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The Pacific

The Pacific

HBO 2010

Track the intertwined real-life stories of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie, John Basilone, and Eugene Sledge – across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater during World War II. A companion piece to the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Pacific

The Pacific - S1E10

#1 - Part Ten


Season 1 - Episode 10

After the Japanese surrender, Leckie, healed from his wounds, leaves the hospital and returns home, while Sledge heads back to Alabama to be reunited with his family and Sid Phillips. Lena visits Basilone’s home and has an emotional meeting with his family. Leckie adjusts to post-war life by resuming his old job and starting a new relationship, but for Sledge, unsure why he survived the war seemingly unscathed, adjustment will require more time.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Pacific from 661 votes.

The Pacific - S1E9

#2 - Part Nine


Season 1 - Episode 9

After battling across the island of Okinawa for more than a month, Sledge and the rest of the 1st Marine Division are ordered to relieve an Army division that has been in combat against the most strongly defended Japanese position on the island. The primordial conditions and the moral dilemma posed by the presence of civilians put tremendous strain on the physical and psychological endurance of Sledge and the other Marines.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Pacific from 699 votes.

The Pacific - S1E7

#3 - Part Seven


Season 1 - Episode 7

The Marines, including the newly christened “Sledgehammer,” continue the battle of Peleliu against an enemy determined to fight to the last man. Devastated by the loss of a revered leader, and witnessing unimaginable barbarity on both sides, Sledge veers to the very edge of moral collapse. Their objective finally secured, the Marines return to Pavuvu fundamentally changed by their experience on Peleliu.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Pacific from 750 votes.

The Pacific - S1E6

#4 - Part Six


Season 1 - Episode 6

Despite the suffocating 115-degree heat and a lack of clean drinking water, Sledge, Leckie and the other Marines confront the highly-fortified enemy as they attempt to capture the Peleliu airfield. After seeing his comrades badly injured, Leckie himself is wounded and evacuated from the island. Sledge witnesses the shocking truth about what is sometimes required to survive and fight another day.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Pacific from 762 votes.

The Pacific - S1E2

#5 - Part Two


Season 1 - Episode 2

Basilone and the 7th Marines arrive on Guadalcanal to reinforce Leckie and the rest of the 1st Marine Division as they continue to defend the crucial airstrip. Basilone plays a key role in repelling a nighttime Japanese attack, but suffers a frightful personal loss. After four months of continuous action, the exhausted and disease-ridden members of the 1st Marine Division are evacuated off the island.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Pacific from 1081 votes.

The Pacific - S1E8

#6 - Part Eight


Season 1 - Episode 8

Increasingly frustrated by his role campaigning for war bonds, Basilone convinces the Marines to allow him to train troops headed for combat. Transferred to Camp Pendleton, he enjoys a whirlwind romance with an initially reluctant female Marine, Lena Riggi. But the couple know they are living on borrowed time, as Basilone is soon to take part in the Marine landing on Iwo Jima.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Pacific from 739 votes.

The Pacific - S1E1

#7 - Part One


Season 1 - Episode 1

In the immediate aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Marine Sgt. John Basilone prepares to ship out and confront the enemy somewhere in the Pacific, while budding journalist Robert Leckie enlists in the Marine Corps. Eugene Sledge, unable to enlist because of a heart murmur, says farewell to his best friend, Sidney Phillips, who is about to leave for boot camp. Exactly eight months after Pearl Harbor, the 1st Marine Division, including Leckie and Phillips, lands on Guadalcanal in order to secure its strategically vital airfield and prepare for the inevitable counterattack.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Pacific from 1300 votes.

The Pacific - S1E5

#8 - Part Five


Season 1 - Episode 5

Basilone’s celebrity grows as he travels across the country on the war bonds tour. On Pavuvu, Sledge, assigned to the 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, is briefly reunited with Phillips and Leckie rejoins his company. Sledge then gets his first taste of combat as he, Leckie, and the rest of the 1st Marine Division meet fierce Japanese resistance while landing on the intricately and heavily defended coral island of Peleliu.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Pacific from 855 votes.

The Pacific - S1E4

#9 - Part Four


Season 1 - Episode 4

Finally enlisted as a Marine, Sledge trains for combat at Camp Elliott. The 1st Marine Division lands at Cape Gloucester on the Japanese-held island of New Britain. As Leckie and the other Marines battle the Japanese, they quickly realize that the more ominous enemy is the smothering jungle itself. Having survived Gloucester and stationed on the godforsaken island of Pavuvu, Leckie begins displaying the physical and mental effects of combat and is sent to a naval hospital on nearby Banika for psychiatric observation.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Pacific from 862 votes.

The Pacific - S1E3

#10 - Part Three


Season 1 - Episode 3

Physically and mentally debilitated after the four-month ordeal on Guadalcanal, Leckie, Basilone and thousands of their comrades land in Melbourne, where they are greeted by adoring crowds and viewed as the saviors of Australia. While his buddies carouse, Leckie becomes deeply attached to an Australian woman and her first-generation Greek family. Meanwhile, Basilone is awarded the Medal of Honor and is asked to return home to help sell U.S. war bonds.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Pacific from 956 votes.

Last updated: feb 25, 2021



I think this show is better than Band of Brothers. Pacific catches better the human side of soldiers.


Overall, the series is slightly worse than Band of Brothers, however Okinawa (Episode 9) is better than any episode in BoB by quite a bit.


The Pacific is a MESS and a WASTE OF TIME. The writing was so incredibly disjointed and amateurish that it killed all interest i had in WW2 half way through the show and forced me to stop watching and skip the last two episodes. Like Band of Brothers, the set pieces in The Pacific were epic and highly authentic. But where B.o.B succeeds and this movie fails is the plot. B.o.B is able to introduce unique characters and build their arc throughout the entire series without jeopardising the core theme of war. The Pacific does everything wrong. It throws you right into the middle of the war without any character development and then proceeds to take a nose dive and immediately jump to a separate story line completely AWAY from the war for THREE. WHOLE. EPISODES as part of their pathetic excuse for character development. I'm no professional but i'm pretty sure this is NOT how you write a TV show about war. You don't make the foundation of the show a boring romantic drama with a couple of war scenes sprinkled here and there, you blend everything together seamlessly and make the viewer feel like they're on a journey. After those three episodes the rest of the series is a mish mash of civilian drama in Australia and fighting in Japan. There is nothing wrong with having down-time in a war story, but make it fit in with the plot of the fucking war. Don't try to shove irrelevant drama down my throat.


Have we all watched the same show? Have you read the reviews on IMDB? 10/10 really? Sorry but terrible. No character development and a horrendous last episode that could easily be forgotten.


Just finished watching this. It's really great at times, slow at others. Opposed to some other comments I don't think this is eye to eye with BoB. Not saying it's bad but I just never felt connected with the characters the way I did with BoB. Like it says in the shows description they follow three marines throughout seperate events. For me that was the problem. You are with one of them in battle and next scene you're with another one back home. Another thing I thought was missing is that I never got the feel for the scope of the battle. Yes, it's a mini-series not Hollywood and there is not as much budget but especially in the first half of the show it felt rather small. Nevertheless I would recommend this, it is well worth the time watching it.


Not too many people knows about this show. If you ever come across it I would advise you to watch it. It's a very short series. You won't regret it. After you done, check out the band of brothers. Great shows. I promise.


I found this a lot grimmer than band of brothers. Both shows are no holds barred.


One of the best mini-series out there, shoulder to shoulder with BoB.


this is one underrated mini series!


One of the most over hyped mini-series ever?

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