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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Army Wives: The Complete First Season'
(Kim Delaney, Catherine Bell, Sally Pressman, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2008 / BVHE)

Overview: From Grey's Anatomy Executive Producer Mark Gordon comes the emotional series 'ARMY WIVES' -- where four women and one man all share the common bond of loving someone enlisted in the U.S. Army. Authentic passionate drama and candid interviews offer an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of everyday Americans as they struggle to understand honor friendship and loyalty to their country.

DVD Verdict: Lifetime's terrific new, sexy, smart, compelling series, 'Army Wives' is the best new "sobber" to come along in longer than I care to even remember! Indeed there's a very good reason behine why 'Army Wives' was named one of the top 10 shows of 2007 - it's bloody brilliant! The show is extremely well written and has an awesome ensemble cast!! For those who are JAG fans (like myself) you will get to see Catherine Bell (Mac of JAG). CB and everyone on the show do a beautiful job of depicting life for military spouses. It does have a lot of drama, but it also has very humorous parts as well, of course.

OK, for those that don't know, and wish to learn more, the series revolves around a group of women, all married to career military men in the elite Delta Force, who become friends despite their wildly different backgrounds. Leader (so far) of the pack is Claudia Joy Holden (Dana Delaney), the wife of Colonel Michael Holden (Brian McNamara).

The other women who will end up in her life include foxy Roxy LeBlanc (Sally Pressman), bartender in a redneck bar who has two kids from two different men. She marries Trevor (Drew Fuller), a soldier, after a few drinks and a few days. Then there's Denise (Catherine Bell), wife of Major Frank Sherwood (Terry Serpico) and mother of Jeremy (Richard Bryant). She's sporting some nasty bruises. There's also Pamela (Brigid Brannagh), a former cop who quit to follow her husband Chase (a paratrooper) from base to base. To earn money, she's rented herself out as a surrogate, which somehow she must keep a secret from army brass.

And finally there's male army "wife" Roland Burton (Sterling K. Brown), whose wife is suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome and is hanging by her fingertips on the precipice of cuckoo!

And yes, I know this is not the first series to explore the hardships endured by military spouses affected by the Iraq war. 'Over There' did it and, to a less effective degree, 'The Unit' tries to balance its field operations with hearth-and-kitchen drama. But the timely 'Army Wives' isn't as raw as either of these shows; one wouldn't expect it to be. But it is heartfelt and more accessible, tonally speaking. Anyway, this is just good, solid television. I only wish it was more than 13 episodes. But in these 13 episodes is a class act. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:

"Have At It" - With The Army Wives - Q&A Session
Wives On The Homefront - Featurette
Deleted Story Line - Producer Commentary Optional
Bloopers, Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, and More!