• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 13, 2008
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. 38
    The end result of all that effort, however, is a miniseries that's as dull and throbbing as a severe headache.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
  3. Negative: 5 out of 38
  1. Stevens
    Nov 28, 2008
    10
    This show accurately depicts being in the military from convoy operations to singing stupid songs out of boredom. Even the incompetence of superiors is captured perfectly. When I watch this show, I feel like I'm there. Like I'm at work with them. What they do on the show is exactly what we do. All the glory and coolness, all the questionable things war makes us do, the acts of atrocities and heroism is in hard to turn away from once you start watching. It superbly tells the story without fancy camera effects and a dramatic musical score. If the story is not fast enough or exciting enough for you, that's because it's pretty close to real life. Unlike the latest Hollywood action movie, real life moves at it's own pace. Excellent TV Show. Full Review »
  2. JohnH.
    Jul 17, 2008
    10
    Sgt Brad Colbert was my daughter's boyfriend all thru high school and part of college. His experiences and growth thru this ordeal and the one in Afganistan are remarkable. He is a natural leader and has always had a calming effect on those depending on him in a crisis. I am proud to see the actor portraying him did not caricature him as a person. it is very difficult to take a combat situation and not glorify it when making a film...I think the filmmakers have something to be proud of here...this from a former Vietnam veteran. Full Review »
  3. JimmyT
    Sep 8, 2008
    10
    Excellent mini-series. I am in the military and granted, some of this is over the top which would and should be expected from "entertainment" much of how they act is straight out of daily life with 18-24 year old men. The acting was good, the special effects were awesome. And many of the events are not only believable, but provable by doing any research. It is unbelievable at some of the dumb things we do, it always amazes me as stupid as we are, how incredibily dumb the enemy is! Full Review »