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 Pacific
The Pacific
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
Taking Fire
Taking Fire
The First World War
The First World War
The Fighting Season
The Fighting Season
Hogan's Heroes
Hogan's Heroes
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
Island at War
Island at War
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
JAG
JAG
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
The Battle for Midway
The Battle for Midway
Special Ops Mission
Special Ops Mission
Ultimate Force
Ultimate Force
Inside North Korea
Inside North Korea
In the Line of Duty
In the Line of Duty
Nazi Collaborators
Nazi Collaborators
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Married to the Army: Alaska
Married to the Army: Alaska
Inside Combat Rescue
Inside Combat Rescue
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Elite Forces
Elite Forces
Dogfights
Dogfights
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Edward the King
Edward the King
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Science of War
Science of War
Secret War
Secret War
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Deadliest Tech
Deadliest Tech
Bullet Points
Bullet Points
Myth Hunters
Myth Hunters
The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal
The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal
The War to End All Wars
The War to End All Wars
GunnyTime With R. Lee Ermey
GunnyTime With R. Lee Ermey
Navy Divers
Navy Divers
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Black OPS
Black OPS
The Draft
The Draft
WWII in HD
WWII in HD
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
Showdown Air Combat
Showdown Air Combat
PBS Military Specials
PBS Military Specials
Airforce
Airforce
Women, War & Peace
Women, War & Peace
Battleground: North Africa and Italy
Battleground: North Africa and Italy
Vietnam in HD
Vietnam in HD
Battleground: The German Frontier
Battleground: The German Frontier
I Remember Nelson
I Remember Nelson
Battle Ground: World War II
Battle Ground: World War II
Land Girls
Land Girls
The Crusaders
The Crusaders
First Command
First Command
D-Day: The Total Story
D-Day: The Total Story
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Coast Guard Alaska
Coast Guard Alaska
Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles
Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles
Great Planes
Great Planes
The Devil's Brigade
The Devil's Brigade
Top Secret Weapons Revealed
Top Secret Weapons Revealed
21st Century War Machines
21st Century War Machines
History Exposed
History Exposed
The Brokaw Files
The Brokaw Files
Combat Countdown
Combat Countdown
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
Live Fire
Live Fire
Inside: 21st Century Warship
Inside: 21st Century Warship
I've Got Skills
I've Got Skills
World Flight
World Flight
Warrior POV
Warrior POV
Black Soldier Blues
Black Soldier Blues
Battleground: Famous Generals
Battleground: Famous Generals
Military Specials
Military Specials
Shadow Ops
Shadow Ops
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
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
Battleground Afghanistan
Battleground Afghanistan
EyeWitness War
EyeWitness War
In the Fight
In the Fight
Nazi Mega Weapons
Nazi Mega Weapons
Rommel
Rommel
World War II: When Lions Roared
World War II: When Lions Roared
World War II: The Last Heroes
World War II: The Last Heroes
Navy Seals: Untold Stories
Navy Seals: Untold Stories
Line of Fire
Line of Fire
Special Forces
Special Forces