The Pacific

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  • TV-MA
  • 2010
  • 1 Season
  • 8.3  (128,248)

The Pacific is a 10-part miniseries produced by HBO, and was released in 2010. The show chronicles the real-life experiences of a group of U.S. Marines who fought in the Pacific theatre of WWII during the period between the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and the Japanese surrender in August 1945. The series is based on two memoirs, "With the Old Breed" by Eugene Sledge and "Helmet for My Pillow" by Robert Leckie.

The series starts with the attack on Pearl Harbor and quickly moves on to the fall of the Philippines, where a young Marine named Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale) is introduced. Leckie is a keen writer who sends letters back home to his family describing his experiences in the war. He is joined by Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello), who is too young to enlist and initially stuck at home while his friends go to war. Eventually he is granted permission to join up, and the two Marines end up fighting as part of the same unit in the Pacific.

The series also introduces a number of other key characters, including John Basilone (Jon Seda), a Marine who becomes a hero after singlehandedly holding off an entire Japanese battalion during the Battle of Guadalcanal. Other notable characters include Sid Phillips (Ashton Holmes), Chuck Tatum (Josh Helman), Hoosier (Keith Nobbs), and PFC Merriell "SNAFU" Shelton (Rami Malek).

Throughout the course of the series, the Marines fight in a number of intense and grueling battles against the Japanese, including the aforementioned Battle of Guadalcanal as well as the battles of Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa. Along the way, they face a number of challenges, both physical and mental, as they struggle to come to terms with the horrific nature of the conflict they find themselves in.

The Pacific is a gritty and realistic depiction of the war in the Pacific, and doesn't shy away from showing the brutal and violent nature of the fighting. The series is also notable for its excellent performances, with James Badge Dale and Joseph Mazzello in particular standing out with their powerful portrayals of Robert Leckie and Eugene Sledge, respectively.

The Pacific is a compelling and emotionally charged story of bravery, sacrifice, and the toll of war on those who fought in it. It offers a unique and important perspective on one of the most brutal and defining conflicts of the 20th century, and is a must-watch for anyone interested in history, war, or simply great storytelling.

The Pacific is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on March 14, 2010.

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10. Home
May 16, 2010
After the Japanese surrender, Leckie, healed from his wounds, leaves the hospital and returns home, while Sledge heads back to Alabama to be reunited with his family and Sid Phillips. Lena visits Basilone's home and has an emotional meeting with his family. Leckie adjusts to post-war life by resuming his old job and starting a new relationship, but for Sledge, unsure why he survived the war seemingly unscathed, adjustment will require more time.
9. Okinawa
May 9, 2010
Sledge and the 1st Marine division battle in Okinawa for over a month when they are ordered to relieve another company to battle an extremely heavily defended Japanese position on the island. Civilians on the island cause many moral dilemmas and make things much more difficult for the marines.
Iwo Jima
8. Iwo Jima
May 2, 2010
Basilone persuades the Marines to allow him back into the ranks after becoming increasingly tired of selling war bonds. He enjoys a romance while stationed at Camp Pendleton with a female Marine called Lena Riggi. The two Marines know their time together will be short, as Basilone will soon ship out to Iwo Jima.
Peleliu Hills
7. Peleliu Hills
April 25, 2010
The battle continues against the extremely determined Japanese. Terrible acts of barbarism are conducted by both sides and Sledge questions his own moral compass after the loss of a leader. The Marines eventually secure Peleliu with the help of their newly christened 'Sledgehammer' and return to Pavuvu, changed men forever.
Peleliu Airfield
6. Peleliu Airfield
April 18, 2010
The Marines battle against heat and unclean water and try to take Peleliu airfield. They are met with heavy opposition. Leckie sees many of his comrades killed or injured.Leckie, injured himself is then evacuated off the island, contemplating the notion of retreating to fight another day.
Peleliu Landing
5. Peleliu Landing
April 11, 2010
Basilone travels the country selling war bonds as his celebrity increases. Sledge has finished his training and is now part of the 5th marines, 1st marine division and is reunited with his friend Phillips. Leckie also rejoins the company. The marines land on the heavily defended island of peleliu, where Sledge gets his first taste of combat against the Japanese.
4. Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika
April 4, 2010
Finally enlisted as a Marine, Sledge trains for combat at Camp Elliott. The 1st Marine Division lands at Cape Gloucester on the Japanese-held island of New Britain. As Leckie and the other Marines battle the Japanese, they quickly realize that the more ominous enemy is the smothering jungle itself. Having survived Gloucester and stationed on the godforsaken island of Pavuvu, Leckie begins displaying the physical and mental effects of combat and is sent to a naval hospital on nearby Banika for psychiatric observation.
3. Melbourne
March 28, 2010
Physically and mentally debilitated after the fourth-month ordeal on Guadalcanal, Leckie, Basilone and thousands of their comrades land in Melbourne, where they are greeted by adoring crowds and viewed as the saviors of Australia. While his buddies carouse, Leckie becomes deeply attached to an Australian woman and her first-generation Greek family. Meanwhile, Basilone is awarded the Medal of Honor and is asked to return home to help sell U.S. war bonds.
2. Basilone
March 21, 2010
Back-up lands on Guadalcanal in the form of the 7th marines including Basilone to help defend the airfield. Basilone helps defend against a Japanese night raid, suffering a loss in the process. The marines, after four months of fighting enemies and disease are evacuated off the island.
1. Guadalcanal/Leckie
March 14, 2010
In the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Marine Sgt. John Basilone prepares to ship out and confront the enemy somewhere in the Pacific.
Where to Watch The Pacific
The Pacific is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Pacific on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, HBO NOW, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 14, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (128,248)