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The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows

Updated October 14, 2020 33.9k votes 3.9k voters 161.5k views142 items

List RulesVote up your favorite action-adventure series that have ever aired on television.

The very best action/adventure shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest in your face explosion shows also includes pictures from the shows when available (for example, if the internet is working... there will be a picture). You might also be interested in the best fantasy TV series and the best psychological thriller shows. Popular action/adventure TV shows tend to cause rabid fandom and debate amongst overly committed viewers about what the most entertaining action show of all time is. Don't let your favorite crazy car chase and gun fire television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of awesome space and/or earth cop television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

This is a list that features series like Star Trek, 24, Prison Break and other top rated action TV series so if you're looking for some new action TV shows to hunker down with your best bros and watch... this might be the list for you.

 

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

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    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen

    Premiered2013

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    Lost is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

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    Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Daredevil

    Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll

    Premiered2015

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    Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

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    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

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    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

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    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

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    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Premiered2013

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    24 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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    Arrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

    Premiered2012

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    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

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    Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2001

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

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    Fringe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

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    Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

    Premiered2005

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    Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Stargate SG-1

    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks

    Premiered1997

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    Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Burn Notice

    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar

    Premiered2007

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    The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    The A-Team

    George Peppard, Mr. T

    Premiered1983

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    Smallville is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum

    Premiered2001

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    Chuck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Chuck

    Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski

    Premiered2007

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    Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008

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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

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