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The Best Military TV Shows 

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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 and 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, 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 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
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Premiered: 2001

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII 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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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 69

Network: CBS

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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 251

Network: CBS

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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The Last Ship is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
AustinWilliams added Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin

Premiered: 2014

Network: TNT

The Last Ship 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 wipes out over ...more
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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
anik-ethan added Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 395

Network: CBS

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 investigations ...more
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The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
bojanthebest added Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: HBO

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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Strike Back is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Boudou1984 added Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester, Michelle Lukes

Premiered: 2010

Number of Episodes: 2

Network: Sky1

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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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner

Premiered: 1965

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 168

Network: CBS

Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner during WWII. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. Bob Crane starred as ...more
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JAG is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 227

Network: CBS, NBC

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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Combat! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert

Premiered: 1962

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 152

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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
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Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen

Premiered: 2008

Number of Episodes: 7

Network: HBO

This series 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 the ...more
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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 98

Network: NBC

The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army personnel who escape and, while still on the run from the army, ...more
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Black Sheep Squadron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Robert Conrad, Simon Oakland, Dana Elcar

Premiered: 1976

Network: NBC

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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SEAL Team is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Giulia Furlan added 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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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
anik-ethan added Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 257

Network: CBS

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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China Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 62

Network: American Broadcasting Company

China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during Vietnam. The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, which was nicknamed ...more
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McHale's Navy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway

Premiered: 1962

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 138

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Tour of Duty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Tony Becker

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 58

Network: CBS

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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 214

Network: Showtime, Syfy

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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The Rat Patrol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Christopher George, Gary Raymond, Eric Braeden

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 58

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 75

Network: Syfy

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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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
anik-ethan added Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: CBS

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 Brave is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Giulia Furlan added 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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The World at War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Laurence Olivier, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill

Premiered: 1973

Number of Episodes: 26

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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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Military TV Shows
Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 150

Network: CBS

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