‘Enlisted’ Wows TV Audiences With Realistic, Gritty Portrayal Of Army Life Frederick Taub January 11, 2014 News 16 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: PrevNextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse HOLLYWOOD — Viewers watching the first episode of “Enlisted” were blown away Friday evening with one of the most realistic portrayals of Army life ever to appear on television, sources confirmed today. “We have family in the military,” said producer and writer Kevin Biegel. “One of our writers was a lieutenant in the Navy too, so we’re pretty positive that he knows exactly what being in the military is like.” Not to be swayed by the shockingly unfunny advertisements for the show interrupting what would otherwise be an enjoyable time watching Olympic curling, some intrepid couch potatoes chose to watch the first episode, only to be pleasantly surprised to find that “Enlisted” packs more punch than a Sebastian Junger documentary. “‘Enlisted’ is a real breakthrough in civil-military relations,” said Capt. Joe Heller. “I was so pumped up that I put my fist through the television set in celebration.” Instead of cheap slapstick humor and clumsy references to Army life forced into jokes that one might expect from a modern sitcom, “Enlisted” takes a bold step outside the norm by offering cheap slapstick and ham-fisted references to Army life forced into jokes interspersed with jarringly inappropriate seriousness intended to elicit an emotional response. Here’s one example from an upcoming episode, according to the show’s media kit: Sgt. Pete demands that his younger brother Pvt. Rob salute him. Pvt. Rob complies with the order, poking himself in the eye with his thumb. While all are relishing a jolly chortle at his discomfit, the First Sergeant arrives saying that their PTSD-plagued Company Commander has just shot himself and his wife in an apparent double suicide. The irrepressible Pvt. Rob shrugs and murmurs “Awkwwaaaard.” Scenes like this reinforce the impression that “Enlisted” is truly the magnum opus of our day, perfectly encapsulating what it means to serve in the armed forces. Other excellent examples of the show’s accuracy and quality at depicting typecasts include a gruff black first sergeant, an inexplicably attractive woman, and not a single mention of online training or mandatory SHARP classes. “It was the most accurate depiction of the Army I’ve seen since deployment,” said former Specialist Scott Coleberg, who called in his endorsement from county jail. “It was so realistic, it re-triggered my PTSD!” “Their haircuts were spot on,” said Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler, who cameos as an incompetent but lovable parody of himself in the first season. “I didn’t see one soldier put his daggone hands in his pockets either.” Sources confirmed that viewers were waiting on tenterhooks for the next few episodes, where Sgt. Bob runs down a schoolchild while driving drunk, the first sergeant catches gonorrhoea after banging the orderly clerk, and the entire platoon goes out for a night on the town, where in a zany twist they are collectively date-raped by a mob of sailors, promising material for seasons to come. Kyle Temmen says: June 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM Get off my grass fuck sticks. Curtis M Paramore says: June 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM Never watched the show knew it would be a twain wreck from the fist time I read about it. I say scrap it and let a team of lcpl revamp this trash Justin Credible says: May 22, 2014 at 5:40 AM I thought it was funny Dan Hollenberger says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM Cover and alignment Carl Beutler says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM I would watch it with the plot hooks from the final paragraph. Tyree Thomas says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM omg the guy on the far left has this look ” im actually in the army WTF ARE THESES IDIOTS DOING ” Jango Fett says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM Excellent use of “tenterhooks”. That word had nearly vanished from my lexicon. You saved it. Thanks. Matt Lawson says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM I liked it. Only request would be to get authentic haircuts Tom Perry says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM I’m glad the DB gives this the thumbs up. I need to make sure I’m making the proper investments with my TV-watching schedule. Does anyone know how this stacks up against Hawaii-5-0? Also, are there sufficient depictions of officers? I see too many shows or instances portraying officers as incompetent or egotistic, and I’d like for some shows to start setting the record straight. Scott Robinett says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM not enough PT belts, I couldn’t tell if they were on or off duty. Duffy L. Sauers says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM Where the Fudge is there headgear? and is that a freaking Afro? Hell at least in the 80’s we had the good taste to pack that stuff with Jerry Curl and leave the Fro for the weekend. Mark McCoy says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM Uniform, haircut, and military courtesy standards aside, this was actually a pretty funny pilot for what seems like something that will turn out to be a good show. I actually laughed, which I seem to do less often with the crap that passes for TV comedies these days. I was happy to see a Bradley in there, but they called it a “tank” a couple of times, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. I was a “Bradley crewmember”, not a “tanker”. Taff Hughes says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM ‘Capt Joe Heller’ – nicely done, ;o) Josh Noble says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM Whenever a show is described as “gritty” I stay away. I also stay away when it’s described as “on Fox.” TDB might make it different this time. Maybe we can go MST3K on this for the three episodes it airs.