Military & War TV Shows

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.

JAG
JAG
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
The Pacific
The Pacific
Lost Gold of World War II
Lost Gold of World War II
Dogfights
Dogfights
Hogan's Heroes
Hogan's Heroes
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Inside Combat Rescue
Inside Combat Rescue
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Lone Target
Lone Target
The World Wars
The World Wars
Against the Odds
Against the Odds
Evolution of Evil
Evolution of Evil
Coast Guard Alaska
Coast Guard Alaska
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Up From Slavery
Up From Slavery
AHC Presents
AHC Presents
Nazi Mega Weapons
Nazi Mega Weapons
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
The First World War
The First World War
Myth Hunters
Myth Hunters
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
In the Fight
In the Fight
Island at War
Island at War
Empire
Empire
Special Ops Mission
Special Ops Mission
King's War
King's War
Inside North Korea
Inside North Korea
English
English
Cockroaches
Cockroaches
Land Girls
Land Girls
Ultimate Force
Ultimate Force
The Fighting Season
The Fighting Season
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
The Battle for Midway
The Battle for Midway
Frontier
Frontier
Black Crows
Black Crows
Married to the Army: Alaska
Married to the Army: Alaska
The Homefront
The Homefront
Black OPS
Black OPS
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Rommel
Rommel
The Draft
The Draft
Warrior POV
Warrior POV
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
The West
The West
Taking Fire
Taking Fire
Airforce
Airforce
Arlington: Field of Honor
Arlington: Field of Honor
Hardcore Heroes
Hardcore Heroes
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
History in HD: The Last Bomb
History in HD: The Last Bomb
Fighting on the Frontline
Fighting on the Frontline
Showdown Air Combat
Showdown Air Combat
The Sinking of the Laconia
The Sinking of the Laconia
Vietnam in HD
Vietnam in HD
Auschwitz: Hitler's Final Solution
Auschwitz: Hitler's Final Solution
Battlefield Detectives
Battlefield Detectives
Soldiers Journal
Soldiers Journal
Top Secret Weapons Revealed
Top Secret Weapons Revealed
I've Got Skills
I've Got Skills
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
A Hero's Welcome
A Hero's Welcome
Crusade in the Pacific: America at War
Crusade in the Pacific: America at War
Deadliest Tech
Deadliest Tech
WWII in the Pacific
WWII in the Pacific
In the Line of Duty
In the Line of Duty
The Heavy Water War
The Heavy Water War
Shadow Ops
Shadow Ops
Inside Special Ops
Inside Special Ops
World War 1 in Colour
World War 1 in Colour
21st Century War Machines
21st Century War Machines
Military Specials
Military Specials
Navy Divers
Navy Divers
Battle Ground: World War II
Battle Ground: World War II
Hitler and the Occult
Hitler and the Occult
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Israel: Birth of a Nation
The Devil's Brigade
The Devil's Brigade
Combat Countdown
Combat Countdown
The Last Days of World War II
The Last Days of World War II
Battleground: Vietnam
Battleground: Vietnam
The Amazing World Of War Machines
The Amazing World Of War Machines
World War II: The Last Heroes
World War II: The Last Heroes
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Sea Power
Sea Power
WWII War Diaries
WWII War Diaries
The Complete History of Air Combat
The Complete History of Air Combat
Battleground Specials
Battleground Specials
The Vietnam War (2017)
The Vietnam War (2017)
The Winning of World War II: Road To Victory
The Winning of World War II: Road To Victory
Navy Seals: Untold Stories
Navy Seals: Untold Stories
Living With Lincoln
Living With Lincoln
Brothers in War
Brothers in War
World Flight
World Flight
Elite Forces
Elite Forces
Special Forces
Special Forces
My War Diary
My War Diary