Do you need to watch Band of Brothers to understand Masters of the Air?

Masters of the Air is the new Apple TV+ series focusing on the 100th Bomb Group in World War II. It's a sequel series to Band of Brothers, but do you need to watch that series first?

Masters of the Air -- Courtesy of Apple TV+
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If you’re looking for a new historical drama, Masters of the Air is the one to check out right now. The series premiered on Apple TV+ on Friday, and now we’re ready for more episodes.

The series is focused on the 100th Bomb Group, a group of airmen who put their lives on the line to infiltrate Nazi Germany from the air. They brought the War to Hitler’s doorstep, and without them, the War probably wouldn’t have ended with an Allies victory.

You may feel like this is a little familiar. Haven’t you seen other shows that are focused on certain groups of soldiers going into the Second World War? Well, yes. This is a sequel to Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

You don’t need to watch Band of Brothers to understand Masters of the Air

The good news is you don’t need to watch Band of Brothers to be able to understand the events of Masters of the Air. Likewise, you won’t need to watch The Pacific. However, the two shows are certainly worth taking the time to watch.

Masters of the Air focuses on a different group of men fighting in the War. The Pacific was on the Japanese front, so has nothing to do with the Nazi Germany front. The show closest to Masters of the Air is going to be Band of Brothers, but that focuses on those on the ground. They didn’t cross paths all that much and had different orders for the entire time.

There’s no need for there to be a major crossover between the shows. There may be a mention on something that happened, but nothing specific to the series that you’d need to have watched Band of Brothers to fully understand. This is a standalone series.

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Masters of the Air airs on Apple TV+ on Fridays.