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The Best Action TV Series Of All Time

Updated October 1, 2020 31.7k votes 4.3k voters 216.5k views104 items

List RulesOnly TV shows (or miniseries) that heavily feature action sequences in every episode.

The best action TV shows have been keeping us on the edge of our seat for years, and the race to determine the best action television shows is just as entertaining. From prison escapes to protecting the president, historical battles to superhero suspense, what are the best action shows? All of them? Probably. Certainly there have been a lot of great action shows in the past decade.

Looking for some good action TV shows to watch? You're in the right spot, my friend. It's time for a serious bro-down. This list of shows includes everything from 24 to Arrow to Vikings, and many other shows in-between that are nothing but full-throttle adrenaline forever! The very best action shows on television, ranked from best to worst.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best action show of all time?" and "What are the greatest action TV series?" Don't let your favorite action 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.

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    24 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    24

    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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    Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

    Premiered2005

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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    Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Daredevil

    Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll

    Premiered2015

    NetworkNetflix

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    Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2001

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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    Vikings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

    NetworkHistory

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    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

    NetworkNBC

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    Banshee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Banshee

    Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic
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    Arrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

    Premiered2012

    NetworkThe CW Television Network

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    Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Burn Notice

    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar

    Premiered2007

    NetworkUSA Network

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    The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    The A-Team

    George Peppard, Mr. T

    Premiered1983

    NetworkNBC

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    Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008

    NetworkFX

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    Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    NetworkAmazon Video

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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    NetworkShowtime

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    Justified is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010

    NetworkFX

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    The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    NetworkAMC

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    Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

    NetworkCBS

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    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

    NetworkThe CW

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    Chuck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Chuck

    Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski

    Premiered2007

    NetworkNBC

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    Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Hawaii Five-0

    Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman

    Premiered2010

    NetworkCBS

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    Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Premiered1966

    NetworkNBC

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    Strike Back is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Strike Back

    Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester

    Premiered2010

    NetworkSky1

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    The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    The Last Kingdom

    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

    Premiered2015

    NetworkBBC America

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    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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    Lost is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action TV Series Of All Time
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    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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