The Best Episodes of Generation Kill

Get ready to see the new face of American war. This seven-part HBO miniseries focuses on 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. The result is a vivid account of the soldiers and of the forces that guided them in an often-improvised initiative.

Bomb in the Garden

#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.

star 8.29
344 votes
Directors: Susanna White
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A Burning Dog

#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.

star 8.28
349 votes
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Stay Frosty

#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.

star 8.10
330 votes
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Combat Jack

#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.

star 8.08
358 votes
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Screwby

#5 - 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.

star 8.01
383 votes
Directors: Susanna White
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The Cradle of Civilization

#6 - 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.

star 8.00
457 votes
Directors: Susanna White
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Get Some

#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.

star 7.86
560 votes
Directors: Susanna White
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