Tour of Duty (season 1)

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Tour of Duty (season 1)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 21
Original network CBS
Original release September 24, 1987 (1987-09-24) – April 30, 1988 (1988-04-30)
Season chronology
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This is a list of episodes from the first season of Tour of Duty with episode summaries.






  • Steve Duncan (2 episodes)
  • L. Travis Clark (2 episodes)
  • Bill L. Norton (3 episodes)
  • Steven Phillip Smith (4 episodes)
  • Rick Husky (3 episodes)
  • Steve Bello (2 episodes)
  • Brad Radnitz (1 episode)
  • J. David Wyles (2 episodes)
  • Robert Burns Clark (3 episodes)
  • David Hume Kennerly (1 episode)
  • Dennis Foley (1 episode)
  • Jim Beaver (1 episode)
  • Bruce Reisman (2 episodes)
  • Christian Darren (1 episode)
  • Peter Lubliner (1 episode)
  • Ronald L. Schwary (1 episode)



# Title Director Writer US Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Pilot" Bill L. Norton Steve Duncan & L. Travis Clark TBA 24 September 1987 (1987-09-24)
After Firebase Ladybird suffers heavy casualties, Sergeant Anderson (Terence Knox) goes to recruit new soldiers to replace men he lost. He selects the best from a group of new recruits and meets, for the first time, their new leader, Second Lieutenant Goldman (Stephen Caffrey).
2 "Notes From the Underground" Bill L. Norton Bill L. Norton TBA 1 October 1987 (1987-10-01)
The platoon gets attacked by the Viet Cong (VC), who strike and then disappear into underground tunnels. The GIs enter the tunnels to find the missing Taylor (Miguel A. Núñez Jr.), only to get trapped when the tunnel caves in.
3 "Dislocations" Aaron Lipstadt Steven Phillip Smith TBA 8 October 1987 (1987-10-08)
Among the villagers being relocated by the platoon is a beautiful woman to whom Goldman (Stephen Caffrey) is attracted. When they are attacked on the trail, Goldman's life is saved by a VC, who turns out to be the woman's husband.
4 "War Lover" Jim Johnson Rick Husky TBA 15 October 1987 (1987-10-15)
The men find themselves assigned to assist a "hot shot" sergeant with a mission to destroy an enemy bridge. Tempers reach a breaking point when Anderson (Terence Knox) finds a Vietnamese child and the sergeant wants the child killed.
5 "Sitting Ducks" Aaron Lipstadt Steve Bello TBA 29 October 1987 (1987-10-29)
The company provides security for an irrigation project, but it seems the VC know the Americans' every move. The platoon is assigned a guide, but every time the Americans leave the village, they are mysteriously ambushed.
6 "Burn, Baby, Burn" Reynaldo Villalobos L. Travis Clark, Steve Duncan & Steven Phillip Smith TBA 5 November 1987 (1987-11-05)
Racial tension leads to violence when a militant black soldier and a white racist both end up in Bravo Company. When the white soldier is killed with a bayonet belonging to Johnson (Stan Foster), black and white members of the company clash.
7 "Brothers, Fathers, and Sons" Bill L. Norton Bill L. Norton TBA 12 November 1987 (1987-11-12)
Anderson (Terence Knox), Johnson (Stan Foster), and Baker (Eric Bruskotter) are shot down after catching a ride in a helicopter. As they head back to base, they encounter a woman giving birth as she is dying. Anderson ends up taking care of the baby, and the three soldiers end up battling with the VC - with tragic results.
8 "The Good, the Bad, and the Dead" Reynaldo Villalobos Brad Radnitz TBA 19 November 1987 (1987-11-19)
A drunken GI steals a jeep and gets arrested. Anderson (Terence Knox) recognises him as his former drill sergeant. Anderson helps to get him acquitted and gets him drafted into the squad, but his old friend immediately begins to disobey orders.
9 "Battling Baker Brothers" Bill L. Norton Bill L. Norton & David Wyles TBA 10 December 1987 (1987-12-10)
When Baker's (Eric Bruskotter) twin brother shows up, the two end up fighting and nearly destroy the base. When his brother's helicopter goes down the next morning, Baker goes after him but gets captured by the VC.
10 "Nowhere to Run" Randy Roberts Rick Husky TBA 17 December 1987 (1987-12-17)
Purcell (Tony Becker) has just received a "Dear John" letter. After that, the bridge he was assigned to secure gets blown up. When he escorts a dying baby and its mother to an evacuation center, Goldman (Stephen Caffrey) is reunited with an old flame.
11 "Roadrunner" Jim Johnston Robert Burns Clark TBA 7 January 1988 (1988-01-07)
Anderson's (Terence Knox) confidence is shaken when he is almost killed by a barrage of mortar fire. When the soldiers are ordered to rescue downed pilots from an occupied valley, Anderson questions his ability to lead.
12 "Pushin' Too Hard" Bill L. Norton David Hume Kennerly & Dennis Foley TBA 14 January 1988 (1988-01-14)
Bravo company is sent on a reconnaissance mission to capture a prisoner. With them is an attractive female reporter who is intent on getting combat footage, but she becomes a distraction to the men.
13 "USO Down" Ronald L. Schwary Jim Beaver TBA 21 January 1988 (1988-01-21)
A USO band, including three female dancers, are rushed to a helicopter to be flown to their next destination. The helicopter is shot down and the entire crew is killed, leaving the troupe's lives in the hands of Bravo Company.
14 "Under Siege" Stephen L. Posey Steve Bello TBA 11 February 1988 (1988-02-11)
A captain joins the platoon as the new leader and is immediately popular with the men. His arrival is fortuitous because there is evidence that the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) is planning a big push right over Firebase Ladybird. However, Anderson (Terence Knox) is wary of the new captain's tactics.
15 "Soldiers" Bill L. Norton Rick Husky TBA 18 February 1988 (1988-02-18)
Purcell (Tony Becker) is given emergency medical leave to visit his sick father in Hawaii. When he arrives, he learns his father has taken up with a much younger woman. Meanwhile, Taylor (Miguel A. Núñez Jr.) and Ruiz (Ramón Franco) get sent there from some R&R and witness negative reactions to the war.
16 "Gray-Brown Odyssey" Randy Roberts Bruce Reisman TBA 25 February 1988 (1988-02-25)
When Goldman (Stephen Caffrey) and Horn (Joshua D. Maurer) are ambushed in their jeep, their companions are killed and they are separated. Goldman is temporarily blinded, but Horn manages to capture a female VC, whom Goldman forces at gunpoint to lead him to safety.
17 "Blood Brothers" Charles Correll Christian Darren TBA 12 March 1988 (1988-03-12)
Goldman's (Stephen Caffrey) estranged father arrives, a retired general on a fact-finding mission for Washington. Meanwhile, Ruiz (Ramón Franco) begins to suspect there is a heroin supplier on the base.
18 "The Short Timer" Bill Duke Bruce Reisman & Peter Lubliner TBA 19 March 1988 (1988-03-19)
Taylor (Miguel A. Núñez Jr.) must address his mixed emotions about his return home. His hatred for the war conflicts with the strong bond he has with his fellow soldiers and his uncertainty about life back home.
19 "Paradise Lost" James L. Conway Robert Burns Clark TBA 26 March 1988 (1988-03-26)
The squad meets a mysterious ex-GI living among the natives. Goldman (Stephen Caffrey) follows orders to help fortify the natives against the VC, but what follows is exactly what the mystery man warned him about.
20 "Angel of Mercy" TBA TBA TBA 9 April 1988 (1988-04-09)
A wounded NVA colonel is captured by the platoon and Goldman (Stephen Caffrey) and Anderson (Terence Knox) are hit in a firefight. All three are taken to the nearby hospital, where Goldman once again meets up with his former girlfriend and hears some unexpected news.
21 "The Hill" Robert Iscove Steven Phillip Smith TBA 30 April 1988 (1988-04-30)
Goldman (Stephen Caffrey) has a brief R&R with his former girlfriend, but she refuses to marry him. When he returns to base, he finds out his unit has been assigned to help take Hill 1000, which they've taken before and lost. Meanwhile, Horn (Joshua D. Maurer) refuses to follow orders at the risk of court martial.

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