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