JAG (season 1)

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JAG (season 1)
Starring David James Elliott
Tracey Needham
Andrea Parker
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network NBC
Original release September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23) – May 22, 1996 (1996-05-22)
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List of JAG episodes

The first season of JAG premiered on NBC on September 23, 1995, and concluded on May 22, 1996. The season, starring David James Elliott and Tracey Needham, was produced by Belisarius Productions in association with NBC Productions.


"Dramatic, action adventure programming has all but disappeared from the airwaves. I don't do sitcoms; I don't do urban neurotic dramas. I created JAG because it's the kind of television I like to watch. Besides that, I served four years in the Marine Corps and remain fascinated by the military's code of ethics—God, duty, honor, country—and how, in these rapidly changing times, it still survives. That's what Harm and Mac, and JAG as a whole, represent."

Donald P. Bellisario on creating JAG[1]

Lieutenant Harmon Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott), a former aviator, is employed by the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps, the elite legal division of the United States Navy. In Washington, D.C., Harm is partnered with Lieutenant Meg Austin (Tracey Needham), a junior officer with drive and determination. Together, Harm and Meg work alongside Commander Alison Krennick (Andrea Thompson), Admiral A.J. Chegwidden (John M. Jackson), Ensign Bud Roberts (Patrick Labyorteaux), and Lieutenant Caitlin Pike (Andrea Parker), as they prosecute and defend the laws of the sea. This season, the team investigate the murder of a female fighter pilot ("A New Life"), the death of a civilian contractor ("Shadow"), a training mishap ("Desert Son"), serial killings at a cemetery ("Déjà Vu"), and a murder at a Peruvian embassy ("War Cries"). Also this season, Harm suffers personal losses when his best friend ("Pilot Error") and girlfriend ("Skeleton Crew") are both killed, Meg faces death when she is critically wounded by an assassin ("Hemlock"), and Harm is promoted to Lieutenant Commander ("Defensive Action").


In Spring 1996, NBC announced that they were not commissioning JAG for a second season. Donald P. Bellisario states that he had already received offers from CBS and ABC to pick up the series.[2] Bellisario also credits the cancellation with allowing him to create "the show he'd always wanted to make", as NBC had "wanted action, and [he had] wanted a mix of legal [drama] and action".[3]

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No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1-2 1-2 "A New Life" Donald P. Bellisario Donald P. Bellisario September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23) 001/002
When the body of a female F-14 fighter pilot is found floating in the Mediterranean, Judge Advocate General Albert Brovo partners young Lieutenant Harmon Rabb with Lieutenant Caitlin Pike with the two being sent to the U.S.S. Seahawk where they must find out whether her death was intentional or accidental.
3 3 "Shadow" Donald P. Bellisario Donald P. Bellisario September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30) 003
Following the reassignment of Caitlin Pike, Harm is partnered with Meg Austin, a Lieutenant JG with a phobia of enclosed spaces. Their first case together is the hijacking of an experimental torpedo by a civilian contractor. Together, they must try and trick the captor into deactivating the missile himself.
4 4 "Desert Son" Joe Napolitano Teleplay: Donald P. Bellisario, Robert Crais and Evan Katz
Story: Robert Crais
October 7, 1995 (1995-10-07) 005
Harm and Meg are called to investigate when the son of a former Commandant in the United States Marine Corps is accused of negligence that left several marines injured during a training exercise. The case becomes more complex when the son confesses, but Harm doubts his guilt.
5 5 "Déjà Vu" Doug Lefler Evan Katz October 21, 1995 (1995-10-21) 004
After the body of a naval officer is found at Arlington National Cemetery following a reception at a French embassy, Harm and Meg are called to investigate. Meanwhile, a new acquaintance prompts Harm to reminisce of a female friend in Vietnam, who was murdered by her country's military.
6 6 "Pilot Error" Les Landau Teleplay: Jack Orman, Robert Cochran & Donald P. Bellisario
Story: Jack Orman
November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04) 007
When one of Harm's friends is killed testing a new type of auto-navigation system, he and Meg must determine whether it was pilot error or a mechanical failure.
7 7 "War Cries" Duwayne Dunham R. Scott Gemmill November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11) 008
A Peruvian boy is killed inside the U.S. Embassy in Lima, and Harm and Meg must determine his intent before the country explodes in anger. Part of the scenes for the assault on the convoi were taken from the movie Clear and Present Danger.
8 8 "Brig Break" Jim Johnston Teleplay: Reuben Leder and Robert Cochran
Story: Robert Cochran
December 2, 1995 (1995-12-02) 006
Meg is taken hostage during a "brig break", but Harm suspects that the target is much larger than just one prisoner.
9 9 "Scimitar" John McPherson Robert Cochran December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09) 010
A Marine Humvee crosses into Iraqi territory, and Harm and Meg are sent to defend the surviving crew member in an Iraqi court. Harm is also given a secondary task – help the Marine escape regardless of the trial's outcome.
10 10 "Boot" Jim Johnston Lucian K. Truscott IV January 6, 1996 (1996-01-06) 012
Meg goes undercover as an enlisted boot camp recruit at Parris Island after a USMC recruit is found dead and suspicion falls on the drill instructors. This episode was supposed to be aired after "Defensive Action" (since Harm already got his promotion, and that case is referenced in the beginning).
11 11 "Sightings" Tom Del Ruth Evan Katz January 13, 1996 (1996-01-13) 009
A little girl goes missing and Harm and Meg go looking for her around a closed naval airfield in Texas where several "UFO sightings" have been reported.
12 12 "The Brotherhood" Michael Zinberg R. Scott Gemmill & Donald P. Bellisario February 3, 1996 (1996-02-03) 013
When a Marine is found unconscious on a beach, Harm and Meg get drawn into a "turf war" between the Marines and a prominent L.A. street gang.
13 13 "Defensive Action" Ray Austin Terry Curtis Fox March 13, 1996 (1996-03-13) 011
Newly promoted LCdr. Rabb must defend the CAG, Capt. Boone (Terry O'Quinn,) when he is accused of shooting down a Serbian helicopter.
14 14 "Smoked" Jim Johnston Donald P. Bellisario March 20, 1996 (1996-03-20) 014
A lightning-damaged Tomcat makes an emergency landing in Cuba, so Harm and Meg go there to try to "talk" it back before the Cubans have a chance to download the avionics and sell them to Iran. There is a new JAG, Rear Admiral A. J. Chegwidden, a former Navy SEAL.
15 15 "Hemlock" Jim Johnston Teleplay: Jack Orman & Donald P. Bellisario
Story: Robert Cochran, Jack Orman and Donald P. Bellisario
March 27, 1996 (1996-03-27) 015
After having received a mysterious message on the fax machine, Meg is critically wounded by an assassin, posing as a commander in the British Royal Navy. The assassin’s real target is Russian President Boris Yeltsin who is secretly coming to the United States to sign a treaty. Oliver North makes a guest appearance.
16 16 "High Ground" Ray Austin Robert L. McCullough & Greg Strangis April 3, 1996 (1996-04-03) 016
A top Marine sniper refuses to be deployed to Bosnia and goes AWOL after being accused of trying to kill his CO.
17 17 "Black Ops" Ray Austin Teleplay: Greg Strangis & Robert L. McCullough
Story: Peter Lance, Greg Strangis & Robert McCullough
April 10, 1996 (1996-04-10) 017
A pilot and son of a female U.S. Senator attached to a team of SEALs dies, apparently due to negligence on the part of the SEALs. The Senator initially wants to put the blame on the SEALs, but Admiral Chegwidden and Harm finds that the real cause of the pilot's death lies elsewhere.
18 18 "Survivors" Greg Beeman Teleplay: R. Scott Gemmill, Donald P. Bellisario and Jack Orman
Story: R. Scott Gemmill
April 17, 1996 (1996-04-17) 018
A Marine Colonel believes his son is the reincarnation of his Vietnam War comrade, so he kidnaps the child amidst child custody court proceedings to fulfill an old promise.
19 19 "Recovery" Joe Napolitano Jack Orman May 1, 1996 (1996-05-01) 019
An emergency procedures drill during a Space Shuttle "dry run" goes wrong when a cable breaks and an astronaut falls to his death. Harm and Meg have to determine if it was sabotage before the shuttle goes up.
20 20 "The Prisoner" Michael Zinberg Evan Katz May 8, 1996 (1996-05-08) 020
While in Hong Kong (one year before the transfer of sovereignty from Britain), Harm is kidnapped by the Chinese and interrogated about anticipated American reaction should China try to take the Matsu Islands by force. While imprisoned, Harm believes the man in the cell next to him is his missing father.
21 21 "Ares" Ray Austin Eric Hall and Jack Orman May 22, 1996 (1996-05-22) 021
When the computerized Aegis Combat System onboard a U.S. destroyer suddenly malfunctions, Harm, Kate and Meg have to figure out how to keep it from falling into North Korean hands.
22 22 "Skeleton Crew" Donald P. Bellisario Donald P. Bellisario TBA 022
An old friend of Harm's turns up dead, and the prime suspect in her death also dies under mysterious circumstances, so Harm falls under suspicion of murder by the NCIS agent in charge. It includes the second appearance of Bud Roberts (played by Patrick Labyorteaux) as the Seahawk's Public Relations Officer.[4]


  1. ^ JAG - Production notes, season 5 at the Wayback Machine (archived December 10, 2000). From the Paramount website, through archive.org. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  2. ^ http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2005/04/why_jag_came_to.html
  3. ^ http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2005/04/why_jag_came_to.html
  4. ^ NBC did not air this episode (due to cutting the series from their lineup, and the basic storyline and most of the original shooting (including Andrea Thompson's parts) were later recycled in "Death Watch" (episode 3.19). This episode was later aired by the USA network when the show went into syndication reruns.