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on 17 December 2012
Prior to buying this I'd only seen a few individual episodes so had no great preconceptions. I've just finished all 10 seasons to get a better overall view before I commented on it.
Series 1 starts with a 2 part story about the loss of a female pilot from an aircraft carrier and JAG (Judge Advocate General) officers Lt Harmon Rabb (David James Elliott) and Lt Caitlin Pike (Andrea Parker) are assigned to investigate. That partnership did not last long as by episode 3 Lt Meg Austin (Tracey Needham) took over for the rest of the series. However it wasn't until Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie (Catherine Bell) arrived at the start of series 2 that it started to gel together, the chemistry between Rabb and Mac drives most of the storylines but rest assured there's action aplenty thrown in.
There's a wide variety of stories all involving US Navy or Marine Corps members getting into trouble across the globe as the JAG team travel to defend and prosecute and hopefully uncover the truth. The stories span almost all continents and cover many issues including murder, assault, rape and espionage. It's quite a topical show so international events and the effects they have on the Navy are at the forefront throughout. Most notably the tales involving the break up of Yugoslavia and the post 9/11 involving the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There's a couple of episodes involving Britain, the IRA tale may raise eyebrows but no nation comes out unscathed, including the USA some of the hardest hitting episodes are home based. If you stop watching due to a particular episode you'll miss out on some great stories later.
There are a few issues, the annoying voice over at the start which was thankfully dropped later; the cigar smoking gung-ho antics get a little tiresome at times, however there's some nice touches such as messages from actual US troops, stories based on actual events which credit the true heroes who were involved in the real life dramas.
It's not all war & law, there's romance (lots), births and deaths, comedy and tragedy, friendships and rivalries and, like many long running TV shows, there's the novelty episodes such as flashbacks to an 19th Century mutiny and a special on Navy Nurses prior to the 1945 assault on Iwo Jima as well as several feel-good Christmas issues.
There's not much in the way of extras, a gag reel for season 5 and a farewell message from the cast at the end of season 10. Still, it's worth viewing and at a pretty reasonable price for all 10 seasons it's good value for money.