The War at Home

Viewers have stayed away in droves from TV on the Iraq conflict. Then along came Army Wives

Colonel Michael Holden (Brian McNamara, right) and Lieutenant Colonel Joan Burton (Wendy Davis, left) strategize about a hostage situation in the new Lifetime Original series, Army Wives.

Lifetime may be your one-stop network when it comes to women-in-peril movies and Golden Girls reruns, but it's not the first media outlet that comes to mind when you think of geopolitics. So it's a bit surprising that the first hit drama to regularly deal with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is not 24 (which pits Jack Bauer against our mortal enemies in ... China) or The Unit (which has its special forces spending most of their time in such not-as-hot spots as ex-Soviet Georgia) but Army Wives.

Granted, Lifetime's highest-rated series ever, which takes place on a Stateside base, never...

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