Top 50 War TV Shows
1. A Small Light (2023)
TV-14 | Biography, Drama, History
Follows the remarkable story of Miep Gies, a Dutch woman who risked her life to shelter Anne Frank's family from the Nazis for more than two years during World War II.
Stars: Bel Powley, Joe Cole, Amira Casar, Billie Boullet
2. Vikings (2013–2020)
TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore--and raid--the distant shores across the ocean.
Stars: Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Georgia Hirst
3. Rome (2005–2007)
TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon
4. Band of Brothers (2001)
TV-MA | 594 min | Drama, History, War
The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord to V-J Day.
Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor
5. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War
The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.
Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr
6. SEAL Team (2017– )
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, War
The lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions the United States of America can ask.
Stars: David Boreanaz, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks
7. The Tudors (2007–2010)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance
A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, James Frain
8. Halo (2022– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Aliens threaten human existence in an epic 26th-century showdown.
Stars: Pablo Schreiber, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray
9. Vikings: Valhalla (2022– )
TV-MA | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Follow-up series to 'Vikings' set 100 years later and focusing on the adventures of Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Hardrada, and the Norman King William the Conqueror.
Stars: Sam Corlett, Leo Suter, Frida Gustavsson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson
10. Rogue Heroes (2022–2024)
TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
SAS: Rogue Heroes charts the creation of the famed Special Forces unit. Based on the book by Ben Macintyre.
Stars: Connor Swindells, Jack O'Connell, Alfie Allen, Jacob Ifan
11. The Last Ship (2014–2018)
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth's population.
Stars: Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle
12. Foyle's War (2002–2015)
TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As WWII rages, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front; investigating crime on the south coast of England. Later series, see the retired detective working as an MI5 agent in the aftermath of the war.
Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Ellie Haddington
13. Masters of the Air (2023– )
Action, Drama, Thriller | Completed
Five miles above the earth and deep behind enemy lines, eleven men inside a bomber known as the "Flying Fortress" fight for their lives against swarms of enemy German fighters. As American ... See full summary »
Stars: Austin Butler, Barry Keoghan, Callum Turner, Anthony Boyle
14. 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
15. Das Boot (2018– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, War
An inexperienced U-boat crew has to survive a secret mission and a young German woman is torn between loyalty for her home country and the French resistance in the WWII drama.
Stars: Tom Wlaschiha, Franz Dinda, Rick Okon, Leonard Scheicher
16. Fallout (2023– )
Action, Adventure, Drama | Active
Adaptation of the video game set in a post apocalyptic America.
Stars: Mezi Atwood, Moises Arias, Aixa Kendrick, Ella Purnell
17. Strike Back (2010–2020)
TV-MA | 45 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions across the globe.
Stars: Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes, Daniel MacPherson
18. 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, Robert Clary
19. The White Queen (2013)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance
Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th-century England.
Stars: Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay
20. Generation Kill (2008)
TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, War
A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.
Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Jon Huertas
21. Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020–2022)
TV-MA | 44 min | Documentary, Drama, History
Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries.
Stars: Cem Yigit Uzümoglu, Tuba Büyüküstün, Alp Ilkman, Ushan Çakir
22. Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, History, Romance
Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War.
Stars: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger
23. All the Light We Cannot See (2023)
Drama, History, War | Post-production
The story of Marie-Laure, a blind French teenager, and Werner, a German soldier, whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Stars: Louis Hofmann, Lars Eidinger, Luna Wedler, Aria Mia Loberti
24. Roman Empire (2016–2019)
TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Chronicles some of the most famous leaders of the Roman Civilization.
Stars: Aaron Irvin, Corey Brennan, Jerry Toner, Steve West
25. Versailles (2015–2018)
TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.
Stars: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman
26. War & Peace (2016)
TV-14 | 380 min | Drama, History, Romance
As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.
Stars: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James, Adrian Edmondson
27. Six (2017–2018)
TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, History
Navy SEAL Team Six attempt to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan when they discover an American citizen working with the enemy.
Stars: Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Edwin Hodge
28. 'Allo 'Allo! (1982–1992)
45 min | Comedy, History, War
In France during World War II, René 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 René.
Stars: Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner
29. Roots (1977)
TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.
Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.
30. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.
Stars: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell
31. Army Wives (2007–2013)
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance, War
Four women and one man share the common bond of loving someone in the U.S. Army.
Stars: Brian McNamara, Wendy Davis, Catherine Bell, Sterling K. Brown
32. The World at War (1973–1974)
TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War
A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer, Anthony Eden
33. World on Fire (2019– )
TV-14 | 57 min | Drama, War
WWII drama centered on the lives of ordinary people affected by the war.
Stars: Lesley Manville, Jonah Hauer-King, Julia Brown, Zofia Wichlacz
34. The White Princess (2017)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance
Based on the Philippa Gregory book of the same name, the story of Elizabeth of York, the White Queen's daughter, and her marriage to the Lancaster victor, Henry VII.
Stars: Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson, Jacob Collins-Levy, Richard Dillane
35. Catherine the Great (2019)
TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life and times of the woman who reformed the Russian empire.
Stars: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Gina McKee, Kevin McNally
36. Manhattan (2014–2015)
TV-14 | 55 min | Drama, History, War
In 1943 Los Alamos, New Mexico, a team of government scientists is working on the top-secret Manhattan Project in a race to produce an atomic bomb before the Nazis. Meanwhile, their families adjust to life on the military base.
Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Chernus, Christopher Denham, Katja Herbers
37. Black Sheep Squadron (1976–1978)
Not Rated | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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
38. Sharpe (1993–2008)
TV-14 | Action, Adventure, Drama
A series of stories starring Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe, a fictional British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars as he fights both Napoleon's forces and the strong prejudice of British aristocracy.
Stars: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, John Tams, Jason Salkey
39. The Unit (2006–2009)
TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators.
Stars: Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson, Robert Patrick
40. The Vietnam War (2017)
TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War
A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.
Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, James Willbanks, Duong Van Mai Elliott
41. Mr. Sunshine (2018)
TV-MA | 80 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A young boy who ends up in the U.S. after the 1871 Shinmiyangyo incident returns to Korea at a historical turning point and falls for a noblewoman.
Stars: Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-Seok, Yo-Han Byun
42. Catch-22 (2019)
TV-MA | 45 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
Limited series adaptation of the classic Joseph Heller novel. Follows Captain John Yossarian and airmen in World War II.
Stars: Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Daniel David Stewart, Rafi Gavron
43. Rebellion (2016–2019)
TV-MA | 258 min | Drama, History, War
Rebellion is a five part serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland. The story is told from the perspectives of a group of fictional characters who live through the political events of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Stars: Michael Ford-FitzGerald, Jordanne Jones, Brian Gleeson, Jaelynne Wallace Ruane
44. Our Girl (2013–2020)
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Drama following the extraordinary adventures of female medics in the British Army.
Stars: Michelle Keegan, Sean Ward, Ben Aldridge, Rolan Bell
45. Combat! (1962–1967)
60 min | Action, Drama, War
Combat!, a one-hour World War II drama series, followed a front line American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe
Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan
46. TURN: Washington's Spies (2014–2017)
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, War
A Long Island farmer bands together a group of childhood friends to form an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence.
Stars: Jamie Bell, Heather Lind, Samuel Roukin, Daniel Henshall
47. Snowdrop (2021– )
TV-14 | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Adapted from the handwritten notes of a man who escaped from a political prison camp in North Korea, "Snowdrop" is set against the backdrop of the 1987 Democracy Movement in South Korea.
Stars: Jung Hae-in, Jisoo Kim, Yoo In-na, Harrison Xu
48. 86 (2021–2022)
TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Drama
The Republic of San Magnolia is at war with its neighboring country, the Empire of Giad. Both sides use unmanned drones to conduct a "war without casualties". The story follows Lena as she commands a squad of drones called the 86.
Stars: Suzie Yeung, Billy Kametz, Maureen Price, Shoya Chiba
49. China Beach (1988–1991)
120 min | Drama, History, War
The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.
Stars: Dana Delany, Marg Helgenberger, Brian Wimmer, Oliver Theess
50. War Sailor (2023)
TV-MA | 175 min | Drama, War
The sailor Alfred is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean when World War II breaks out. Suddenly the sailors are in the front of the war, without any weapons.
Stars: Ine Marie Wilmann, Pål Sverre Hagen, Kristoffer Joner, Alexandra Gjerpen