8.4/10
3,392
56 user 3 critic

Tour of Duty 

The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.
Reviews
Popularity
2,611 ( 45)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1990   1989   1988   1987  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

China Beach (1988–1991)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.

Stars: Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle
84C MoPic (1989)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The title refers to the U.S. Army's former "MOS" (job code) for a combat cameraman. The story follows a unit of American G.I.s in Vietnam, all with different backgrounds and motives for being there, through the lens of his camera.

Director: Patrick Sheane Duncan
Stars: Jonathan Emerson, Nicholas Cascone, Jason Tomlins
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young officer, just out of West Point is sent to Vietnam, where the men don't respect him until he gets wounded and returns to be a wiser soldier and a better commander

Director: Aaron Norris
Stars: Tony Pierce, Robert F. Lyons, Michael Dudikoff
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A tough sergeant and his sidekick roll into a demoralized firebase and proceed to rebuild morale and fortifications in advance of the climactic battle with the VietCong.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Stars: Wings Hauser, R. Lee Ermey, Robert Arevalo
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 / ... 57 episodes, 1987-1990
Ramón Franco ...  Pvt. Alberto Ruiz / ... 56 episodes, 1987-1990
Stan Foster Stan Foster ...  SP4 Marvin Johnson / ... 45 episodes, 1987-1989
Dan Gauthier ...  Lt. John McKay 32 episodes, 1989-1990
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

24 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nam - Dienst in Vietnam See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(58 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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

[The platoon is upset because of dangerous patrols ordered by Goldman]
Lt. Myron Goldman: So, what do you think?
Sgt. Zeke Anderson: About what?
Lt. Myron Goldman: I... I was just thinking about my father.
Sgt. Zeke Anderson: You're talking about the first General Goldman?
Lt. Myron Goldman: He was Colonel Goldman back then. He was one tough son of a bitch. It's just that no matter what he did, the men liked him.
Sgt. Zeke Anderson: Listen to me, it's real easy to get these guys to like you. They'll like you, up until the time the base is overrun. Then there's gonna be only one person to blame...
[...]
See more »

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

COMBAT! with M-16s and Huey helicopters.
14 February 2002 | by MadTomSee all my reviews

This series could have been titled COMBAT! THE NEXT GENERATION, and lived up to that status. Zeke Anderson was a next-generation Chip Saunders and Myron Goldman a next-generation Gil Hanley. In fact, I'm surprised and disappointed that the producers didn't have Rick Jason do a guest appearance as COLONEL Gil Hanley (and it's too bad Vic Morrow was no longer alive to show up as Sergeant Major Chip Saunders)!

I think one of the reasons this series wasn't as popular on its original run as it is in syndication today is precisely because it was essentially COMBAT! with M-16s and Hueys: a lot of people in the 1980s were still of the mindset that those who fought in Vietnam were all baby killers; they couldn't accept the simple fact that the Myron Goldmans, Zeke Andersons, Alberto Ruizes, Danny Percells, Marcus Taylors, Scott Bakers and Marvin Johnsons of Vietnam, 1967 were the same ordinary American boys as the Gil Hanleys, Chip Saunderses, Cajes, Littlejohns, Braddocks and Kirbys of France, 1944, doing their best in an ugly situation that was not of their making.

TOUR OF DUTY was one of my all-time favorite series, right along with another contemporary New World Television production also set 20 years in the past, THE WONDER YEARS; . I've always seen these two series as two sides of the same coin, i.e. the battlefront and home front of the Vietnam War. It's fitting that in the TOD episode "Soldiers" (where three of the cast regulars go to Hawaii for R&R), Olivia d'Abo of THE WONDER YEARS had a guest appearance essentially playing the same character.

[For the record, I did not go to Vietnam; I was still an ROTC cadet when the war ended. That does mean, however, that I got my share of the "baby killer" epithets and spitting upon my uniform during that era! ]

Having said all that, the series was not without flaws. The first flaw was the entire 2nd season with the introduction of the female love interests for Anderson and Goldman, coincident with the start of the competing ABC series CHINA BEACH. This is a classic example of the original trying to imitate the imitator and nearly ruining itself in the process. (Anyone remember Coke vs Pepsi, New Coke and the return to Coke Classic?) My second major criticism is that although this was still one of my all-time favorite series, there's no denying that elements of just about every Vietnam War theatrical movie of that era found their way into episodes of TOUR OF DUTY; the finale of the first season was essentially a condensed, cleaned up for network TV version of HAMBURGER HILL. There were so many cases of this that, at times, I felt the series should have been titled APOCALYPSE OF THE FULL METAL HAMBURGER PLATOON AT FIREBASE GLORIA! ;-)


22 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 56 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed