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
The First World War
The First World War
JAG
JAG
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
Inside Combat Rescue
Inside Combat Rescue
Hogan's Heroes
Hogan's Heroes
Battleground: North Africa and Italy
Battleground: North Africa and Italy
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Up From Slavery
Up From Slavery
Rommel
Rommel
Ultimate Force
Ultimate Force
Coast Guard Alaska
Coast Guard Alaska
World War II: The Last Heroes
World War II: The Last Heroes
Empire
Empire
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Edward the King
Edward the King
The Devil's Brigade
The Devil's Brigade
World War II: When Lions Roared
World War II: When Lions Roared
Navy Seals: Untold Stories
Combat Aviation
The Amazing World Of War Machines
The Sinking of the Laconia
Guns: The Evolution of Firearms
Sea Power
The Winning of World War II: Road To Victory
WWI: The First Modern War
The Complete History of Air Combat
Voices of Valor
Vietnam in HD
In the Line of Duty
WWII in the Pacific
Special Ops Mission
The Heavy Water War
Battlefront (Military Channel)
Top Tens
PBS Military Specials
Navy Divers
Airforce
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
The Crusaders
Deadliest Tech
Live Fire
Warrior POV
Battleground Afghanistan
Nazi Mega Weapons
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Somali Pirate Takedown: The Real Story
America: Facts vs. Fiction
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
World War II In Colour
Against the Odds
The American Revolution
Evolution of Evil
WWII in HD
Elite Forces
Mission Demolition
Hero Ships
Dogfights
Future Weapons
Top Sniper
Ultimate Weapons
My War Diary
Showdown Air Combat
Women, War & Peace
Nazi Collaborators
Battleground: The German Frontier
I Remember Nelson
Battle Ground: World War II
Island at War
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Land Girls
Inside North Korea
Science of War
First Command
D-Day: The Total Story
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles
Great Planes
Secret War
Top Secret Weapons Revealed
21st Century War Machines
History Exposed
Black OPS
The Brokaw Files
Combat Countdown
Married to the Army: Alaska
The Century of Warfare
World War 1 in Colour
The Last Days of World War II
Inside: 21st Century Warship
I've Got Skills
World Flight
Bullet Points
Black Soldier Blues
Battleground: Famous Generals
Military Specials
Shadow Ops
Battlefield Detectives