The best military and war drama shows offer stories about real, historical, battles. The best military drama series ever shown on television bring the human and emotional elements into the forefront. If you’ve been looking for the best military and war dramas, this list will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.
Most military and war TV series are also dramas - battles and conflict are a fraught and emotional thing that weighs heavily on the people involved. Shows like Band of Brothers and Resistance are period dramas that tell the stories of people directly involved in historical conflicts. Other shows are about the people left behind, such as Bomb Girls and Home Fires. Not all military dramas are about historical battles, some are simply about the people who are members of the army or special forces teams and how their jobs in the military affect their lives and interactions.
Which shows handle the emotion of conflict the best? Vote up the best war and military drama shows, vote down the shows that don't convey the emotion of war well, and add any dramatic military series that are missing. And if you love these series, check out our list of military shows.
The story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army.
- Premiered: September 9, 2001
The intertwined journeys of three U.S. Marines in World War II.
- Premiered: March 14, 2010
Army surgeons blow off steam between hours of combat surgery.
- Premiered: September 17, 1972
A group of U.S. Marines is part of the first wave of the Iraq war.
- Premiered: July 13, 2008
Tour of Duty is an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from September 1987 to April 1990 as 58 one-hour episodes. The show was created by Steve Duncan and L. Travis ...more
- Premiered: September 24, 1987
The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes.
- Premiered: March 3, 2013
Combat! is an American television program that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967. The show covered the grim lives of a squad of American soldiers fighting the Germans in France during ...more
- Premiered: October 2, 1962
Black Sheep Squadron is the 2-hour pilot film for the TV adventure series Baa Baa Black Sheep. Robert Conrad stars as real-life World War II ace Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. Ever at odds with his ...more
- Premiered: 1976
The Rat Patrol is an American action and adventure television series that aired on ABC between 1966 and 1968. The show follows the exploits of four Allied soldiers — three Americans and one ...more
- Premiered: September 12, 1966
Das Boot (Sky plc, 2018) is a German historical drama television series based on the Lothar-Günther Buchheim's 1973 book of the same name and as a sequel to the 1981 German film of the same name. Set ...more
- Premiered: November 23, 2018
An enigmatic detective works on the South Coast during World War II.
- Premiered: November 3, 2002
Childhood friends come together to form the Culper Ring, which is a group of America's first spies.
- Premiered: April 6, 2014
Special forces operatives tackle missions around the world.
- Premiered: March 7, 2006
Tokyo Trial (NHK, 2017) is a Japanese drama mini-series. In the wake of World War II, 11 Allied judges are tasked with weighing the fates of Japanese war criminals in a tense international trial.
- Premiered: December 12, 2016
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years is an 8-part 1981 drama serial based on the life of Winston Churchill, and particularly his years in enforced exile from political position during the 1920s ...more
- Premiered: September 6, 1981
A tight-knit unit of Navy SEALs trains, plans and executes dangerous, high-stakes missions.
- Premiered: September 27, 2017
U.S. Army officer Felix "Shotgun" Sparks and his infantry unit fight to liberate Europe.
- Premiered: November 11, 2020
The 2004 ambush on a U.S. platoon in Sadr City, Baghdad, that came to be known as Black Sunday.
- Premiered: November 7, 2017
From Here to Eternity was short-lived dramatic television series that aired in 1980. It was a spinoff of the successful 1979 miniseries of the same title. The series featured most of the cast members ...more
- Premiered: 1979
A Family At War is a British drama series that aired on ITV from 1970 to 1972. It was created by John Finch and made by Granada Television for ITV. The director was David Giles. The series examined ...more
- Premiered: 1970
German occupation of the Channel Islands.
- Premiered: July 11, 2004
Scientists -- and their families -- navigate a world where secrets and lies are a way of life.
- Premiered: July 27, 2014
Oppenheimer is a television miniseries about J. Robert Oppenheimer, produced by the BBC. It was broadcast in the United Kingdom on 29 October 1980 and in the United States on 11 May 1982. The series ...more
- Premiered: 1980
Young combatants are thrust into Israel's 1973 Yom Kippur War.
- Premiered: November 12, 2020
The women caught up in the King of England's battle for the throne during 1464.
- Premiered: June 16, 2013