History Series / JAG

16th May '18 1:32:42 PM Malady
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In any case, its popularity led to a {{spinoff}} launched through a BackDoorPilot in its 8th season, ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', which has managed to become [[MorePopularSpinoff more popular]] (and has remained longer on the air) than its parent series.

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In any case, its popularity led to a {{spinoff}} launched through a BackDoorPilot in its 8th season, ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', which has managed to become [[MorePopularSpinoff more popular]] {{more popular|Spinoff}} (and has remained longer on the air) than its parent series.






* AlliterativeTitle: Sone episodes:
** ''Cowboys & Cossacks''
** '' Brig Break''



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* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Son]]: Harmon Rabb Jr. is identical to Harmon Rabb Sr. (save for the latter's mustache).

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* [[IdenticalGrandson IdenticalGrandson: Identical Son]]: Son: Harmon Rabb Jr. is identical to Harmon Rabb Sr. (save for the latter's mustache).



** In "Shadow", a crewman aboard a helicopter asks Commander Lindsey if the case he is escorting really contains a hundred million in gold. Lindsey demands to know where he heard that, and the sailor admits he heard it from a Marine. Lindsey jokes that the sailor should ''never'' listen to Marines. [[BaitAndSwitch And it's only forty million.]]

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** In "Shadow", a crewman aboard a helicopter asks Commander Lindsey if the case he is escorting really contains a hundred million in gold. Lindsey demands to know where he heard that, and the sailor admits he heard it from a Marine. Lindsey jokes that the sailor should ''never'' listen to Marines. [[BaitAndSwitch And it's only forty million.]]million]].



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** The show's title.
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* [[FourStarBadass Two Star Badass]]: Rear Admiral Chegwidden and his replacement Maj. Gen. Cresswell.

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* [[FourStarBadass FourStarBadass: Two Star Badass]]: Badass: Rear Admiral Chegwidden and his replacement Maj. Gen. Cresswell.



* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: Given the many MilitaryBrats, this conflict also connects with several characters who are too young to have served themselves. AJ served in that war while in the UsefulNotes/NavySEALS and earned the Navy Cross. Harm's father was shot down over the skies of Vietnam and was declared MIA. Tom Boone served with Harm's father and was later accused for having participated in war crimes. Mac's father and uncle served during the war and the uncle returned alive with the Medal of Honor around his neck. Clayton Webb's father ran the CIA's Phoenix program back then. Both Bud and Sturgis' fathers also served at that time.
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* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: Given VerbedTitle: At least the many MilitaryBrats, this conflict also connects with several characters who are too young to have served themselves. AJ served in that war while in the UsefulNotes/NavySEALS and earned the Navy Cross. Harm's father was shot down over the skies of Vietnam and was declared MIA. Tom Boone served with Harm's father and was later accused for having participated in war crimes. Mac's father and uncle served during the war and the uncle returned alive with the Medal of Honor around his neck. Clayton Webb's father ran the CIA's Phoenix program back then. Both Bud and Sturgis' fathers also served at that time.
episode, "Smoked".
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27th Apr '18 5:08:29 PM Fews1990
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* QuittingToGetMarried: Zig-zagged on the last episode where Harm and Sarah flip a coin for who will have to do this when they marry. The show ends before the coin lands.
19th Apr '18 8:04:53 PM compro01
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* {{Polyamory}}: Mac has to defend polygamists in both "Killer Instinct" and again in "Retrial". In the latter episode there's even a ContinuityNod to the first, despite taking place several seasons later.

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* {{Polyamory}}: Mac has to defend polygamists a polygamist in both "Killer Instinct" and again Instinct", then prosecute one in "Retrial". In the latter episode there's even a ContinuityNod to the first, despite taking place several seasons later.
16th Mar '18 8:16:29 PM JamesAustin
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'''Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden:''' Now, if I repeated those words to the press, the Secretary of the Navy would demand my resignation. For while my words are as true as the blue ice in the Arctic, [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad they're politically incorrect]]. And today's Navy, Mr. Rabb, sails on the sea of political correctness.

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'''Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden:''' Now, if I repeated those words to the press, the Secretary of the Navy would demand my resignation. For while my words are as true as the blue ice in the Arctic, [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad they're politically incorrect]].incorrect. And today's Navy, Mr. Rabb, sails on the sea of political correctness.
16th Mar '18 8:05:20 PM JamesAustin
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: ''JAG'' was - for a Hollywood-made television series - fairly accurate in terms of military protocol and procedures, however as [[BellisariosMaxim one may reasonably expect]], the RuleOfCool and RuleOfDrama always takes precedence above accuracy whenever it benefits the story.
** Although, it has to be acknowledged that well more than half the episodes featured situations that were completely removed from reality. You don't have to look very far. Even the promo picture above shows a female character with her hair down to her shoulders, which is not allowed in uniform.

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* AndStarring: David James Elliott (Harmon Rabb) had the "starring" for all ten seasons, "and John M. Jackson as Admiral Chegwidden" at the end for the eight seasons (2-9) in which he appeared in the opening titles.
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* ArmiesAreEvil: {{Inverted|Trope}}. The [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks U.S. Armed Forces]] (naval services in particular) is portrayed, save for a few bad apples, [[{{Eagleland}} as the very finest America has ever offered to the world]]. The civilian world is commonly portrayed as something lesser than the military with its inherent codes and values. In fact, the military is implied to be the only place in America where the content of a person's character can be fairly judged without any prejudice. An obvious AuthorTract as the [[Creator/DonaldPBellisario creator and executive producer]] did, once upon a time, serve in the [[SemperFi Marine Corps]] and would later make a career in Hollywood. It should be noted though that even with the blatant pro-military stance from the get-go, ''JAG'' wasn't BackedByThePentagon for the first two seasons because the Navy, following the Tailhook incident and the controversy of introducing females on combat ships and fighter planes, were in a hyper-sensitive mode and didn't want to be associated with any TV-show dramatizing crimes committed in the service.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: ''JAG'' was - for a Hollywood-made television series - fairly accurate in terms of military protocol and procedures, however as [[BellisariosMaxim one may reasonably expect]], the RuleOfCool and RuleOfDrama always takes precedence above accuracy whenever it benefits the story.
** Although,
story; it has to be acknowledged that well more than half the episodes featured situations that were completely removed from reality. You don't have to look very far. reality:
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Even the promo picture above shows a female character with her hair down to her shoulders, which is not allowed in uniform.



-->''There's one issue that really used to bug me, but now I accept it. When they show people flying in planes or taking off from an aircraft carrier, they never wear their oxygen masks. I understand, though, that the director wants to make sure that we can see the actors' faces. I sort of gave up on that battle.''
** When the show first debuted, a group of real Navy JAG officers got together to watch it. Before it began, they all agreed to take a shot every time they saw a mistake. The game was called off before the first commercial break, as they all realized they'd be passed out cold by the end of the show if they continued.

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-->''There's --->''There's one issue that really used to bug me, but now I accept it. When they show people flying in planes or taking off from an aircraft carrier, they never wear their oxygen masks. I understand, though, that the director wants to make sure that we can see the actors' faces. I sort of gave up on that battle.''
** When the show first debuted, a group of real Navy JAG officers got together to watch it. Before it began, they all agreed to take a shot every time they saw a mistake. The game was called off before the first commercial break, as they all realized they'd be passed out cold by the end of the show if they continued.
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* CentralTheme: The military in general, Navy and Marine Corps in particular, represents all that's good about America, and although there are a few rotten apples in the barrel, they are invariably dealt with, and the military as an institution is never at fault. A subversion of ArmiesAreEvil as far as it gets without being outright propaganda.



* DownerBeginning: Most of the {{ColdOpening}}s starts with an accident occurring or a crime being committed.

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* DownerBeginning: Most of the {{ColdOpening}}s {{Cold Opening}}s starts with an accident occurring or a crime being committed.



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* VastBureaucracy: On ''JAG'' this tropes comes in two different flavors. If concerning the Navy and Marine Corps, the vast bureaucracy, which it is, will often be portrayed in a positive and/or neutral sense. If concerning any other service or another non-military agency the negatives will be accentuated.



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* ForeignLanguageTitle: ''JAG'' had only one episode with one: "''Pas de Deux''".



** In the last two episodes of season 8 and the first of the 9th season, Mac goes undercover as Clayton Webb's wife on mission in UsefulNotes/Paraguay where they aim to stop terroist Sadik Fahd from establishing a base. But everything does not go according to plans.

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** In the last two episodes of season 8 and the first of the 9th season, Mac goes undercover as Clayton Webb's wife on mission in UsefulNotes/Paraguay UsefulNotes/{{Paraguay}} where they aim to stop terroist Sadik Fahd from establishing a base. But everything does not go according to plans.



* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The second season episode "We the People", taken from the U.S. Constitution, although the story is about the Declaration of Independence.



''"This court-martial is adjourned."''

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''"This -->''"This court-martial is adjourned."''
6th Mar '18 6:54:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* GlamorousWartimeSinger: The season 5 episode "Ghosts of Christmas Past", dedicated to Creator/BobHope and USO, casts Catherine Bell as one back in 1969.

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* GlamorousWartimeSinger: The season 5 episode "Ghosts of Christmas Past", dedicated to Creator/BobHope and USO, casts Catherine Bell Creator/CatherineBell as one back in 1969.



* HospitalHottie: Beverly Tromatore (played by Catherine Bell) in the season 8 episode "Each Of Us Angels".
** Foreshadowing of course the fact Bell would play a nurse in ''Series/ArmyWives''.

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* HospitalHottie: Beverly Tromatore (played by Catherine Bell) Creator/CatherineBell) in the season 8 episode "Each Of Us Angels".
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Angels". Foreshadowing of course the fact Bell would play a nurse in ''Series/ArmyWives''.
3rd Mar '18 11:09:45 AM nombretomado
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* StrawmanNewsMedia: All types were used. But, in the later seasons the storylines presented the UnitedStates military as an {{Eagleland}} with infinite PatrioticFervor. [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2002/08/a_few_sanctimonious_men.html]]

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* StrawmanNewsMedia: All types were used. But, in the later seasons the storylines presented the UnitedStates UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates military as an {{Eagleland}} with infinite PatrioticFervor. [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2002/08/a_few_sanctimonious_men.html]]



* StrawCivilian: Occurs often. In fact, the TheWarOnStraw tropes applied heavily in the later seasons. The only exception was StrawmanHasAPoint, the military was never portrayed as wrong. The corrupt members of the military were always the exception and lectured on their betrayal of the UnitedStates.

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* StrawCivilian: Occurs often. In fact, the TheWarOnStraw tropes applied heavily in the later seasons. The only exception was StrawmanHasAPoint, the military was never portrayed as wrong. The corrupt members of the military were always the exception and lectured on their betrayal of the UnitedStates.UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates.
22nd Feb '18 7:37:38 PM nombretomado
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** The 5th season episode "Rogue" begins with a [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope statement that it's not based on any real person or event]]; but even the episode title is a play on [[RogueWarrior Richard Marcinko]] and his Red Cell team that would play terrorists to test military security. They apparently really were able to infiltrate nuclear subs (how much of this is fiction is a matter of debate, but the team was real.) [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as even with his court martial and trial at the beginning of the decade the Navy was still very much trying to keep Marcinko's SEAL Team Six and Red Cell under wraps when the episode aired in 1999.

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** The 5th season episode "Rogue" begins with a [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope statement that it's not based on any real person or event]]; but even the episode title is a play on [[RogueWarrior [[Literature/RogueWarrior Richard Marcinko]] and his Red Cell team that would play terrorists to test military security. They apparently really were able to infiltrate nuclear subs (how much of this is fiction is a matter of debate, but the team was real.) [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as even with his court martial and trial at the beginning of the decade the Navy was still very much trying to keep Marcinko's SEAL Team Six and Red Cell under wraps when the episode aired in 1999.



** Doubly subverted in "Rogue" where the RogueWarrior {{Expy}} and his men, not only captures a nuclear attack submarine (SSN), as per orders, but also takes it to sea and threatens to attack UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity unless a ransom is paid. Turns at that the end that the intentions were honorable: a wakeup call to make officials aware of the threats posed by terrorists such as UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden...

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** Doubly subverted in "Rogue" where the RogueWarrior Literature/RogueWarrior {{Expy}} and his men, not only captures a nuclear attack submarine (SSN), as per orders, but also takes it to sea and threatens to attack UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity unless a ransom is paid. Turns at that the end that the intentions were honorable: a wakeup call to make officials aware of the threats posed by terrorists such as UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden...
8th Feb '18 4:56:53 PM nombretomado
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* CoolOldLady: Porter Webb, {{CIA}} officer Clayton Webb's mother, a former {{NSA}} analyst who is perfectly comfortable with her son's fake deaths and other cloak and dagger shenanigans.

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* CoolOldLady: Porter Webb, {{CIA}} officer Clayton Webb's mother, a former {{NSA}} UsefulNotes/{{NSA}} analyst who is perfectly comfortable with her son's fake deaths and other cloak and dagger shenanigans.
10th Dec '17 11:34:07 AM nombretomado
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* CelebrityParadox: DonaldPBellisario, the series show runner and creator, exists in the JAG-verse as does his series ''Series/QuantumLeap''. Actor Dean Stockwell who had a major part in ''Series/QuantumLeap'', later plays Secretary of the Navy Edward Sheffield.

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* CelebrityParadox: DonaldPBellisario, Creator/DonaldPBellisario, the series show runner and creator, exists in the JAG-verse as does his series ''Series/QuantumLeap''. Actor Dean Stockwell who had a major part in ''Series/QuantumLeap'', later plays Secretary of the Navy Edward Sheffield.



* FanConvention: Harm, Mac and Bud stay at a motel in "Father's Day" where a ''Series/QuantumLeap'' convention is held. The special guest of honor is none other than DonaldPBellisario.

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* FanConvention: Harm, Mac and Bud stay at a motel in "Father's Day" where a ''Series/QuantumLeap'' convention is held. The special guest of honor is none other than DonaldPBellisario.Creator/DonaldPBellisario.
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