Deployment, Military Life

20 Shows to Watch During Deployment

Trying to fill the lonely nights while your spouse is deployed? Can’t find anything to watch on tv? I’ve compiled a list of 20 tv shows to watch during deployment, TDYs, or whatever reason the military is keeping your spouse is away from home.

The best way to survive a deployment is to stay as busy as possible. However, down time is not only inevitable, it’s necessary. My deployment bucket list was full of things to keep me and the kids busy, but I knew I would need some R&R to get me through.

#30 on the list was to find a show to binge-watch on Netflix. For the sake of your sanity and well-being, get a horde of snacks, pile up on the couch, and binge-watch the hell out of some tv. Getting lost in someone else’s fictional drama is a relaxing way to spend those lonely nights.

Here are some of the shows I’ve binged over the past 9 years of my husband’s time in service.

[Sidenote: The brief descriptions and photos provided were borrowed from imdb.com.]

Military-Themed Shows

1. Army Wives

army wives shows to watch during deployment

Four women and one man share the common bond of loving someone in the U.S. Army

2. The Unit

the unit shows to watch during deployment

An American drama series that centers on a fictional top-secret military special operations unit and their families. (This show focuses more on the soldiers and military aspect than Army Wives, which primarily focuses on the families.)

3. Homeland

Homeland Shows to watch during deployment

A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Make Ya Feel Good Shows

4. Gilmore Girls

gilmore girls shows to watch during deployment

A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirty-something single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

5. Hart of Dixie

hart of dixie shows to watch during deployment

New Yorker and new doctor, Zoe Hart, accepts an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work in his medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama. She arrives to find he has died and left half the practice to her in his will.

6. The Ranch

the ranch shows to watch during deployment

The son of a Colorado rancher returns home from a semi-pro football career to run the family business.

7. Atypical

Atypical shows to watch during deployment

Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, decides it’s time to find a girlfriend, a journey that sets Sam’s mom on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence.

8. Drop Dead Diva

drop dead diva shows to watch during deployment

A vapid aspiring model killed in a car crash gets brought back to life as an intelligent, overweight lawyer, hoping to find the meaning of inner beauty.

9. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt shows to watch during deployment

A woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.

Shows that Make You Get Your Tissues

This Is Us

this is us shows to watch during deployment

A heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles, and their wonderful parents.

Parenthood

parenthood shows to watch during deployment

The lives and tragedies of the Braverman family tree.

Welcome to Shonda-land Shows

12. Grey’s Anatomy

Shows to Watch During Deployment - Grey's Anatomy

A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

13. Scandal

Shows to Watch During Deployment - Scandal

A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

How to Get Away with Murder

Shows to Watch During Deployment - How to Get Away with Murder

A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Shows That Will Suck You In  

15. The Shield

Shows to Watch During Deployment - The Shield

Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

16. Breaking Bad

Shows to Watch During Deployment - Breaking Bad

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future.

17. Sons of Anarchy

Shows to Watch During Deployment - Sons of Anarchy

A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club.

18. The Walking Dead

Shows to Watch During Deployment - Walking Dead

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

19. Fear the Walking Dead

Shows to Watch During Deployment - Fear the Walking Dead

A Walking Dead spin-off, set in Los Angeles, following two families who must band together to survive the undead apocalypse.

20. Quantico

Shows to Watch During Deployment - Quantico

A look at the lives of young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia when one of them is suspected of being a sleeper terrorist.

Although, I would rather have my husband here on the couch cuddling with me, having control of the remote and finding new shows to watch during deployment is one of the few perks of being an Army wife. And in this life, sometimes you gotta take what you can get!

What shows have you watched during deployment?

20 Shows to Watch During Deployment