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Garrison's Gorillas is a TV series from the late 1960s. The premise, like in the movie The Dirty Dozen, is that a group of prisoners use their criminal skills in World War II military missions in exchange for parole at the end of the war, plus an additional six months of time served.
Led by Lieutenant Craig Garrison (nicknamed 'Warden'), Actor (an Italian con man), Casino (a safecracker from New York), Goniff (an English Cockney thief), and Chief (a half-Native American (unspecified), half-white violent offender) penetrated German lines as part of the Special Operations arm of the Allied forces. Off duty, they were housed in a commandeered English manor, and presided over by a Sergeant Major in the British Forces. Garrison was tolerant, though knowledgeable, of his men's lack of military discipline, and made allowances, but not excuses for their temptations. At times, he himself seemed to have more in common with his 'cons,' than he did his fellow soldiers. His creative intelligence coupled with the group's abilities often turned disaster into victory by the end of the episode.
For a list of related fandoms, see List of Military Fandoms.
For a show that only lasted one season, Garrison's Gorillas has a widespread, international fandom. Because it was one of the first U.S. television shows exported to China, Garrison's Gorillas (《加里森敢死队》 Jiālǐ sēn gǎnsǐduì) has developed a certain cult status, and was even awarded a Public Security Award in Shanghai. Chinese-language fanvids dedicated to the show can be found on youtube, and appear to be gen ensemble pieces, or single character studies.
Reruns on TV in the United Kingdom revived interest in the show as well, following its cancellation, and some of the more prolific fanzine writers were British.
In the United States, however, GG fandom is small, and the fandom overall has a quiet internet presence.
- Garrion's Gorillas Fanfiction at FanFiction.net
- Garrison's Gorillas Crossovers at FanFiction.net
- Garrison's Gorillas fanfiction at the Archive of Our Own
- Garrison's Gorillas Network - a fan club homepage, last updated 2000
- The Bunker - fanfic website, via Wayback Machine
- Arnie's Archive - a personal fanfic site, featuring GG fanfic
- Garrison's Gorillas fanfic at Wyvern's Fiction Archive
- Garrison's Gorillas Homepage at Neon RainBow Press with information about available zines
- Agent With Style homepage with information about available zines
List of Garrison's Gorillas Fanzines
In the 1990s, a number of fanzines were published.
- And Then There Were Two
- Burden of Proof (1999)
- Chief Indulgences (1997)
- Choices: Castle Ruideg
- Dead Man's Gamble (1995)
- A Deadly Game (novel by Lyn Shelby)
- Double Play
- Four of a Kind Plus One (1995)
- Front Lines
- Garrison's Gorillas (stories by Carole Clemson, 1994)
- The Garrison's Gorillas Special Gen Collection (2002)
- Gorilla Warfare (shorter gen version, 1998)
- The Hunted
- In Times of War
- The Loki Project
- Once the Killing Starts
- Reluctant Heroes
- Softly As I Leave You
- Such Things As Dreams are Made Of
- A Tribute 1967-1997 (1997)
- The War Effort (1996/1997)
- War is Hell (1997)
- The G-2 Files (WWII television shows)
- Monkey Business (also Planet of the Apes)
- Remote Control
- Scorpion Files
- Special Circumstances
SlashWhen slash fanzines began to be produced in the 1990s, many fans were cautious about sharing them, even though slash fan fiction had been circulating for decades and the fears often found in early fandoms such as Star Trek and Starsky & Hutch had eased. As one fan remembers;
"For example, there were two versions of a particular Garrison's Gorillas 'zine published. One was gen (which back then was both gen/het with a heavy dose of smarm), and the other version substituted stories or just added the slash scenes to the smarm. If you wanted the slash version, you had to know someone who knew that you were "safe" before it would be offered to you under the table."
- Covert Operations
- Gorilla Warfare (longer slash version, 1998)
- Home to Roost
- In Love and War (1995)
- Strange Bedfellows