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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M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
Hogan's Heroes
Hogan's Heroes
JAG
JAG
The Pacific
The Pacific
The World Wars
The World Wars
The Fighting Season
The Fighting Season
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
WWII in HD
WWII in HD
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Special Ops Mission
Special Ops Mission
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
Inside Combat Rescue
Inside Combat Rescue
Lone Target
Lone Target
Dogfights
Dogfights
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Coast Guard Alaska
Coast Guard Alaska
AHC Presents
AHC Presents
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Vietnam in HD
Vietnam in HD
In the Fight
In the Fight
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Showdown Air Combat
Showdown Air Combat
Land Girls
Land Girls
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Top Secret Weapons Revealed
Top Secret Weapons Revealed
21st Century War Machines
21st Century War Machines
Married to the Army: Alaska
Married to the Army: Alaska
Myth Hunters
Myth Hunters
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
The First World War
The First World War
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Ultimate Force
Ultimate Force
Top Sniper
Top Sniper
Navy Divers
Navy Divers
Airforce
Airforce
Island at War
Island at War
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Inside North Korea
Inside North Korea
D-Day: The Total Story
D-Day: The Total Story
The Devil's Brigade
The Devil's Brigade
Black OPS
Black OPS
Warrior POV
Warrior POV
Shadow Ops
Shadow Ops
The Color of War
The Color of War
Rommel
Rommel
Chaos in the Skies
Chaos in the Skies
Hunt for the Somali Pirates
Hunt for the Somali Pirates
The Battle for Midway
The Battle for Midway
Against the Odds
Against the Odds
Inside Special Ops
Inside Special Ops
Fighting on the Frontline
Fighting on the Frontline
WWI: The First Modern War
WWI: The First Modern War
Hitler and the Occult
Hitler and the Occult
Hardcore Heroes
Hardcore Heroes
The Complete History of Air Combat
The Complete History of Air Combat
The War to End All Wars
The War to End All Wars
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
The Draft
The Draft
GunnyTime With R. Lee Ermey
GunnyTime With R. Lee Ermey
WWII in the Pacific
WWII in the Pacific
Elite Forces
Elite Forces
Mission Demolition
Mission Demolition
Hero Ships
Hero Ships
Ultimate Weapons
Ultimate Weapons
Battlefront (Military Channel)
Battlefront (Military Channel)
My War Diary
My War Diary
Top Tens
Top Tens
In the Line of Duty
In the Line of Duty
PBS Military Specials
PBS Military Specials
Women, War & Peace
Women, War & Peace
Nazi Collaborators
Nazi Collaborators
Battleground: North Africa and Italy
Battleground: North Africa and Italy
Battleground: The German Frontier
Battleground: The German Frontier
Edward the King
Edward the King
I Remember Nelson
I Remember Nelson
Battle Ground: World War II
Battle Ground: World War II
The Crusaders
The Crusaders
Science of War
Science of War
First Command
First Command
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
History Exposed
History Exposed
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
Live Fire
Live Fire
Inside: 21st Century Warship
Inside: 21st Century Warship
I've Got Skills
I've Got Skills
World Flight
World Flight
Bullet Points
Bullet Points
Black Soldier Blues
Black Soldier Blues