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The Unit 

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Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators.

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David Mamet
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4   3   2   1  
2009   2008   2007   2006   Unknown  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Dennis Haysbert ...  Jonas Blane 69 episodes, 2006-2009
Regina Taylor ...  Molly Blane 69 episodes, 2006-2009
Audrey Marie Anderson ...  Kim Brown 69 episodes, 2006-2009
Robert Patrick ...  Colonel Tom Ryan 69 episodes, 2006-2009
Max Martini ...  Mack Gerhardt 69 episodes, 2006-2009
Abby Brammell ...  Tiffy Gerhardt 69 episodes, 2006-2009
Scott Foley ...  Bob Brown 69 episodes, 2006-2009
Michael Irby ...  Charles Grey 69 episodes, 2006-2009
Demore Barnes ...  Hector Williams 45 episodes, 2006-2009
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Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators.

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Secret missions. Secret lives. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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1.78 : 1
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Robert Patrick which plays Colonel Tom Ryan previously played the role Colonel Tom Ryan McHenry in The Only Thrill (1997) See more »

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In an Army unit there would actually been several layers of command between the Colonel (later Brigadier General) and The Unit itself. This would have included at least one Major or Captain and one or more Lieutenants. While the Colonel would have overall operational command at the base level, the junior officers would likely have had more of a direct command and control responsibility for the enlisted personnel. See more »

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Referenced in Speed: Elevated Voltage (2018) See more »

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The Freedom to Be
Written by Kit Hain
Performed by Erika Schiff (as Erika)
Courtesy of Wild Pink Music (ASCAP)
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"French bashing" in "The Unit" ?
30 December 2006 | by Saint-AignanSee all my reviews

Just watched all the first season's episodes on this new series (only recently broad casted in France, sorry). I'm a huge fan of "The Shield" and I thought Shawn Ryan would create another wonderful show. A bit disappointed, but i really like "The Unit" as a whole. It's realistic, even in some details aren't technically true for spec ops' experts. Of course, showing the wives'lives side is an excellent idea.

Fiction is fiction, and I understand that US audience may prefer a American-centered point of view or maybe not be aware of every technical or historical details, but still, I must admit I've been shocked by the first season last episode, "The Wall".

First, the end, the shoot-out scene. Can someone explain how six heavily-armed ex-Yugoslavian war criminals, including a man wanted by an United Nations warrant, managed to enter the US homeland and a US military base without being noticed ??? How did they know where the unit base is ? How did they even identify Blane's group ?

Second, the French Foreign Legion troops seen in the 13th episode, supposedly in Bosnia. They wear British army uniforms and helmets, and drive American military vehicles... OK, they use French assault rifles. The beret's color isn't right. French Foreign Legion soldiers wear a light green beret, not black or dark green as seen in this episode. But the emblem on it is right. The "sword and wing" emblem is the French paratroopers' emblem. Even if all Foreign Legion units aren't airborne, there is only one of them among nine units... I know them, I served as lieutenant and captain in a French Army's Airborne Cavalry unit (with red berets), including six months in Bosnia.

Third, their commanding officer (played by Sebastian Roche, a French-Scottish actor), allegedly named "Jean-Marc LeClercq" as an arrogant French aristocrat. "Leclerc" or "Leclercq" are very common family names in France, not aristocratic at all. They are like "Smith" in the US... Aristocratic names always are composed of the word "de" (meaning "of") followed with the former family castle name. For example, my name is "de Saint-Aignan", because my family comes from this small town in central France and owned a castle there far long ago in the past (until French revolution in 1789, just after the US Independence war, so I think we can say that's history). Since then, we're just normal people, not richer or more arrogant or less democratic than usual folks. Coming from an aristocratic family doesn't necessarily mean you're a bad guy...

I suppose this "Leclerc" name used for this fictional character comes from General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, one of the most famous Second World War French heroes. But "Leclerc" wasn't his real name, it was his code name. In fact, he was Philippe de Hauteclocque, aka Leclerc.

Fourth, I was amazed by the way Bob's character says (at final dinner) that French people are lazy and that they would have lost First and Second World Wars without US help ! He's even happy and proud to have stolen this old family emblem and everyone seems to find that normal. Is it that normal and admitted to insult a foreign nation and its army ?

I can understand that some Americans don't agree with French government foreign policy, although France never made anything against the US and is still recognized as a US friend and ally, but lying about historic truth in a prime time show isn't for sure the best way to help world peace.

It is true that Second World War Allies' victory against the German-Italian-Japanese Axis wouldn't have been possible without the US. But they didn't win this war alone... Nothing would have been possible without British and Soviets troops.

And although France praises and appreciated the US military help on First World War, there were "only" four million American soldiers (126.000 of them died, may them rest in peace and be thanked for their sacrifice) in France. Compared to 14 million Russian, 8 million British, 8 million French, 5 million Italian troops... This war could have been won without the US, even if it would certainly have been harder.

The United States of America and France have the strongest links any nations can have in the world and helped each other many times in the past. As a military, I always worked efficiently with American troops on NATO and UN missions, and our mutual cooperation always was respectful and professional. I've been several times to the US, had an American girlfriend, even lived a while in northern California. And it makes me sad to see this kind of "French bashing" becoming so much usual and trendy, even in a prime time and supposed to be realistic show... Did the producers think it would make it more popular ?


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