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List Rules 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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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
The Lone Ranger Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

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Have Gun – Will Travel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Have Gun – Will Travel Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham

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Adventures of Superman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Adventures of Superman George Reeves, Noel Neill, Bill Kennedy

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Davy Crockett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Davy Crockett Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Kenneth Tobey

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Wagon Train is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Wagon Train Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton

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The Rifleman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
The Rifleman Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix

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Zorro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Zorro Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, George J. Lewis

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The Adventures of Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
The Adventures of Robin Hood Donald Pleasence, Ian Hunter, Paul Eddington

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Cheyenne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Cheyenne Clint Walker, Russ McCubbin

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Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Rawhide Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray

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The Cisco Kid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
The Cisco Kid Leo Carrillo, Duncan Renaldo

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Bat Masterson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Bat Masterson Gene Barry

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Sea Hunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Sea Hunt Lloyd Bridges, Ron Ely

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The Life and Legend of Wyatt E... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp John Anderson, Hugh O'Brian, Denver Pyle

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The Adventures of Wild Bill Hi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Andy Devine, Guy Madison

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Adventures in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Adventures in Paradise Gardner McKay, James Holden, Lani Kai

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The Buccaneers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
The Buccaneers Robert Shaw, Peter Hammond, Brian Rawlinson

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H.G. Wells' Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
H.G. Wells' Invisible Man Deborah Watling, Tim Turner, Lisa Daniely

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Ivanhoe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Ivanhoe Roger Moore, Peter Gilmore, Andrew Keir

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Hawkeye and the Last of the Mo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans Lon Chaney^! Jr., John Hart

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Tales of the 77th Bengal Lance... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers Philip Carey, Warren Stevens, Patrick Whyte

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Public Defender is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1950s Action TV Series
Public Defender Natalie Wood, Patrick O'Neal, Reed Hadley