“Army Wives,” one-hour ensemble drama, is about the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women -- and one man -- living with their spouses and families on an active army post and the pressures and traditions of the military on those who are left behind. Their bond is based on one common theme: they all love a soldier who could die at any moment. Yet, they are all isolated by secrets that buck the armed forces system.
They include: Claudia Joy Holden (Kim Delaney), strong and respected wife of Colonel Michael Holden (Brian McNamara), who the other women admire; Denise Sherwood (Bell), a devoted homemaker to her Major husband and teenage son, who harbors a shocking secret; Pamela Moran (Brigid Brannagh), a former cop, now earning money as a surrogate, who must keep her secret or face blackballing by the other women in their tight knit community; Roxy LeBlanc (Sally Pressman), a feisty woman from the wrong side of the tracks who marries a soldier, Trevor (Drew Fuller), after only knowing him for a few days. Now instantly living with her children on the post, she quickly experiences the politics of being housed in an ultra competitive environment. The “wives” also includes one husband, Roland Burton (Sterling K. Brown), who is trying to adapt to his Lieutenant Colonel wife’s (Wendy Davis) post-traumatic stress syndrome after her return from the war.
In its first season, “Army Wives” premiered as Lifetime’s highest-rated series in the network’s 24-year history and averaged 3.6 million viewers per episode. It also had tremendous success online, which accounted for an impressive 47% of LifetimeTV.com total streams when it premiered in June 2007.
The series is based on the book Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives, by Tanya Biank.