Sadly, as mentioned by another reviewer, most of the "Master Mariner" and "Vital Spark" series (and all of their 1960s incarnations) no longer exist, wiped liked so many episodes of "Doctor Who", "Not Only But Also" and all of Alan Bennet's sketch show (indeed, criminal!) However, these five episodes that are left are uniformly brilliant - particularly the interplay between the crew members when they are below decks on the puffer, bickering and arguing with one another.
For modern tastes (and I'm a fan of such things as Nathan Barley and The Mighty Boosh) it may seem a little couthy, but it has its interplay firmly rooted in a great comic tradition - think Last of the Summer Wine mixed with Father Ted. The series returned in 1994, with a new cast and title, extended to 1 hour in length with the emphasis now on comic-drama rather than an ordinary sit-com, which gave the new series (this time with Gregor Fisher as the captain) a slightly diluted edge. It was possibly excellent Sunday night entertainment, but the slight surrealism of the original 1905 stories didn't lend themselves to that sort of comfort zone easily (having said that, I hope John Williams released the nine episodes from 1994 and 1995 soon too!)
101 years ago, with his short two-page stories about a group of four or five characters trapped in a situation they could not escape from (but which at the same time gave them great mobility), with a lead blind to his own short-comings and pomposity, Neil Munro created - arguably - a sit-com half a century before Bilko perfected the style. These 1970s shows pay due homage to a great Scottish (and world? Should be, but sadly isn't) institution.