History Series / TourOfDuty

10th Aug '16 12:31:18 AM foxley
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* TemporaryBlindness: In "Brown-Gray Odyssey", Lt. Goldman temporarily loses his sight when his Jeep hits a mine, and has to be guided by a female VC prisoner he is holding at gunpoint.
8th Aug '16 7:13:58 PM Willbyr
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''Tour of Duty'' was an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from 1987 to 1990. It obviously was inspired by the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winning feature film, ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', making UsefulNotes/VietnamWar stories acceptable mainstream entertainment.

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''Tour of Duty'' was an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from 1987 to 1990. It obviously was inspired by the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winning feature film, ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', making UsefulNotes/VietnamWar stories about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar acceptable mainstream entertainment.



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** Finally, the last episodes of the series are almost universally depressing. [[spoiler: Lt. Goldman is completely disillusioned and has stooped to the same tactics he testified against a friend for. Zeke, with nobody to return to, is given another batch of young idiots to watch die. Marcus, now the last of the old squad, is wounded in a firefight. Pop loses his son and is badly wounded. Griner comes home blind. Hockenbury's pacifism costs the life of a comrade and he is stuck in a care center watching wounded men die. Ruiz and Percell both struggle to adjust to life back home, and McKay is grounded from combat flight, has difficulty getting a job, and when he does he can find no joy in flying in a civilian capacity.]] The series saved its emotional gutpunches for last.
* DuringTheWar: During the VietnamWar to be precise.

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** Finally, the last episodes of the series are almost universally depressing. [[spoiler: Lt.[[spoiler:Lt. Goldman is completely disillusioned and has stooped to the same tactics he testified against a friend for. Zeke, with nobody to return to, is given another batch of young idiots to watch die. Marcus, now the last of the old squad, is wounded in a firefight. Pop loses his son and is badly wounded. Griner comes home blind. Hockenbury's pacifism costs the life of a comrade and he is stuck in a care center watching wounded men die. Ruiz and Percell both struggle to adjust to life back home, and McKay is grounded from combat flight, has difficulty getting a job, and when he does he can find no joy in flying in a civilian capacity.]] The series saved its emotional gutpunches for last.
* DuringTheWar: During the VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar to be precise.



* RealSongThemeTune: "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones.

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* RealSongThemeTune: "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones.Music/TheRollingStones.



* ShownTheirWork: in the first season, particularly, the show went to great lengths to show accurate weapons, equipment, and tactics as well as creating a fictional yet believable military unit with it's own backstory.

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* ShownTheirWork: in In the first season, particularly, the show went to great lengths to show accurate weapons, equipment, and tactics as well as creating a fictional yet believable military unit with it's its own backstory.



* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/ParadiseLost.htm Paradise Lost]]
* VietnamWar: The show follows an American infantry platoon on a tour of duty during the Vietnam War, starting in 1967.
* WarIsHell: Like most series about the VietnamWar made after ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', ''Tour of Duty'' focuses a lot on the horror of combat.

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* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/ParadiseLost.htm Paradise Lost]]
* VietnamWar: The show follows an American infantry platoon on a tour of duty during the Vietnam War, starting in 1967.
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* WarIsHell: Like most series about the VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar made after ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', ''Tour of Duty'' focuses a lot on the horror of combat.combat.
24th Apr '16 10:23:44 PM bombadil211
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* ShownTheirWork: in the first season, particularly, the show went to great lengths to show accurate weapons, equipment, and tactics

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* ShownTheirWork: in the first season, particularly, the show went to great lengths to show accurate weapons, equipment, and tacticstactics as well as creating a fictional yet believable military unit with it's own backstory.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Anderson rarely wears his uniform shirt when out in the field, preferring to wear his equipment harness over a tank top, so his well-muscles arms are on full display.
21st Nov '15 5:35:40 AM open_sketch
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** Finally, the last episodes of the series are almost universally depressing. [[spoilers: Lt. Goldman is completely disillusioned and has stooped to the same tactics he testified against a friend for. Zeke, with nobody to return to, is given another batch of young idiots to watch die. Marcus, now the last of the old squad, is wounded in a firefight. Pop loses his son and is badly wounded. Griner comes home blind. Hockenbury's pacifism costs the life of a comrade and he is stuck in a care center watching wounded men die. Ruiz and Percell both struggle to adjust to life back home, and McKay is grounded from combat flight, has difficulty getting a job, and when he does he can find no joy in flying in a civilian capacity.]] The series saved its emotional gutpunches for last.

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** Finally, the last episodes of the series are almost universally depressing. [[spoilers: [[spoiler: Lt. Goldman is completely disillusioned and has stooped to the same tactics he testified against a friend for. Zeke, with nobody to return to, is given another batch of young idiots to watch die. Marcus, now the last of the old squad, is wounded in a firefight. Pop loses his son and is badly wounded. Griner comes home blind. Hockenbury's pacifism costs the life of a comrade and he is stuck in a care center watching wounded men die. Ruiz and Percell both struggle to adjust to life back home, and McKay is grounded from combat flight, has difficulty getting a job, and when he does he can find no joy in flying in a civilian capacity.]] The series saved its emotional gutpunches for last.
21st Nov '15 5:35:10 AM open_sketch
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** The second and third seasons were filmed in California, and don't look nearly as good
* DownerEnding: [[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/Volunteer.htm The finale of the second season]] ended with [[spoiler:a surrounded Lt. Goldman and Sgt. Anderson calling down an artillery strike on their own position. They get better]].
** Also, many individual episodes, such as "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/brothers-fathers-sons.htm Brothers, Fathers, and Sons]]" and "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/roadrunner.htm Roadrunner]]"

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** The second and third seasons were filmed in California, and don't look nearly as good
good. Ironically, the rolling yellow hills would have been a decent stand-in for the country near the DMZ during the dry season, where they were stationed in season 1, but it utterly fails as jungle around Saigon. Near the end of the series, a new guy lampshades it by pondering why Vietnam isn't as green as he expected, and Anderson explains that it is the result of the use of Agent Orange near their bases.
* DownerEnding: [[http://www.Many.
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tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/Volunteer.htm The finale of the second season]] ended with [[spoiler:a surrounded Lt. Goldman and Sgt. Anderson calling down an artillery strike on their own position. They get better]].
** Also, many Many individual episodes, such as "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/brothers-fathers-sons.htm Brothers, Fathers, and Sons]]" and "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/roadrunner.htm Roadrunner]]"Roadrunner]]"
** Finally, the last episodes of the series are almost universally depressing. [[spoilers: Lt. Goldman is completely disillusioned and has stooped to the same tactics he testified against a friend for. Zeke, with nobody to return to, is given another batch of young idiots to watch die. Marcus, now the last of the old squad, is wounded in a firefight. Pop loses his son and is badly wounded. Griner comes home blind. Hockenbury's pacifism costs the life of a comrade and he is stuck in a care center watching wounded men die. Ruiz and Percell both struggle to adjust to life back home, and McKay is grounded from combat flight, has difficulty getting a job, and when he does he can find no joy in flying in a civilian capacity.]] The series saved its emotional gutpunches for last.
31st Oct '15 7:36:16 AM kchishol
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''Tour of Duty'' was an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from 1987 to 1990. The show followed an American infantry platoon on a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. The story focused mainly on Bravo company's second platoon under the command of 2nd Lieutenant (later 1st Lieutenant) Myron Goldman (Stephen Caffrey), and Staff Sergeant (later Sergeant First Class) Zeke Anderson (Terence Knox).

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''Tour of Duty'' was an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from 1987 to 1990. It obviously was inspired by the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winning feature film, ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', making UsefulNotes/VietnamWar stories acceptable mainstream entertainment.

The show followed an American infantry platoon on a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. The story focused mainly on Bravo company's second platoon under the command of 2nd Lieutenant (later 1st Lieutenant) Myron Goldman (Stephen Caffrey), and Staff Sergeant (later Sergeant First Class) Zeke Anderson (Terence Knox).
13th Aug '15 5:29:35 PM foxley
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The first season opens in 1967 and follows a standard light infantry platoon. In the second season, the troops found themselves relocated to a base near Saigon while conducting the typical "search and destroy" missions. Female characters were also introduced (in hopes of gaining more female viewership and because of the premiere of the ABC Vietnam Army Nurses drama ''Series/ChinaBeach'' which was aimed at a more female audience). In the third season, the remaining female character was killed off and the platoon was transferred to a SOG (Studies and Observation Group) unit under the command of Colonel Brewster (Carl weathers), conducting covert operations in Vietnam and in Cambodia, culminating in the fictional version of the raid on Son Tay Prison. The third season was the show's last.

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The first season opens in 1967 and follows a standard light infantry platoon. In the second season, the troops found themselves relocated to a base near Saigon while conducting the typical "search and destroy" missions. Female characters were also introduced (in hopes of gaining more female viewership and because of the premiere of the ABC Vietnam Army Nurses drama ''Series/ChinaBeach'' which was aimed at a more female audience). In the third season, the remaining female character was killed off and the platoon was transferred to a SOG (Studies and Observation Group) unit under the command of Colonel Brewster (Carl weathers), Weathers), conducting covert operations in Vietnam and in Cambodia, culminating in the fictional version of the raid on Son Tay Prison. The third season was the show's last.
13th Jul '15 11:44:43 AM BabyM
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* DownerEnding: The finale of the second season ended with [[spoiler:a surrounded Lt. Goldman and Sgt. Anderson calling down an artillery strike on their own position. They get better]].

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* DownerEnding: [[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/Volunteer.htm The finale of the second season season]] ended with [[spoiler:a surrounded Lt. Goldman and Sgt. Anderson calling down an artillery strike on their own position. They get better]].
13th Jul '15 11:43:21 AM BabyM
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** Also, many individual episodes, such as "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/brothers-fathers-sons.htm Brothers, Fathers, and Sons]]" and "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/roadrunner.htm Roadrunner]]"


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* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/ParadiseLost.htm Paradise Lost]]
13th Jul '15 11:32:01 AM BabyM
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The first season opens in 1967 and follows a standard light infantry platoon. In the second season, the troops found themselves relocated to a base near Saigon while conducting the typical "search and destroy" missions. Female characters were also introduced (in hopes of gaining more female viewership and because of the premiere of the ABC Vietnam Army Nurses drama ''Series/ChinaBeach'' which was aimed at a more female audience). In the third season, the remaining female character was killed off and the platoon was transferred to a SOG (Studies and Observation Group) unit under the command of Colonel Brewster, conducting covert operations in Vietnam and in Cambodia, culminating in the fictional version of the raid on Son Tay Prison. The third season was the show's last.

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The first season opens in 1967 and follows a standard light infantry platoon. In the second season, the troops found themselves relocated to a base near Saigon while conducting the typical "search and destroy" missions. Female characters were also introduced (in hopes of gaining more female viewership and because of the premiere of the ABC Vietnam Army Nurses drama ''Series/ChinaBeach'' which was aimed at a more female audience). In the third season, the remaining female character was killed off and the platoon was transferred to a SOG (Studies and Observation Group) unit under the command of Colonel Brewster, Brewster (Carl weathers), conducting covert operations in Vietnam and in Cambodia, culminating in the fictional version of the raid on Son Tay Prison. The third season was the show's last.


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* CaliforniaDoubling
** The first season was filmed in Hawaii, whose rain forests were a convincing stand-in for Southeast Asia
** The second and third seasons were filmed in California, and don't look nearly as good


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* ShownTheirWork: in the first season, particularly, the show went to great lengths to show accurate weapons, equipment, and tactics
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