The BEST Episodes of The Vietnam War (2017)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2020

Network: PBS

An immersive 360-degree narrative telling the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. Featuring testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)

#1 - The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 28, 2017

Saigon falls and the war ends. Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for reconciliation.

star 8.51
260 votes
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward
A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)

#2 - A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 27, 2017

South Vietnam fights on its own as Nixon and Kissinger find a way out for America. The POWs return.

star 8.22
289 votes
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward
Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)

#3 - Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 24, 2017

Shaken by the Tet Offensive, assassinations and unrest, America seems to be coming apart.

star 8.15
350 votes
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward
This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)

#4 - This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 21, 2017

American casualties and enemy body counts mount as marines face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery south of the DMZ and army units chase an elusive enemy in the Central Highlands. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.

star 8.12
366 votes
The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)

#5 - The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 26, 2017

Nixon withdraws troops but when he sends forces into Cambodia the antiwar movement reignites.

star 8.11
308 votes
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward
The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)

#6 - The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 25, 2017

After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon, promising peace, narrowly wins the presidency.

star 8.07
335 votes
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward
The River Styx (January 1964 – December 1965)

#7 - The River Styx (January 1964 – December 1965)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 19, 2017

With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South, accelerating the insurgency. Fearing Saigon's collapse, President Johnson escalates America's military commitment, authorizing sustained bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.

star 8.02
436 votes
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward
Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)

#8 - Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 20, 2017

US soldiers discover Vietnam is unlike their fathers’ war, while the antiwar movement grows.

star 8.01
387 votes
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward
Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)

#9 - Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 18, 2017

As a communist insurgency gains strength, JFK wrestles with American involvement in South Vietnam.

star 7.94
512 votes
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward
Déjà Vu (1858-1961)

#10 - Déjà Vu (1858-1961)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 2017

After nearly a century of French colonial rule, Vietnam emerges independent, but divided.

star 7.87
769 votes
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward