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The cases of Harmon Rabb, former Navy fighter pilot, and his fellow lawyers of the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's office.
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Series cast summary:
David James Elliott ...  Harmon Rabb, Jr. / ... 227 episodes, 1995-2005
Patrick Labyorteaux ...  Bud Roberts, Jr. / ... 208 episodes, 1995-2005
Catherine Bell ...  Sarah MacKenzie / ... 206 episodes, 1996-2005
John M. Jackson ...  A.J. Chegwidden / ... 189 episodes, 1996-2005
Karri Turner ...  Lt. Harriet Sims / ... 112 episodes, 1997-2005
Chuck Carrington ...  Jason Tiner / ... 99 episodes, 1997-2003


Commander Harmon Rabb, Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie are JAG lawyers, who together investigate and litigate crimes committed by Navy and Marine personnel. Occasionally, they engage in adventurous activities in order to solve their cases. With Rabb's fighter pilot background, and MacKenzie's good looks, they are a hot team both in and out of the courtroom. Written by Brian Michael <ford1989@hotmail.com>

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The defense never rests.


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In seasons 2 and 3,the opening credits begin with a commentary, which explains that Rabb was originally an F-14 Tomcat pilot, and crashed during heavy seas, and after being diagnosed with night blindness, he joined JAG. The very first time this commentary is given JAG: We the People (1997) which was the first episode of season 2, Major MacKenzie is not mentioned. See more »


Throughout the series ships' crews wore their covers, whether they be ball caps or dress covers, while aboard ship. Navy regulations require covers to be removed by all personnel while inside a ship or a building. On a carrier when out at sea, indoors or out, covers are removed. If a cover flew off on the flight deck it could damage the engine of an aircraft. See more »


Narrator: Following in his father's footsteps as a Naval aviator, Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rabb Jr. suffered a crash while landing his Tomcat on a storm-tossed carrier at sea. Diagnosed with night blindness, Harm transferred to the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps, which investigates, defends and prosecutes the law of the sea. There, with fellow JAG lawyer Major Sarah MacKenzie, he now fights in and out of the courtroom with the same daring and tenacity that made him a top gun in the air.
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The episodes "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" were heavily edited and merged into a one-hour _"Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (2003)_ pseudo-episode called "Navy N.C.I.S.: The Beginning". See more »


Referenced in NCIS: Dark Secrets (2018) See more »


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Military coutroom drama in which two officers investigating and litigating crimes committed by Navy and Marine personnel.
29 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Decent series created by Donald P. Bellisario, Dana Coen, Stephen Zito , it was produced by by NBC , but due to low ratings , it was left , then it was picked up by CBS , it became a success soon afterwards. Being on the air for ten seasons, and two hundred twenty-seven episodes . It deals with the cases of Harmon Rabb (David James Elliott) , former Navy fighter pilot, as he was originally an F-14 Tomcat pilot , and crashed during heavy seas, and after being diagnosed with night blindness, he joined JAG . He is accompanied by Lt. Sarah Mackenzie (Catherine Bell) and other fellow (Patrick Labyorteaux , his wife Karri Turner , Scott Lawrence , among others) lawyers and assistants of the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's office , and in their twisted cases they intervine as defender lawyers or prosecutors . They work under direct orders of A.J. Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) and Major General Gordon Biff Cresswell (David Andrews) . In every episode Rabb and Lt. MacKenzie have new cases to resolve. As their defense never rests and occasionally, they engage into dangerous missions , and risked adventures especially in Iraq and Afganisthan . All of them investigate and litigate crimes and misdemeanours committed by Navy and Marine personnel .

Good but overlong series in which two officers carry on the trial cases , at the same time they become involved into adventurous activities in order to solve them . They form a charming and enticing hot team , both in and out of the courtroom. ¨JAG" stands for "Judge Advocate General". The office of JAG , is a part of the Navy, which according to their official website "provides legal and policy advice to the Secretary of the Navy in all legal matters concerning military justice, administrative law, environmental law, ethics, claims, admiralty, operational and international law, litigation and legal assistance . In many episodes, the screen types out the location and 'zulu' time. 'zulu' time is the same as Gmt and is five hours ahead of Falls Church, Virginia time .It stars Commander Harmon Rabb, Jr. : David James Elliot and Lieutenant Colonel Sarah Mackenzie : Catherine Bell , they are JAG lawyers, both of them deliver the necessary as well as enjoyable chemical and interweave good looks to get a nice show . David James Elliot (227 episodes, 1995-2005) plays Harmon Rabb, Jr. who at the beginning used to be a fighter pilot until he and his co-pilot were in an accident , from then, he became a Jag . As a Jag he was a hard-working Lieutenant , by the time the series ended, he was promoted to Captain, and was being transferred to London. David James Elliot gives an agreeable acting , he shows up in every chapter of Jag , he is the only regular cast member to appear in all episodes. His partenaire the attractive Catherine Bell (206 episodes, 1996-2005) who is very fine as Lieutenant Colonel Mackenzie , she investigates and defends complex criminal cases and she has to choose in love either the attractive wealthy Lt. Cmdr. Mic Brumby : Trevor Goddard and his faithful and good friend Harmon Rabb: David James Elliot . For the aerial scenes and others about airport bases and planes was used footage from known Paramount films as Top Gun , Hunt of Red October , Flight of the Intruder , Crimson tide , and Clear and present danger . And a lot of their submarine and underwater footage is from either or both the movies The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Crimson Tide (1995).

Here appears important secondaries as Patrick Labyorteaux as officer Bud Roberts, Jr who lost his right leg in a mine accident , his wife Lt. Harriet Sims performed by Karri Turner with whom has various children , Zoe McLellan playing Jennifer Coates , Chuck Carrington as Jason Tiner , Randy Vasquez as Gunnery Sgt. Victor ¨Gunny¨ Galindo . And other notable secondaries appearing here and there include the following ones : Sean Murray, Muse Watson, Terry O'Quinn, Steven Culp, Michael Bellisario, Joe Spano , Tracy Nedham , Anne-Marie Johnson , Isabella Hofmann , David Andrews , Mel Harris , among others . Rating . 6/10 . Acceptable and passable series but overlong . It had several Awards: it won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins and 17 nominations.

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