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The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time 

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

The very best action shows on television, ranked from best to worst. Popular action TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so what do you think is the most entertaining action show of all time is. Trust us, it's debated.  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. The list of action television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available. What are the best action shows? All of them? Probably. Certainly there have been a lot of great action shows in the past decade

List shows include everything from 24 to Arrow, and many other shows that are nothing but full-throttle adrenaline forever!

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This list answers the questions, "What is the best action show of all time?" and "What are the greatest action TV series?"

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24 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
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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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

Premiered: 2005

Prison Break (Fox, 2005) is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring.The series revolves around two brothers; one has been sentenced for a something he did not commit, and ...more

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
MarioArley added Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Premiered: 2015

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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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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Mazen Nasser added James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. In exchange for immunity from prosecution, a high-profile criminal (James Spader) volunteers ...more

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

Premiered: 2010

Justified (FX, 2010) is an American crime drama television series developed by Graham Yost, based on the short story "Fire in the Hole" by Elmore Leonard. US Marshal Raylan Givens ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

Premiered: 1983

The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army personnel who escape and, while still on the run from the army, ...more

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
MarioArley added 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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
crazyvamp added Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Mazen Nasser 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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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
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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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

Premiered: 2007

Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. When a twenty-something computer geek (Zachary Levi) inadvertently downloads ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos Jr., based on the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. When he's not doing forensic work ...more

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Brian White added Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

Premiered: 1980

Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Premiered: 2017

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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen
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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Moonpie66 added Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Moonpie66 added William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
MTahmisian added Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

Premiered: 2010

Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968-1980 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Premiered: 2018

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
MarioArley added Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

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