The BEST Episodes of JAG

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: CBS

JAG is an adventure drama about an elite wing of officers trained as lawyers who investigate, prosecute and defend those accused of crimes in the military. Navy Cmdr. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, an ace pilot turned lawyer, and Marine Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie, a beautiful by-the-book officer, are colleagues who hold the same high standards but find themselves clashing when they choose different routes to get to the same place. The unmistakable chemistry between them must be held at bay for professional reasons as they traverse the globe together with a single mission: to search for and discover the truth. Helping them with their mission is Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bud Roberts, a lawyer who proved his grit and determination when, after losing a leg in a land mine field while on a mission, fought back and became even better at his job.

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Port Chicago

#1 - Port Chicago

Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 9, 2002

In 1944, in the midst of World War II, a disastrous explosion rocked the U.S. Navy's Port Chicago near San Francisco, killing more than 350 sailors, most of them African-Americans. Following the blast, a group of 50 sailors refused to return to work until changes were made to assure their safety. They were charged with mutiny and court martialed, but later their convictions were reversed. Now, a surviving sailor wants his record and those of all the other ""mutineers"" cleared. Asked to handle the investigation discreetly, Cmdr. Turner discovers that an injustice was done and goes head-to-head with Lt. Singer in the courtroom. Meanwhile, Harm goes house shopping with Lt. Sims.

star 8.36
211 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Don McGill
Hail and Farewell, Part II (2)

#2 - Hail and Farewell, Part II (2)

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2004

Mac is unable to accept the news that Clayton Webb really is dead and ends up in possible danger looking into Webb's ""death"". With the retirement of Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden, Cmdr. Sturgis Turner is named Acting Judge Advocate General.

star 8.30
219 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Stephen Zito

#3 - Mishap

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 30, 1999

Lt. Elizabeth ""Skates"" Hawkes, Harm's former RIO (radio intercept officer), comes under fire after the crash landing of a Tomcat aboard the USS Patrick Henry. The ship's captain and Skates' commanding officer both place the entire blame of the crash on her shoulders and press for her court-martial. Barred from the initial investigation because of his relationship with Skates, Harm is finally able to help when he's called upon to defend his friend at her court-martial and employs all of his legal skills to save her military career.

star 8.27
362 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Larry Moskowitz
Dog Robber (2)

#4 - Dog Robber (2)

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 27, 2001

Harm defends Lt. Barrett who readily claims he disobeyed orders and destroyed the P-3 spy plane held hostage by the Chinese because he believed it was the right thing to do. Harm and Sturgis go head to head at the lieutenant's court-martial as Harm tries to keep him out of Leavenworth, where he could be sentenced to 25 years for his actions. Meanwhile, Mac investigates a charge of sexual harassment when a female officer charges a Marine colonel with humiliating her publicly when her training tape is shown on the television show ""Military Bloopers."" As part of her investigation, Mac takes the Colonel up on her offer to complete her regular physical training evaluation with the Colonel. Mac recommends that the Colonel get a letter of reprimand, which could jeopardize his chance for a command. However, when it comes to light that it was the female officer herself that leaked her video to ""Military Bloopers"" in order to shift blame for her inability to pass the court, she is the one who

star 8.25
280 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Stephen Zito
Need to Know

#5 - Need to Know

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 2002

Harm, Mac and Turner go up against the CIA's top counsel when the agency tries to keep a 1968 Navy sub tragedy, in which 129 men died, classified. In so doing, they must find a way around the CIA's classified information rules in order to follow the orders of the new Secretary of the Navy.

star 8.22
251 votes
Directors: Bradford May
Writers: Philip DeGuere
A Tangled Webb - Part II (4)

#6 - A Tangled Webb - Part II (4)

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2003

The 9th season begins where last season left off, with Harm, Mac, Webb & Gunny still in Paraguay searching for the terrorist Sadik. Their search is complicated by Harm's feelings being tangled up which drove him to resign his commission & rush to South America in the first place.

star 8.21
214 votes
Directors: Bradford May
Writers: Stephen Zito
The Adversaries

#7 - The Adversaries

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 13, 1999

Bud's first case as a newly sworn in JAG attorney is to defend his father, a retired Navy Chief who's been accused of having been involved in defrauding the Navy when he was in charge of Ship's Stores. Though the two have been estranged, Bud feels a strong obligation to his father, who specifically requested him to be his attorney. Harm is the designated prosecutor, which spooks Bud, as he knows he's going up against the best.

star 8.20
339 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Dana Coen, Larry Moskowitz
Yesterday's Heroes

#8 - Yesterday's Heroes

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 24, 1998

When a luxury yacht owned by a reputed South American drug trafficker mysteriously sinks and the Navy is suspect, Harm, Mac and Bud are put on the case. Meanwhile, Artemus Sullivan, a World War II Navy veteran, with the help of his aged cronies, devises plans from a nursing home to make sure the drug dealer responsible for Sullivan's grandson's death is brought to justice. But when Sullivan is kidnapped by the drug dealers, his mettle is tested, as is that of Harm and his team as they race to rescue the war hero.

star 8.20
329 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Gypsy Eyes (2)

#9 - Gypsy Eyes (2)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 1998

Having been shot at by Russian fighters, Mac & Harm are forced to eject from their plane, which then noses into the bottom of a very deep lake. The Russians announce to the world that Harm & Mac have been killed, which is broadcasted back to the USA by ZNN reporter Chuck DePalma. Webb tries to convince the Admiral that they have been killed, but when A.J. learns their bodies haven't been found, A.J. becomes irate and vows to go to Moscow himself to look for them. The SecNav orders A.J. not to go, who replies that the SecNav doesn't want to try & stop him. In Russia, A.J. meets with DePalma who tells A.J. that he doesn't believe the Russians, that certain things in their story don't add up. In the woods, a husband & wife gypsies come across Harm & Mac. They are disappointed when they learn that Harm & Mac are not American Spies as at least the spies have gold coins to give to Russians that help them. Mac states they don't have gold coins, but shows them a wad of US dollars and asks

star 8.19
372 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
A New Life (2)

#10 - A New Life (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 23, 1995

Harm & Kate continue to investigate the death of Lt. Angela Arutti, all the while the carrier remaining on combat status.

star 8.18
208 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
Mixed Messages

#11 - Mixed Messages

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 2001

**August 15 - 17, 2001** After a break-in and murders at a Naval Annex building in Washington, D.C., Harm finds out that one of the victims was a friend of his, who is also suspected of passing information to the Chinese. As Harm sets out to clear his friend of espionage charges, he encounters startling roadblocks put in the way of his investigation by the intelligence community. Meanwhile, Renee shows up at JAG Headquarters with surprising news for Harm, and Mac tirelessly searches for the young girl she left behind in Indonesia. (See, ""Guilt"")

star 8.18
222 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: Nan Hagan
Hero Worship

#12 - Hero Worship

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 12, 2002

Adm. Chegwidden agrees to help the White House with an event honoring Medal of Honor recipients, but only if he can investigate the case of a vet who was dropped from the list because of a shoplifting arrest. Meanwhile, Mac and Harm look into a fire aboard a destroyer.

star 8.17
244 votes
Directors: Rod Hardy
Writers: Dana Coen, Don McGill

#13 - Embassy

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 1998

Harm and Mac use a party at the Sudanese Embassy as a cover for their investigation of a kidnapping, and they're literally caught by surprise when terrorists take the visiting dignitaries -- and Mac -- hostage. Meanwhile, Bud notices that Harriet seems to be suffering from more than just flu symptoms.

star 8.16
399 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Someone to Watch over Annie

#14 - Someone to Watch over Annie

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 6, 1998

Annie Pendry, a widow, comes to Harm for help after her young son, Josh, witnessed a murder while on a class trip to Andrews Air Force Base.

star 8.15
378 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Stephen Zito

#15 - Touchdown

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 24, 2003

A CIA mission sends Harm & Beth O'Neil to Libya to pull an agent out of that country. But when the agent wants Harm to transport the entire family, Harm has to modify his mission while avoiding contact with the Libyan authorities. When that fails and their plane comes under attack, Harm & Beth must land on the only available landing strip...the U.S.S. Seahawk. At JAG, a Marine is accused of being involved with the Al-Queda terrorist organization and Mac is assigned to defend him against the charge.

star 8.15
249 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Matt Witten
King of the Greenie Board (1)

#16 - King of the Greenie Board (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 1999

While patrolling the Mediterranean near Yugoslavia and against the orders of Harm, his division commander, Lt. Buxton fires on what he believes is a Serbian armored car about to attack Kosovar refugees. As Buxton and his pals are celebrating his victory back aboard the aircraft carrier, however, the grave news arrives: those ""Serbs"" Buxton attacked and killed were, in fact, Russian peacekeepers, and Buxton made the mistake while under Harm's command. Mac prosecutes what appears to be an open-and-shut case of a Marine weapons expert accused of reckless endangerment.

star 8.14
395 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: John Schulian
True Callings

#17 - True Callings

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 5, 1999

Harms fitness report is coming up and the realization that maybe it really is too late to be a fighter pilot. During a dangerous mission over hostile Serbian territory, Harm's wingman's plane is shot up and Harm performs top-gun maneuvers to keep the disabled plane aloft until it's over friendly territory. Meanwhile, with a new Gunny in the office, Bud & Tiner fall over themselves as they compete against each other in an online auction to purchase tickets to a concert, in order to impress the Admiral. They end up looking foolish when it is discovered that the Gunny got the same tickets for free.

star 8.13
344 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Ed Zuckerman, John Schulian, Paul T. Gillcrist
Answered Prayers

#18 - Answered Prayers

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 11, 2001

When a pretty female petty officer is arrested by the MP's for impersonating a Salvation Army 'bell-ringing' Santa & pocketing the cash, Harm is assigned as her attorney. However, since she has a history of unauthorized absences, she is ordered to be held in custody. But with the holidays, the brig & pre-trial detention center are unavailable, she is estranged from her father, so she must spend the holiday with Harm or with Mac. Cmdr. Ted Lindsey (as the SecNav's administrative assistant) notifies Bud's brother Mikey that each year, the SecNav nominates 170 enlisted personnel for admission to the Naval Academy and that Mikey is being considered for one of those nomination spots. Bud & Mikey's father, a retired Master Chief though is not at all thrilled with having another son becoming an officer and insures that everyone knows it. PO Tiner notifies the Admiral of a lawsuit filed against the Navy by Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, et al. It seems a group of reindeer broke through a runway

star 8.12
278 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Nan Hagan, Paul J. Levine

#19 - Mutiny

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired May 15, 2001

Preparing to give a lecture about an 1842 Naval court-martial, Mac finds herself daydreaming about what actually happened.

star 8.12
232 votes
Directors: Mark Horowitz
Writers: Ed Zuckerman, Nelson Costello
Empty Quiver

#20 - Empty Quiver

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 25, 2003

Cdr. Turner gets to hitch a ride on a submarine that is bound for the mideast when it has been discovered that a 10-kiloton nuclear warhead has turned up missing.

star 8.12
213 votes
Directors: Kenneth Johnson
Writers: Philip DeGuere
The Good of the Service

#21 - The Good of the Service

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 1997

When a Marine colonel defies orders from superiors, as well as the State Department, and rescues his men who are being held and tortured by a Haitian warlord, he is court-martialed. Harm and Mac are assigned as prosecutors and are shocked when they find they must go head-to-head with Chegwidden. Bud must choose who to side with.

star 8.09
362 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Larry Moskowitz
The Bridge at Kang So Ri

#22 - The Bridge at Kang So Ri

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 29, 2000

Harm and Mac are assigned to investigate charges that American GIs shot and killed civilians during the Korean War. They board a plane for Korea, along with a veteran who claims to have participated in the shootings. Korean terrorists take over the plane and insist on punishing those responsible for the alleged war crime.

star 8.08
333 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Ed Zuckerman, Paul J. Levine
A Separate Peace (2)

#23 - A Separate Peace (2)

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 28, 2000

Harm & Mac defend Adm. Boone in court against the charges that he was responsible for massacrering civilians. Although he is eventually acquitted, he decides that it is probably best to retire from the service, despite Harm's objection that the Navy need men like him.

star 8.07
283 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Stephen Zito
Odd Man Out

#24 - Odd Man Out

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 22, 2002

Harm faces Mac in court when he defends a Navy medical corpsman accused of murdering a Marine sergeant during a training exercise. When he finds himself serving on the jury, Bud, feeling like an expert, uses his knowledge of the law during deliberations to help the jurors question the facts of the case, but then discovers the hard way that sometimes things in the courtroom are not what they seem. Cmdr. Turner goes to New London to assist in the deployment of the submarine USS San Antonio. Once there, he helps a young sailor keep his marriage together when his wife intends to file for divorce due to the deployment. When its learned that Harm has two tickets to the Super Bowl, everyone in the JAG office jockey for position in an attempt to be selected to go with Harm to the game. However, it turns out the ""tickets"" to the game are not necessarily the best seats for ""watching"" the game. Sergei adjusts to trying to live in America by navigating the complex immigration laws in an attempt

star 8.07
274 votes
Directors: Michael Switzer
Writers: David Ehrman
Iron Coffin

#25 - Iron Coffin

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 20, 2001

Harm's friendship with Capt. Volkonov puts him in a precarious position when a Russian submarine blows up and the Russians claim that a U.S. submarine was responsible. It's up to Harm to convince his friend (& the world) that the accident was caused by a faulty new Russian torpedo, without divulging highly classified material. Meanwhile, Mac is sent onboard the USS Watertown to observe when the Congressional committee headed by Rep. Latham investigates as to why women are not allowed to serve aboard submarines. Renee & Mic are left behind wondering whether their really is something between Harm & Mac.

star 8.07
275 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: Paul J. Levine