Tour of Duty (1989): S02E05 – Non-Essential Personnel


Tour of Duty is an American military drama television series based on events in the Vietnam War, broadcast on CBS.

The series ran for three seasons, from 24 September 1987 to 28 April 1990, for a total of 58 one-hour episodes. The show was created by Steve Duncan and L. Travis Clark and produced by Zev Braun.

The show follows an American infantry platoon on a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. It was the first television series to regularly show Americans in combat in South Vietnam and was one of several similarly themed series to be produced in the wake of the acclaimed Oliver Stone film Platoon (1986).


Bravo Company gets a new lieutenant, as Lieutenant Goldman is the new press officer for Major Darling. Lieutenant Escobar is shot and brought back by Ruiz. Lieutenant Escobar comes from a family with connections, and his father arranges for an early out for Escobar – and Ruiz. Ruiz turns him down. McKay and Bravo Company pick up two additional injured soldiers who had items for Major Darling apparently looted from a temple. Major Darling grounds McKay for doing this. Devlin picks up the story about the artifacts and offers a deal to Darling: he is to quit looting and he is to put Goldman …

Tour of Duty Series

You can find a full index and overview of Tour of Duty here.

You can find a full index of Tour of Duty Series 02 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 31 January 1989.
  • Running Time: 47 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: TV-14/15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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