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THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. The 10-part series premieres Sunday, September 17 and will be broadcast in its entirety over two consecutive weeks. Don't miss this epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film!
PART 1 DEJA VU
Sunday, September 17 at 7:00PM
After a long and brutal war, revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial rule. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided: communists hold the North, while America supports an untested regime in the South.
PART 2 RIDING THE TIGER
Monday, September 18 at 7:00PM
President Kennedy and his advisors wrestle with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.
PART 3 THE RIVER STYX
Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00PM
With South Vietnam in chaos, Hanoi accelerates the insurgency, sending combat troops to the South. Fearing Saigon's collapse, President Johnson escalates, authorizing sustained bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.
PART 4 RESOLVE
Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00PM
Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, while Saigon struggles to pacify the countryside. As an antiwar movement builds at home, GIs discover that this war is nothing like their fathers' war.
PART 5 THIS IS WHAT WE DO
Thursday, September 21 at 7:00PM
Enemy body counts and American casualties mount as GIs chase an elusive foe and face deadly ambushes and artillery. While Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, the Johnson Administration reassures the public that victory is in sight.
PART 6 THINGS FALL APART
Sunday, September 24 at 7:00PM
Seeing the violence and brutality of the Tet Offensive unfold on television, Americans begin to doubt Johnson's promise of 'light at the end of the tunnel.' LBJ decides not to run again. The country is staggered by assassinations and unrest.
PART 7 THE VENEER OF CIVILIZATION
Monday, September 25 at 7:00PM
With the country at odds over the war, draft-age Americans face wrenching choices. After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon narrowly wins the presidency. In Vietnam, soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage.
PART 8 THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD
Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00PM
When troop withdrawals begin, soldiers left in Vietnam ask what they are fighting for. News breaks of a shocking massacre at My Lai, and questions grow about the war's rectitude. The Cambodia invasion sparks large protests, with tragic consequences.
PART 9 A DISPRESPECTFUL LOYALTY
Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00PM
South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own suffer a terrible defeat in Laos. After being re-elected in a landslide, Nixon strikes a peace deal with Hanoi that allows American prisoners of war finally to come home to a bitterly divided country.
PART 10 THE WEIGHT OF MEMORY
Thursday, September 28 at 7:00PM
Nixon resigns amidst Watergate, while a brutal civil war continues in Vietnam. North Vietnamese troops overtake Saigon with overwhelming force. For the next 40 years, Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for healing and reconciliation.