Harsh Realm (1999–2000)

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Lt. Hobbes is sent into a VR wargame simulation where he is to terminate a renegade General who has taken control of the program.


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Series cast summary:
 Lt. Thomas Hobbes (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Mike Pinnochio (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
 General Omar Santiago (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Florence (7 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Waters (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Vinnie ...
 Dexter the Dog (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Sophie Green (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Inga Fossa (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Cameron K. Smith ...
 Republican Guard Soldier (3 episodes, 1999)
 Sergeant Escalante (2 episodes, 2000)
 Captain Wolfe (2 episodes, 2000)
Michael David Simms ...
 Lt. Colonel Gilovich (2 episodes, 1999)
Steve Makaj ...
 Tracker #1 / ... (2 episodes, 2000)


Lt. Hobbes volunteers to test the army's newest tool, a virtual reality training machine code named "Harsh Realm." Once attached to the machine, Hobbes discovers that the VR world is controlled by the renegade soldier Omar Santiago. While Hobbes body remains in a coma, his mind lives on in the VR world, where he must join forces with an underground force in their attempt to overthrow Santiago. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA)  »

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Harsh Realm - le royaume  »

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(9 episodes)

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Cancelled after only nine episodes were produced. Three episodes originally aired on Fox, the remaining six premiered on Fox's channel FX. See more »


In the title sequence, Hobbes's military ID card lists his rank and military pay grade as "LT/03". Hobbes is Army, and that rank/pay grade is consistent for the Navy. See more »


Lt. Mel Waters: Can you remind me what we're doing here?
Lt. Thomas Hobbes: Peacekeeping.
Lt. Mel Waters: We're doing a helluva job.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits for "Three Percenters", Alan C. Peterson is listed both third and fifth among the guest stars. See more »


Featured in Inside 'Harsh Realm' (2004) See more »

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Great Series
9 September 2004 | by (New London, PA) – See all my reviews

I have never been a fan of the sci-fi type shows, although I did like Star Trek (the original). However as a die-hard D.B.Sweeney fan, I had to buy this series when it came out on DVD. I have only had a chance to watch four of the episodes, but I am so intrigued by this series, I am making time on my calendar to watch the rest. I cannot imagine why Fox cancelled it. It is fun to watch, it is thought provoking and I thought the actors all played their roles well. When I look at the TV shows in the lineups, all of the so-called "reality" shows, I cannot help but wonder WHAT ARE THEY THINKING? I am so sick of the bachelors, the bachelorettes, now wife-swapping? Come on somebody give us a good storyline. One like the Harsh Realm. We know it's not real, it's not supposed to be, but it is just good acting, adventure and what-are-they gonna-encounter-next viewing. Good old time TV, kind of like the shows that we used to be able to watch, "The Streets of San Fran,", just to name one of many. I agree with the previous comment, FOX would do a good thing if they would make a mini-series or a theatrical movie of this show. Only please use the same actors, I hate when someone creates a character and then the Hollywood moguls replace them with another so-called "name" actor for the box office draw. If you're afraid, make a TV mini-series. I've seen the Matrix, yuck, (my husband made me) I've watched the X-files, so-so. If you risk your money on these why not Harsh Realm?

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