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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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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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)  »

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Camino al infierno  »

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(58 episodes)

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In the 3rd season, the platoon joins the SOG. The Studies and Observations Group, which is an elite commando-style unit that operates behind the lines in Cambodia and Laos. The SOG recruits its members from the Special Forces, Navy SEALs, Marine Force Recon, and Ranger/LRRP units, not from basic infantry soldiers. However when they join it is stated that heavy casualties have left the unit seriously understrength so Goldman and his men are recruited as a stop-gap measure. See more »

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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

Lieutenant Myron Goldman: You can't win this war by killing every man, woman and child.
Lieutenant Joseph 'Skip' Beller: There's no other way.
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Paint It Black
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Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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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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