JAG (TV series)

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JAG
JAG title.svg
FormatAdventure, legal drama, thriller
Created byDonald P. Bellisario
StarringDavid James Elliott
Catherine Bell
Patrick Labyorteaux
John M. Jackson
Scott Lawrence
Tracey Needham
Zoe McLellan
Theme music composerBruce Broughton
Opening theme"Theme from JAG"[1]
Composer(s)Bruce Broughton
(Pilot movie and theme)
Velton Ray Bunch
Steven Bramson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons10
No. of episodes227 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Donald P. Bellisario
Chas. Floyd Johnson
(co-executive; seasons 2-10)
Producer(s)Howard Kazanjian (season 1)
David Bellisario
Stephen Zito
Ed Zuckerman
Chip Vucelich
(season 10)
Location(s)Big Bear Lake, CA
El Mirage Dry Lake, CA
Valencia, CA (studio set)
CinematographyHugo Cortina (1995–2001)
David J. Miller (2004)
Larry Lindsey (1995–1996)
Running time42–47 minutes
Production company(s)Belisarius Productions
Paramount Network Television
NBC Productions (1995–1996)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC (1995–1996)
CBS (1997–2005)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 23, 1995 (1995-09-23) – April 29, 2005 (2005-04-29)
Chronology
Related showsFirst Monday
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles
Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: New Orleans
 
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JAG
JAG title.svg
FormatAdventure, legal drama, thriller
Created byDonald P. Bellisario
StarringDavid James Elliott
Catherine Bell
Patrick Labyorteaux
John M. Jackson
Scott Lawrence
Tracey Needham
Zoe McLellan
Theme music composerBruce Broughton
Opening theme"Theme from JAG"[1]
Composer(s)Bruce Broughton
(Pilot movie and theme)
Velton Ray Bunch
Steven Bramson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons10
No. of episodes227 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Donald P. Bellisario
Chas. Floyd Johnson
(co-executive; seasons 2-10)
Producer(s)Howard Kazanjian (season 1)
David Bellisario
Stephen Zito
Ed Zuckerman
Chip Vucelich
(season 10)
Location(s)Big Bear Lake, CA
El Mirage Dry Lake, CA
Valencia, CA (studio set)
CinematographyHugo Cortina (1995–2001)
David J. Miller (2004)
Larry Lindsey (1995–1996)
Running time42–47 minutes
Production company(s)Belisarius Productions
Paramount Network Television
NBC Productions (1995–1996)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC (1995–1996)
CBS (1997–2005)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 23, 1995 (1995-09-23) – April 29, 2005 (2005-04-29)
Chronology
Related showsFirst Monday
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles
Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: New Orleans

JAG (U.S. Navy acronym for Judge Advocate General[2]) is an American legal drama television show with a distinct military theme, created by Donald P. Bellisario, and produced by Belisarius Productions in association with Paramount Network Television (now CBS Television Studios).[3] The first season was co-produced with NBC Productions.

Originally conceived as a Top Gun meets A Few Good Men,[citation needed] the pilot episode of JAG first aired on NBC on September 23, 1995; but the series was later canceled on May 22, 1996 after finishing 79th in the ratings, leaving one episode unaired. Rival network CBS picked up the series for a midseason replacement, beginning on January 3, 1997. CBS's decision to air JAG proved to be a good move, as JAG for several seasons climbed in the ratings and was on the air for nine additional seasons. JAG furthermore spawned the hit series NCIS, which in turn spun off another hit, NCIS: Los Angeles.

In total, 227 episodes were produced over 10 seasons. At the time of the original airing of its 5th season in the United States, JAG was seen in over 90 countries worldwide.[4] JAG entered syndication early in 1999 and it is still regularly repeated.

Premise[edit]

"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.[5]

The series follows the exploits of the Washington metropolitan area–based[6] "judge advocates" (i.e. uniformed lawyers[7][8][9][10]) in the Department of the Navy’s Office of the Judge Advocate General, who in the line of duty can prosecute and defend criminal cases under the jurisdiction of the Uniform Code of Military Justice[11][12] (arising from the global presence of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps[13]), conducting informal and formal investigations, advising on military operational law and other associated duties.[14]

Akin to Law & Order, the plots from many episodes were often "ripped from the headlines" with portions of the plot either resembling or referencing recognizable aspects of actual cases or incidents; such as the USS Cole bombing ("Act of Terror" & "Valor"), the rescue of downed pilot Scott O'Grady ("Defensive Action"), the Cavalese cable car disaster ("Clipped Wings"), the USS Iowa turret explosion ("Into the Breech") and the Kelly Flinn incident ("The Court-Martial of Sandra Gilbert").[5]

While not part of the mission of its real-world counterpart, some of the main characters are at times also involved, directly and indirectly, in various CIA intelligence operations; often revolving around the recurring character, CIA officer Clayton Webb (played by Steven Culp).

Cast & Character overview[edit]

Starring roles[edit]

David James Elliott stars as LT/LCDR/CDR/CAPT Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr., JAGC, USN, a judge advocate (military lawyer),

LTJG/CDR Caitlin Pike, JAGC, USN, played by Andrea Parker, who left the series following the two-part pilot where she was Rabb's partner, but later returned to guest star three more times (twice in Season 1 and once in Season 6).

LTJG Meg Austin, JAGC, USN, played by Tracey Needham, was Rabb's partner for the remainder of Season 1 and in archive footage in one Season 3 and one Season 9 episode.

Rabb's final, long-term partner was Maj/LtCol Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie, USMC (played by Catherine Bell).

John M. Jackson played RADM A.J. Chegwidden, Judge Advocate General of the US Navy, coming in as a mid-season replacement during season 1 and remaining until the end of season 9. Chegwidden is both a former SEAL and a former surface-warfare officer, having commanded a destroyer before becoming a Judge Advocate.

Other cast members included LCDR Bud Roberts (played by Patrick Labyorteaux), first a Public Affairs Officer (PAO) on the aircraft carrier USS Seahawk (CVN-65), then transferred to JAG studying law at night, and later after finishing his Bar examination he became a junior judge advocate at JAG. While on an assignment to the Seahawk, he met his future wife, LT Harriet Simms, played by Karri Turner, who would eventually come to be the administrative aide (TDY from the Naval Inspector General's Office) who held the office together. Bud's clumsiness, both physical and verbal, and geeky interests (he's a Trekkie, fascinated by the paranormal, and a computer expert), together with his wife's maternal nature, were a frequent source of comic relief. His clumsiness was played down as the series went on. Bud lost the lower half of his right leg in Afghanistan in the last episode of season 7, while attempting the heroic rescue of an Afghan boy playing in a mine field. For his actions, he received the Purple Heart and later was able to return to limited active duty with a prosthetic leg. For all he was comic relief much of the time, the esteem in which he is held is reflected in the fact that Admiral Chegwidden "went to the mat" with the Bureau of Personnel and the Secretary of the Navy to get Bud promoted and retained on active duty when BuPers wanted to medically discharge him after Bud lost his leg.

Scott Lawrence played CMDR Sturgis Turner from 2001–2005, an academy classmate of Harm's originally assigned to the submarine service before becoming a JAG lawyer. Initially Turner and Rabb are shown as friends, although Turner does seem to have difficulty fitting into the JAG culture. In the final season, Turner and Rabb have a falling out, occasionally exchanging heated words.

NameServicePortrayed byOccupational billet
(not ranks)
Seasons
1
(95/96)
2
(97)
3
(97/98)
4
(98/99)
5
(99/00)
6
(00/01)
7
(01/02)
8
(02/03)
9
(03/04)
10
(04/05)
Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr.Navy
commissioned officer
David James ElliottJudge Advocate[note 1]Main
Meg AustinTracey NeedhamJudge AdvocateMain
Sarah "Mac" MacKenzieMarine Corps
commissioned officer
Catherine BellJudge Advocate [note 2]Main
Bud J. Roberts, Jr.Navy
commissioned officer
Patrick LabyorteauxJudge Advocate [note 3]RecurringMain
Albert Jethro "AJ" ChegwiddenJohn M. JacksonJudge Advocate General of the Navy [note 4]RecurringMain
Peter Ulysses "Sturgis" TurnerScott LawrenceJudge Advocate [note 5]RecurringMain
Jennifer CoatesNavy
enlisted
Zoe McLellanLegalman [note 6]RecurringMain
Note
  1. ^ Returned briefly to serve as a naval aviator in the 5th season, and worked for a short while as a CIA officer in early episodes of the 9th season
  2. ^ She worked briefly at civilian law firm in the 3rd season.
  3. ^ He was a Public Affairs officer in the 1st season, transferred to OJAG in the 2nd season, and became judge advocate in the 4th season.
  4. ^ He served as Navy SEAL during Vietnam war, and later commanded a destroyer before becoming a judge advocate.
  5. ^ He has a submariner background.
  6. ^ Initially an Electronics technician (United States Navy), changed occupational rating to a legalman.

Recurring roles[edit]

Trevor Goddard played Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Mic Brumby from 1998–2001, originally an exchange officer during season 4; Brumby was at one point engaged to Sarah MacKenzie. After Goddard's death in 2003, the series paid tribute to him by reshowing a scene from an episode where the cast and crew sang Waltzing Matilda, an Australian folk song, as Brumby was leaving a bar where a going away party for him was taking place.

Nanci Chambers, real-life spouse of David James Elliott, played LT Loren Singer. Singer was consumed by her continual want to further her career at the expense of those around her. She often clashed with the other characters. In Season 7's "Guilt," Singer hurt Harriet by using the death of her baby Sarah to discredit her testimony in court. In a later episode, however, Harriet got a measure of revenge by punching out Singer.[15] Singer was murdered, with suspicion falling on Harm, who was eventually cleared (the two-part story detailing the investigation into Singer's murder was used as the back-door pilot for the spin-off NCIS).

Production[edit]

Background and development[edit]

The creator of JAG, Donald P. Bellisario, served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and after having worked his way up through advertising jobs, he landed his first network television job as a story editor for the World War II era series Baa Baa Black Sheep, where he got a habit a promoting a consistent pro-military stance in a business where he got the perception that ”anti-war” and ”anti-soldier” mentality were the commonplace.[16] The stereotype in the post-Vietnam War era of "Crazed Vietnam veterans" was notably subverted, by not only one but three of the main characters, in Magnum P.I., which Bellisario was the co-creator of.[16] Following the cancellation of his series Quantum Leap, Bellisario began working on a one-shot screenplay on a murder mystery aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, where the victim was a female aviator.[16]

The issue of whether or not to expand the options for women serving in the U.S. armed forces as fighter pilots and in other frontline assignments was a contentious social issue of the day. In 1991, there had been a famous incident at the Tailhook Association convention in Las Vegas, where male naval aviators had behaved in manners inappropriate, if not criminal; and where the follow-up criminal and other investigations by the then-named NIS, the Naval Inspector General and the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, were later heavily criticized by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, with the concurrence to Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefe, to whom the report was delivered and who began to take corrective action with respect to both the perceived attitude problems towards women and the functions of the investigative arms of the Department of the Navy.[17] The fallout from the incident itself resulted in a hard blow to the naval aviation community, where the promotions of many naval aviators were put on hold. The common counterclaim from the other side of the aisle, as articulated by former Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration and naval flight officer John F. Lehman, was that the Naval aviation community had been unfairly subjected to a witch-hunt motivated by political correctness, in effect killing its esprit de corps, and by extension damaging its combat effectiveness.[18] During the Clinton administration in April 1993, Secretary of Defense Les Aspin announced a new policy, which in effect made it possible to have female fighter pilots serving on aircraft carriers at sea and in other new positions (but still prohibited from serving in infantry etc.) [19] Thus, the stage was set for the reality-based fictional drama, when Bellisario read in a newspaper about the forthcoming introduction of female fighter pilots on aircraft carriers.[16]

While doing researching on which organizational entities that would partake in investigative efforts of crimes committed aboard Naval vessels, Bellisario found that there was the special agents of Naval Criminal Investigative Service who filled the police role, and the uniformed lawyers, in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, who could alternate between the role of defense attorney, prosecutor and field investigator. Bellisario chose to go ahead with the lawyers and remarked in JAG’s sixth season about the unique advantages it brought from a story-telling point of view: "Unlike most law shows, I’ve got a detective, a prosecutor and a defender."[16]

Collaboration with the military[edit]

The then-Judge Advocate General of the Navy, Rear Admiral Donald J. Guter, visited the set and met with the cast during the shooting of the episode Liberty in 2001.

Initially, the producers of JAG did not receive any co-operation from the Department of the Navy at all, due to sensitivity in light of all the accumulative negative publicity that had been generated from the Tailhook scandal, and its aftermath.[20] However, the non-cooperation from the military was not a show-stopper, as the JAG production team, by virtue of being a Paramount Pictures production, had access to the stock footage of the motion pictures owned by the studio, which included many films with military content, such as Top Gun, The Final Countdown and Hunt for Red October.[21]

In 1997 though, the naval services had begun to change their minds, and began to render support to the production team on a script-by-script basis. The fact that a primetime network series about Navy lawyers might bring out controversial subjects in a very public arena was apparently no longer an issue in itself, but as noted by Commander Bob Anderson of the Navy’s entertainment media liaison office in Los Angeles in a TV Guide interview: "We’re fine with that as long as the bad guys are caught and punished, and the institution of the Navy is not the bad guy".[20]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of JAG on NBC (first season) and CBS (other seasons).

Note: U.S. network television seasons generally start in late September and end in late May, which coincides with the completion of the May sweeps.
SeasonSeason premiereSeason finaleTV SeasonRankViewers
(in millions)
1September 23, 1995May 22, 19961995–1996#79[22]11.56
2January 3, 1997April 18, 19971996–1997#68[23]11.80
3September 23, 1997May 19, 19981997–1998#3612.90[24]
4September 22, 1998May 25, 19991998–1999#1714.20[25]
5September 21, 1999May 23, 20001999–2000#2514.07[26]
6October 3, 2000May 22, 20012000–2001#2614.60[27]
7September 25, 2001May 21, 20022001–2002#1514.80[28]
8September 24, 2002May 20, 20032002–2003#2612.97[29]
9September 26, 2003May 21, 20042003–2004#3710.80[30]
10September 24, 2004April 29, 20052004–2005#509.66[31]

Ships[edit]

Almost all episodes of the series feature scenes filmed aboard real United States Navy ships. The ship most widely used was the USS Forrestal (CV-59), in commission as a training carrier at the time. Most of the Nimitz class carriers also appear in one or several episodes. The USS Saratoga (CV-60), USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) were also used in the series.

USS Enterprise was used as the fictional USS Seahawk in many episodes. USS Forrestal and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) were also used as the fictional Seahawk, both in Season Four and for one episode each. For scenes filmed aboard Enterprise, the whole crew wore caps reading USS Seahawk – CVN 65 so they matched the ship's real Hull number.

USS Forrestal was featured in many episodes, most prominently two in which she portrayed the fictional USS Reprisal. In these episodes, all crew members wore caps with the CV 35 pennant number. This number was intentionally out of sequence with the pennant numbers of active USN carriers at the time the series was filmed. CV 35 would have been the real pennant number of an Essex-class carrier actually called Reprisal, which was canceled during construction in 1945 when WW2 ended and broken up in 1949 after consideration had been given to completing her to a revised design roughly similar to that of USS Oriskany (CV-34).

Only six USN ships featured in the series were called by their real name: USS Hornet (CV-12), USS Coral Sea (CV-43), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS America (CV-66), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and USS Belknap (CG-26). The Kitty Hawk is mentioned in one of the Season Three episodes, but never seen on screen. The America is the murder scene in a Season Three episode, but shots supposedly depicting her are in fact shots of the Forrestal. Real shots of the Roosevelt in harbor are used in one episode of Season One.

Crewmembers set up for a shot at NAS North Island (2005)

Season Three opener "Ghost Ship" was filmed entirely aboard the Hornet while she was laid up at Alameda Naval Air Station before being preserved as a museum ship. Part of the storyline in "Ghost Ship" deals with the final fate of Hornet. It implies (though not explicitly stating it) that she was eventually scrapped due to severe fire damage sustained during the course of the episode, contrary to her real-life fate as a National Landmark. The sub-plot in "Ghost Ship" indicating that the ship's double hull had to be cut open from the inside to repair supposed damage to her bow during Vietnam was not at all correct with her service record.

Coral Sea is also featured in the Season Three episode "Vanished" and Season Four episodes "Angels 30" and "Shakedown". As she had already been scrapped at the time the episodes supposedly took place, archival footage of Coral Sea was used, with other footage shot aboard Forrestal. The majority of the exterior scenes from "Angels 30" were filmed aboard Forrestal and a few aboard Enterprise.

Belknap is mentioned in the Season Four episode "Going after Francesca" as the Sixth Fleet flagship, a role she actually fulfilled in real life from 1986 until her decommissioning in 1994. Belknap had already been decommissioned and was laid up awaiting scrapping when the episode was filmed, allowing for actual exterior shots of the ship to be featured in the episode.

The series also includes appearances by Tarawa class amphibious assault ships, Ticonderoga class cruisers, Arleigh Burke class destroyers (in particular the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) itself during the opening credit montage), and Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates. In one of the episodes, the Spanish frigate SPS Santa María (F81) is used to depict a fictional USN Perry class ship (denoted by her NATO pennant number "F 81" painted under the bridge, instead of the U.S. practice of having a "number only" ID painted on the bow).

While most sea episodes are focused on aviation missions, several are based around submarine warfare: namely episodes 1:3, 2:6, 4:16, 5:22, 6:15, 7:14, 7:24, 8:7, 8:17, & 9:7.

Series end[edit]

Harm (David James Elliott) and Mac (Catherine Bell) flip a challenge coin to determine who will resign their commission.

In February 2005, David James Elliott announced he would leave the show at the end of the 10th season to pursue other projects after not being offered a renewal for an 11th season from the producers.[32] The show also introduced new younger characters, including former As the World Turns star Chris Beetem, and Jordana Spiro from The Huntress.

The producers also considered relocating the fictional setting of the show, from Falls Church, Virginia to Naval Base San Diego. An episode of the final season, "JAG: San Diego" had the main cast, excluding Harm, going to the San Diego naval base and working with the local JAG office there. Though it was reportedly considered as a pilot episode, as a reformat of the show aiming for a younger audience, CBS ultimately decided not to pursue a new series.

Nevertheless, CBS announced the cancellation of the show on April 4, 2005, after ten seasons. The final episode, "Fair Winds and Following Seas", aired on April 29, 2005, and in which Harm and Mac are assigned different stations: Harm in London, Mac in San Diego. They finally confront their feelings and decide to get married. The episode ends with Bud tossing a challenge coin to decide who will give up their military career to be with the other. However, in keeping with JAG tradition, the outcome of the toss is never seen, as the screen fades to black, showing only the coin, which bears the inscription "1995 - 2005"; the years the series premiered and ended.

Connections with other shows[edit]

NCIS spin-off[edit]

Main article: NCIS (TV series)

In January 2003, CBS announced that Donald P. Bellisario was developing a JAG spin-off, revolving around the work of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.[33] It was aired in April 2003 in a two-part backdoor pilot in which Commander Harmon Rabb is arrested, but later vindicated as innocent, for the murder of Lieutenant Loren Singer. The two episodes, titled "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown", focused on the NCIS team, with most of the JAG regulars as supporting characters. Whereas the episodes of JAG are primarily oriented on a mixture of courtroom drama and military activities in the field, NCIS is more focused, as the meaning of the acronym suggests, on criminal investigations. NCIS also follows a different storytelling format from JAG, emphasizing character humor to a larger extent than its parent program. NCIS later produced its own spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles, which shows a further departure from the styles and themes of JAG.

The two episodes "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" were edited down to a one-hour pilot film, which was then used to sell the idea of NCIS as a new series to CBS; the pilot used the title, "NCIS – The Beginning". It was later also used to introduce the show to CBS affiliates and advertisers. It was only broadcast once and is not available on home video.

Excluding the backdoor pilot, only two major characters from JAG have appeared in the NCIS series. Patrick Labyorteaux appeared briefly as Lieutenant Bud Roberts in the NCIS first season episode "Hung Out to Dry", advising the NCIS team on a legal issue. John M. Jackson returned in May 2013 as retired Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden, now a civilian attorney in the private sector hired by Director Vance to provide legal representation for Special Agent Gibbs, in the season ten NCIS finale, "Damned If You Do".[34]

While several other actors who played major roles on JAG have also appeared on NCIS; such as Scott Lawrence (Sturgis Turner on JAG),[35] Steven Culp (Clayton Webb on JAG),[36] and Michael Bellisario (Mikey Roberts on JAG);[37] they played completely different characters when appearing on NCIS.

First introduced in the NCIS back door pilot, Alicia Coppola appeared as Navy judge advocate Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman in several episodes of NCIS.[38] Adam Baldwin played the same guest role, Navy Seal Commander Michael Rainer, in one episode of each show.[39]

First Monday cross-over[edit]

First Monday was a short-lived series co-created by Bellisario and Paul Levine about fictional U.S. Supreme Court justices and their clerks, which aired in 2002 and starred James Garner and Joe Mantegna. The character of U.S. Senator Edward Sheffield (Dean Stockwell), who appeared in three episodes of that show, later became a recurring character on JAG as the new Secretary of the Navy, starting in season 8.

Yes, Dear tribute[edit]

The sitcom Yes, Dear did an episode called "Let's Get Jaggy With It" where Greg's father Tom (Tim Conway) wins a walk-on role on JAG. Catherine Bell guest-starred as herself while David James Elliott, Patrick Labyorteaux and Scott Lawrence guest-starred as their respective JAG characters.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for JAG
Total number of wins and nominations
Totals310
Footnotes

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

YearCategoryNomineeEpisodeResult
1996Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series – Single Camera ProductionJon KoslowskyPilot EpisodeWon[40]
1996Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a SeriesL. Paul DafelmairSmokedNominated[40]
1996Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme MusicBruce BroughtonN/ANominated[40]
1997Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a SeriesL. Paul DafelmairCowboys and CossacksWon[40]
1998Outstanding Cinematography for a SeriesHugo CortinaThe Good of the ServiceNominated[40]
1999Outstanding Costuming for a SeriesL. Paul DafelmairGypsy EyesWon[40]
1999Outstanding Cinematography for a SeriesHugo CortinaGypsy EyesNominated[40]
2000Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera SeriesHugo CortinaBoomerang, part II"Nominated[40]
2001Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera SeriesHugo CortinaAdrift, part INominated[40]
2002Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)Steven BramsonAdrift, part 2Nominated[40]
2003Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)Steven BramsonNeed to KnowNominated[40]

Other Awards and Nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominee(s)EpisodeResult
1996American Cinema EditorsBest Edited Motion Picture for Commercial TelevisionJon KoslowskyPilot EpisodeNominated[40]
1999ACS AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series'Hugo CortinaGypsy EyesNominated[40]
Cinema Audio SocietyOutstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television SeriesTim Philben (re-recording mixer)
Ross Davis (re-recording mixer)
Grover B. Helsley (re-recording mixer)
Sean Rush (production mixer)
Gypsy EyesNominated[40]
Humanitas Prize60 Minute Category-Angels 30Nominated[40]
Motion Picture Sound EditorsBest Sound Editing – Television Episodic – Sound Effects & Foley--Nominated[40]
2000American Cinema FoundationTelevision Series – Drama--Nominated[40]
ASCAP AwardTop TV Series (x2)Bruce Broughton
Steven Bramson
-Won[40]
TV Guide AwardsFavorite Actor in a DramaDavid James Elliott-Won[40]
21st Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Drama Series – Guest Starring Young ActressAysia Polk-Nominated[40]
2001Imagen Foundation AwardsPrimetime Television Series-Retreat HellWon[40]
TV Guide AwardsActor of the Year in a Drama SeriesDavid James Elliott-Nominated[40]
2003ASCAP AwardTop TV SeriesBruce Broughton
Steven Bramson
-Won[40]
2004ASCAP AwardTop TV Series (x2)Bruce Broughton
Steven Bramson
-Won[40]
25th Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young ActressHallee Hirsh-Nominated[40]


Episodes[edit]

For a full list of JAG episodes, see list of JAG episodes.

Home entertainment releases[edit]

On September 1, 1998, the pilot episode of JAG was released on VHS cassette in the U.S. by Paramount Home Entertainment. However, no further episodes of the series proper were released on any home entertainment media while the show was still in production, allegedly due to syndication deals made with several broadcasters.[41]

Beginning in 2006, CBS Home Entertainment (distributed by Paramount) has released all 10 seasons on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4.[42] Seasons 1 to 4 are released with a 4:3 aspect ratio, while seasons 5 to 10 have a 16:9 aspect ratio. The region 2 and 4 editions do not have the bonus features (audio commentaries & retrospective interviews) included on the region 1 editions of seasons one and two.

On December 11, 2012, CBS released JAG: The Complete Series – Collector's Edition on DVD in Region 1. This collection contains, other than all 227 episodes of the series and the bonus features of the previously released individual season packs, one disc with new bonus features and a booklet with production notes.[43]

DVD NameEp#Release DatesExtra features
Region 1Region 2Region 4
The Complete First Season22July 25, 2006[44]October 16, 2006October 16, 2006Behind the Scenes Footage
Making Of Featurette
Episode Commentaries
Rare Un-aired episode Skeleton Crew
The Complete Second Season15November 7, 2006September 10, 2007August 16, 2007Behind the Scenes Footage
Making Of Featurette
Episode Commentaries
The Third Season24March 20, 2007June 24, 2008June 5, 2008N/A
The Fourth Season24August 21, 2007October 22, 2008October 2, 2008Gag reel
The Fifth Season25January 29, 2008May 7, 2009May 7, 2009Gag reel
The Sixth Season24May 20, 2008September 14, 2009[45]September 3, 2009[46]N/A
The Seventh Season24November 4, 2008March 22, 2010[47]March 4, 2010N/A
The Eighth Season24March 17, 2009June 21, 2010[48]August 5, 2010Gag Reel
NCIS Pilot episodes Ice Queen & Meltdown
The Ninth Season24November 10, 2009September 20, 2010November 4, 2010[49]N/A
The Final Season22February 9, 2010[50]June 29, 2011July 6, 2011[51]JAG: The Final Goodbye
The Complete Series227December 11, 2012N/AN/AAll bonus features of individual season packs.
One disc of new bonus features, including the documentary The JAGged Edge.

Soundtrack[edit]

On April 26, 2010, Intrada released an album of music from the series, featuring Bruce Broughton's theme and his pilot score (tracks 1–15) and weekly composer Steven Bramson's score, including Broughton's format music (the main and end title theme and commercial bumper), for the season two episode "Cowboys and Cossacks" (tracks 16–28).[52][53]

Pilot Episode ("A New Beginning")
Composed and Conducted by Bruce Broughton
#Track
1Engage and Destroy; Main Title (4:42)
2Getting Some Air; Angela Overboard (2:39)
3Harm and Kate Arrive (2:21)
4Harm’s Past; Over Bosnia (1:55)
5Gold Wings & Dress Whites; Wave Off (1:31)
6Contemplation (0:27)
7Joyride (1:49)
8Angela on a Slab (1:34)
9Playout (0:15)
10Scuttlebutt’s True (4:27)
11To Hell and Back, Sir; Let’m Trap! (6:05)
12Harm Does It (3:25)
13Judgement Call (2:09)
14Gold Wings, White Uniform (1:56)
15End Credits (0:57)
"Cowboys and Cossacks"
Composed and Conducted by Steve Bramson
#Track
16Format Bumper (0:07)
17Teaser (1:43)
18Format Main Title (0:47)
19Act One Playon; Exchange (1:20)
20Fire!; Grinkov (4:29)
21One Rule of War (1:16)
22Jumping Ship; Convincing Yuri (2:12)
23Yuri Turns (1:57)
24To the Brig; Boxing Petavitch (1:41)
25Live Missile (0:42)
26This Is War (3:05)
27Grinkov Relents (4:26)
28A Sailor’s Death; Format End Credits (1:44)

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  1. ^ http://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.do?itemid=8724814. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  2. ^ Sometimes stylized as J*A*G in promotional materials, including the DVD releases.
  3. ^ It was one of the last Paramount-produced TV series to end under that name, prior to the firm becoming CBS Paramount Television.
  4. ^ JAG - About the show at the Wayback Machine (archived November 10, 2000). Official Paramount site from January 2000, retrieved through archive.org. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  5. ^ a b 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.
  6. ^ In the first season, the JAG Headquarters was set in Washington DC, while in later seasons it is located in Falls Church, Virginia. The real-life OJAG is based at The Pentagon and the Washington Navy Yard.
  7. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 801
  8. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 806
  9. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 5150
  10. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 5587a
  11. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 802
  12. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 827
  13. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 805
  14. ^ About Navy JAG, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Department of the Navy. Retrieved on 2013-09-17.
  15. ^ "In Country". JAG. Season 7. Episode 23. 2002-05-14.
  16. ^ a b c d e Erickson: p. 127.
  17. ^ Defense Department News Briefing (Television production). C-SPAN. 1992-09-24. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  18. ^ Lehman: p. 372.
  19. ^ Women in Combat (Department of Defense briefing) (Television production). C-SPAN. 1993-04-28. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  20. ^ a b Erickson: p. 129.
  21. ^ Erickson: p. 128.
  22. ^ 1995-96 Television Ratings. Retrieved on 2013-09-20.
  23. ^ "Complete TV Ratings 1996-1997". Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  24. ^ The Final Countdown | News. EW.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  25. ^ Final ratings for the 1998–1999 TV season. Reocities. Retrieved on 2011-05-14.
  26. ^ US-Jahrescharts 1999/2000. Quotenmeter.de (May 30, 2002). Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  27. ^ TV Ratings 2000–2001. Fbibler.chez.com (July 26, 2002). Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  28. ^ "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  29. ^ Nielsen's TOP 156 Shows for 2002–03 – rec.arts.tv | Google Groups. Groups.google.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  30. ^ ABC Medianet at the Wayback Machine (archived February 8, 2007). Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  31. ^ ABC Medianet at the Wayback Machine (archived March 10, 2007). Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  32. ^ Ryan, Maureen (April 29, 2005). "Why 'JAG' came to an abrupt end". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  33. ^ "CBS ‘Angel’ to fly home - Net also eyes 'JAG' spinoff". TV Line. January 13, 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  34. ^ Roots, Kimberly (April 12, 2013). "NCIS Exclusive: A JAG Favorite to Return in This Season's 'Nail-Biter' of a Finale". TV Line. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  35. ^ Scott Lawrence played Captain Thomas Lind in the NCIS episode "A Man Walks Into a Bar...".
  36. ^ Steven Culp played Commander William Skinner in the NCIS fifth season episode "Chimera".
  37. ^ Recurring part as Chip Sterling in four episodes ("The Voyeur's Web", "Honor Code", "Under Covers", & "Frame Up") of the third season of NCIS.
  38. ^ NCIS episodes: "UnSEALeD", "Call of Silence" and "Hometown Hero".
  39. ^ JAG: "Good Intentions". NCIS: "A Weak Link" (1st season).
  40. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "JAG" (1995) – Awards
  41. ^ JAG faq at the Wayback Machine (archived March 5, 2012), Retrieved on 2013-09-17.
  42. ^ JAG, TVShowsOnDVD.com. retrieved on 2013-09-17.
  43. ^ JAG: The Complete Series, TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved on 2013-09-17.
  44. ^ JAG - The Complete 1st Season, TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved on 2013-09-17.
  45. ^ JAG – Season 6 [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: DVD. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  46. ^ JAG: Judge Advocate General – The 6th Season (6 Disc Set) @ EzyDVD. Ezydvd.com.au (September 2, 2009). Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  47. ^ JAG – Season 7 [DVD] [2008]: Amazon.co.uk: DVD. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  48. ^ JAG – Season 8 [DVD] [2002]: Amazon.co.uk: DVD. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  49. ^ JAG: Judge Advocate General – The 9th Season (5 Disc Set) @ EzyDVD. Ezydvd.com.au (November 4, 2010). Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  50. ^ JAG - The Final Season, TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved on 2013-09-17.
  51. ^ JAG: Judge Advocate General – The Final 10 Season (5 Disc Set)
  52. ^ JAG Soundtrack on Amazon.com
  53. ^ JAG Soundtrack on Intrada Store, retrieved on 2013-09-17.
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