Favorite Military-Themed TV shows for Military Families

Throughout the years televisions has been able to capture our favorite moments, make us laugh, and even teach us a thing or two. Military themed shows are no different. There have been sitcoms that make us laugh out loud about fanatical military generals who trick the “bad guys” and win their battles, to the drama of an army wife who goes through everything and more for their husband fighting in a war, to the legality of a lawyer demanding justice for a war crime. Whatever it is, here is a synopsis of some of the best shows that have captured the moment of a military service member.


 One of the most popular military themed televisions of all time would have to be M*A*S*H*. Inspired by a novel and the movie, this sitcom follows a team of doctors and its staff based at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in UijeongbuSouth Korea. It takes place during the Korean War and covered a three year span of the war’s conflict. The series started in 1972 and lasted for 11 seasons, with its finale being the most watched television episode in the U.S. Much of the show took its liberties, but many of the underlying storylines were true stories of real-life MASH surgeons.


Hogan’s Heroes was another military based sitcom, which was set in a fictional German prisoner of war camp during World War II. However, in this show, the prisoners of war used this camp as a base and ran their operations from it. Using this tactic they could work against the Nazis with all of the espionage they could gather and sabotage them. Colonel Hogan routinely ticked the camp commandant and manipulated him into actually helping out the POWs, therefore the humor in the program. The award winning show ran from 1965-1971.


McHale’s Navy ran aired from 1962 to 1966, in black and white. The location for this series was the Pacific theater of World War II and the crew of torpedo boat, PT-73. Originally a one hour drama called Seven against the Sea, Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale and his crew gained a series of their escapades. After the island they were stationed on, Taratupa, was heavily bombed by the Japanese, the base was destroyed. Only 18 men remained to take refuge on the island and go into hiding. They befriend the natives, and McHale must keep them under control. While still being watching and under attack, McHale faces these problems, among others.


JAG is a more recent drama, airing from 1995 to 2005. It is the only television show to be endorsed by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Navy. The U.S. Department of Defense actually thought the show to be a positive influence on the nation and gave producers access to military installations and equipment in order to film correctly. Many episodes feature scenes aboard real U.S. Navy ships. The show is a legal-action drama that depicts the real military life, along with the application of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and international law. It incorporates real military storylines, such as the events of September 11. 2001.


Army Wives is a very popular show that follows the lives of four army wives, their families, and their husband who is in the army. Based on the non-fiction book, Under the Sabers, the series shows the difficulties the people left behind go through when their husband is in the army. They face things such as deployments, adultery, rumors, a hostage situation, a pregnancy alone, a husband’s anger management issues developed in the war, and much more. Lifetime premiered the show in 2007, with the network’s largest premiere in 23 years. The fourth season has just been announced. 

This article was written by Eric Kandell, owner of LowVARates.com and proud supporter of ProtectOurTroops, which helps makehome security a reality for as many military families as possible.

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