The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.
Reviews
Popularity
1,430 ( 76)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1990   1989   1988   1987  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

China Beach (1988–1991)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Dateline: November 1967, within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach. This is the 'Nam, filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but ... See full summary »

Stars: Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle
Bat*21 (1988)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.

Director: Peter Markle
Stars: Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed
Combat! (1962–1967)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Combat!, a one-hour WWII drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show offered ... See full summary »

Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert
Black Sheep Squadron (1976–1978)
Action | War | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The dramatized World War II adventures of US Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington and his Marine Attack Squadron 214, AKA The Black Sheep Squadron.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Simon Oakland, Dana Elcar
Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz
Wiseguy (1987–1990)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Vinnie Terranova does time in a New Jersey penitentiary to set up his undercover role as an agent for the OCB (Organized Crime Bureau) of the United States. His roots in a traditional ... See full summary »

Stars: Jonathan Banks, Jim Byrnes, Ken Wahl
L.A. Law (1986–1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.

Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A tough sergeant and his sidekick roll into a demoralized firebase and proceed to rebuild morale and fortifications in advance of the climactic battle with the VietCong.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Stars: Wings Hauser, R. Lee Ermey, Robert Arevalo
Tour of Duty (2012)
Documentary | Biography | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

In northern villages of Seoul in Korea, where abandoned US military campsite were based are people who have died and survived. In a search of secrets hidden in these declining villages, their memories intermingle and unfold.

Directors: Dong-ryung Kim, Kyoung-tae Park
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When detectives Sikes and Francisco is presented with the mysterious death of an Eeno, Matt is stupefied to discover that George rudely snubs the case. He, like most newcomers, reviles the ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Johnson
Stars: Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli
Life Goes On (1989–1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A TV-series about the life of the Thatchers, especially "Corky", that has Down syndrome but goes to ordinary school ("mainstreaming). We get into their problems and joys. Drew Thatcher's ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Smitrovich, Patti LuPone, Chris Burke
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Camino al infierno  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(58 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While the Special Operations Group or SOG that the unit joins in season 3 usually recruited from special forces outfits they did take operators from regular infantry units.

One such example is Franklin D Miller who did 7 tours of duty spending 7 years in Vietnam, winning countless decorations and medals including the Medal Of Honor during a hellish and intense mission. Frank started out in an infantry platoon just like the fictional characters on the show and spent 2 years "in the bush" before he'd even heard of the special forces much less MACV-SOG. But upon hearing about them he applied and after a rigorous selection process he made the cut. So while it's possible for a regular infantry soldier to have made it in SOG never wrangled entire squads or units into their operation as is depicted in season 3.

However when they join it is stated that heavy casualties have left the unit seriously under strength so Goldman and his men are recruited as a stop-gap measure. See more »

Goofs

Tan Son Nhut air base, the base camp for the second season, is depicted as a relatively quiet location set amongst woods and hills. In fact, it was - then as now - Saigon's international airport, and one of the busiest airbases in the world at the time. It is located in a heavily built-up area, with neither woods nor hills. See more »

Quotes

Private Danny Purcell: Father, I just want to know what we're all doing in this godforsaken excuse of a country!
Priest: What we're doing here? Son, I'm here to give you comfort and support, but I'm often as confused as you are.
See more »

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A wonderfull series that everyone should have seen.
31 August 2000 | by (Alphen aan de Rijn, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Tour of Duty is one of the best series I have ever seen. It has great performances from the entire cast, a wonderfull human story about an inhuman war and the story-telling is perfectly paced.

Sadly, it didn't get the ratings it deserved back in the states, though it was a big hit over here (and several other countries, I've learned). If you get the chance, watch it (like I'm doing now as it's being re-run on SBS-6). I doubt you'll be disappointed.


16 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Region 4 (Australia/Pacfic) DVD boxset collection release announced tvcrazeddave
Name of song during most helicopter scenes? (Jimi Hendrix?) indsickboy
What's the Funniest Thing in ToD? mdsmith101
I came to really like the starting Song - Not Paint it Black. Any1 else? movie_saint
What happened to Paint it Black maduerson
the music neilmcd7
Discuss Tour of Duty (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?