List of World War II TV series

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Below is an incomplete list of fictional television series which feature events of World War II in the narrative.


1950s[edit]

Year Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1955 1958 United States Navy Log
1956 1957 United States Combat Sergeant Drama-action. North Africa Campaign US Army espionage group
1957 1957 United Kingdom Escape Drama. Allied soldiers attempting POW camp escapes; six episodes
1957 1958 United Kingdom O.S.S. OSS in occupied France
1957 1958 United States The Silent Service Drama. USN submarine service

1960s[edit]

Year Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1961 1963 United States Alcoa Premiere
"Seven Against the Sea" (1962 episode)
Drama. US PT Boat island base decimated by Japanese forces in Pacific Campaign; pilot episode for comedy McHale's Navy
1962 1963 United States The Gallant Men Drama. US Fifth Army company in Italian Campaign
1962 1966 United States McHale's Navy Comedy. Misadventures of misfit PT Boat crew in Pacific Campaign and (later) Italian Campaign
1962 1967 United States Combat! Drama. Frontline American infantry squad battling across France
1963 1963 United States Moon strike
1964 1965 United States Broadside Comedy. WAVES (navy women) transferred to South Pacific Theatre to run motorpool on island; spinoff from McHale's Navy
1964 1967 United States Gilligan's Island
"So Sorry, My Island Now" (1965 episode)
Comedy. Island is captured by Japanese sailor
"Mine Hero" (1965 episode) Comedy. Wartime sea mine in lagoon
"Forward March" (1966 episode) Comedy. Gorilla armed with wartime grenades
1964 1967 United States Twelve O'Clock High Drama. Missions of USAAF Bomber Group stationed on English air base and equipped with B-17s; based on 1949 film Twelve O'Clock High
1965 1965 United States Convoy Drama. Supply convoys and German U-boats in Atlantic Theatre that focused on an American destroyer escort and lead convoy freighter
1965 1965 Poland The Underground Front Podziemny front Polish resistance, 1941–45
1965 1966 United States Mister Roberts Comedy. US Navy cargo ship in South Pacific; based on 1955 film Mister Roberts
1965 1966 United States The Wackiest Ship in the Army Comedy. Spy scow/schooner based in the South Pacific Theatre; spinoff of film The Wackiest Ship in the Army
1965 1971 United States Hogan's Heroes Comedy. Allied prisoners in German Stalag
1966 1966 United States Blue Light Drama.
1966 1966 United Kingdom Court Martial Drama. Judge Advocate General's office investigating crime during war
1966 1967 United States Jericho Drama. Espionage
1966 1968 United States The Rat Patrol Long Range Desert Patrol
1966 1970 Poland Four Tank Men and a Dog Czterej pancerni i pies Tank crew, their dog, and their T-34 tank in 1st Polish Army on Eastern Front, 1943–45
1967 1968 United States Garrison's Gorillas Adventure-drama. Allied convicts recruited as commandos behind Nazi lines with offer of a post-war parole and inspired by The Dirty Dozen film; 26 episodes
1967 1968 Poland More Than Life at Stake Stawka większa niż życie Kapitan Hans Kloss, Poland and Germany, 1941–45
1968 1977 United Kingdom Dad's Army Comedy. English Home Guard
1969 1969 United Kingdom Manhunt

1970s[edit]

Year Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1970 1970 East Germany Jeder stirbt für sich allein
1970 1972 United Kingdom A Family at War
1971 1973 Australia Spyforce Action/drama. Australian series about the fictional Special Intelligence Unit (based on the real Services Reconnaissance Department)
1971 1971 East Germany Rottenknechte
1971 1974 Greece Unknown Warfare O Agnostos Polemos

(Άγνωστος Πόλεμος)

Drama. The adventures of a colonel of the counter-espionage service of Greece during the war. (226 episodes; remade in 1987)
1972 1973 United Kingdom Pathfinders RAF pathfinding missions
1972 1974 United Kingdom Colditz Colditz Castle POW camp
1973 1973 Soviet Union Seventeen Moments of Spring Semnadtsat mgnoveniy vesny (Семнадцать мгновений весны) Soviet spy operating in Nazi Germany
1973 1974 United States Roll Out Comedy-drama. Quartermaster Trucking Company of US Third Army's "Red Ball Express" in France
1974 1974 Yugoslavia Otpisani
1974 1975 Canada Witness to Yesterday Drama (talk show format).[1] Broadcaster Patrick Watson aggressively "interviews" historical figures, including Norman Bethune († 1939)
1974 1981 United Kingdom It Ain't Half Hot Mum Comedy.
1975 1975 Poland
Hungary
Third Border Trzecia granica (in Polish) Polish Resistance in Poland, Tatra Mountains, Slovakia, Hungary
1975 1975 Yugoslavia The Farm in the Small Marsh
1976 1976 Iran My Uncle Napoleon دایی‌جان ناپلئون Comedy. Tehran under Allied occupation
1976 1978 United States Baa Baa Black Sheep Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington and Marine Air Squadron during Pacific War
1976 1983 Australia The Sullivans Drama. The effects World War II has on the lives of an average middle-class Melbourne family
1977 1978 United Kingdom Backs to the Land Comedy. Land Girls
1977 1979 United States Operation Petticoat (Life in the Pink) Comedy. USS Sea Tiger, pink submarine in South West Pacific Theatre; spinoff of film Operation Petticoat
1977 1979 United Kingdom
Belgium
Secret Army Drama. Belgian Resistance; followed by 1981 series Kessler
1978 1981 Denmark Matador Matador Fictional Danish town of Korsbæk, 1929–1947
1978 1978 United States Pearl
1978 1978 Yugoslavia Povratak otpisanih
1978 1978 United States Holocaust
1979 1979 United Kingdom Danger UXB Dra
1979 1979 United States Ike

1980s[edit]

Year Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1980 1980 United States Goodtime Girls Comedy. Women's war effort on the homefront (Washington, D.C.)
1980 1980 East Germany Archiv des Todes
1981 1981 United Kingdom Kessler Drama. Former SS Sturmbannführer living under alias of industrialist to avoid discovery as war criminal; sequel to 1977–79 series Secret Army
1981 1981 United Kingdom Private Schulz
1981 1984 United Kingdom
Australia
Tenko Women interned after the Fall of Singapore
1981 1981 Australia A Town Like Alice
1982 1992 United Kingdom 'Allo 'Allo! Comedy. Café in Occupied France, French Resistance, Communist Resistance, RAF, Stalag, Italian expeditionary forces, art heists, 1940–1944
1982 1992 United Kingdom We'll Meet Again
1983 1983 United States Casablanca Based on film Casablanca
1983 1983 United States The Winds of War Events that lead to WWII up to Pearl Harbor from the perspective of two families
1983 1983 United Kingdom The Fourth Arm
1984 1984 Australia The Last Bastion Mini-series about Australia's relationship with its allies during World War II
1984 1984 Ireland Caught in a Free State
1984 1984 East Germany Front ohne Gnade
1984 1984 United Kingdom The Jewel in the Crown
1985 1985 Australia The Cowra Breakout Semi-fictional mini-series about the Cowra breakout, August 1944
1985 1985 Italy Mussolini: The Untold Story
1985 1985 Sweden Rød snø
1985 1985 Australia The Dunera Boys Mini-series based on the Dunera incident, 1940-1941
1985 1985 United States Jenny's War Woman launches rescue of RAF pilot son downed over Germany, 1941
1987 1987 United Kingdom The Diary of Anne Frank
1987 1987 United Kingdom Fortunes of War
1987 1987 Australia Nancy Wake Drama. Mini-series about the exploits of New Zealand born SOE Operative and French Resistance member Nancy Wake
1988 1988 United States
Yugoslavia
Dirty Dozen: The Series [2] Allied prisoners trained for "do or die" missions; spinoff of The Dirty Dozen
1988 1988 United Kingdom Piece of Cake RAF from Phoney War through Battle of Britain
1988 1989 United States War and Remembrance Continues the story of The Winds of War starting on December 15, 1941 and ending on August 7, 1945
1988 1991 Poland The Burning Border Pogranicze w ogniu Action-drama. German and Polish counter-espionage from 1918–1939
1988 1990 United Kingdom Wish Me Luck Drama-espionage. SOE women in German-occupied France
1989 1989 Australia Tanamera – Lion of Singapore Drama based on novel.
1989 1989 Australia
United Kingdom
The Heroes Mini-series about the Allied commando raid on Singapore Harbour during Operation Jaywick

1990s[edit]

Year Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1991 1991 United Kingdom
Australia
Heroes II: The Return Sequel to The Heroes about a second commando raid on Singapore Harbour during Operation Rimau
1992 1992 Denmark Blackout Mørklægning Thriller. German occupation of Denmark and Danish war-tired and ill
1993 1993 United Kingdom Demob Comedy-drama. Two demobilized soldiers
1994 1994 United Kingdom Seaforth Drama. British homefront conman
1994 1994 United Kingdom Which Way to the War Comedy. British and Australian Desert Rats and Italian nurses in North Africa; pilot episode only
1996 1996 United Kingdom Over Here
1997 1997 Singapore The Price of Peace Hépíng de dàijià (和平的代價) Japanese occupation of Singapore
1998 1998 United Kingdom Coming Home (TV serial) Drama. Wartime experiences of Judith, a schoolgirl and young woman.
1998 1998 Czech Republic Three Kings Tři králové Drama. Resistance efforts in German occupation of Czechoslovakia; seven episodes
1999 1999 Germany Riding the Storm Sturmzeit
1999 1999 Germany Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland Drama based on Charlotte Link trilogy. East Prussian home front through both World Wars[3]

2000s[edit]

Year Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Battles, campaigns, events depicted
2000 2000 United Kingdom Monsignor Renard
2001 2001 United States Anne Frank: The Whole Story
2001 2001 United States Band of Brothers Action-drama. Non-fictional account of "Easy" Company (506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 101st Airborne Division) from training to war's end, based on Stephen E. Ambrose novel
2001 2001 Australia Changi Changi POW camp
2001 2001 Singapore In Pursuit of Peace Hérì Jūn Zàilái (何日军再来) Japanese occupation of Singapore
2001 2001 Singapore A War Diary Zhànzhēng rìjì (战争日记) Romance/Drama. Chinese family during Battle of Singapore and Japanese occupation of Singapore
2001 2001 United Kingdom The Cazalets
2001 2002 United Kingdom The 1940s House
2002 2015 United Kingdom Foyle's War Mystery. English police solving crime amid war in Southern England
2003 2003 United Kingdom P.O.W. Drama. German Stalag Luft and follows RAF crewman captured after Normandy bombing raid, 1940
2004 2004 United Kingdom Island at War
2004 2004 Russia The Cadets
2005 2005 United Kingdom Colditz
2005 2005 United Kingdom Churchill's Bodyguard
2005 2006 China Liang Jian Liang Jian (亮剑) Campaigns of 18th Army Group and Chinese People's Liberation Army from Sino-Japanese War to Chinese Civil War
2006 2006 Canada Above and Beyond
2007 2007 Poland Fortress of Codes Tajemnica twierdzy szyfrów Thriller. Polish and German espionage, 1945
2007 2007 Denmark Nazitübbies Nazitübbies Parody. Nazi Teletubbies
2007 2007 Hong Kong War and Destiny Leun sai gai yan (亂世佳人) (in Yue Chinese) Nanjing Massacre
2007 2007 Iran
Hungary
France
Lebanon
Zero Degree Turn Madār-e sefr darajeh (مدار صفر درجه) (in Persian) Drama based on Abdol Hossein Sardari. Iranian student in occupied Paris in love with French-Jewish woman
2008 2008 Russia Apostle Apostol (Апостол) Life and treachery for Russian teacher trained as Abwehr double agent
2008 2008 Estonia Windward Land Tuulepealne maa History of Estonia through two families, World War I to 1941
2008 2011 Poland Time of Honor Czas honoru Cichociemni (SOE agents) and Polish Resistance
2009 2009 Russia Zastava Zhilina[4] Zastava Zhilina (Застава Жилина) Romance drama. Set in 1941
2009 now France A French Village Un village français Occupied French village, from May 1940 –... (one month per episode)
2009 2011 United Kingdom Land Girls Drama. Land Girls
2009 2009 United Kingdom The Diary of Anne Frank
2009 ? China My Brother Named Shun Liu Wǒde Xiōngdì Jiào Shùn Liū (我的兄弟叫顺溜) Chinese sniper during the Sino-Japanese War
2009 now China My Chief and My Regiment Wǒde Tuánzhǎng Wǒde Tuán (我的团长我的团) Drama. Chinese National Revolutionary Army Expeditionary Force in Burma battling Imperial Japanese Army during Battle of Yunnan-Burma Road in Sino-Japanese War, 1942

2010s[edit]

Year Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Battles, campaigns, events depicted
2010 now Hong Kong No Regrets (Rosy Business II) 巾幗梟雄之義海豪情 Drama. Canton, China during Japanese occupation
2010 2010 United States The Pacific Action-drama. Marines of the 1st Marine Division in Pacific Theatre
2011 2011 Russia 1942 1942 Drama. German invasion of Russia and partisans surviving in forests; continuation of 2009 film 1941
2012 2014 Canada Bomb Girls Drama. Canadian homefront and women working in Toronto munitions plant
2012 2012 United Kingdom Restless
2013 2013 Germany Generation War Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter Group of friends experience different fate during German 1941 east front campaign.
2014 2014 United Kingdom Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Mini-series detailing the military career of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
2015 2017 Canada
Hungary
X Company Drama. Canadian, British, and American spies based out of a training facility in Canada carry out missions in Nazi-occupied Europe.
2015 2015 Norway The Heavy Water War Kampen om tungtvannet Based on the operation surrounding the destruction of Nazi heavy water production facility in occupied Norway by the Norwegian Resistance.
2015 2015 France Resistance Résistance Paris 1940, based on the Groupe du musée de l'Homme
2015 now Georgia Kerch: The Lost Heroes Kerči: Daḳarguli Gmirebi (ქერჩი: დაკარგული გმირები) Drama. Centered around ethnic Georgians in the Red Army during Crimean Offensive and Battle of the Kerch Peninsula.[5]
2015 2016 United Kingdom Home Fires Drama. Set in a rural Cheshire community called Great Paxford, about the life of Women's Institute members on the Home Front during the Second World War.
2016 2016 United Kingdom My Mother and Other Strangers Drama set in 1943, centering on the townspeople of the fictional village of Moybeg, Northern Ireland, as they come to terms with the influx of thousands of American servicemen.
2016 2016 United Kingdom Close to the Enemy
2016 2016 Japan Tokyo Trial
2017 2017 United Kingdom The Halcyon
2017 2017 United Kingdom SS-GB
2018 2018 Germany Das Boot
2019 2019 United States
Italy
Catch-22 Comedy, Drama. USAAF in the Italian campaign.

Science fiction and fantasy[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The deceased historical figures are played by actors.
  2. ^ This film is an international co-production shot in English.
  3. ^ Charlotte Link: Sturmzeit, Teil I - V at buecher.de (in German). Retrieved 2012-07-05. The information on Sturmzeit at the IMDb is scanty.
  4. ^ Zastava Zhilina is directed by Vasili Pichul.
  5. ^ http://www.gds.tv/kerchi