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24 September 1987 (USA) See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 87)

Terence Knox ... Sgt. Clayton 'Zeke' Anderson (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stephen Caffrey ... Lt. Myron Goldman (58 episodes, 1987-1990)

Tony Becker ... Cpl. Daniel 'Danny' Percell / ... (57 episodes, 1987-1990)

Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Pvt. Marcus Taylor / ... (56 episodes, 1987-1990)

Ramón Franco ... Pvt. Alberto Ruiz / ... (55 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stan Foster ... SP4 Marvin Johnson / ... (44 episodes, 1987-1989)

Dan Gauthier ... Lt. John McKay (32 episodes, 1989-1990)

Series Directed by
Bill L. Norton (10 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jim Johnston (9 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stephen L. Posey (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Bradford May (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Randy Roberts (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Charles Correll (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
George Kaczender (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Edwin Sherin (3 episodes, 1989)
Aaron Lipstadt (2 episodes, 1987)
Reynaldo Villalobos (2 episodes, 1987)
James A. Contner (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Helaine Head (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Writing credits
L. Travis Clark (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Steve Duncan (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Rick Husky (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
Steven Smith (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Bielak (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Bill L. Norton (3 episodes, 1987)
Bruce Reisman (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Robert Burns Clark (3 episodes, 1988)
Steve Bello (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Wyles (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jerry Patrick Brown (2 episodes, 1989)

David Ehrman (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Zev Braun .... executive producer (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Brian Herskowitz .... associate producer / assistant producer (37 episodes, 1988-1990)
Vahan Moosekian .... coordinating producer / producer / ... (24 episodes, 1987-1989)
Rick Husky .... supervising producer / co-executive producer (23 episodes, 1987-1989)
Bill L. Norton .... co-executive producer (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ronald L. Schwary .... producer (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Bielak .... co-producer (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Steve Bello .... co-producer (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Steven Smith .... co-producer (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Dennis Cooper .... co-executive producer / co-producer (3 episodes, 1989)
James A. Westman .... producer (3 episodes, 1989)
Series Original Music by
Joseph Conlan (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Series Cinematography by
Stephen L. Posey (21 episodes, 1987-1989)
Peter Smokler (2 episodes, 1988)

Bob Moore (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
John Duffy (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Stephen Michael (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Thomas Petersen (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ellen Ring Jacobson (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Kim Secrist (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Michael Ripps (4 episodes, 1987-1989)

Herbert H. Dow (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Barbara Claman (27 episodes, 1987-1990)
Maureen A. Arata (14 episodes, 1987-1989)
Mark Saks (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Production Design by
Mayling Cheng (6 episodes, 1987-1989)
Series Art Direction by
Mayling Cheng (17 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Set Decoration by
Richard Drake (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gary Fettis (4 episodes, 1989)
Henry Kanahele (3 episodes, 1987)
Rick Caprarelli (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Makeup Department
James R. Scribner .... makeup artist (25 episodes, 1987-1990)
Susan Carol Schwary .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ora Green .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Production Management
James A. Westman .... unit production manager (22 episodes, 1987-1990)
Lorin Bennett Salob .... executive in charge of production (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
James Ragan .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 1989)
S. Michael Formica .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald L. Schwary .... second unit director (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tony Mason .... first assistant director / second assistant director (16 episodes, 1987-1990)
Howard Ellis .... second assistant director (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gary Law .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tommy Burns .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1987)
W. Alexander Ellis .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1989)
Robert S. Mills .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1990)
Peter C. Graupner .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)
Mark S. Glick .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1990)

Joel Chernoff .... second unit director (unknown episodes, 1987-1989)
Series Art Department
Richard A. Mazzochi .... property master (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Aaron .... assistant property master / property master (14 episodes, 1987-1990)
Jim Zemansky .... property master (4 episodes, 1989)

Mychael Bates .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Susan Moore-Chong .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (36 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound editor / sound editing (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Blake Wilcox .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1990)

Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Michael Payne .... sound supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Larry Roberts .... special effects (25 episodes, 1987-1990)
Roger George .... special effects (2 episodes, 1987)
Erich Martin Hicks .... assistant special effects (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunt coordinator / stunts (15 episodes, 1987-1990)
Ted Grossman .... stunt coordinator (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Keith Shindoll .... stunts (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Larry Holt .... stunts (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Troy Brown .... stunts (2 episodes, 1988)
Bobby Burns .... stunts (2 episodes, 1989-1990)

Al Goto .... stunts (unknown episodes, 1987-1989)
Ed Anders .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Darryl Chan .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Phil Chong .... stunts (unknown episodes)
James Jude Courtney .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Albert Furuto .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Andy Gill .... stunt double: Terence Knox (unknown episodes)
Curtis Lupo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Khristian Lupo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Joe Murphy .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Ronan Sakai .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jon Sakata .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gary Toy .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael E. Little .... camera operator / second operator: camera (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Richard Sands .... gaffer (24 episodes, 1987-1990)
George Cambra .... key grip (18 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alan Caso .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
James Sweet .... key grip (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Kevin McGill .... second assistant camera (3 episodes, 1988)
Lennie Evans .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1990)

Robert K. Feldmann .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Lee Redmond .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Louise Dushkin .... vietnamese casting / casting: Vietnamese (24 episodes, 1987-1990)
Marge Spencer .... casting: Hawaii (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Amos .... costume supervisor / wardrobe (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Fred Long .... wardrobe (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Series Editorial Department
Andy Lichtstein .... telecine colorist (37 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jim Passon .... color timer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Karl Jacobsen .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Music Department
Art Fein .... music consultant (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
John McCullough .... music consultant (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Transportation Department
John Reed .... driver (11 episodes, 1988)

Leroy Reed .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Joseph A. Liuzzi .... location manager (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
Bruce Nahin .... film commissioner (58 episodes, 1987-1990)
L. Travis Clark .... executive consultant (57 episodes, 1987-1990)
Steve Duncan .... executive consultant (57 episodes, 1987-1990)
Michael B. Christy .... technical advisor / technical advisor: military (36 episodes, 1989-1990)
Peter McKernan .... aerial coordinator / helicopter pilot (23 episodes, 1987-1990)
Greg Knapp .... set medic (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steven Smith .... executive story editor (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Burns Clark .... story editor (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ed Knight .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Bruce Reisman .... story editor (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Elia Katz .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1989)
Jerry Patrick Brown .... story editor (3 episodes, 1989)
David Kemper .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1990)

Bundy Chanock .... set medic (unknown episodes)
Bob Corff .... voice teacher (unknown episodes)
Alan J. Lam .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Nicki McCain .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Bill McCamey .... first aid nurse (unknown episodes)
Paul Sinor .... technical advisor: military (unknown episodes)
Bill Walker .... production controller (unknown episodes)

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45 min (58 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The first season of Tour of Duty, was filmed at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Seasons 2 and 3 were filmed at the old set of M*A*S*H* in California.See more »
Anachronisms: In all the episodes of 1st and 2nd season, quite a few characters (Taylor, Johnson, Purcell) wear helmets with chinstraps from 1970s.See more »
Sgt. Zeke Anderson:If you're a conscientious objector, why did you come here instead of prison?
Pvt. Francis 'Doc Hoc' Hockenbury:Didn't want to be some lifer's old lady.
Sgt. Zeke Anderson:You could've gone to Canada.
Pvt. Francis 'Doc Hoc' Hockenbury:Allergic to moose.
Sgt. Zeke Anderson:You didn't answer my question, soldier. Why did you come to Vietnam instead of prison or Canada?
Pvt. Francis 'Doc Hoc' Hockenbury:Well, because prison or Canada wouldn't have been positive experiences.
Sgt. Zeke Anderson:Let me tell you something, out in the field, Charlie can be a very negative experience.
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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
The Only Vietnam Series, 11 August 2002
Author: Alex-372 from The Hague, The Netherlands

Where to begin? This is one of the greatest tv series ever made.

It has everything. Brotherhood, strife, politics, morality and ethics, courage, ambiguity, everything. You have to see this movie as part of the time it was made. In 1987, there was no real visual example of what the war in Vietnam was really all about. Vietnam during the seventies and sixties was something people protested against. It was the longest war the United States had ever fought. It split a nation, between people who wanted to make a stand against communism and for conservatism, and people who couldn't see how a war more than a thousand miles away could possibly affect the USA. The seventies was also an era during which many former colonies (like Vietnam) were trying to become independent, like Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia/Southwest Africa. During the eighties, there was a largely Republican leaning movement of movies tangentially about Vietnam (First Blood, about a vietnam veteran, but set in Colorado, not Vietnam), Chuck Norris' movies, even Magnum PI with Tom Selleck (1980 onwards) and later Miami Vice. The Vietnam theme was "in", but no real movies/series set in Vietnam or dealing with the real day-to-day of ordinary soldiers had been made. And then there was Tour Of Duty. Tour of Duty set out to describe the daily grind of a platoon of the 199th Light Infantry. This series is great. Yes, it may reflect earlier series like the WWII series "Combat", but it is still unique. Unlike most series in the eighties, it isn't afraid of featuring Black and Hispanic actors in major, leading roles - Stan Foster, Miguel Nunez and Ramon Franco, mainly. In no small measure reflecting that the Vietnam War was the first war during which the US military was fully integrated/desegregated. Meanwhile, the storylines are great. Most deal with the daily strain of patrols, the interaction with the Vietnamese population, and there is even a love interest thrown in, in the form of female reporter Alex Devlin (Kim Delaney, based on the real-life reporter and war casualty Dicky Chapelle). Lots of themes are explored, from the stresses of combat, to the attitude to the war, to the situation of the people of Vietnam, the psychological damage (as through psychiatrist Betsy Brantley), etc. The second part of the series has the squad enlisted as Special Forces, under Colonel Brewster (Carl Weathers), highlighting the strains and tensions between Special Forces and regular army on the one side and the CIA (Patrick Kilpatrick as Duke Fontaine) on the other. This is a great series, see it if you can.

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