|Country of origin:||United States|
|No. of episodes:||24|
|Original release:||September 23, 1997 – May 19, 1998|
|Home video release|
|DVD release date:||March 20, 2007|
The third season of JAG premiered on CBS on September 23, 1997 and ended on May 19, 1998, after 24 episodes. It was produced by Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Productions (now CBS Television Studios).
Lieutenant Commander Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott), a former aviator, and Marine Major Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie(Catherine Bell) work for the Headquarters of the Judge Advocate General, the internal law firm of the Department of the Navy. Mac, a beautiful, by-the-book Marine, is JAG's Chief of Staff and Harm's partner. She oversees a team including Lieutenant J.G. Bud Roberts (Patrick Labyorteaux), Ensign Harriet Sims (Karri Turner), and Commander Carolyn Imes (Dana Sparks), as they investigate cases including the discovery of a skeleton aboard a decommissioned ship ("Ghost Ship"), a fraternization charge ("The Court-Martial of Sandra Gilbert"), a training accident ("Blindside"), and a murder in Vietnam ("Vanished"). Meanwhile, Mac comes face-to-face with her past ("The Good of the Service"), and departs JAG for private-practice ("Impact"), Bud tries his hand at Karaoke ("Above and Beyond"), Harm is accused of murder ("People v. Rabb"), Harm and Mac travel to Russia ("To Russia With Love"), Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) loses his mentor ("With Intent to Die"), and Mac learns of Lieutenant Diane Schonke ("Death Watch"), her doppelganger whose murder was investigated by Harm and Lieutenant Meg Austin (Tracey Needham) in 1996.
Despite an initial reluctance to co-operate from the United States Department of the Navy (due to sensitivity in light of all the accumulative negative publicity that had been generated from the Tailhook scandal and its aftermath), during season three, the naval services had begun to change their minds, and began to render support to the production team on a script-by-script basis. Commander Bob Anderson of the Navy's entertainment media liaison office in Los Angeles stated that "we're fine with that as long as the bad guys are caught and punished, and the institution of the Navy is not the bad guy".
Cast and Characters
- David James Elliott as Harmon Rabb, Jr., Lieutenant Commander
- Catherine Bell as Sarah MacKenzie, Major in the Marine Corps.
- Patrick Labyorteaux as Bud Roberts, Lieutenant J.G.
- John M. Jackson as A. J. Chegwidden, Rear Admiral
- Karri Turner as Harriet Sims, Ensign
- Andrea Thompson as Alison Krennick, Commander
- Terry O'Quinn as Thomas Boone, Captain, "CAG"
- Paul Collins as Alexander Nelson, Secretary of the Navy
- Steven Culp as Clayton Webb, CIA Officer
- Chuck Carrington as Jason Tiner, Petty Officer
- Harrison Page as Stiles Morris, Captain
- Michael Bellisario as Michael Roberts
- Anne-Marie Johnson as Roberta Latham, Congresswoman
- Dana Sparks as Carolyn Imes, Commander
- Rex Linn as Mark Falcon, KGB Agent
- Tracey Needham as Lieutenant J. G. Meg Austin, Lieutenant J.G.
|38||1||Ghost Ship||23 Sep 1997|
|39||2||The Court-Martisl of Sandra Gilbert||30 Sep 1997|
|40||3||The Good of The Service||7 October 1997|
|41||4||Blind Side||14 October 1997|
|42||5||King of The Fleas||21 October 1997|
|43||6||Vanished||28 October 1997|
|44||7||Against All Enemies||4 November 1997|
|45||8||Above and Boyond||11 November 1997|
|46||9||Impact||18 November 1997|
|47||10||People vs. Rabb||25 November 1997|
|48||11||Defenseless||9 December 1997|
|49||12||Someone To Watch Over Annie||8 January 1998|
|50||13||With Intent To Die||13 January 1998|
|51||14||Father's Day||3 February 1998|
|52||15||Yesterday's Heroes||24 February 1998|
|53||16||Chains of Command||3 March 1998|
|54||17||The Stalker||17 March 1998|
|55||18||Tiger, Tiger||24 March 1998|
|56||19||Death Watch||31 March 1998|
|57||21||Imposter||21 April 1998|
|58||21||The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse||28 April 1998|
|59||22||Clipped Wings||5 May 1998|
|60||23||Wedding Bell Blues||12 May 1998|
|61||24||To Russia With Love||19 May 1998|
|● Season One ● Season Two ● Season Three ● Season Four ● Season Five ● Season Six ● Season Seven ● Season Eight ● Season Nine ● Season Ten ●.|