Tour of Duty (1987–1990)

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The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.

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1990   1989   1988   1987  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Sgt. Clayton 'Zeke' Anderson (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stephen Caffrey ...
 Lt. Myron Goldman (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
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 Cpl. Daniel 'Danny' Percell / ... (57 episodes, 1987-1990)
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 Pvt. Marcus Taylor / ... (56 episodes, 1987-1990)
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 Pvt. Alberto Ruiz / ... (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stan Foster ...
 SP4 Marvin Johnson / ... (44 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Lt. John McKay (32 episodes, 1989-1990)
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Storyline

This series offers an unflinching look at the "tours of duty" of several members of a platoon during the Vietnam War. Death is inevitable in war, and major characters do die. The protagonists face the Viet Cong, social disapproval, and sometimes themselves over the course of the series. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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24 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Camino al infierno  »

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(58 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by the success of Platoon (1986) a year earlier. See more »

Goofs

In the episode where the soldiers take leave in Hawaii we see them walk to their plane at the end with a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter sitting behind them. But this aircraft would not exist until the mid-1970s See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Marvin Johnson: We're gonna go down and secure the village.
Private Danny Purcell: Seems like a wussy mission for special forces.
Sergeant Marvin Johnson: VC have been coming down there, collecting taxes from the locals. They haven't been paying so they started terrorizing them. Like it or not, it's our job.
Private Marcus Taylor: You want to talk terrorist tactics? Take a look at what Uncle Sam did to your paycheck.
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Connections

Referenced in Black Hawk Down (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Paint It Black
(theme song)
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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User Reviews

Possibly one of the best TV series of all time.
18 August 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Although I'm not a big fan of war-related films or TV shows, "Tour Of Duty" somehow managed to captivate my attention when it debuted back in 1987. In spite of network restrictions and regulations, the show gave viewers a gritty, "no-holds-barred" insight into the Vietnam War from the point of view of the American soldiers. To me, the characters were "real" as opposed to the the 1-dimensional stereotypes often found on TV; I actually cared about what happened to them. I faithfully watched the show until its conclusion in 1990, and still catch reruns of it in Canada whenever I can. I'm really hoping all of the episodes will eventually come out on videotape. In the future, I doubt there will ever be another series quite as enjoyable or poignant as "Tour Of Duty".


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