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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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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24 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, + more

24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
stew driscoll added Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Space Western, Space opera, Drama, Comedy-drama, Science Fiction

Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 31

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, + more

Person of Interest is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan that premiered on September 22, 2011, on CBS. The series revolves around John Reese, a former ...more

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction

Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
JVall14 added Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Action

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action, Adventure Film, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, + more

Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 798

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 75

Network: Syfy

Genres (Tv): Space opera, Military science fiction, Political drama, Drama, Psychological thriller, + more

Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
MarioArley added Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Premiered: 2015

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction, Action

Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) ...more

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 214

Network: Showtime, Syfy

Genres (Tv): Military science fiction, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction, + more

Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
StaB added Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Breaking Bad is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, ...more

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 90

Network: USA Network

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, + more

Burn Notice is an American television series created by Matt Nix which originally aired on the USA Network from June 28, 2007 to September 12, 2013. The show stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 217

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, + more

Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Fantasy

Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
MarioArley added David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Premiered: 2001

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Action/Adventure, Drama, Military, Adventure film, + more

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 66

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Adventure film, + more

Sons of Anarchy is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 138

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action

MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the ...more

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