Best War TV shows

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Best War TV shows
Best War TV shows
TOP TV Shows: Band of Brothers (2001), SEAL Team (2017), The Pacific (2010), Vikings (2013), Strike Back (2010), War and Remembrance (1988), Generation Kill (2008), Halo (2022), M*A*S*H (1972), Bomb Girls (2012), Home Fires (2015), The Underground Railroad (2021), World on Fire (2019), War & Peace (2016), Vikings: Valhalla (2022), TURN: Washington's Spies (2014), Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012), The Halcyon (2017), The Last Ship (2014), Manhattan (2014).

List of Best TV Shows

Band of Brothers (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 594 min.
TV show
Story: Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, heroic, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, military, soldier, sniper, battles, military life, combat, paratrooper, behind enemy lines, american soldier, nazi germany ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, france, austria, paris france ...
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 24K
SEAL Team (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: The lives of the elite Navy Seals as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask.
Style: captivating, suspense, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: swat team, military, u.s. military, soldier, terrorism, team, gunfight, friendship, strategy, investigation, psychologist, wound ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 109K
The Pacific (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 530 min.
TV show
Story: A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, battles, battlefield, soldier, navy, military, squad, marines, battle zone, peril, friends ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, okinawa, korea
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 507K
Vikings (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless ...
Style: heroic, exciting, atmospheric, captivating, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, norse mythology, king, battles, legends and myths, historical character, adventure, heroes, viking, leader, adventurer, tough heroes ...
Time: middle ages, 8th century, 9th century, 7th century
Place: scandinavia, europe, iceland
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 8.2
 31K
Strike Back (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The series follows John Porter, a former British Special Forces soldier, who is drafted back into service by Section 20, a fictional branch of the Secret Intelligence Service.
Style: heroic, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: swat team, soldier, mission, terrorist, top secret, heroes, daring rescue, heroic mission, teamwork, military, army, sergeant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, afghanistan, iraq, pakistan, africa ...
Is relevant ?
War and Remembrance (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 1620 min.
TV show
Story: War and Remembrance is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Herman Wouk. It is the sequel to highly successful The Winds of War.
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, serious, saga ...
Plot: war, world war two, soldier, battleship, behind enemy lines, german, massacre, d day, winston churchill, escapades, politics, survival ...
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, asia, europe, usa, pearl harbor ...
Is relevant ?
Generation Kill (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: Marines prepare to invade Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom; while the soldiers wait to receive their orders, they learn a Rolling Stone columnist will be embedded with them
Style: suspenseful, tense, disturbing, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iraq war, military, marines, soldier, anti war, war, military life, battles, courage, survival, behind enemy lines, invasion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 23K
Halo (2022)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Depicting an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, the series weaves deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
Style: exciting, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: space and aliens, war, alien, chase, outer space, game, soldier, alien monster, death, violence, evil alien, heroes ...
Time: future, distant future
Place: usa
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 8.4
 56K
M*A*S*H (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, ...
Style: sitcom, cynical, humorous, clever, realistic ...
Plot: military hospital, doctors and patients, friendship, surgery, military, military life, doctor, sergeant, anti war, captain, nurse, combat casualty ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: korea
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 4K
Bomb Girls (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Focusing on a group of women working in a munitions plant during World War II, this ensemble drama depicts the dangers and new experiences they face.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, stylized, tense
Audience: girls' night
Plot: wartime life, strong female presence, working woman, world war two, factory, life is a bitch, sexism, workplace, society, gender, accident, feminism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: canada
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 4K
Home Fires (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community with the shadow of World War II casting a dark cloud over their lives. As the conflict takes hold and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, psychological, touching
Plot: village, world war two, strong female presence, wartime life, social relations, life is a bitch, society, friends, female protagonist, village life, family relations, british ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: england, europe
Is relevant ?
The Underground Railroad (2021)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 593 min.
TV show
Story: Follow young Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and ...
Style: thought provoking, suspense, disturbing, serious
Plot: slavery, social misfits, white trash, black american, slave labor, society, social relations, life is a bitch, black hero, black people, black woman, emancipation
Is relevant ?
World on Fire (2019)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: The story of World War II told through the intertwining fates of ordinary people from all sides of this global conflict as they grapple with the effect of the war on their everyday lives.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, suspense, disturbing, psychological
Plot: world war two, soldier, singer, musician, wartime life, ordinary people, society, military life, military, german occupation, life is a bitch, wartime ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s
Place: manchester
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 23K
War & Peace (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 380 min.
TV show
Story: Sumptuous BBC mini-series following the fortunes and the rise and fall of five aristocratic families in the waning days of imperial Russia.
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, epic, emotional ...
Plot: aristocracy, love and romance, imperial russia, society, wartime life, love story, napoleonic wars, fall in love, war, life is a bitch, romance, tragic love ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
Is relevant ?
Vikings: Valhalla (2022)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: Dramatizes the legendary adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived – Leif Eriksson, Freydis Eriksdotter, Harald Hardrada and the Norman King William the Conqueror. These men and women will blaze a path as they fight for survival ...
Style: tense, breathtaking, exciting, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: viking, adventure, war, norse mythology, battles, warrior, heroes, survival, fight, sword, rivals, graphic violence ...
Time: 11th century
Place: scandinavia, europe
Is relevant ?
TURN: Washington's Spies (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american revolution, spy, army, historical character, colonial america, political unrest, rivalry, ambition, rebellion, undercover, treason, rebelliousness ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, connecticut
Is relevant ?
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
Story: Set against the backdrop of a UNSC military academy, a group of highborn cadets are training to be the next generation of soldiers in the UNSC’s ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: invasion, space and aliens, heroes, evil alien, cadet, escapades, soldier, battles, alien invasion, power relations, behind enemy lines, basic training ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 3K
The Halcyon (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war.
Style: disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, psychological
Plot: hotel, world war two, aristocracy, manager, wartime, society, chef, hotel manager, bellhop, maid, chambermaid, gay ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england, london
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 7.5
 58K
The Last Ship (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Their mission is simple: Find a cure. Stop the virus. Save the world. When a global pandemic wipes out eighty percent of the planet's population, the crew of a lone naval destroyer must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction.
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: navy, battleship, apocalypse, chaos, military, save the world, deadly virus, heroes, pandemic, plague, survival, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 9K
Manhattan (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science with the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Flawed scientists and their families attempt to co-exist in a ...
Style: serious, clever, captivating, realistic, melancholic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: atomic bomb, world war two, laboratory, scientist, military base, inventions and discoveries, ambition, race against time, military, relationship vs career, power relations, workplace ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1943
Place: new mexico, usa
Is relevant ?
The Ten Commandments (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
TV show
Story: When an oracle prophesizes that a child will become Prince of Egypt, a time of danger approaches the kingdom. The Egyptian Pharaoh orders the massacre of all newborn males. But one child, Moses-the son of a Hebrew slave-escapes certain death when he ...
Style: biblical, serious, epic, exciting
Plot: bible, hopes, adventure, rescue, destiny, against the odds, human spirit, heroes, leadership, redemption, siblings relations, plague ...
Place: egypt, middle east, africa
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 2K
Warriors (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 175 min.
TV show
Story: If the conflict in Bosnia has become something of a forgotten war, it's not for the want of trying from the immensely powerful BBC film Warriors, the story of five young soldiers and their harrowing experiences in the region.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: war crime, bosnian war, genocide, atrocity, ethnic cleansing, state affairs, life is a bitch, military, against humanity, soldier, war, anti war ...
Place: bosnia herzegovina, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia
Is relevant ?
Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 290 min.
TV show
Story: Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, return to their neighboring homes to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments.
Style: tense, atmospheric, rough, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: civil war, american civil war, old west, violence spree, family relations, gunfight, rivalry, feud, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, post war, father son relationship ...
Time: 19th century, 1910s, 20th century, 1890s, 1880s ...
Place: west virginia, kentucky, usa
Is relevant ?
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 7.9
 2K
Bluestone 42 (2013)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Bluestone 42 is a comedy drama about a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan. So what’s the average working day for a hero? Make your keen young colleague deal with the boring paperwork? Wind up your fellow employees? Flirt with the new ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sitcom
Plot: bomb, military, army, military life, life risking, commander, squad, soldier, war in afghanistan, sergeant, verbal byplay, military base ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east
Is relevant ?
The Crimson Field (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, melancholic, suspenseful ...
Plot: nurse, military hospital, wartime life, friendship, army, world war one, lifesaver, love triangle, french, german, nursing, doctors and patients ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: france, europe
Is relevant ?
The Book of Negroes (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 265 min.
TV show
Story: Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia and treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the 19th century.
Style: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, american revolution, life is a bitch, racism, slavery, hopes, injustice, society, escapades, confined, master and servant, black woman ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: usa, south carolina
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 12K
SIX (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Action drama series inspired by the real missions of Navy SEAL Team Six.
Style: twists and turns, exciting, tense, captivating, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: navy, veteran, terrorism, military, swat team, crimes, adventure, heroes, violence, friendship, betrayal, multiple storylines ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, afghanistan
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 8K
Army Wives (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Army Wives is an American drama series that follows the lives of four army wives, one army husband, and their families.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: military life, family relations, family life, best friends, couples, marital problem, social relations, love and romance, lifestyle, soldier, infidelity, military base ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, south carolina
Is relevant ?
The Good Lord Bird (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 335 min.
TV show
Story: Enslaved teenager Henry Shackleford, aka Little Onion, becomes a member in abolitionist John Brown’s motley family during the Bleeding Kansas era before the Civil War.
Style: suspense, disturbing, captivating, tense, humorous
Plot: abolitionist, slavery, civil war, fight for supremacy, slave, battles, wartime, fighting the system, civil rights, fight, murder, public execution ...
Place: america
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 22K
The Unit (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A covert team of special forces operatives risk their lives on undercover missions around the globe, while their wives maintain the homefront, protecting their husbands' secrets.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, heroic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: squad, terrorism, top secret, military, veteran, army, terrorist, swat team, marital problem, sergeant, marriage, sacrifice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east
Is relevant ?
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