The Best 1950s Action TV Series

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Vote up your favorite action series that aired on TV in the '50s

This group of the best 1950s Action TV series, ranked from best to worst by user votes, is full of television trendsetters. I mean, it's the 1950s, so these shows really laid the groundwork for the entire artistic medium of TV.  These great 50s action shows fall right in line with the old aesthetic of a Hollywood hero in the same vein as John Wayne. This was when the "manly man" was king. Good 1950s action shows were almost exclusively Westerns, but crime dramas and even superhero shows started to creep in to the zeitgeist. So, what are the greatest 1950s action TV series?

What shows will you find on this top 1950s action TV shows list? Bonanza, of course. This great 50s action show premiered back in 1959. Gunsmoke is another good action series that aired in the 1950s as is The Adventures of Robin Hood.

“It's a bird. It's a plane.” It's the Adventures of Superman. This action series ran on ABC from 1952 through 1958. Other top shows that appear on this list of good 50s action TV shows include Maverick, The Lone Ranger and The Rifleman.

Do you have a favorite action show from the 1950s? Vote the best series up to the top of this list and join in on the discussion in the comments section.
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  • Davy Crockett
    Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Kenneth Tobey
    • Premiered: 1954
  • Bonanza
    Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker
    • Premiered: September 12, 1959
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  • Gunsmoke
    James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone
    • Premiered: September 10, 1955
  • The Rifleman
    Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix
    • Premiered: September 30, 1958
  • Zorro
    Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, George J. Lewis
    • Premiered: October 10, 1957
  • The Lone Ranger
    Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, John Hart
    • Premiered: September 15, 1949
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  • Maverick
    James Garner, Jack Kelly, Diane Brewster
    • Premiered: September 22, 1957
  • Adventures of Superman
    George Reeves, Noel Neill, Jack Larson
    • Premiered: September 19, 1952
  • The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
    Andy Devine, Guy Madison
    • Premiered: 1951
  • Have Gun – Will Travel
    Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham
    • Premiered: September 14, 1957
  • Wagon Train
    Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton
    • Premiered: September 18, 1957
  • Rawhide
    Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray
    • Premiered: January 9, 1959
  • The Cisco Kid
    Leo Carrillo, Duncan Renaldo
    • Premiered: 1950
  • Sky King
    Monte Blue, Kirby Grant, Chubby Johnson
    • Premiered: 1951
  • Cheyenne
    Clint Walker
    • Premiered: September 20, 1955
  • The Roy Rogers Show
    Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Reed Howes
    • Premiered: December 30, 1951
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
    Richard Greene, Bernadette O'Farrell, Patricia Driscoll
    • Premiered: September 26, 1955
  • Circus Boy
    Micky Dolenz, Billy Barty, Leo Gordon
    • Premiered: 1956
  • Bat Masterson
    Gene Barry
    • Premiered: October 8, 1958
  • Flash Gordon
    Henry Beckman, Savage Steve Holland, Irene Champlin
    • Premiered: 1954
  • Sea Hunt
    Lloyd Bridges, Ron Ely
    • Premiered: January 4, 1958
    • Premiered: September 6, 1955
  • Highway Patrol
    Broderick Crawford, Art Gilmore, William Boyett
    • Premiered: October 3, 1955
  • Fury
    Peter Graves, William Hudson, Bobby Diamond
    • Premiered: October 15, 1955
  • Public Defender
    Natalie Wood, Patrick O'Neal, Reed Hadley
    • Premiered: 1954