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The Best Military TV Shows

Updated February 4, 2021 53.1k votes 12.0k voters 829.8k views68 items

List RulesLive-action shows that have stories centered primarily around the military and military characters only.

From dramatic to darkly comedic, these are the very best military shows on television, ranked from best to worst. Popular military TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the best military show of all time is. Don't let your favorite military television programs fall to the bottom of the list and be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot, whether they're a military drama or a show that follows special ops.

Everything from M.A.S.H. to Band of Brothers, most of the shows in the NCIS universe, and even that old standby of military sitcoms, Hogan's Heroes, is included on this list. There are lots of military shows on TV—new army TV shows, and old armed forces series—so checking out this ranked list will help you decide which to watch... maybe during your next Netflix binge?

What is the best military show of all time? What are the greatest military shows? From Army TV shows to Navy TV shows and any other division of military shows you can think of, it's time to vote for the best of the best!

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  • Band of Brothers1
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    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2001

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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  • SEAL Team2
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    SEAL Team

    David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot

    Premiered2017

    NetworkCBS

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    #7 of 48 The Best New CBS TV Shows of the Last Few Years#15 of 56 The Best Drama TV Shows Airing Now

  • The Unit3
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    The Unit

    Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor

    Premiered2006

    NetworkCBS

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    #115 of 253 The Best TV Shows Streaming On Hulu#61 of 119 The Best TV Shows That Never Got a Real Finale

  • M*A*S*H4
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

    NetworkCBS

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    #3 of 43 The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons#27 of 98 The Best Dramedy TV Series

  • The Pacific5
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    The Pacific

    Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

    Premiered2010

    NetworkHBO

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    #12 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time#31 of 102 The Best HBO Original Series

  • Combat!6
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    Combat!

    Vic Morrow, Rick Jason

    Premiered1962

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    #596 of 640 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch#22 of 44 The Best ABC Dramas of All Time

  • The Last Ship7
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    The Last Ship

    Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra

    Premiered2014

    NetworkTNT

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  • The Brave8
    802
    150

    The Brave

    Mike Vogel, Anne Heche

    Premiered2017

    NetworkNBC

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  • NCIS9
    1,496
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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

    NetworkCBS

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  • Strike Back10
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    Strike Back

    Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester

    Premiered2010

    NetworkSky1

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  • The A-Team11
    670
    452

    The A-Team

    George Peppard, Mr. T

    Premiered1983

    NetworkNBC

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    #73 of 266 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time#27 of 64 The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

  • Hogan's Heroes12
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    Hogan's Heroes

    Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer

    Premiered1965

    NetworkCBS

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    #97 of 140 The Worst TV Series Finales Ever#21 of 78 The Best CBS Shows of All Time

  • JAG13
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    JAG

    David James Elliott, Catherine Bell

    Premiered1995

    NetworkCBS, NBC

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    #218 of 339 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years#223 of 508 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

  • China Beach14
    479
    315

    China Beach

    Dana Delany, Michael Boatman

    Premiered1988

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    #281 of 538 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time#61 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

  • Tour of Duty15
    638
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    Tour of Duty

    Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey

    Premiered1987

    NetworkCBS

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    #33 of 50 The Best 1980s Action TV Series#24 of 56 The Greatest Period TV Shows Set in the 1960s

  • Jack Ryan16
    441
    70

    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    NetworkAmazon Video

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  • Black Sheep Squadron17
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    Black Sheep Squadron

    Robert Conrad, Simon Oakland

    Premiered1976

    NetworkNBC

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  • The Rat Patrol18
    458
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    The Rat Patrol

    Christopher George, Gary Raymond

    Premiered1966

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    #76 of 98 The Best Action TV Series Of All Time#11 of 55 The Best War Drama Series Ever Made

  • Six19
    605
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    Six

    Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid

    Premiered2017

    NetworkHistory

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  • McHale's Navy20
    473
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    McHale's Navy

    Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn

    Premiered1962

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    #141 of 288 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#34 of 59 The Best ABC Comedies of All Time

  • Valor21
    220
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    Valor

    Matt Barr, Christina Ochoa

    Premiered2017

    NetworkCW

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  • The World at War22
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    The World at War

    Laurence Olivier, Adolf Hitler

    Premiered1973

    NetworkITV

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    #29 of 281 The Best Documentary Series & TV Shows#4 of 31 The Best British War Series Ever Made

  • Generation Kill23
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    Generation Kill

    Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone

    Premiered2008

    NetworkHBO

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    #293 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#30 of 52 The Best HBO Dramas of All Time

  • Mail Call24
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    Mail Call

    R. Lee Ermey

    Premiered2002

    NetworkThe History Channel

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  • Twelve O'Clock High25
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    Twelve O'Clock High

    Frank Overton, Paul Burke

    Premiered1964

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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