• Publication date: April 11, 2009

Active Duty The Code of Army Wives

"Army Wives" is a US television drama series that follows the lives of four army wives, their families, and a husband whose wife is in the army.

"Army Wives" is a US television drama series that follows the lives of four army wives, their families, and a husband whose wife is in the army.

There's Roxy, Claudia, Pamela, Denise, and "army husband" psychiatrist Roland Burton who is trying to reconnect with his wife, Lieutenant Colonel Joan Burton, who has just returned from Afghanistan.

They all hang around a local bar near camp premises where Roxy works. Civilians usually frequent this bar in the hopes of picking up enlisted soldiers' wives.

When Pamela unexpectedly goes into labor at Claudia's wives' tea party and subsequently gives birth on the pool table in the bar where Roxy works, the unlikely group bonds tightly.

As the story progresses, the four women and Roland all become good friends. They go on to face things such as deployments, abuse, hostage situations, adultery and the vicious rumors spun around them.

Created by Katherine Fugate, the show is based on the non-fiction book originally titled "Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives" by Tanya Biank.

Released in March 2007 in the US, the show had the largest series premiere in Lifetime Network's 23-year history.

It should be noted that though the show is based on a book based on real events, and some of the characters echo their real-life counterparts.

The army has its code.... the wives have their own.

Contrary to the show's relative short airing-time [released in March 2007], it has managed to receive due recognition with 4 wins& 4 nominations including netting the prestigious 2008 ASCAP Award for Top TV Series.