The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.
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3   2   1  
1990   1989   1988   1987  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Action | Drama | War

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24 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nam - Dienst in Vietnam  »

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(58 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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

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

Sgt. Zeke Anderson: Over here, you're either scared or crazy... Or dead.
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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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a show that was even keeled on purpose
17 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I ran into STEPHEN CAFFERY outside GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN last year. I Never said anything to him. He got in a truck and drove off with a lawn mower. I was sort of shocked. I had run across KIRSTEN DUNST the same way, my first reaction is to keep walking in my own direction with the recognition "oh a celebrity". I am not a autograph hound by any stretch. This series was designed by producers to be even keeled in it's delivery. TOUR OF DUTY was a show which to it's credit became better with each season. The show was also catalyst for a resurgence in awarness of VIETNAM and america coming to grips with the aftermath of the snubbing of the vets and the social issues which arose from the war and it's aftermath of shame. TOUR OF DUTY did not portray VIETNAM as a shameful war or the verts. It portrayed the bombastic policies of the "police action" train of thought in military doctrine. The series had a quality to it in deliever the same way COMBAT did back in the 1960's. A well produced show which went on to uplift the vietnam vet as a hero instead of a villain, TOUR OF DUTY was one of the final media franchises to explore vietnam in the wake of movie fare such as PLATOON.


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