World War 2 / WWII TV Series

by L P | created - 06 Mar 2013 | updated - 06 Jun 2017 | Public

WWII related TV series [in no particular order]...

Missing:

"The Price of Peace" [Singapore, 1997]

"In Pursuit of Peace" [Singapore, 2001]

"Liang Jian" [China, 2005–2006]

"Cut the Devil's Head Off With the Dadao" ["Dàdāo xiàng guǐzi men de tóu shàng kǎn qù", 2006–2007, China]

"Meritorious" ["Gōngxūn", 2007, China]

"Nazitübbies" [2007, Denmark]

"Legend of Xiangxi" ["Xie Se Xiang Xi", 2007–2008, China]

"Soldiers Sortie" ["Shìbīng tújí", 2007–2012, China]

"My Brother Named Shun Liu" ["Wǒ De Xiōngdì Jiào Shùn Liū", 2009–?, China]

"My Chief and My Regiment" [我的团长我的团, 2009–2012, China]

"No Regrets", or "Rosy Business II" ["Gan Gwok Hiu Hung Zi Ji Hoi Hou Cing", 2010–2012, Hong Kong]

"Natasha" ["Wǒ de nàtǎshā", 2011, China]

"Soldier" ["Yong Shi Men", 2011, Taiwan]

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1. 'Allo 'Allo! (1982–1992)

45 min | Comedy, History, War

In France during World War II, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene.

Stars: Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner

Votes: 21,015

Highest recommendation for "WWII comedy" genre fans; Series 3 also highly recommended for unique blend of "POW, prison break/escape" and "WWII comedy" genre fans ["Hogan's Heroes", "Stalag 17", "Stalagluft", "Secret War of Harry Frigg", "Daddy, What Did You Do During the War", etc.]...

2. Combat! (1962–1967)

60 min | Action, Drama, War

Combat!, a one-hour World War II drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show ... See full summary »

Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan

Votes: 1,870

Dramatic-actioner with consistently excellent narratives and high production values; very highly recommended!

3. Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, War

The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders.

Stars: Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Richard Dawson

Votes: 6,975

Highly recommended for unique blend of "POW, prison break/escape" and "WWII comedy" genre fans ["Stalag 17", "Stalagluft", "Secret War of Harry Frigg", "Daddy, What Did You Do During the War", etc.]...

4. Operation Petticoat (1977–1979)

30 min | Comedy

It's hijinks on the high seas when a U.S. submarine has to take on a collection of female nurses. Somehow or another, the sub gets painted pink in the process.

Stars: Melinda Naud, Jim Varney, Richard Brestoff, John Astin

Votes: 150

Comedy spinoff of the motion picture film...

5. It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–1981)

30 min | Comedy, War

The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II.

Stars: Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes, Donald Hewlett, Don Estelle

Votes: 936

6. Roll Out (1973–1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, War

In an attempt to cash-in on the success of M*A*S*H, this rarely funny sitcom was stuck into the line-up. Loosely based upon the film "Red Ball Express"(1952) and set during WWII, "Roll Out"... See full summary »

Stars: Stu Gilliam, Hilly Hicks, Mel Stewart, Val Bisoglio

Votes: 25

"Red Ball Express" inspired dramedy [comedy-drama]; highly recommended, if you can find it [once a BET staple]...

7. The Rat Patrol (1966–1968)

30 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

The World War II North African missions of an Allied commando patrol squad of the Long Range Desert Group.

Stars: Christopher George, Gary Raymond, Eric Braeden, Lawrence P. Casey

Votes: 1,067

Highly inaccurate/implausible, but extremely entertaining fiction; recommended!

8. 12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)

60 min | Drama, War

This series chronicled the adventures, in the air and on the ground, of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Overton, Paul Burke, Chris Robinson, Robert Lansing

Votes: 759

Dramatic spinoff of the motion picture film...

9. McHale's Navy (1962–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, War

The misadventures of a misfit PT boat crew during World War II.

Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway, Carl Ballantine

Votes: 1,936

Highly recommended for "WWII comedy" genre fans; predominantly in South Pacific Theatre, but shifting to Italian Theatre in final season...; inspired two motion picture films [three if you include Tom Arnold's masterpiece!].

10. The Gallant Men (1962–1963)

60 min | Action, War, Drama

The 36th infantry is fighting its way through Italy under the spirited leadership of Captain Jim Benedict. His men include flirt D'Angelo, who carries his guitar along, plus pals Lucavich and Hanson. McKenna is the free wheeling Sergeant.

Stars: Robert McQueeney, William Reynolds, Robert Ridgely, Richard X. Slattery

Votes: 87

"Combat!", but on a tighter budget; highly recommended!

11. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 291,219

"Saving Private Ryan" inspired series, with consistently excellent fictional narrative and superb production values; highly recommended!

12. Foyle's War (2002–2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Later series sees the retired detective working as an MI5 agent operating in the aftermath of the war.

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 10,792

British homefront mystery series; highly recommended for British mystery genre fans!

13. Which Way to the War (1994 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

In the Western Desert of World War II, a party of British "Desert Rat" soldiers and a party of Australian soldiers are holed up in a remote building, when an ambulance of Italian "nurses" arrives.

Directors: Roy Gould, David Croft | Stars: William Tapley, Simon Baker, Terry John, Robert Hands

Series pilot; Single episode only; highly recommended for WWII fans [if you can find it]!

14. Spyforce (1971–1972)

50 min

Australian Intelligence Officers during World War 2.

Stars: Jack Thompson, Peter Sumner, Redmond Phillips, Katy Wild

Votes: 63

15. Mister Roberts (1965– )

30 min | Comedy

The final adaption of the popular book, play, and movie has Lt. Roberts being far from the war action while stationed on the Reluctant, a cargo ship. While trying to get transferred he must... See full summary »

Stars: Roger Smith, Steve Harmon, Richard X. Slattery, George Ives

Votes: 32

Comedy spinoff of the motion picture film...

16. The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965–1966)

60 min | Adventure, War, Comedy

In the spring of 1942, the New Zealand government presents the U.S. a 70-year-old wooden twin-masted schooner. The US military decides to use the ship to place spies ashore behind Japanese ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Warden, Gary Collins, Mike Kellin, Mark Slade

Votes: 128

Comedy spinoff of the motion picture film...

17. Das Boot (1985–1986)

TV-MA | 293 min | Drama, Thriller, War

A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war.

Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 18,144

Dramatic spinoff of the motion picture film...

18. Private Schulz (1981– )

300 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Time - WWII, the place - Germany. The Germans have a plan to destroy the British economy by flooding the country with forged £5 notes. Private Schultz is coerced into organizing a gang ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Elphick, Ian Richardson, Cyril Shaps, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 330

Highly recommended for WWII comedy fans!

19. Land Girls (2009–2011)

225 min | Drama

Follow the lives, loves and highs and lows of four members of the Women's Land Army who are working at the Hoxley Estate during World War II.

Stars: Becci Gemmell, Susan Cookson, Mark Benton, Mykola Allen

Votes: 1,787

Dramedy [comedy-drama] spinoff of the motion picture film...

20. Garrison's Gorillas (1967–1968)

60 min | Adventure, War, Drama

The adventures of a group of convicts recruited into the U.S. Army by the offer of a post-war parole. Commanded by West Point graduate, Lt. Garrison, the "Gorillas" function as commandos ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Harper, Cesare Danova, Brendon Boone, Christopher Cary

Votes: 247

Highly recommended!

21. Bomb Girls (2012– )

60 min | Drama, War

A drama about World War II women at work in a munitions factory.

Stars: Meg Tilly, Jodi Balfour, Charlotte Hegele, Ali Liebert

Votes: 3,594

Brilliant Canadian production of Canadian homefront series...

22. The Dirty Dozen (1988– )

45 min | Drama, War

The show follows the World War II exploits of a group of military prisoners turned soldiers. The soldiers were led by the tough as nails Lt. Danko who assigned each squad member a place ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Murphy, John Bradley, John D'Aquino, Mike Jolly

Votes: 91

Dramatic action spinoff of the motion picture film...

24. Wish Me Luck (1987–1990)

60 min | Drama, History, War

The Second World War experiences of brave women recruited as undercover agents behind enemy lines.

Stars: Jane Asher, Michael J. Jackson, Kate Buffery, Jane Snowden

Votes: 285

OES women in France; highly recommended!

25. Dad's Army (1968–1977)

30 min | Comedy, War

A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie

Votes: 4,534

British Home Army farce; highly recommended for British Comedy genre fans!

26. Broadside (1964–1965)

30 min | Comedy

Lt. Anne Morgan and her fellow Waves are posted to the backwater station on Ranakai, much to the displeasure of Commander Adrian. So his South Seas idyll, including gourmet cook, isn't disrupted has Adrian scheming to transfer the women.

Stars: Kathleen Nolan, Edward Andrews, Dick Sargent, Sheila James Kuehl

Votes: 29

"McHale's Navy" spinoff comedy series...; highly recommended for WWII comedy fans!

27. Un village français (2009–2017)

52 min | Drama

A French village and its inhabitants go through the ups and (mainly) downs of the occupation by the German army from 1940 to 1945. The village doctor is assigned as mayor, and confronted ... See full summary »

Stars: Robin Renucci, Audrey Fleurot, Thierry Godard, Marie Kremer

Votes: 675

28. Combat Sergeant (1956– )

30 min | War, Drama

It's North Africa in World War II and Gen. Harrison issues order to Sgt. Nelson to do all the right things vis-a-vis the Allies and the Germans. Romance sometimes entered as well.

Stars: Michael Thomas, Cliff Clark, Cliff Clark, Jan Arvan

Before "Combat!", "Rat Patrol", "Gallant Men", "Garrison's Gorillas" & "OSS", there was this seminal US series; highly recommended [if you can find it]!

29. Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–2016)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Mr Gary Sparrow is an ordinary bloke with an extraordinary life. By day, a very bored and uninspired TV repairman but by night, an accidental time traveler.

Stars: Nicholas Lyndhurst, Victor McGuire, Christopher Ettridge, Elizabeth Carling

Votes: 1,861

Excellent 'time bending' series...; highly recommended!

30. O.S.S. (1957–1958)

30 min | Drama, War

Frank Hawthorne is an agent in World War II's Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the U.S.'s spy agency. He operates behind German lines in France with the assistance of the French ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Randell, Lionel Murton, Robert Gallico, Max Faulkner

Votes: 16

31. Wonder Woman (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

Stars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil, Richard Eastham

Votes: 5,418

Only "Season 1" [likely the series' best] is set during WWII...recommended for campy fun!

32. A zori zdes tikhie (2005– )

Drama, War

Chinese TV-series in 20 episodes based in the eponymous book by 'Boris Vasilyev (I)'. Sergeant Vaskov (Sokolov) is stationed at remote artillery post in Russia during WWII. He is in charge ... See full summary »

Stars: Tatyana Ostap, Darya Charusha, Elena Maltseva, Aleksandra Teryaeva

Votes: 88

Dramatic series based on novel inspiring "The Dawns Here are Quiet" [1970 TV Movie] & "The Dawns Here are Quiet" [1972 Film]...

33. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 81,262

34. Convoy (1965– )

60 min | War, Drama

Civilian Captain Foster (the freighter "Flagship") and Commander Talbot (US Navy destroyer Escort "DD 181") are responsible for convoying ships across the Atlantic during World War II.

Stars: John Gavin, Horst Ebersberg, Michael Stanwood, Richard Angarola

Votes: 25

Dramatic series highly recommended for WWII merchant marine, navy, u-boat warfare fans!

35. Secret Army (1977–1979)

50 min | Drama, History, War

During World War II, a Belgian resistance movement called Lifeline, based in Brussels, organises the return of Allied airmen who have been shot down by the Luftwaffe to the United Kingdom.

Stars: Bernard Hepton, Angela Richards, Clifford Rose, Juliet Hammond

Votes: 909

36. Matador (1978–1982)

67 min | Drama

Mads Skjern arrives in the small Danish town of Korsbæk in 1929. Hans Christian Varnæs, manager of the town bank, refuses him a loan to set up a clothes shop. Instead he receives money ... See full summary »

Stars: Jørgen Buckhøj, Buster Larsen, Ghita Nørby, Malene Schwartz

Votes: 3,276

37. Piece of Cake (1988– )

312 min | Drama, War

Stories of the men of the RAF Hornet Squadron during the early days of World War II.

Stars: Neil Dudgeon, George Anton, Boyd Gaines, Jeremy Northam

Votes: 643

38. Alcoa Premiere (1961–1963)
Episode: Seven Against the Sea (1962)

60 min | Drama

A US Navy sailor must deal with the hardships of World War II - his name is Quinton McHale.

Director: Bernard Girard | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ernest Borgnine, William Bramley, Ron Foster

Votes: 10

Essentially the pilot for "McHale's Navy", with Borgnine debuting his 'McHale' character in a rather dramatic role...

39. Demob (1993– )

Comedy, Drama

Ian and Dick are two soldiers returning to peacetime Britain from WW2. They struggle to fit back into society, and get involved in various shady schemes.

Stars: Griff Rhys Jones, Martin Clunes, Amanda Redman, Samantha Womack

Votes: 54

40. Casablanca (1955– )

60 min | Drama

This was the first attempt by Warner Brothers to make the.movie classic into a.series. it was part of a revolving group of shows that included Kings Row on a show called Warner Brothers Presents.

Stars: Charles McGraw, Marcel Dalio, Dan Seymour, Michael Fox

Votes: 39

Dramatic spinoff of the motion picture film [first attempt]...

41. Black Sheep Squadron (1976–1978)

60 min | Action, War, Adventure

The dramatized World War II adventures of U.S. Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington and his U.S. Marine Attack Squadron 214, (The Black Sheep Squadron).

Stars: Robert Conrad, Simon Oakland, Dana Elcar, Dirk Blocker

Votes: 1,800

Highly recommended for WWII Marine Corps aviation fans!

43. Changi (2001)

Drama, Music, Romance

Changi follows the story of six young Australian mates who go to war. They land in Singapore in 1942, just in time for the surrender. They are marched off to Changi prison camp along with ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Curry, Leon Ford, Anthony Hayes, Matthew Newton

Votes: 351

Highly recommended for POW, prison break/escape genre fans...

45. War and Remembrance (1988– )

1,620 min | Drama, War

The trials of the Henry and the Jastrow families amidst the events after the U.S.'s entry into World War II.

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Seymour, Hart Bochner, Victoria Tennant

Votes: 2,127

46. 1942 (2011– )

44 min | War

Early in the Spring of 1942 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. In the forests of Russia, the partisans try to survive the winter. They have very little to do so. Gregory, The Fly and a ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Abramov, Johannes Gabriel, Olga Oleksiy, Sergey Romanyuk

Votes: 10

47. The Cowra Breakout (1984)

50 min | Action, Drama, War

In August 1944, 1104 Japanese prisoners of war at the Australian POW camp at Cowra stage a mass breakout. Four guards are killed in the escape, and 231 prisoners die by wounds sustained or ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan David Lee, Dennis Miller, Andrew Lloyde, Tony Barry

Votes: 96

Highly recommended for POW, prison break/escape genre fans...

48. Pearl (1978)

278 min | Drama, Romance, War

The lives of several personnel and residents at and around the Pearl Harbor naval base are changed forever on December 6, 1941.

Stars: Angie Dickinson, Dennis Weaver, Robert Wagner, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 159

49. Blue Light (1966– )

30 min | Drama, War

An American correspondent pretends to go over to the Nazis in World War II but is instead working for the officially neutral United States against Hitler.

Stars: Robert Goulet, Christine Carère, John Van Dreelen, Eva Pflug

Votes: 61

50. Casablanca (1983)

60 min | Drama, History, War

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