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  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets:
    • Foreign characters (as in Non-US citizens) were always portrayed as either dirty, funny, naïve, or just plain stupid.
    • The sole exception to this generalization seems to be the Sudanese "people’s poet" Professor Dobotu in the fourth season episode "Embassy" who is a Gandhi-like Gentleman Snarker.
  • Acceptable Hard Luck Targets: Subverted with amputees; as Bud Roberts gets a leg amputated as result of stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan, yet he's ultimately able to fully recover (with the aid of a prosthetic leg) and to live a happy familiy life.
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  • Acceptable Professional Targets: The show, being about lawyers, does employ a few obligatory lawyer jokes. Within the military setting itself, the show also demonstrates that this trope is true within the American armed forces, with servicemembers of various occupations or branches making jokes at each others' expense (Marine infantry vs lawyers, Naval aviators vs. everybody else, commissioned officers vs non-commissioned officers and enlisted, Navy vs Marines, etc.)
  • Acceptable Religious Targets: Fanatic and outright anti-American Muslims with hostile intentions were always legitimate villians on this show. However, Muslims who do not express an open anti-American sentiment are portrayed quite favorably.
  • Actor Shipping: There was/is a lot of shipping among fans, often in the form of fanfiction, to different degrees with the two leads: Harm and Mac (or in some cases even the actors).
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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Loren Singer.
  • Awesome Music: At least in the first season, they appear to use the theme music much to the effect of the Indiana Jones theme.
  • Bellisario's Maxim. Since He is the creator of this series, it's reasonable to assume that it does apply.
  • Better on DVD: JAG gets even better when watching in a marathon because of story arcs, subtle character development and frequent continuity nods.
  • Broken Base:
    • Some fans argue passionately about who was the best female lead: Andrea Parker, Tracey Needham or Catherine Bell. Since Bell starred in 9 out of 10 seasons some people see this debate as moot. Parker was hired for the Pilot episode but NBC did not want her for the series so Donald P. Bellisario was forced to hire Needham. When the show moved to CBS for the second season, Bellisario didn't want to keep Needham, but Parker had already been cast in a lead role in The Pretender and was thus unavailible. Bellisario took a gambit and hired an unknown actress (Bell) who'd had a small role in the last season 1 episode, and the rest is history...
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    • Opinions obviously varied when the comic relief characters Bud and Harriet suffered the tragedy of Harriet giving birth to a stillborn child. Some viewed it as an unnecessarily cruel hand dealt to two undeserving characters while others saw it as a well executed dramatic twist that kicked off dialog on an issue many people are reluctant to talk about in real life.
    • The sudden retirement of Admiral Chegwidden following season 9.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Creator Worship: Bud in is fan of Quantum Leap, and when seeing Donald P. Bellisario's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame he exclaims, "Hey, it's the Quantum Leap guy!"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, who makes his debut in this series during a Backdoor Pilot and became famous for his ice-cold hazing of Rabb in a murder investigation, which was enough to rattle even his cage. Gibbs proved so popular it was enough to constitute a very healthy run in the subsequent spin-off NCIS (which ironically detoured NCIS agents from being viewed as antagonistic entities- well, at least to everyone outside of JAG, who is annoyed by their hardball-prone presence), and from there snowballed into several more spin-offs.
  • Gateway Series: JAG is a combination of a Military and Warfare Television and Law Procedural, so it could be argued that it may serve as a gateway to either genre.
  • Genius Bonus: Sometimes on JAG, the meaning of military acronyms are never explained to the viewers, and upon rarer occasion are references made to case law without explaining in detail what that case means to the viewers.
  • Narm: The sheer amount of Theme Music Power-Up in the first season. Anytime anyone did anything mildly heroic, the theme tune would start blaring full blast. After awhile, though, they dialed it back and used a more downplayed version of the theme for awesome moments so it became charming. It certainly helped that it was a really good theme.
  • Product Placement: It could be argued that JAG and NCIS are dramatized recruitment and retention commercials for the Department of the Navy.
  • The Scrappy: Lt. Loren Singer is disliked by a good portion of the fandom. No doubt intentional, as most of the cast didn't like her much either - she was a lying, manipulative, power-hungry bitch and something of a Smug Snake. And then she died and Harm got accused of her murder in the NCIS pilot episodes. He's lucky Gibbs was investigating... It's ironic that the actress who played her is actually series lead David James Elliott (Harmon Rabb)'s wife.
  • The Woobie: Both Bud and Harriet may qualify for this - Bud especially after the seventh season finale.

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