05: This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)

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.

Air Date 9/21/17

 
Embed
To embed this video, copy and paste the code above.
THE VIETNAM WAR is a 10 part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. An immersive 360-degree narrative, the series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features 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. Ten years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, it includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. The series features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from many of the greatest artists of the era, and original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #101 — Deja Vu |
    Saturday, Sep 23 at 1pm TPT 2
  • #102 — Riding The Tiger |
    Saturday, Sep 23 at 2:30pm TPT 2
  • #103 — The River Styx |
    Saturday, Sep 23 at 4pm TPT 2
  • #103 — The River Styx |
    Sunday, Sep 24 at 1:30pm TPT 2
  • #104 — Resolve |
    Sunday, Sep 24 at 3:30pm TPT 2
  • #101 — Deja Vu
    After a long and brutal war, revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial rule. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided: communists hold the North, while America supports an untested regime in the South.
    Saturday, Sep 23 at 1pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Oct 3 at 9pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Oct 4 at 3am TPT 2
  • #102 — Riding The Tiger
    President Kennedy and his advisors wrestle with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.
    Saturday, Sep 23 at 2:30pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Oct 3 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Oct 4 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #103 — The River Styx
    With South Vietnam in chaos, Hanoi accelerates the insurgency, sending combat troops to the South. Fearing Saigon's collapse, President Johnson escalates, authorizing sustained bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.
    Saturday, Sep 23 at 4pm TPT 2
    Sunday, Sep 24 at 1:30pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Oct 10 at 8pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Oct 11 at 2am TPT 2
  • #104 — Resolve
    Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, while Saigon struggles to pacify the countryside. As an antiwar movement builds at home, GIs discover that this war is nothing like their fathers' war.
    Sunday, Sep 24 at 3:30pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Oct 17 at 8pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Oct 18 at 2am TPT 2
  • #105 — This Is What We Do
    Enemy body counts and American casualties mount as GIs chase an elusive foe and face deadly ambushes and artillery. While Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, the Johnson Administration reassures the public that victory is in sight.
    Sunday, Sep 24 at 5:29pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Oct 24 at 8pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Oct 25 at 2am TPT 2
  • #106 — Things Fall Apart
    Seeing the violence and brutality of the Tet Offensive unfold on television, Americans begin to doubt Johnson's promise of "light at the end of the tunnel." LBJ decides not to run again. The country is staggered by assassinations and unrest.
    New Sunday, Sep 24 at 7pm TPT 2
    New Sunday, Sep 24 at 8:30pm TPT 2
    Monday, Sep 25 at 1am TPT 2
    Monday, Sep 25 at 2:30am TPT 2
    Saturday, Sep 30 at 1pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Oct 31 at 8pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Nov 1 at 2am TPT 2
  • #107 — The Veneer of Civilization
    With the country at odds over the war, draft-age Americans face wrenching choices. After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon narrowly wins the presidency. In Vietnam, soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage.
    New Monday, Sep 25 at 7pm TPT 2
    New Monday, Sep 25 at 9pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, Sep 26 at 1am TPT 2
    Tuesday, Sep 26 at 3am TPT 2
    Saturday, Sep 30 at 2:30pm TPT 2
  • #108 — The History of the World
    When troop withdrawals begin, soldiers left in Vietnam ask what they are fighting for. News breaks of a shocking massacre at My Lai, and questions grow about the war's rectitude. The Cambodia invasion sparks large protests, with tragic consequences.
    New Tuesday, Sep 26 at 7pm TPT 2
    New Tuesday, Sep 26 at 9pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Sep 27 at 1am TPT 2
    Wednesday, Sep 27 at 3am TPT 2
    Saturday, Sep 30 at 4:30pm TPT 2
  • #109 — A Disrespectful Loyalty
    South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own suffer a terrible defeat in Laos. After being re-elected in a landslide, Nixon strikes a peace deal with Hanoi that allows American prisoners of war finally to come home to a bitterly divided country.
    New Wednesday, Sep 27 at 7pm TPT 2
    New Wednesday, Sep 27 at 9pm TPT 2
    Thursday, Sep 28 at 1am TPT 2
    Thursday, Sep 28 at 3am TPT 2
    Sunday, Oct 1 at 2pm TPT 2
  • #110 — The Weight of Memory
    Nixon resigns amidst Watergate, while a brutal civil war continues in Vietnam. North Vietnamese troops overtake Saigon with overwhelming force. For the next 40 years, Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for healing and reconciliation.
    New Thursday, Sep 28 at 7pm TPT 2
    New Thursday, Sep 28 at 9pm TPT 2
    Friday, Sep 29 at 1am TPT 2
    Friday, Sep 29 at 3am TPT 2
    Sunday, Oct 1 at 4pm TPT 2

Introducing

Watch even more of your favorite PBS and TPT shows online.

Learn More

“I’m a TPT member to support the amazing kids’ programming!”

Become A Member
Top