is an action
/ war television
that aired on the FX network
. It premiered in the
States on July 27, 2005 and premiered in Canada on September 6, 2005 on the
The series was presented in 16:9 widescreen
format in the
U.S. and UK, and mastered in high definition
The series followed a unit of the United States Army
's Third Infantry Division
first tour of duty in Iraq
, and chronicled the War's
effects on the soldiers' families in the United States.
sequences were filmed in the California desert, while the homefront scenes are shot in and
around the Greater Los Angeles area.
was developed by Steven Bochco
(who also created such acclaimed
series as NYPD Blue
, L.A. Law
Hill Street Blues
Originally, the show was to be produced by UPN
who subsequently decided that the prospects for international sales
were not good and withdrew from the project. The series is,
however, (according to Reuters
) seen around
the world on pay cable channels in about 100 territories.
The title of the series echoes "Over
," George M. Cohan
's 1917 song
U.S. soldiers serving abroad during World
. The show (Bochco's first for basic cable
) was the first scripted television
series set in a current, ongoing military action involving the
United States. In another unusual move, the pilot episode was
released on DVD
, less than a week after the show's
FX formally announced on November 1
that the show would not be returning due to declining ratings. The
13th and last episode of the series, "Follow the Money," first
aired in the U.S. on October 26
The complete series was released on DVD in the United States and
Canada on March 21
The theme used for the series is Chris Gerolmo's 'Over
Praise and criticism
The show's critics complained that the show "bends over backward
not to express any opinion whatsoever about the conflict.
Also, given the show's subject matter, it is not surprising
that some criticized it as one of the most graphically–violent
television programs ever. Accordingly, the program was
tagged with the television
TV-MA for language and violence, and
warning notices such as "VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED."
FX advertised the show as being "...TV's most
Main cast and characters
The cast of the pilot episode to the
FX television series Over There
(l to r: Luke Macfarlane,
Kirk Jones, Erik Palladino, Nicki Aycox, Lizette Carrión, Keith
Robinson, Josh Henderson).
- PFC Bo "Texas"
Rider, Jr. (Josh Henderson)
— a 20–year–old star quarterback who was
awarded a partial scholarship to Texas
A&M, but could not make up the financial shortfall and
joined the Army so he could take advantage of the G.I. Bill once his
enlistment is up. He was fixated on the nicknames all of his squad
mates have and the stories behind them as he did not have his own
nickname. He had a wife and young son whom he loved very much. At
the end of the first episode, a truck containing Bo and PV2 Dumphy
drove over a landmine. Bo received terrible injuries to his leg and
it was amputated shortly afterwards. He
later became determined to return to his unit to stop feeling
- PV2 Frank "Dim" Dumphy
(Luke Macfarlane) — in spite of (or,
more likely, in reaction against) his well-to-do upbringing and
Ivy League education, this 22-year-old
Cornell graduate deliberately chose a blue-collar,
lower-class lifestyle. He was tormented by intellectual
conflicts over the actions he is ordered to carry out, and maddened
with worry over his pregnant, alcoholic wife and emotionally
disturbed 7-year-old stepson. He has never pursued a commission
because he does not want to adopt a leadership role. His
perspective serves as a contrast to emphasize the truly
underprivileged roots of his squad mates. Probably the most
sensitive character in the series, he was deeply disturbed when he
learned that a particular insurgent sacrificed several men and a
little girl in order to get past a check point. He lacked a degree
of street smarts which "Smoke" possessed as he has shown on some
occasions, and does not operate prudently under pressure. It is
unclear as to why he is a Private when his B.S. gives him an automatic
promotion to Specialist. He
carries an M4 carbine like his
squad-mates, although his is fitted with an M203 grenade launcher.
- SSG Chris "Scream"
Silas (Erik Palladino) — the
battle-hardened veteran from Long Island, New York who was given charge of a group of new recruits who
has no problem speaking his mind to his superiors. He was
not happy about having been handed 90 days additional duty on the
eve of returning home, but begins to like his squad more as his 90
days winds down. His nickname, "Scream", stems from the loud manner
in which he gives orders.
- PV2 Avery "Angel" King
(Keith Robinson) — a gifted
singer hailing from a small town in Arkansas, enlisted in
a fit of anger at not making a competitive choir, a decision the
20–year–old devout Christian comes to regret. "Angel's"
exceptional marksmanship skills made him the unit's sharpshooter and his M4 having an ACOG mounted on it.
- PV2 Maurice "Smoke" Williams
(Kirk "Sticky" Jones) — a native of
California was high during most of his twenty years.
Although he was arguably the best in his squad, as evidenced by his
street smarts, he had a strictly "us-or-them" attitude towards his
white squad mates, but this attitude was lessened each time a white
squad mate saves his life. He is irreligious as a rebellion against
his mother, and much of his contempt directed toward "Angel". He
serves as the squad's SAW gunner, carrying a compact version of the
M249 Squad Automatic
- PFC Tariq Nassiri (Omid Abtahi) — is an Arab-American from Detroit who was
assigned as a replacement for Bo. His extensive knowledge of
Arabic and Middle Eastern customs saved the squad multiple times,
acting as a middleman between the American soldiers and the local
people. Tariq is college educated and sensitive to all involved.
Like Dim, Tariq has a bachelors degree, yet only held the rank of
- PFC Esmeralda "Doublewide" Del Rio (Lizette Carrión) — a happily–married
new mother, was also a resourceful, no-nonsense soldier. The
20–year–old displayed her whenever the subject of her "ample
figure" comes up. She and "Mrs. B" are part of a logistics unit
that supports the squad on their missions, be it providing resupply
or transport via their M939 'deuce and a
half' trucks, and also carries an M16A2 rifle instead of an M4
carbine like most of her comrades.
- PV2 Brenda "Mrs. B" Mitchell (Nicki Lynn Aycox) — was a "pig-headed" and
obstinate 18 year old, who was more of a liability than an asset to
the squad, and to her partner, "Doublewide." She took great umbrage
at the fact that her nickname is short for "Mrs. Bitch." As a teen,
she was raped and later gave birth to an autistic child who was put into the custody of his
grandparents. Hardships in life made her significantly more willing
to risk her life under fire since she seemed to have nothing to
lose. She is one of the few characters to carry an M16A2 rifle instead of an M4 carbine, due to her
job as part of a support unit instead of a front-line combat unit
like her comrades.
- Terry Rider (Sprague Grayden) — Bo's wife who wanted her
husband to stay at home after he lost his leg.
- Vanessa Dumphy (Brigid Brannagh) — Frank's wife who ends up
cheating on him in the first episode. Throughout the series she has
displayed more and more dysfunction for the stability of their
marital status. However, in the last few episodes of the series she
attempts to get the marriage back on its feet.
- Sergio Del Rio (Lombardo Boyar) — Esmeralda's husband who
throughout the series comes close to cheating on his wife who is
overseas while he is also taking care of their son.
- Eddy Dumphy (Jimmy "Jax"
Pinchak) — Frank's stepson who simply tried to survive life
with his dysfunctional family.
Other guest appearances