from Hunt's brother Eddie (Marc Poppel), a Chicago commodities broker, sparks sibling rivalry.[10]


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