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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best TV series.

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.

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24 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard 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) 2 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell 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
Prison Break Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 until 2009. The series revolves around two brothers; one has ...more

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
MarioArley added Daredevil Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson 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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Mazen Nasser added The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies 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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen 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 Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Mazen Nasser added The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
MarioArley added Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell 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 Flash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
crazyvamp added The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker 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. Crime scene investigator ...more

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Band of Brothers Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war 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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton 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 A-Team is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
The A-Team George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who, after being imprisoned as war ...more

The Best Fantasy TV Shows

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter Justified is an American television drama series developed by Graham Yost. It is based on Elmore Leonard's short story "Fire in the Hole". Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a ...more

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Mazen Nasser added Strike Back Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester, Michelle Lukes Strike Back is a British/American action and military television series, based on a novel of the same name by novelist and former Special Air Service soldier Chris Ryan. The series follows the ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Chuck Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez 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

The Best and Worst Disney Animated Movies

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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added Banshee Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen Banshee is an American action-drama television series created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler originally appearing on the Cinemax network beginning on January 11, 2013. Set in the small ...more

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
MarioArley added Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia 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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Moonpie66 added Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk 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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Alias is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly Alias is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as ...more

TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
MTahmisian added Hawaii Five-0 Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added Blindspot Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American crime drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no ...more

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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Moonpie66 added Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley 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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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
MarioArley added Gotham Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Mazen Nasser added Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin — two crime-fighting heroes ...more

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
The Incredible Hulk Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as David Banner, Lou ...more

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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Rebecca Thomas added The Unit Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focused on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life U.S. Army special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force. The ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
MarioArley added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber 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

The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...more

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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Walker, Texas Ranger Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis. It was inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade, with both this series and that film starring Chuck ...more

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Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Dark Angel Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn Dark Angel is an American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television series created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee and starring Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role. The show premiered ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith 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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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added The Defenders Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica ...more

Common Phrases That Are Literally Antiquated

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Human Target is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Human Target Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley Human Target is an American action drama television series that was broadcast by Fox in the United States. Based loosely on the Human Target comic book character created by Len Wein and Carmine ...more

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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added Luke Cage Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick Luke Cage (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and ...more

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Highlander: The Series is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Highlander: The Series Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes Highlander: The Series is a fantasy science fiction action-adventure television series featuring Duncan MacLeod of the Scottish Clan MacLeod, as the eponymous "Highlander". A slight ...more

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Hercules: The Legendary Journe... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is an American/New Zealander television series filmed in New Zealand. It was produced from January 16, 1995 to November 22, 1999, and was very loosely based on ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Greer Baudreau added Mission: Impossible Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the ...more

The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

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The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Greer Baudreau added The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen The Fugitive is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen stars as Richard ...more

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Lois & Clark: The New Adventur... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is a live-action American television series based on the characters in Superman and Action comics. Lois & Clark starred Dean Cain as ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
The Avengers Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman The Avengers is a spy-fi British television series created in the 1960s. The Avengers initially focused on Dr. David Keel and his assistant John Steed. Hendry left after the first series and ...more

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Iron Fist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added Iron Fist Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, David Wenham Marvel's Iron Fist (Netflix, 2017) is web television series developed Scott Buck, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, a martial ...more

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in ...more

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
95hvj added Legion Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more

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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Action TV Shows Of All Time
The Lone Ranger Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart The Lone Ranger is the central character of an American animated television series that ran 26 episodes on CBS from September 10, 1966, to September 6, 1969. The series was produced by Herb ...more