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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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

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

Premiered: 2001

24 (Fox, 2001) is an American drama television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los ...more

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

Premiered: 2011

Person of Interest (CBS, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan. An ex-CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) and a wealthy programmer (Michael Emerson) save ...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

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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

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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Lost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

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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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 2008

Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. An F.B.I. agent (Anna Torv) is forced to work with an ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

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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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
StaB added Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan. After being diagnosed with cancer, a depressed high school chemistry teacher (Bryan ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
JVall14 added Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

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) 12 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

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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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
MarioArley added Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Premiered: 2015

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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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
MarioArley added David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Joss Whedon, based on the 1992 film. Destined to slay vampires, a young woman (Sarah ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

Premiered: 2008

Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt Sutter. As vice president of an outlaw motorcycle club involved with all sorts of illegal activity, ...more

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
LanaYoshii added David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by Stephen Carpenter, Jim Kouf, and David Greenwalt, inspired by stories from The Brothers Grimm. ...more

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Premiered: 2001

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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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

Premiered: 2007

Burn Notice (USA, 2007) is an American action crime drama television series created by Matt Nix. After being disavowed by the U.S. government, a covert ops agent (Jeffrey Donovan) uses his ...more

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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

Premiered: 2001

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