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The Unit
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The Unit intertitle
Format Military procedural
Action
Drama
Thriller
Created by David Mamet
Starring Dennis Haysbert
Regina Taylor
Scott Foley
Robert Patrick
Audrey Marie Anderson
Max Martini
Abby Brammell
Demore Barnes
Michael Irby
Nicole Steinwedell
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 69 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 42 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run March 7, 2006 (2006-03-07) – May 10, 2009 (2009-05-10)

The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focuses on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life special forces unit commonly known as Delta Force. The series originally aired on CBS from March 7, 2006, to May 10, 2009.

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Production

The program features both the domestic lives of the team members and their missions abroad, in addition to the effect their careers have on their home lives, wives and girlfriends. It premiered in the United States on March 7, 2006, on CBS as a mid-season replacement. The second season debuted on September 19, 2006. The third season started on September 25, 2007, with a hiatus occurring after the 11th episode due to 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike. The show was picked up for a fourth season by CBS on May 12, 2008.[1] The fourth season began on September 28, 2008, and concluded on May 10, 2009. On May 19, 2009, it was announced that, after four seasons and 69 episodes, the series had been canceled by CBS.[2] But on the same day, producers 20th Century Fox Television announced that the reruns of the show would be broadcast in syndication, in stations covering 56 percent of the country already committed to carrying the show, including the Fox Television Stations.[3]

Premise

Based on show producer Eric Haney's book, Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit (ISBN 0-440-23733-5), The Unit was created for television and executive produced by David Mamet and Shawn Ryan. The show is produced by The Barn Productions Inc., David Mamet Entertainment, and Fire Ants Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

The show purports to describe the daily lives of Delta Force (called "The Unit" in the show) operators during training and operational missions as well as their families back home.

Internationally, The Unit premiered on October 3, 2006, in the United Kingdom on Bravo; on October 11, 2006, in Australia on the Seven Network and on FOX8 and Arena on Foxtel/Austar pay-TV network and now airs on 7Two on Tuesdays at 8:30pm; on January 11 in Spain on La Sexta; on January 25 in The Netherlands on RTL 5; on March 7 in Germany on Sat. 1; on September 23 in Bulgaria on bTV; on March 9, 2008, in Russia on DTV; and on June 13, 2009, in Vietnam on VTC7-Today TV.

The theme music for the first and second season was "Fired Up" by Robert Duncan, an adaptation of the United States Army running cadence song "Fired Up...Feels Good." He also created "Walk the Fire", a 22-second segment used as a theme since season three.

Summary

The Department of the U.S. Army emblem, occasionally thought to be the 303rd's Unit Insignia

"The Unit" is the U.S. Army colloquial term for Delta Force. Its members come from the United States Army (primarily from the Ranger Regiment, U.S. Military Intelligence and Special Forces) and appear to be primarily tasked with counter-terrorism. In a TV interview, series creator Eric Haney—who is a former Delta Force operator—stated that the term Delta Force is never used in the spec ops (special operations) community. They are only referred to as "The Unit." The unit's official cover is the "303rd Logistical Studies Group." In the third season's premiere, an onscreen read-out specifically identifies the unit as "ALPHA Team 1st Special Actions Group". (One of the cover designations for Delta Force is the "Combat Applications Group" or CAG.)

The Unit is based at a fictional army post, "Fort Griffith". The location of Fort Griffith is never explicitly stated, but in Episode 103 a bank statement of the lead character clearly shows an address for Fort Griffith, MO 63021 which puts it a few miles west of St. Louis. Unit members also wear the shoulder sleeve insignia of the deactivated 24th Infantry Division (United States) on their Class A uniforms, as well as the shoulder crest of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, "Strike Hold", currently part of the 1st ABCT of the 82nd Airborne Division. Also, while the Unit members are Infantry they do not wear the blue infantry aiguillette around their right arm. In later episodes, The Unit members are shown as wearing the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) patch on their Class A uniforms.)

The unit's immediate chain of command goes to the commanding officer, Colonel Tom Ryan—and, presumably, straight to the President of the United States. It is unknown if this bypasses the Secretary of Defense.

The wives of the unit's ALPHA team personnel are given minimal mission or operational information. They are responsible to maintain the "303rd Logistical Studies Group" cover in all interactions with anyone who is not a Unit family member. Their husbands are, in fact, still performing highly dangerous missions, but they are not permitted to know specifics, such as where their husbands are deployed, what their training routines consist of, how long their assignments will last – or even if their husbands are safe.

If a member of the Unit is killed in action, the family is told that he or she has been killed on a training mission. The wives themselves are encouraged to form a close, cohesive military family based on the common knowledge and strife this inevitably leads to.

The Unit has an unconventional structure. With the size of a company – approximately 130 operators – it is commanded by a Colonel (companies are usually commanded by Captains; Colonels usually command elements like regiments). The CO, Colonel Ryan, normally wears a "sanitized" uniform (bearing absolutely no tapes, such as his name, or even U.S. Army, or rank insignia).

The Department of the U.S. Army emblem, occasionally thought to be the 303rd's insignia, is referenced by Colonel Tom Ryan

Whereas a Special Forces ODA (Operational Detachment—Alpha) is commanded by a Captain, the Unit sends five-man teams into the field under non-commissioned officers, such as the team lead by Sergeant Major Jonas Blane, the Unit's NCOIC of Alpha team. It is possible that their soldiers have the same Special Forces specialties as in Army Special Forces. An ODA, formerly known as an "A-Team", has weapons sergeants, engineering sergeants, medical sergeants, communications sergeants, etc.

The wives, if suspected of speaking about the Unit's existence, can cause their husbands to be expelled and returned to regular Army service. Colonel Ryan has stated, time and again, that this can ruin a soldier's career, as well as their marriage, and has also stated that he will not hesitate to destroy families in order to preserve the Unit's security. He has also threatened the wives with closing the Unit down, and restarting it somewhere else under another cover – forcing the uprooting of all families involved.

The Unit deploys throughout the world, and both the Army and United States government have the ability to deny the existence of the Unit and any of its members in order to prevent the onset of international incidents. Their uniforms are commonly not standard Army issue, which makes it easier to deny their connection with the US Army if they are killed or captured. They also carry weapons that are not always standard-issue, and the Unit's personnel are well-familiarized with weapons from around the world and can make themselves look like military personnel from other organizations.

The Unit's members will frequently use code names such as Mr. White, Mr. Black, Mr. Blue or Mr. Green. These are usually used when working directly with American civilians, other English speakers not trained for emergencies, or on counterterrorism missions. According to Jonas Blane, the order of precedence for his team after he is disabled, is, from top to bottom: Mack Gerhardt, Charles Grey, Hector Williams, and Bob Brown.

Cast

Actor Role Callsign Season
Dennis Haysbert Sergeant Major** Jonas Blane Snake Doctor 1–4
Regina Taylor Molly Blane 1–4
Scott Foley Sergeant First Class** Bob Brown Cool Breeze 1–4
Audrey Marie Anderson Kim Brown 1–4
Max Martini Master Sergeant** Mack Gerhardt Dirt Diver 1–4
Abby Brammell Tiffy Gerhardt 1–4
Michael Irby Sergeant First Class Charles Grey Betty Blue 1–4
Bre Blair Joss Grey* 4
Robert Patrick Brigadier General** Thomas Ryan Dog Patch * 1–4
Rebecca Pidgeon Charlotte Ryan* 1–4
Demore Barnes Sergeant First Class Hector Williams Hammerhead 1–3
Nicole Steinwedell Warrant Officer One Bridget Sullivan Red Cap 4
Wes Chatham Staff Sergeant Sam McBride Whiplash 4
Kavita Patil Sergeant Kayla Medawar 1–4
Susan Matus Sergeant Sarah Irvine 2–4
Angel Wainwright Second Lieutenant Betsy Blane 1–4
Summer Glau Crystal Burns 2
Daniel Wisler Jeremy Erhart 2
Alyssa Shafer Serena Brown 1–4

Notes

^** There are continuity errors regarding the rank of Jonas Blane. In "Pandemonium, Part 2", Blane states his rank as Command Sergeant Major, his uniform rank is Sergeant Major. In the United States Army, however, soldiers are often laterally transitioned between the ranks depending on their assignments. Command Sergeants Major are also addressed as "Sergeant Major" when in conversation, not "Command Sergeant Major". This is similar to the rules where a Staff Sergeant or Sergeant First Class are addressed simply as "Sergeant".

^** Promoted from Staff Sergeant during "Side Angle Side".

^** Although this might have just been dirty talk, a similar continuity error exists regarding the rank of Mack Gerhardt. In the season 1 episode "True Believers" his wife says to him "come here Sergeant Major, and give me a report," but his rank is later established as Master Sergeant.

^** Promoted from Colonel during "Unknown Soldier".

^* There has been confusion concerning Ryan's callsign. Dog Patch is the callsign for the TOC with the 06 designator referring to its commander (see the US Army section in Call Signs for more detail on this name-number structure). Blue Iguana is the callsign used to identify Ryan when he is out on operations.

^* Formerly Morgan; married Grey in "Unknown Soldier".

^* Formerly Canning; married Ryan in "The Wall".

^† Killed in action while saving Grey's life, Beirut, Lebanon during "Five Brothers".

Episodes

Reception

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Seasonal ratings

Season Episodes Originally aired Viewers
(millions)
Rank
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 March 7, 2006 (2006-03-07) May 16, 2006 (2006-05-16) 15.5[4] 14[4]
2 23 September 19, 2006 (2006-09-19) May 8, 2007 (2007-05-08) 11.1[5] 36[5]
3 11 September 25, 2007 (2007-09-25) December 18, 2007 (2007-12-18) 10.7[6] 37[6]
4 22 September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28) May 10, 2009 (2009-05-10) N/A N/A

Episodic ratings

DVD releases

DVD Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4
The Complete First Season September 19, 2006 April 30, 2007

France: July 4, 2007
Belgium: August 8, 2007

April 18, 2007 April 18, 2007
The Complete Second Season September 25, 2007 October 22, 2007 TBA March 4, 2008
The Complete Third Season[citation needed] October 14, 2008 October 20, 2008 TBA April 8, 2009
The Complete Fourth Season[citation needed] September 29, 2009 February 22, 2010 TBA TBA
The Unit: The Complete Giftset September 29, 2009 TBA TBA TBA

References

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Jonas: No matter how blessed our lives, how charmed our existence, things still inevitably, irrevocably, go wrong. Your mother is swindled out of her savings. Your estranged husband runs off with your kids. Your best friend goes on vacation in a foreign land and disappears. Eventually, bad things find us all. You ever hear of the Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card? This is a Get-Out-of-Hell card. At some point in your life, God forbid, you have no where else to turn, call that number. That is why you are going to postpone your job.


Mack: Well, how bout I put on a wet t-shirt and stage a car wash?


Jonas: My name is Blane, Jonas, Sergeant Major, United States Army!


Jonas: Just lost his girl and his hobby in the space of an hour, he's had a rough day!


Ryan: He might have dinged your ear but I'll break your jaw!


Ryan: So you're saying an injured man on his back attacked you?


Jonas (after shooting a retreating rebel): Yeah, I'll bet that hurt.


Jonas: Break? That boy ain't even gonna bend.


Bob (to boy after the woman in Lebanon threatens to expose them): I understand. If she leaves that chair I'll kill her.


(The men are bundled into a prison cell. Jonas motions to Mack, who turns to face the camera and starts singing to cover Jonas)
Jonas: Brown, code of contact, article one.
Brown: I am an American fighting man.
Jonas: Williams, chair surveillance and intel. Grey, health committee.
(Mack continues to sing)
Jonas: Sign no confessions. Do not admit to clandestine ops, accept no special favors. First and foremost, keep faith with each other, and your country.
(Jonas rubs his chin) Our signal for A-OK, I'm with you. (Slashes his chest) Signal for danger, beware.


Ryan: I'm telling you I'm not wearing a saddle, so get off my ass.


Hector (after killing a rebel in Africa): And that's the name of that song.


Charles: Aren't those quarters for Lieutenants and other small children?
Mack: I figure they could use the adult supervision.


Ryan: Sergeant, what are the only things that fall from the sky?
Jonas: Manna from heaven and the Airborne Rangers.


Bob: Son of a bitch. You really are still alive.
Kern: A fault I share with all but the dead.


Ryan: Can't stand the rain, baby.


Jonas: I only answer to two things, fool, my conscience, and the Army... and if you ever talk to my wife again, buy a bugle and find somebody who can play taps.


Jonas: The man was Bin Laden 15 years ago. What are you doing handing him back?
Mack: It's what the other side wanted for Christmas.
Jonas: The State Department know about this?
Bob: No. But the Air Force does.
Mack: We left 'em a present.


Jonas: You can't catch me. I'm the gingerbread man.


Ryan: Each solider in the unit carries their own body bag, and until you carry one you don't deserve to talk to my men about their code. They signed on to not exist, for them there is no legacy. These men die for each other, not for you or for your boss. These men are warriors. You think you need to remind them about their codes of silence. They answer to a higher code.


FBI Agent: Sergeant Major, where are you going?
Jonas: I'm gonna take down that plane. And I've got my best man in the woods, so if you give me up he will come down here and shoot you dead. You, you, and you, panic. The rest of you come with me.


CIA Agent: Is your man really a Jew?
Jonas: What possible concern is that of yours?


Kim: Any regrets?
Mack: Regrets are for the Air Force, ma'am. I am a Ranger.


Mack: Sorry's what you tell your girlfriend when you finish too quickly.


(Bob sneezes)
Hector (imitating Ryan's Southern accent): You sick, soldier?
Bob: Well Colonel, I have, uh, a little cold.
Hector: You have a little cold. Correct answer is no sir, yes sir. You feel like standing up?
(Charles stands up, Jonas walks in)
Hector: What you're looking at Sergeant Major is what in the real brown shoe army used to be known as nas-chewing.
Jonas: Might I be permitted to ask this general title, sir?
Hector: This general title is, I see your men here reading and coughing and doing everything under God's blue sky, 'cept for studying the SERE manual.
Jonas: Well Colonel...
Hector: Why is it I don't see you studying the SERE manual?...Brown? The last time you did SERE school?
Bob: Uh, about a year ago.
Hector: And might've the tactics changed at SERE?
Bob: Yes sir, they were harsher. Had about a 20% drop-out failure rate.
Hector: These men need to be prepared for being captured in enemy territory.
(Mack walks in)
Hector: You will as their captors attempt to get them to confess, that they've betrayed our country, been traitors to the U.S. of A. You will deprive them of sleep. You will make fun of their genitalia.
Jonas: Oh we can do that, sir?
Hector: But you will not touch their genitalia.
Jonas: You heard the man.
Mack: Heavens, no.
Hector: You think SERE school's a drill?
Jonas, Mack and Charles: We are the drill bit!
(Ryan walks in)
Ryan: That's right, it ain't no drill. Should these soldiers break inside SERE, what's inside their Christmas stocking?
Charles: Promotion, to civilian.
Ryan: Somethin' like that. Any of you thinking about being lenient, who you gonna save that for?
Hector: Our pets and babies, Colonel.
Ryan: Most assuredly. You're acting as guards. You're gonna put these fellas through the ringer, bring back the news who's gonna break and who's gonna stand.
(Ryan turns to leave)
Ryan: Mr. Williams.
Hector: Sir?
Ryan: You in the habit of imitatin' your betters?
Hector: Only those sir I admire, unreservedly.
(Bob continues to cough)
Ryan: You sick, soldier?
Bob: Well Colonel I have a little cold.
Ryan: You oughta get that looked at.
(Ryan leaves. Everyone bursts out laughing)


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