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The Best Adventure TV Shows 

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

The very best adventure shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest adventure shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular adventure TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining adventure show of all time is. Don't let your favorite adventure 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 adventure television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

This list includes Battlestar Galactica, LOST, and more shows.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best adventure show of all time?" and "What are the greatest adventure shows?"
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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series developed by Ronald D Moore, and a re-imagining of the 1978 series of the same name. After a ...more

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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
buzzy added 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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
buzzy 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 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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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

Premiered: 2005

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Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Tara Strong, Paul Eiding, Meagan Smith

Premiered: 2005

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

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Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Premiered: 1992

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Hercules: The Legendary ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
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Premiered: 1995

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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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

Premiered: 1985

MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
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Premiered: 1987

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
buzzy added Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

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24 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Premiered: 2001

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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1995

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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

Premiered: 1972

Kung Fu is an American action-adventure martial arts western drama television series starring David Carradine. The series aired on ABC from October 1972 to April 1975 for a total of 63 episodes. ...more

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Premiered: 2001

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Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
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Premiered: 2002

Teen Titans is an American TV show based on the DC Comics characters of the same name, that premiered on Cartoon Network and The WB in 2003. It is based primarily on the run of stories by Marv ...more

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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Carl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr

Premiered: 2001

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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rang... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

Premiered: 1989

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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
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Premiered: 2010

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Superman: The Animated S... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
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Premiered: 1996

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Relic Hunter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
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Premiered: 1999

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The Adventures of Brisco... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson

Premiered: 1993

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
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Premiered: 1961

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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

Premiered: 1987

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