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30 best TV military roles ranked, including ‘Star Trek,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘Bones,’ ‘M*A*S*H’ [Photos]

30 best TV military roles ranked, including ‘Star Trek,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘Bones,’ ‘M*A*S*H’ [Photos]

In the very earliest days of television in the 1940s and early 1950s, our country was still reeling from World War II. As time has marched on, we have waged wars in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. Throughout these years, our small screens have brought us many different types of military men and women who have represented the heroes of these and other battles.

One of the earliest successful television series was the Emmy-winning sitcom “You’ll Never Get Rich,” later retitled “The Phil Silvers Show,” which brought us the iconic Sgt. Bilko. Other successful comedies have followed, including “McHale’s Navy,” “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” “Major Dad” and the most successful and longest-running “M*A*S*H,” which gifted us a number of memorable characters from the 4077th.

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Military series offered one of television’s first ventures into the action genre, with shows such as “The Rat Patrol.

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