World War 2 / WWII TV Series

by LlllPppp | created - 06 Mar 2013 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

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


"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: 24,098

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, followed a front line American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe

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

Votes: 2,381

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: 9,126

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, War

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: 205

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: 1,324

6. Roll Out (1973–1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, War

Drivers and the other largely African-American staff at the U.S. Third Army's Red Ball Express during WWII try to squeeze in a life and a few laughs dealing with the Army and being thousands of miles from hometowns and families.

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

Votes: 31

"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, Adventure, Drama

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: 1,522

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

8. 12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)

60 min | Drama, War

A WWII, squadron commander must fill the shoes of his predecessor and get the performance rating up to snuff. He struggles with his own men, until he is able to develop pride in the squadron and win the men over, but at a cost to him.

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

Votes: 993

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: 2,546

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: 118

"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: 392,496

"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 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

Votes: 13,292

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 | Drama, Thriller, War

Australian Intelligence Officers during World War 2.

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

Votes: 80

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: 41

Comedy spinoff of the motion picture film...

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

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

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: 162

Comedy spinoff of the motion picture film...

17. Das Boot (1985–1987)

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: 27,449

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: 378

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: 2,843

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

20. Garrison's Gorillas (1967–1968)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, War

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: 294

Highly recommended!

21. Bomb Girls (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, War

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

Stars: Meg Tilly, Jodi Balfour, Charlotte Hegele, Antonio Cupo

Votes: 4,083

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: 154

Dramatic action spinoff of the motion picture film...

23. P.O.W. (2003)

48 min | Drama

Flight Sergeant James Caddon is captured when his plane is shot down on a bombing raid. He is taken to the P.O.W. camp Stalag 39, where he discovers a daring escape is already being planned.

Stars: James D'Arcy, Anatole Taubman, Ewan Stewart, Shaun Dooley

Votes: 140

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: 343

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: 5,850

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, who schemes to transfer the women to keep from disrupting his South Seas idyll, including gourmet cook.

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

Votes: 36

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

27. Un village français (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 52 min | Drama

Traces the experiences of various residents of a fictional small village just inside the occupation zone during WW II. Deals with issues such as collaboration, the resistance, the fate of French Jews, and war profiteering, among others.

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

Votes: 1,236

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, Dennis Dengate

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

British sitcom in which an unhappily married man discovers he can time travel back to 1940s war-torn London where he masquerades as an MI5 agent and part-time songwriter whilst courting the local barmaid.

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

Votes: 2,516

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 (O.S.S.), 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: 21

31. Wonder Woman (1975–1979)

TV-G | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

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

Votes: 7,517

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: 128

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: 103,140

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: 34

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: 1,161

36. Matador (1978–1982)

67 min | Drama

A man comes to Korsbæk, Denmark, in 1929, opens a women's clothing store in competition with an established one - bringing him up against the conservative establishment including the bank manager. We follow the families until after WWII.

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

Votes: 4,233

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: 705

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: 13

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: 64

40. Casablanca (1955– )

60 min | Drama

This was the first attempt by Warner Brothers to make 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: 49

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

41. 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

Votes: 2,504

Highly recommended for WWII Marine Corps aviation fans!

43. Changi (2001)

Drama, Music, Romance

A six-part miniseries which follows six young Australians who go to war, full of confidence and bravado. They land in Singapore in 1942, just in time for surrender. With 15,000 others, they... See full summary »

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

Votes: 374

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