Generation Kill: Miniseries (2008)

Generation Kill

Critics Consensus

Generation Kill plunges the viewer into war with a visceral force that's still somehow reined in by masterful storytelling and a strong command of period details.



Critic Ratings: 42

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Jul 13, 2008
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Alexander Skarsgård
as Sgt. Brad "Iceman" Colbert
James Ransone
as Cpl. Ray Person
Lee Tergesen
as Evan "Scribe" Wright
Billy Lush
as Lance Cpl. Trombley
Rey Valentin
as Cpl. Gabriel Garza
Jon Huertas
as Sgt. Antonio Espera
Kellan Lutz
as Cpl. Jason Lilly
Pawel Szajda
as Cpl. Walt Hasser
Stark Sands
as Lt. Nathaniel Fick
Marc Mechaca
as Sgt. "Gunny" Wynn
Wilson Bethel
as Cpl. "Q-Tip" Stafford
Daniel Fox
as PFC John Christeson
Langley Kirkwood
as Sgt. Steven Lovell
Mike Figueroa
as Sgt. "Shady B" Baptista
Bjorn Steinbach
as Cpl. Michael Stinetorf
Jonah Lotan
as Doc Bryan
Sydney Hall
as Cpl. T. Holsey
Chance Kelly
as Lt. Col. Stephen "Godfather" Ferrando
Neal Jones
as Sgt. Maj. John Sixta
Josh Barrett
as Sgt. Shawn "Pappy" Patrick
Brian Patrick Wade
as Capt. Craig "Encino Man" Schwetje
Eric Nenninger
as Capt. Dave "Captain America" McGraw
Michael Kelly
as Capt. Bryan Patterson
Benjamin Busch
as Maj. Todd Eckloff
Rudy Reyes
as Sgt. Rodolfo "Rudy" Reyes
Eric Ladin
as Cpl. James Chaffin
David Barrera
as Gunnery Sgt. Ray "Casey Kasem" Griego
Owain Yeoman
as Sgt. Eric Kocher
J. Salome Martinez
as Cpl. Jeffrey "Dirty Earl" Carisalez
Rich McDonald
as Cpl. Anthony "Manimal" Jacks
Robert John Burke
as Maj. Gen. James Mattis
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Critic Reviews for Generation Kill Miniseries

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (27)

A raucous, raunchy and utterly loving account of life at the bottom of the military food chain.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

This is all a stark, searing contrast to the overall majesty of HBO's previous Band of Brothers... There's nothing picturesque about Generation Kill.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series conveys tweaked anxiety, stifling alienation, and, not entirely on purpose, elaborate boredom.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Vivid storytelling, superb acting and a frank approach make this a TV landmark.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

A show that throws you into the deep end of the pool, and after some thrashing around, you discover that you can swim.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Unfolds chaotically, with none of the narrative cues - explanatory dialogue, musical-score manipulations - we've come to expect from mainstream storytelling.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

You get to live with the men, and feel it, and then experience why the operation... will lead to where we are now. It's powerful stuff.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The characters are not defined clearly enough to invite investment in them... There is no real story line in which to become involved.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

To its credit, Generation Kill does not offer much resolution; much like The Wire, it explores generational, economic, and cultural shifts.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

An engrossing, detailed military character drama.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Generation Kill: Miniseries

  • May 11, 2019
    This series portrays the marines as a bunch of culturally ignorant morons. It is well made and quite gripping but the stupidity of the men portrayed is really annoying. They really could not have been as bad as this would have us believe.
  • Feb 07, 2019
    this is one of those things you watch that sticks with you for a long time after great acting good camera work, feels like watching combat footage historically accurate some episodes have slow parts, sometimes the following scenes dont feel like a good payoff for what was shown good effects surprisingly nice character development great series to watch over and over again
  • Dec 24, 2017
    Best military show ever. Supposedly as close to real life as you can get.
  • Oct 07, 2017
    An honest look at what went on in America's war for "Iraqi Freedom". The series is from the point of view of First Recon Marines. It gives us a realistic look of modern warfare, the combat is the most authentic I have come across, it doesn't hype the action for cinematic values. Be warned you won't get to see much of action but when it happens it's tense. As in real life, so in series, the Marines are made up of unique characters, there are capable as well as dumb officers. The soldiers come from different background and races, there are Mexicans, South Americans, Blacks, Rednecks, some are educated, some joined out of patriotism, some were given choice between jail term or marine school. Everyone's brain tuned in differently, the only thing common between them is the unity of brotherhood and them being highly trained killers.For me, the best part and the highlight of the series are the touch of humor and sarcastic banter among the soldiers. After watching the series I did some research and found out most of the names and designation are from real people and actual facts.In fact, two of guys played themselves. The series is pretty much controversy-free which is surprising considering it shows some stuff which the Government would have liked kept out of the limelight. Do watch it, it's fun as well as education.

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