Military & War TV Shows

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War is arguably the greatest of human dramas, and its inherent appeal as a dramatic subject has made it one of the most long-lived and prolific of TV genres. Military- and war-themed programming is a staple of the TV schedule, whether it's in the form of historical nonfiction, drama, action or even situation comedy.

Military history is the single most popular form of historical nonfiction TV programming. For the early part of its lifespan, the History Channel's schedule was virtually filled from morning ?til night with military history; now spin-off channel Military History handles most of the war-related programming while History concentrates on reality programming. PBS has seen its share of military history programming, too, including Ken Burns' landmark "Civil War" miniseries.

In the realm of fiction, war and military dramas have been somewhat uncommon on TV. "JAG" is an example of a drama that looks at the inner workings of the military, while "World War II: When Lions Roared" is a fictionalized portrait of the leaders who took the world to war in the 1930s and 40s.

War wouldn't seem to be a funny subject, but a handful of network sitcoms have tried to find laughter among the horror. "Hogan's Heroes" had an absurdist perspective on World War II that was entirely unconnected to reality, while "M*A*S*H*" got its laughs by poking fun at the Korean War in a semi-serious way.

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M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
JAG
JAG
The Pacific
The Pacific
Coast Guard Alaska
Coast Guard Alaska
The World Wars
The World Wars
Hogan's Heroes
Hogan's Heroes
Dogfights
Dogfights
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Ultimate Force
Ultimate Force
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
Nazi Mega Weapons
Nazi Mega Weapons
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Land Girls
Land Girls
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Airforce
Airforce
Inside Combat Rescue
Inside Combat Rescue
Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack
Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
Married to the Army: Alaska
Married to the Army: Alaska
The First World War
The First World War
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Vietnam in HD
Vietnam in HD
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Edward the King
Edward the King
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
Myth Hunters
Myth Hunters
Island at War
Island at War
Bullet Points
Bullet Points
Lone Target
Lone Target
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
In the Fight
In the Fight
Black OPS
Black OPS
Rommel
Rommel
Warrior POV
Warrior POV
The Great War Diary
The Great War Diary
Hunt for the Somali Pirates
Hunt for the Somali Pirates
WWII in HD
WWII in HD
The Devil's Brigade
The Devil's Brigade
Deadly Weapons
Deadly Weapons
World War II: The Last Heroes
World War II: The Last Heroes
Chaos in the Skies
Chaos in the Skies
Day of the Kamikaze
Day of the Kamikaze
Soldiers Journal
Soldiers Journal
Battleground: Famous Generals
Battleground: Famous Generals
World War II: When Lions Roared
World War II: When Lions Roared
Camp Leatherneck
Camp Leatherneck
Showdown Air Combat
Showdown Air Combat
AHC Presents
AHC Presents
Hardcore Heroes
Hardcore Heroes
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Voices of Valor
Voices of Valor
Mission Demolition
Mission Demolition
In the Line of Duty
In the Line of Duty
The Amazing World Of War Machines
The Amazing World Of War Machines
Breath of Freedom
Breath of Freedom
Hitler and the Occult
Hitler and the Occult
The Complete History of Air Combat
The Complete History of Air Combat
World War II: Final Days
World War II: Final Days
Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story
Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story
Deadliest Tech
Deadliest Tech
Battleground: Korea
Battleground: Korea
The War to End All Wars
The War to End All Wars
Special Forces
Special Forces
Navy Seals: Their Untold Stories
Navy Seals: Their Untold Stories
A Hero's Welcome
A Hero's Welcome
Wounded: The Battle Back Home
Wounded: The Battle Back Home
Somali Pirate Takedown: The Real Story
Somali Pirate Takedown: The Real Story
The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal
The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal
Battleground: Pre-WWII
Battleground: Pre-WWII
The Sinking of the Laconia
The Sinking of the Laconia
Brothers in War
Brothers in War
Against the Odds
Against the Odds
Guns: The Evolution of Firearms
Guns: The Evolution of Firearms
Search for the Battleship Bismarck
Search for the Battleship Bismarck
Sea Power
Sea Power
Arlington: Field of Honor
Arlington: Field of Honor
Vietnam's Unseen War: Pictures from the Other Side
Vietnam's Unseen War: Pictures from the Other Side
The Battle for Midway
The Battle for Midway
The Search for Kennedy's PT 109
The Search for Kennedy's PT 109
Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea
Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea
Inside Special Ops
Inside Special Ops
Battleground: Vietnam
Battleground: Vietnam
21 Days to Baghdad
21 Days to Baghdad
The Winning of World War II: Road To Victory
The Winning of World War II: Road To Victory
WWI: The First Modern War
WWI: The First Modern War
Combat Aviation
Combat Aviation
Navy Seals: Untold Stories
Navy Seals: Untold Stories
Elite Forces
Elite Forces
Inside North Korea
Inside North Korea
The Crusaders
The Crusaders
Science of War
Science of War
First Command
First Command
D-Day: The Total Story
D-Day: The Total Story
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles
Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles
Great Planes
Great Planes
Secret War
Secret War
Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II
Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II
Top Secret Weapons Revealed
Top Secret Weapons Revealed
Battle Ground: World War II
Battle Ground: World War II
I Remember Nelson
I Remember Nelson
Special Ops Mission
Special Ops Mission
Hero Ships
Hero Ships
Top Sniper
Top Sniper
Battlefront (Military Channel)
Battlefront (Military Channel)
My War Diary
My War Diary
Top Tens
Top Tens
PBS Military Specials
PBS Military Specials
Navy Divers
Navy Divers
Women, War & Peace
Women, War & Peace
Nazi Collaborators
Nazi Collaborators
Battleground: North Africa and Italy
Battleground: North Africa and Italy
21st Century War Machines
21st Century War Machines
History Exposed
History Exposed
Battlefield Detectives
Battlefield Detectives
The Color of War
The Color of War
Civil War Journal: The Commanders
Civil War Journal: The Commanders
Civil War Journal: The Conflict Begins
Civil War Journal: The Conflict Begins
Ultimate Weapons
Ultimate Weapons
Recon
Recon
Battleground Specials
Battleground Specials
America: Facts vs. Fiction
America: Facts vs. Fiction
Battleground Afghanistan
Battleground Afghanistan
EyeWitness War
EyeWitness War
Shadow Ops
Shadow Ops
Military Specials
Military Specials
Crusade in the Pacific: America at War
Crusade in the Pacific: America at War
World War 1 in Colour
World War 1 in Colour
The Century of Warfare
The Century of Warfare
Live Fire
Live Fire
The Last Days of World War II
The Last Days of World War II
World Flight
World Flight
Combat Countdown
Combat Countdown
The Brokaw Files
The Brokaw Files
World War II Tank Overhaul
World War II Tank Overhaul
Amour, haine et propagande, La deuxième guerre mondiale
Amour, haine et propagande, La deuxième guerre mondiale
Line of Fire
Line of Fire
Lines of Wellington
Lines of Wellington
That Which I Love Destroys Me
That Which I Love Destroys Me
Inside American Power: The Pentagon
Inside American Power: The Pentagon
Battleground: The German Frontier
Battleground: The German Frontier
Black Soldier Blues
Black Soldier Blues
I've Got Skills
I've Got Skills
Inside: 21st Century Warship
Inside: 21st Century Warship
History in HD: The Last Bomb
History in HD: The Last Bomb
Jets Over Vietnam
Jets Over Vietnam
Jets Over Korea
Jets Over Korea
Fighting on the Frontline
Fighting on the Frontline