Starts Sunday at 9PM:
Good news for HBO subscribers: Generation Kill lives up to the hype. The new seven-part miniseries from David Simon and Ed Burns (creators of The Wire) is based on a book by Rolling Stone journalist Evan Wright, who spent the first month of the Iraq war embedded with the Marines. The series is about a platoon of elite First Recons, who manned the war's early front lines without air cover, adequate supplies, or any particular sense of their mission. Simon and Burns got it right, apparently—at least according to the many Marines who helped out on the shoot. "I have crazy respect for those guys," says actor James Ransone, who plays ephedra-enhanced real-life jarhead Ray Person. "They're just a bunch of kids, and the shit they do is insane."
HBO, Sunday, July 13, 9 p.m. EDT