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Tour of Duty 

The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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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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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


While the Special Operations Group, or S.O.G., that the unit joins in season three usually recruited from special forces outfits, they did take operators from regular infantry units. One such example is Franklin D. Miller, who did seven tours of duty, spending seven 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 two 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, S.O.G. never wrangled entire squads or units into their operation as is depicted in season three. 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 »


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 »


Capt. Rusty Wallace: Where are you from, Lieutenant?
Lt. Myron Goldman: New York, sir. Queens.
Capt. Rusty Wallace: You don't sound like it.
Lt. Myron Goldman: Thank you, sir.
Capt. Rusty Wallace: Don't mention it.
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Referenced in Black Hawk Down (2001) See more »


Paint It Black
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Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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Outstanding and underrated series.
13 September 2000 | by 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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