JAG

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Name: JAG
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Creator: Donald P. Bellisario
Date(s): 1995-2005
Medium: TV
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: IMDB
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JAG is a military drama about lawyers serving in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps that debuted on TV on September 23, 1995 on NBC.

JAG's pilot episode starred David James Elliott as Lieutenant Harmon Rabb, Junior and Andrea Parker as his partner, Lieutenant (j.g.) Caitlin Pike. By the second episode, Lieutenant Pike was replaced with Lieutenant (j.g.) Meg Austin, played by Tracey Needham. Halfway through the season, supporting characters were added in the form of Admiral AJ Chegwidden, played by John M. Jackson, and Commander Allison Krennick, played by Andrea Thompson.

At the end of the 1995-1996 television season NBC canceled JAG. In the scramble for other networks to pick up the show, CBS came out on top. CBS added JAG to its mid-season schedule. JAG spent the remainder of its run at CBS, primarily on Tuesday evenings. The show was moved to Fridays in the ninth season (Sept. 2003), and many fans believe this move had a hand in JAG's demise.

In January 1997 as JAG began it's second season, gone were Lieutenant Austin and Commander Krennick. Added were Major Sarah MacKenzie, played by Catherine Bell, and Lieutenant (j.g.) Bud Roberts, played by Patrick Labyorteaux. The core cast remained static for the next several years. Love interests were brought in for both Mac and Harm, but when all was said and done, the relationships didn't stand a chance. At the end of season nine, Admiral Chegwidden bid JAG goodbye, and David Andrews stepped in to play Major General Cresswell, the first Marine to serve as the Judge Advocate General.

When the show ended at the end of April of 2005, fans were left with a happy ending and the main characters moving on to new assignments. Harm was offered the position of Force Judge Advocate, Europe, to be stationed in London, England. Mac was offered the position of Commander, Joint Legal Services Southwest, to be stationed in San Diego, California. But as their separation loomed, they finally faced their feelings for one another and Harm proposed. The series finale left us watching the coin that would decide the direction of their future together hanging in mid-air.

Fandom

Several fan sites exist in support of the show, which began its fandom just as the Internet started becoming a factor in fannish existence; a list of links can be found at The JAG Archive. The main pairing in the fandom is the canonical het pairing of the main characters, Sarah MacKenzie/Harmon Rabb, which was finally resolved at the end of the series when they agreed to get married, flipping a coin to determine who would resign to be with the other.

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