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Generation Kill

Generation Kill

HBO 2008

The first 40 days of the war in Iraq as seen through the eyes of an elite group of U.S. Marines who spearheaded the invasion along with an embedded Rolling Stone reporter. A vivid account of the soldiers and of the forces that guided them in an often-improvised initiative.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Generation Kill

Generation Kill - S1E7

#1 - Bomb in the Garden


Season 1 - Episode 7

Bravo reaches Baghdad, where the men are shocked by the size and scope of the city. They set up shop in an abandoned cigarette factory and get a chance to rest for a bit, although the factory grounds aren't quite as secure as they'd like. Hampered by having only one translator for the battalion, First Recon can only send sporadic patrols into the city.

The episode was rated from 395 votes.

Generation Kill - S1E5

#2 - A Burning Dog


Season 1 - Episode 5

As they scope a tiny hamlet, the men of Bravo are frustrated by the capricious nature of the war, and Colbert struggles to defend the actions of the higher-ups. First Recon finally gets to use their skills and exploit intelligence from Iraqi locals about an ambush at a bridge ahead. For once, First Recon isn't tasked with heading straight into the ambush.

The episode was rated from 406 votes.

Generation Kill - S1E6

#3 - Stay Frosty


Season 1 - Episode 6

Outside of Al Kut, Captain America is over-eager in his attempts to subdue a prisoner, while his men's growing disillusionment with his command is growing more apparent. Meanwhile, Ferrando relays to his officers the news that his counterpart in the Regimental Combat Team has been relieved of duty despite achieving his objective.

The episode was rated from 383 votes.

Generation Kill - S1E4

#4 - Combat Jack


Season 1 - Episode 4

Having raced to capture the airfield, First Recon has some time to rest and regroup. The abandoned supply truck has been looted and destroyed and the company is now down to one meal a day. After expressing their dismay to their commander, Alpha is tasked with a different mission: to recover the body of a captured Marine who was murdered in Ah Shatra.

The episode was rated from 414 votes.

Generation Kill - S1E2

#5 - The Cradle of Civilization


Season 1 - Episode 2

Under orders to consider any Iraqi carrying a weapon hostile, Bravo busts north towards Nasiriyah and Mesopotamia, but they continue to lag behind. Chomping at the bit, the platoon finally gets 'lit up' in a violent skirmish in Al Gharraf, during which Trombley scores his first kill. Elated and relatively unscathed, the platoon celebrates.

The episode was rated from 520 votes.

Generation Kill - S1E3

#6 - Screwby


Season 1 - Episode 3

Having survived its first trial by fire, Bravo presses forward, awaiting orders for a new recon mission. Scoping out a roadside hamlet, the company watches in horror as a combat team arrives with guns firing and the hamlet is obliterated. Later, Bravo heads to Ar Rifa, where Ferrando issues a new order: capture an airstrip controlled by the Republican Guard.

The episode was rated from 456 votes.

Generation Kill - S1E1

#7 - Get Some


Season 1 - Episode 1

In northern Kuwait, First Recon Marines prepare to invade Iraq as the 'tip of the spear' for Operation Iraqi Freedom. At Camp Mathilda, soldiers in First Recon's Bravo Company combat boredom, cramped tents, mustache protocol, ineptitude, a wind storm, an espresso machine fire, and rumors of J-Lo's death while awaiting orders from Col. Stephen 'Godfather' Ferrando.

The episode was rated from 649 votes.

Last updated: may 08, 2022



A very realistic take on the empty and soul-less nature of modern warfare especially in Iraq. It's so realistic that it kind of confused me in the beginning. Pop culture has trained me to think that the war after 9/11 was an intense fight for survival, when in reality it was a complete waste of time (which is what a lot of people have been saying). A stark contrast to Band of Brothers that's for sure. Generation Kill is a real eye-opener.


While I enjoyed Band of Brothers too, this feels a lot more closer to reality. Like @Alex Cano said, not for the "patriotic" guys.


This was bad ass.


This is terrible. I couldn´t even make it through the second episode. A bunch of kids pretending to be tough marines while most of them leaving the impression they couldn`t even tie up their own shoes. Stupid dialogue with constant repetition of the f-word in every second sentence as if there where a rule to do so. After just having seen Over There this shouldn`t even been mentioned with the same breath.


A crude, and I think, very close to real, depiction of a small part of the machinery: higly trained soldiers in a war. Great production, likeable characters, good dialogues. Good overall. Definitely no to be put along other "patriotic" TV series, as is not the same breed.


Une série loin de la réalité


Nice I like it :)


Una crítica desde dentro.


I wanted to love this. But it's the old adadge of fantasy is more interesting than reality. Poor character development leading to no vested interest. Overplayed idiocy of the establishment. There nothing kick ass here, just unlikable idiots fumbling around in a distant land. Love or hate sort of show I think. Check out the infinitely superior Band of brothers.

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