Military & War TV Shows

About Military & War

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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The Fighting Season
The Fighting Season
The Pacific
The Pacific
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Coast Guard Alaska
Coast Guard Alaska
JAG
JAG
Hogan's Heroes
Hogan's Heroes
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
The World Wars
The World Wars
Dogfights
Dogfights
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
WWII in the Pacific
WWII in the Pacific
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
In the Fight
In the Fight
Inside North Korea
Inside North Korea
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Special Forces
Special Forces
The Draft
The Draft
Land Girls
Land Girls
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Inside Combat Rescue
Inside Combat Rescue
Living With Lincoln
Living With Lincoln
WWII in HD
WWII in HD
Special Ops Mission
Special Ops Mission
Ultimate Force
Ultimate Force
I Remember Nelson
I Remember Nelson
Island at War
Island at War
The Devil's Brigade
The Devil's Brigade
Married to the Army: Alaska
Married to the Army: Alaska
Shadow Ops
Shadow Ops
Lone Target
Lone Target
The Battle for Midway
The Battle for Midway
Hardcore Heroes
Hardcore Heroes
Showdown Air Combat
Showdown Air Combat
In the Line of Duty
In the Line of Duty
Live Fire
Live Fire
Civil War Journal: The Commanders
Civil War Journal: The Commanders
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Vietnam's Unseen War: Pictures from the Other Side
Vietnam's Unseen War: Pictures from the Other Side
Brothers in War
Brothers in War
The First World War
The First World War
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
The Great War Diary
The Great War Diary
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
GunnyTime With R. Lee Ermey
GunnyTime With R. Lee Ermey
Elite Forces
Elite Forces
Mission Demolition
Mission Demolition
Hero Ships
Hero Ships
Top Sniper
Top Sniper
Ultimate Weapons
Ultimate Weapons
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
Airforce
Airforce
Women, War & Peace
Women, War & Peace
Nazi Collaborators
Nazi Collaborators
Battleground: North Africa and Italy
Battleground: North Africa and Italy
Vietnam in HD
Vietnam in HD
Battleground: The German Frontier
Battleground: The German Frontier
Edward the King
Edward the King
Battle Ground: World War II
Battle Ground: World War II
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
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
21st Century War Machines
21st Century War Machines
History Exposed
History Exposed
Black OPS
Black OPS
The Brokaw Files
The Brokaw Files
Combat Countdown
Combat Countdown
Deadliest Tech
Deadliest Tech
The Century of Warfare
The Century of Warfare
World War 1 in Colour
World War 1 in Colour
The Last Days of World War II
The Last Days of World War II
Inside: 21st Century Warship
Inside: 21st Century Warship
I've Got Skills
I've Got Skills
World Flight
World Flight
Warrior POV
Warrior POV
Bullet Points
Bullet Points
Black Soldier Blues
Black Soldier Blues
Battleground: Famous Generals
Battleground: Famous Generals
Military Specials
Military Specials
Battlefield Detectives
Battlefield Detectives
The Color of War
The Color of War
Civil War Journal: The Conflict Begins
Civil War Journal: The Conflict Begins
Crusade in the Pacific: America at War
Crusade in the Pacific: America at War
Recon
Recon
Battleground Specials
Battleground Specials
America: Facts vs. Fiction
America: Facts vs. Fiction