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The Best Action TV Shows in 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated January 14, 2020 904 votes 122 voters 6.6k views 37 items

List Rules Any action television series that aired new episodes during the 2020 calendar year.

This list looks at the best current television action series that that will be airing new episodes in 2020. The best action series in 2020 include dramas, horror, superhero shows, spy thrillers, and even a fast-paced time travel. Which are the best new and returning action shows in 2020?

A really good action television series catches us up in its spell and shows like The Walking Dead have kept us on the edge of our seats for ten years, though newer shows such as Jack Ryan are just as action-packed. Superhero shows and comic book TV series are both big parts of the best action series in 2020, including series such as The Flash and The Boys. Other great action series airing new episodes in 2020 include action sci-fi shows like The Expanse and Doctor Who. But not all action comes at a nerdy genre price, several 2020 action series are also good ol' crime dramas, like Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-0.

Which television action series are you going to watch in 2020? Keep the top of this list action-packed by voting up the best new and returning action TV shows to air in 2020.

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Genres (Tv): Action, Thriller, Drama

Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John ...more
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SWAT is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell

Genres (Tv): Drama

S.W.A.T. (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series based on the 1975 series of the same name. Locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant Hondo Harrelson (Shemar Moore) is torn between loyalty to ...more
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SEAL Team is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré

Genres (Tv): Drama

SEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the lives of elite Navy SEALs Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot) as they ...more
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime drama television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 144

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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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 2

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. The show follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol ...more
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Money Heist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Álvaro Morte

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

Money Heist (Antena 3, 2017) is a Spanish heist television series created by Álex Pina. A group of very peculiar robbers assault the Factory of Moneda and Timbre to carry out the most ...more
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Treadstone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Treadstone Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Hyo Joo Han

Network: USA

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama

Treadstone (USA, 2019) is an American action drama television series, based on the Bourne Film series, created by Tim Kring. The show explores the origin story and present-day actions of CIA ...more
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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Comedy, Police procedural

The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley, based on true events. With dreams of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, ...more
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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 238

Network: CBS

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

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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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 175

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Drama

Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more
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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama

Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin. In late 1800s San Francisco during the Tong Wars, a martial arts prodigy from China ...more
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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty

Network: Amazon Videoi

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action

The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick ...more
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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
9-1-1 Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause

Genres (Tv): Drama

9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The show explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and ...more
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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Adventure film, + more

Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

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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Condor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Condor Max Irons, Brendan Fraser, William Hurt

Genres (Tv): Thriller

Condor (Audience, 2018) is an American television series created by Todd Katzburg and Jason Smilovic, based on the novel by James Grady. Young CIA analyst Joe Turner (Max Irons) has his idealism ...more
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Marvel's Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Robbie Daymond, Laura Bailey, Nadji Jeter

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Animated, Kids

Marvel's Spider-Man (Disney XD, 2017) is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is a replacement for the previous series, Ultimate ...more
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Queen of the South is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Alice Braga, Justina Machado, Hemky Madera

Genres (Tv): Drama

Queen of the South (USA, 2016) is an American television drama series adapted from the successful telenovela La Reina del Sur on sister network Telemundo and the book of the same name by Spanish ...more
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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann

Genres (Tv): Action, History, Romance

The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. In 872 England, an unlikely hero (Alexander ...more
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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama, Superhero, Action, Mystery

Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.
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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
MacGyver Lucas Till, George Eads, Tristin Mays

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 72

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Action Adventure

MacGyver (CBS, 2016) is an American action-adventure television series developed by Peter M. Lenkov. It is a reboot of the ABC series of the same name created by Lee David Zlotoff, which aired ...more
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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 34

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Magnum, P.I. (CBS, 2018) is an American crime drama series, and a remake of the 1980 series. An ex-Navy SEAL (Jay Hernandez) returns home from Afghanistan and uses his military skills to become ...more
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Medical Police is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Sarayu Blue

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Medical Police (Netflix, 2020) is a comedy series starring Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel. Two American physicians in São Paulo, Brazil, discover a civilization-threatening virus and are ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action TV Shows in 2020
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Number of Seasons: 38

Number of Episodes: 861

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