The stars of "Army Wives" included Kim Delaney, Wendy Davis, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh and Catherine Bell. The male stars were Sterling Brown, Brian McNamara, Drew Fuller, Terry Serpico and Jeremy Davidson. Stars that later joined the cast were Kelli Williams, Brooke Shields, Ashanti, Alyssa Diaz and Joseph Julian Soria.
The Lifetime series, which ran from 2007 to 2013, depicted the lives of five Army couples, particularly the spouses, living at fictional Fort Marshall in South Carolina. The series was based on the book, "Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives," by Tanya Biank.
Michael and Claudia Joy Holden, played by Delaney and McNamara, provided stability for most of the show's run. Despite suffering the loss of their 18 year old daughter, Michael's capture during deployment, Claudia Joy's diabetes diagnosis, kidney failure and kidney transplant, the general and his wife were the anchor for the other characters. Claudia Joy's death at the beginning of the final season devastated the characters and the fans.
Claudia Joy's best friend Denise and her husband, played by Bell and Serpico, endured their share of heartache with Denise's affair and the death of their soldier son. Denise took leadership among the women after Claudia Joy's death.
Colonel Joan Burton and her psychiatrist husband Roland, played by Davis and Brown, showed Army life from the perspective of the woman in the service. Roland, as the honorary Army "wife," was part of the "tribe" of women who held down the fort during deployments.
The two younger couples, Roxy and Trevor, portrayed by Pressman and Fuller, and Pamela and Chase, played by Brannagh and Davidson, went through the usual problems of young families dealing with Army life. Claudia Joy took Roxy and Pamela under her wing.