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

The very best military shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest military shows also includes pictures from the shows, when available. Popular military TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining military show of all time is. Don't let your favorite military television programs fall to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of military television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date when available.

Everything from M.A.S.H. to Band of Brothers, 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 top rated military shows you can think of, it's time to vote for the best of the best!
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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Band of Brothers Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
anik-ethan added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal ...more

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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
The Unit Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focused on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life U.S. Army special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force. The ...more

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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Hogan's Heroes Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. ...more

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The Last Ship is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
AustinWilliams added The Last Ship Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin The Last Ship (TNT, 2014) is an American action-drama television series created by Hank Steinberg and Steven L Kane, based on the 1988 novel by William Brinkley. After a global viral pandemic ...more

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The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
bojanthebest added The Pacific Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies, Playtone and DreamWorks that premiered in the United States on 14 March 2010. The series is a ...more

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Black Sheep Squadron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Black Sheep Squadron Robert Conrad, Simon Oakland, Dana Elcar 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 ...more

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
JAG David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux JAG is an American legal drama television show with a distinct U.S. Navy theme, created by Donald P. Bellisario, and produced by Belisarius Productions in association with Paramount Network ...more

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The Rat Patrol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
The Rat Patrol Christopher George, Gary Raymond, Eric Braeden 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

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Strike Back is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Boudou1984 added Strike Back Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester, Michelle Lukes Strike Back is a British/American action and military television series, based on a novel of the same name by novelist and former Special Air Service soldier Chris Ryan. The series follows the ...more

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Combat! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Combat! Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert 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

The Best Current Military TV Shows

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
anik-ethan added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more

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McHale's Navy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
McHale's Navy Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway McHale's Navy is an American sitcom that aired 138 half-hour episodes over four seasons, from October 11, 1962, to April 12, 1966, on the ABC network. The series was filmed in black and white ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more

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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
anik-ethan added NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan NCIS: New Orleans is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres that airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. It premiered on ...more

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
The A-Team George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who, after being imprisoned as war ...more

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Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Generation Kill Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen Generation Kill is a British-American seven-part television miniseries produced for HBO, based on the 2004 book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with ...more

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Last Resort is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
beernbugs added Last Resort Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts Revolves around the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine who, after ignoring an order to fire nuclear missiles, wind up being hunted and escape to a NATO outpost where they declare themselves to be ...more

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China Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
China Beach Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, which was ...more

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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American situation comedy that originally aired on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969. The series was a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show, and the pilot ...more

The Best 2010s Military TV Shows

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Twelve O'Clock High is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Twelve O'Clock High Frank Overton, Paul Burke, Chris Robinson 12 O'Clock High is an American drama series set in World War II. This TV series originally broadcast on ABC-TV for two-and-one-half TV seasons from September 18, 1964, through January 13, 1967; ...more

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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Star Trek: Enterprise Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek. The series premiered September 26, 2001, on the UPN television network with the final episode airing ...more

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Tour of Duty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Tour of Duty Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Tony Becker 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

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The World at War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
The World at War Laurence Olivier, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill The World at War is a 26-episode British television documentary series chronicling the events of the Second World War. At the time of its completion in 1973 it was the most expensive series ever ...more

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The Brave is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Giulia Furlan added The Brave Mike Vogel, Anne Heche, Demetrius Grosse The Brave (NBC, 2017) is an American drama series with showrunners Matt Corman and Chris Ord. Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) is Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency working with ...more

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Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Stargate Atlantis Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. The show was created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper ...more

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Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey R. Lee Ermey, Anthony De Longis, Gary Archer Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey was a reality television series about the development of military weaponry throughout the centuries. Hosted by actor and former U.S. Marine drill instructor R. Lee ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Brandon Schultz added Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Jericho Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of the fictionalized post-apocalyptic town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear ...more

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F Troop is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
F Troop Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry F Troop is a satirical American television sitcom about U.S. soldiers and American Indians in the Wild West during the 1860s that originally aired for two seasons on ABC-TV. It debuted in the ...more

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Army Wives is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Army Wives Wendy Davis, Catherine Bell, Brian McNamara Army Wives is an American drama television series that follows the lives of four army wives, one army husband, and their families. The series premiered on Lifetime on June 3, 2007. The show had ...more

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375. In contrast to the setting of ...more

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SEAL Team is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Giulia Furlan added SEAL Team David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré SEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the lives of elite Navy SEALs Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot) as they ...more

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Mail Call is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Mail Call R. Lee Ermey Mail Call was a television program that appeared on the History Channel and hosted by R. Lee Ermey, a retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant,. The show debuted on August 4, 2002 as ...more

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
chryssa-kout added Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Jose Lamas added Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more

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Ultimate Force is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Ultimate Force Ross Kemp, Miles Anderson, Christopher Fox Ultimate Force is a British television Action series that was shown on ITV, which deals with the activities of the fictional Red Troop of the SAS. The programme started on 16 September 2002 and ...more

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Major Dad is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Alan Michael added Major Dad Gerald McRaney, Matt Mulhern, Marisa Ryan Major Dad is an American sitcom created by Richard C. Okie and John G. Stephens, developed by Earl Pomerantz, that originally ran from 1989 to 1993 on CBS, starring Gerald McRaney as Major John ...more

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Combat Missions is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
gasrp1 added Combat Missions Rudy Boesch, Dexter Fletcher, Eric Johnson Combat Missions is a one-hour-long reality TV show produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by former Survivor castaway, Rudy Boesch, that aired from January to April in 2002 on the USA Network. It ...more

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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Brandon Schultz added Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more

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Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Sharpe Sarah Daykin, Alex Macqueen, Vicki Pepperdine Sharpe is a British series of historical war television dramas starring Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe, a fictional British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars. Sharpe is the hero of a number of novels ...more

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Six is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Hunter LeBaron added Six Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba Six (History, 2017) is an American television drama series created by William and David Broyles. The operations and daily lives of operators who are part of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare ...more

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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Gettysburg Framed by former President Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address, this documentary takes a hard look at the battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of the soldiers on either side of the ...more

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Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Stargate Universe Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith Stargate Universe is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. It follows the adventures of a present-day, multinational exploration ...more

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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Brandon Schultz added Star Trek: Voyager Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series, set in the Star Trek universe. The show takes place during the 2370s, and begins on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy, 75,000 ...more

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Victory at Sea is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Victory at Sea Leonard Graves, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chester W. Nimitz Victory at Sea is a documentary television series about warfare in general during World War II, and naval warfare in particular, as well as the use of industry in warfare. It was originally ...more

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Over There is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Over There Ana Ortiz, Josh Henderson, Brigid Brannagh Over There is an American action / drama / war television series co-created by Steven Bochco and Chris Gerolmo and produced by 20th Century Fox Television. It premiered in the United States on ...more

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The Phil Silvers Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
JayWeisburd added The Phil Silvers Show Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda, Julie Newmar The Phil Silvers Show, originally titled You'll Never Get Rich, was a sitcom which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959 for 142 episodes, plus a 1959 special. The series starred Phil Silvers as Master ...more