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Army Wives

April 21, 2010 - Kim Collette

Lifetime.  Girly movies.  Tissues.  Love Stories.  That's what you're thinking right? are partially right.  However, if you simply aren't turning Lifetime on because of those things, you are partially wrong.  I understand the hesitation....I even had some (because I am by no means a "girly girl").  But....unless you suck it up like I did, you will be missing a great t.v. show.....Army Wives.

Army Wives tells the story of 4 women and 1 man who are all sharing one common thing....they all have military spouses. The show itself is based on the non-fiction book Under the Sabers:  The Unwritten Code of Army Wives, by Tanya Biank.  The series is set at the fictional Fort Marshall in Charleston, South Carolina which is home to the ficitional 23rd Airborne Division. The show follows the lives of Claudia Joy Holden, Denise Sherwood, Roxy LeBlanc, Pamela Moran and Roland Burton. 

I know the title makes it sound as though the show is all about the military.  But....guess'd be wrong.  It actually doesn't totally focus on the military aspects.  Now...I'm not saying there are NO military storylines, but the show truly is much more.  Army Wives is a drama so....go figure...there are some of the usual subject matters.  In 3 seasons, the show has dealt with death, financial woes and pregnancy.  And of course, because they are "army wives," they do deal with their share of deployments, hostage situations and general army post life. the show's core is the relationship and friendship between the 5 main characters.

What I like is that each character brings something different to the friendship.  Claudia Joy is the general's wife and typically looked to for guidance.  She is the "mother hen" of the group.  Denise tries to be the perfect military wife and mother, but struggles with hiding all of her struggles and concerns.  Pamela is an ex-police force member who is the friend who always "has your back."  Pamela is adjusting to life as a "single" mom since her husband is deployed quite often on special-ops.  Roxy is the "wild child" of the bunch.  She marches to the beat of her own drum.  She became a military wife after knowing her (now) husband, for only 4 days.  Roxy struggles to just fit in to the "military life."  And then there is psychiatrist Roland Burton.  He is the "army wife" of Joan.  Roland is the sound of reason in the bunch.  He is always the calming forces, while he struggles to keep his family intact.

Army Wives truly is a wonderful television show.  So....check it out Sunday night!

Until next time friends!


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