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.

Hogan's Heroes
Hogan's Heroes
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
The Pacific
The Pacific
JAG
JAG
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
The White Queen
The White Queen
Special Ops Mission
Special Ops Mission
Dogfights
Dogfights
Inside Combat Rescue
Inside Combat Rescue
The World Wars
The World Wars
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
King's War
King's War
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
Lost Gold of World War II
Lost Gold of World War II
Apocalypse: HItler
Apocalypse: HItler
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
Navy SEALs: America's Secret Warriors
Navy SEALs: America's Secret Warriors
War Stories
War Stories
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Against the Odds
Against the Odds
Vietnam in HD
Vietnam in HD
Lone Target
Lone Target
Nazi Mega Weapons
Nazi Mega Weapons
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
The First World War
The First World War
Ultimate Force
Ultimate Force
WWII in HD
WWII in HD
World War II: When Lions Roared
World War II: When Lions Roared
The Draft
The Draft
Battleground Afghanistan
Battleground Afghanistan
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Black OPS
Black OPS
Evolution of Evil
Evolution of Evil
Taking Fire
Taking Fire
Hardcore Heroes
Hardcore Heroes
Guntucky
Guntucky
Up From Slavery
Up From Slavery
EyeWitness War
EyeWitness War
Frontier
Frontier
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
Island at War
Island at War
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
English
English
The Crusaders
The Crusaders
Married to the Army: Alaska
Married to the Army: Alaska
In the Fight
In the Fight
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
Bomb Patrol Afghanistan
The Heavy Water War
The Heavy Water War
Myth Hunters
Myth Hunters
Nazi Collaborators
Nazi Collaborators
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
The Battle for Midway
The Battle for Midway
Warrior POV
Warrior POV
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
WWII in the Pacific
WWII in the Pacific
Black Crows
Black Crows
Bullet Points
Bullet Points
The Devil's Brigade
The Devil's Brigade
Cockroaches
Cockroaches
Land Girls
Land Girls
Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles
Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Ultimate Weapons
Ultimate Weapons
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Inside Special Ops
Inside Special Ops
Navy Divers
Navy Divers
Shadow Ops
Shadow Ops
War & Plunder: Battles that Shaped the World
War & Plunder: Battles that Shaped the World
World War II: The Last Heroes
World War II: The Last Heroes
Sea Power
Sea Power
Coast Guard Alaska
Coast Guard Alaska
Germany at War
Germany at War
The Fighting Season
The Fighting Season
The Sinking of the Laconia
The Sinking of the Laconia
Destiny Gameplay
Destiny Gameplay
Camp Leatherneck
Camp Leatherneck
The Search for Kennedy's PT 109
The Search for Kennedy's PT 109
Rise of Empires
Rise of Empires
Rouge
Rouge
Ancestral Land
Ancestral Land
The Color of War
The Color of War
WWI: The First Modern War
WWI: The First Modern War
Top Sniper
Top Sniper
Inside North Korea
Inside North Korea
Secret War
Secret War
The World at War: From Hitler to Hiroshima
The World at War: From Hitler to Hiroshima
I Remember Nelson
I Remember Nelson
Deadly Weapons
Deadly Weapons
World War II: Total War
World War II: Total War
The Great Indian Wars
The Great Indian Wars
World War 1 in Colour
World War 1 in Colour
21st Century War Machines
21st Century War Machines
Military Specials
Military Specials
Airforce
Airforce
Battle Ground: World War II
Battle Ground: World War II
Hitler and the Occult
Hitler and the Occult
AHC Presents
AHC Presents
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Israel: Birth of a Nation