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.
Premiered: 2001Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E.... more
Premiered: 2010The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies,... more
Premiered: 2008This series is a British-American seven-part television miniseries produced for HBO, based on... more
Premiered: 1972M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970... more
Premiered: 1987Tour of Duty is an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from... more
Premiered: 1962Combat! is an American television program that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967.... more
Premiered: 2017SEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the... more
Premiered: 2013Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A... more
VietnamNicole Kidman, John Polson
Premiered: 1987Vietnam is a (1987) Australian TV mini-series.... more
Premiered: 2006The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focused on a top-secret military... more
Premiered: 1966The Rat Patrol is an American action and adventure television series that aired on ABC between... more
Premiered: 2014TURN: Washington's Spies is a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies:... more
Premiered: 2014Manhattan is an American television series that premiered on July 27, 2014, on WGN America. It... more
Premiered: 2002This series is a British detective drama television series set during and shortly after WWII,... more
Premiered: 1976Black Sheep Squadron is the 2-hour pilot film for the TV adventure series Baa Baa Black Sheep.... more
Premiered: 2017The Brave (NBC, 2017) is an American drama series with showrunners Matt Corman and Chris Ord.... more
Premiered: 1982We'll Meet Again is a British television drama set in the Second World War. It was produced by... more
Premiered: 2010The Pillars of the Earth (Starz, 2010) is an eight-part TV miniseries based on the 1989 novel... more
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness YearsRobert Hardy, Tim Pigott-Smith
Premiered: 1981Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years is an 8-part 1981 drama serial based on the life of... more
Premiered: 2018Das Boot (Sky plc, 2018) is a German historical drama television series based on the... more
CasablancaRay Liotta, David Soul
Premiered: 1983Casablanca was a TV program released on 3 April 1983....
OppenheimerSam Waterston, David Suchet
Premiered: 1980Oppenheimer is a television miniseries about J. Robert Oppenheimer, produced by the BBC. It... more
By the Sword DividedBy the Sword Divided is a British television series produced by the BBC between 1983 and... more
Premiered: 2019The Code (CBS, 2019) is an American drama TV series. The military's brightest minds take on... more
Premiered: 2013The White Queen (BBC One, 2013) is a British historical drama television miniseries based on... more