The Unit 4 Seasons 2006

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Season 1
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Bob is left behind to face tough questions from the FBI concerning the plane hijacking while the other team members are sent to Africa to recover a downed Chinese military satellite.

Starring:
Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
March 14, 2006

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The characters are well written and the acting is great as well.
Jeff Nix
I am 'hit or miss' when it comes to watching TV, but I totally enjoyed this show and am glad that I can now watch all of the episodes.
MsSV
It is a very interesting show and has lots of humor, action and drama.
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134 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Chris Kennison VINE VOICE on July 25, 2006
Format: DVD
Ah... finally CBS produced aired and had faith in a show that WASN'T FORMULAIC... mystery-solved, every week. Here's a court case and an immediate resolution. When does that ever happen?

The nation was starving for something outside the box and outside the typical routine T.V. shows that overwhelm our video box every night, and not to my surprise... THE UNIT actually locked in a solid rating. Was the state of the world we're in the reason for the people who tuned in? Was it the fact that Dennis Haysbert who was a lot of people's favorite character from the smash FOX hit, 24? Was it the no holds barred, no mercy, no sugar-coated story-telling method?

I think it's a combination of a lot of things. My favorite reason for tuning in was that it was REAL. It wasn't like all the other CBS shows that unrealistically solve a murder in 40 minutes or resolve a court hearing in 40 minutes.

The UNIT shows the not-so-pretty side of counter-terrorism secret units. A shadow company of elite soldiers who aren't even allowed to tell their wives what they do. But, unlike many CBS shows, you actually get to know the characters in the show. You get to see the HARD mission minded Jonas Blane (Haysbert) and the family man when he returns home. You get to see what the wives have to deal with while their men are away.

The most important thing the UNIT gives its viewer is the understanding that GETTING THE JOB DONE, isn't always pretty. Isn't always moral. Isn't always negotiable. The UNIT also shows what it is to be military, what it is to be American, and what it is to do a thankless job.

This show is gritty, dark, dangerous, secretive and it comes to a dramatic and shocking finale that will leave you salivating for the 2nd season episodes to begin their run.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By M. JEFFREY MCMAHON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2006
Format: DVD
I've always loved David Mamet films because of his brisk realistic dialogue and his preoccupation with the male code and its clash with civilization. That theme is well served in The Unit, even better than films, because he has the long-range TV landscape to develop his characters, Delta Force anti-terrorist unit who, for hardly any pay, risk their lives in international missions while their wives, living in a nondescript military base, pinch pennies and deal with the daily dramas of having husbands who could die in the blink of an eye. Avoiding sentimentality, piety, and jingoism, The Unit has an appropriately cynical look at power and the use of trickery to succeed against one's enemies and even one's bureacratic bosses. In this sense, The Unit resembles the show 24 but unlike 24, which is often over the top, The Unit employs psychological realism. Perhaps better than any TV show right now, The Unit specializes in riveting plot lines, especially employing the reversal, where the plot goes one way and then turns the tables in a way that never seems forced or arbitrary. So far the second season has proved as the good as the first. If you haven't seen The Unit, the DVD first series season is a must.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Teale L. Marchette on March 15, 2012
The show does not fit your standard drama show and there is a big cause for this: these episodes are all derived from the real SFOD-DELTA mission set. Haven't heard of them? good, that's how it is supposed to be. To say this show was dangerous is to say that our SOF soldiers need more credit and lee-way for precision driven work than what we give them. I love every episode and everyone I know who knows who they are loves the show also. Truth be told I can't wait until Dennis Haysbert pulls some 'unit' stuff on an ALLSTATE commercial!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Skip on February 23, 2009
Format: DVD
'The Unit' Season 1 is a fantastic intro to a wonderful series from CBS TV and creator David Mamet. The series features the Mamet-esque super-sharp dialogue enabling a solid actor like Dennis Haysbert to add some great depth and interesting personality traits that most shows just don't feature.

In addition to the terrific acting and quirky conversation, the show also kicks some serious posterior! 'The Unit' which is based on the book, 'Inside Delta Force' by Eric Haney also displays some of the daring techniques and special forces muscle that the US Army's elite divisions are (or prior to 'The Unit' were not) known for. In short, the show features all the action you'd expect in a military series with the extra punch of smart story lines and unexpected twists.

Don't miss it!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Opinionista on December 2, 2008
Format: DVD
The Amazon.com editorial review hit it on the head. I am a woman, and I love this show. It is exciting, interesting, and thought-provoking; but the wives' storyline is just painful.
I believe that it's due to a combination of poor writing for the women's characters and bad acting. Most notably bad is the one having an affair with the colonel (can't think of her name, that's how forgettable she is). The actress playing Molly Blane, who is normally good, is horrible in this role. The best acting performance is for Mrs. Brown, but she needs to have better scripts.
The most interesting parts are those when the men are on their missions. The male performers are all very good actors. If I were the writers, I would get rid of the colonel's mistress and Molly Blane characters; and replace them with better actresses. And give Mrs. Brown better material to work with. If they do this, it can become a 5-star classic.
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