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)  »

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Camino al infierno  »

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Trivia

Helicopter scenes with the character John McKay, were filmed on the ground with the rotors of the helicopter turning. 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

Major Rigby: Yes, this village is going to be a hallmark of what Americans and Vietnamese can accomplish when they work together. It might ever rub out some of that cynicism of yours, Sergeant.
Sgt. Zeke Anderson: I'm not cynical, sir. I'm just responsible for a lot of men who depend on me being realistic.
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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

Outstanding and underrated series.
13 September 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Tour Of Duty" is quite frankly one of my most favorite TV series of all time, and for good reason too. Aside from being highly entertaining, the show made attempts to show what life was like for soldiers during the Vietnam war. In spite of prime time network regulations, the stories were gritty and unglamorous, and rarely were there any feel-good endings to episodes.

It's a shame that many of the talented actors who made up the "Tour Of Duty" cast (with the exception of John Dye and Kim Delaney) aren't seen as often on TV anymore. I hope that there's a slim chance of a reunion movie being made, given the strong following this show developed over the years.


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