Prisoners of War

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  • 2010
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.3  (2,631)

Prisoners of War is an Israeli television drama series produced by Keshet Broadcasting, which aired from 2009 to 2012. The show revolves around three IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) soldiers who were held captive in Lebanon for 17 years and the emotional journey they go through when they return home.

The three captive soldiers are Nimrod Klein (Yoram Toledano), Uri Zach (Ishai Golan) and Amiel Ben Horin (Assi Cohen), who were abducted while on a secret mission in Lebanon in 2000. They were held captive, tortured and were released in a prisoner exchange deal after 17 years.

The series follows their re-integration into their families and society. It also explores the emotional and psychological aftermath of years of captivity, and the harsh realities of readjusting to normal life. The series is a powerful character-driven drama that delves into the complex interpersonal relationships among the characters, their families, and friends, exploring the toll taken on their lives by years of captivity.

Nimrod Klein is the main character, shown as the patriotic leader of the trio, who did everything he could to keep up the morale of his fellow captives despite being subjected to unimaginable torture. He is highly respected within the military and society for his bravery, yet his homecoming from captivity is marked by suspicion and doubt.

Uri Zach is portrayed as a soft-spoken and introspective character, struggling with the realities of re-connecting with his wife and children after so many years of separation. The show explores the painful and delicate process of rebuilding relationships between fathers and sons and husbands and wives, after years of trauma and distance.

Amiel Ben Horin is the most damaged of the three soldier characters, displaying the effects of long-term physical and mental torture. These effects are evident in his character's erratic behavior and outbursts of violence.

The show also features key characters who are the family members and friends of the three soldiers. There is Haim Cohen, Nimrod's former commander, who struggles to keep his role as a leader in the military after his torture by the enemy in captivity. Nurit, Uri's wife, must re-find the man she married after having raised their kids on her own. Talia, Amiel's younger sister, born while he was in captivity, must learn how to allow others to care for him.

Prisoners of War is a deeply emotional and poignant drama, delving into the human condition, exploring the realities of life after trauma and the nature of the soldier's sacrifice. It also reveals the psychological toll on the families of the soldiers and the complex dynamics of those affected by their captivity.

The show was highly praised for its acting, direction, and writing, winning Israel's top television awards in each of the three years it aired. English language adaptations of the show have been made in several countries, including the critically acclaimed American show, Homeland.

In conclusion, Prisoners of War is a gripping, thought-provoking and emotionally charged drama that explores the lives of soldiers and their loved ones after captivity. The show offers a deep and reflective insight into the human psyche, the consequences of war and trauma, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Prisoners of War is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (25 episodes). The series first aired on March 6, 2010.

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Prisoners of War
14. Prisoners of War
December 25, 2012
Operation Judas is underway. Sheik Qassab pays Leila a visit and questions her while Amiel returns home. Haim has his doubts about the operation, while Amiel now faces the greatest conflict of his life.
Operation Judea
13. Operation Judea
December 24, 2012
The soldier's kidnapping awakens feelings of guilt in Nimrode over Amiel. Yael is worried about the identity of the kidnapped soldier. Yinon puts his special training to use for Operation Judas.
The Kidnapping
12. The Kidnapping
December 18, 2012
The soldier's kidnapping affects everybody. Yinon goes through the final phase of preparations for Operation Judas. Hatzav is drafted to the army, and for a moment it seems that the Klein family is united.
Our Agent in Damascus
11. Our Agent in Damascus
December 18, 2012
Uri's health is deteriorating. Nimrode reveals another detail regarding what happened with Amiel. Nurit heads out on a mission behind enemy lines. Yussuf must use his wit to avoid Abdullah, who's hot on his trail.
The Notebook
10. The Notebook
December 10, 2012
Haim tries to extract more details on Operation Judas from Ze'ev, and together they work on cracking the code that Atar and Jamal used to communicate with each other.
Mika's Boyfriend
9. Mika's Boyfriend
December 3, 2012
The mind games between Ze'ev and Haim are stepped up a notch when we're exposed to new details regarding Operation Judas and Yinon's true mission.
The Double Agent
8. The Double Agent
November 26, 2012
We return to Jamal's past and are exposed to startling plot twists. Yussuf is not pleased with Ismail's new bond with Abdullah. Talia and Dr. Ostrovsky go out on a date, much to Dana's displeasure. Uri suffers from poor health, and goes to see his doctor.
The Picture
7. The Picture
November 12, 2012
The mystery of the picture of the man continues to trouble Uri, who is ordered by Haim Cohen to investigate the matter with Iris. Nimrode struggles with adapting to his new life.
The Song
6. The Song
November 5, 2012
We're exposed to Atar Shorer's meticulous recruitment of Yinon, and a new direction in Haim and Iris's investigation leads them to "Operation Judas", which brings them to confront Ze'ev on the subject.
A Ghost from the Past
5. A Ghost from the Past
October 29, 2012
Iris and Haim discover new details in the investigation tying Amiel, Atar Shorer and Dr. Ze'ev Kaplan together. A cat and mouse detective game develops between Haim and Ze'ev, who is busy skillfully training the talented Yinon.
4. Blue
October 29, 2012
The connection between Jamal and Amiel is revealed, as well as the process that ended with his becoming Yussuf. He struggles with the consequences of the shooting and the mounting pressure to execute an act of terrorism against Israel.
Little Lies
3. Little Lies
October 23, 2012
The past troubles Yussuf, while Abdullah tries to revive the tradition of recruiting children to be martyrs. Uri shares the horrors of captivity with Nurit, and the psychological mind games their captors tortured them with.
2. Birthday
October 22, 2012
Talia breaks down, and Nimrode is absent while this happens, out partying instead. Uri and Nurit try to bridge the gap formed by the past 17 years. Yussuf and Abdullah head out to handle an arms deal, which Abdullah nearly blows.
First Grade
1. First Grade
October 15, 2012
Uri and Nimrode try to push the Ministry of Defense into figuring out where Amiel is by exposing the CD they got from Ruth Shorer at the end of season 1.
Where to Watch Prisoners of War
Prisoners of War is available for streaming on the Keshet website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Prisoners of War on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 6, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (2,631)