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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

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 75

Network: Syfy

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

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
buzzy added Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
buzzy added William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 79

Network: NBC

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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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: Nickelodeon

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
buzzy added Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 38

Number of Episodes: 861

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

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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Hercules: The Legendary ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 116

Network: USA Network

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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Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 85

Network: Fox Kids, Fox Broadcasting Company

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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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 138

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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
buzzy added Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: CBS

Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
buzzy added Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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Darkwing Duck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Darkwing Duck is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by The Walt Disney Company that first ran from 1991 to 1992 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney ...more

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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

Premiered: 1965

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 138

Network: CBS, NBC

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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 134

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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

Premiered: 1972

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 63

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 125

Network: Cartoon Network

Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: Showtime

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Automan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Desi Arnaz Jr., Chuck Wagner, Heather McNair

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rang... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

Premiered: 1989

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Rede Globo, Disney Channel, American Broadcasting Company

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Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Tara Strong, Paul Eiding, Meagan Smith

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: Cartoon Network

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 145

Network: CBS

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Buck Rogers in the 25th ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 37

Network: NBC

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American science fiction adventure television series produced by Universal Studios. The series ran for two seasons between 1979–1981, and the feature-length ...more

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure TV Shows
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Premiered: 2001

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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