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These are the best 1960s Action TV series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. When it comes to great 60s action shows, these series really ran the spectrum from crime dramas, to superheroes, to however you artfully sum up Star Trek in one word. So, what do you think is the greatest 1960s action TV series?

What shows will you find on this top 1960s action TV shows list? Of course, Star Trek appears high up on this list. The great 60s action show starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy originally ran from 1966 – 1969. Hawaii Five-O is another top action series from the 1960s.

There were also a lot of entertaining westerns on TV in the 1960s. Gunsmoke and Bonanza are two of our favorites. Other good shows that are featured on this best 1960s action TV series list include Mission: Impossible, Dr. Who and The Fugitive.

Which 60s action show is your all-time favorite? Vote for your favorites!
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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley 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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Batman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin — two heroes who defend ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen This film is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen stars as Richard ...more

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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and ...more

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The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin The Wild Wild West is an American television series that ran on CBS for four seasons from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1969. Two television movies were made with the original cast in 1979 and ...more

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The Rifleman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix The Rifleman is an American Western television program starring Chuck Connors as rancher Lucas McCain and Johnny Crawford as his son, Mark McCain. It was set in the 1870s and 1880s in the town ...more

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Combat! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert Combat! is an American television program that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967. The show covered the grim lives of a squad of American soldiers fighting the Germans in France during ...more

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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and ...more

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during ...more

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Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood that aired for eight seasons on the CBS network on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959 to September 3, 1965, ...more

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Sea Hunt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Lloyd Bridges, Ron Ely Sea Hunt is an American adventure television series that aired in syndication from 1958 to 1961 and was popular in syndication for decades afterwards. The series originally aired for four ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman The Avengers is a spy-fi British television series created in the 1960s. The Avengers initially focused on Dr. David Keel and his assistant John Steed. Hendry left after the first series and ...more

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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they rode the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol ...more

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Daniel Boone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton Daniel Boone is an American action-adventure television series starring Fess Parker as Daniel Boone that aired from September 24, 1964 to September 10, 1970 on NBC for 165 episodes, and was made ...more

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Route 66 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Martin Milner, George Maharis, Glenn Corbett Route 66 is an American television drama that premiered on CBS on October 7, 1960, and ran until March 20, 1964, for a total of 116 episodes. The series was created by Herbert B. Leonard and ...more

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F Troop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry This sitcom is a satirical American television sitcom about U.S. soldiers and American Indians in the Wild West during the 1860s that originally aired for two seasons on ABC-TV. It debuted in ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the ...more

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore Maverick is an American Western television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins. The show ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret ...more

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who ...more

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Cheyenne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Clint Walker, Russ McCubbin Cheyenne is an American western television series of 108 black-and-white episodes broadcast on ABC from 1955 to 1963. The show was the first hour-long western, and in fact the first hour-long ...more

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The Sentimental Agent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
The Sentimental Agent Burt Kwouk, John Turner The Sentimental Agent is a television drama series spin-off from Man of the World. It was produced in the United Kingdom in 1963 by Associated Television and distributed by ITC Entertainment. It ...more

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The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Stefanie Powers, Noel Harrison, Leo G. Carroll The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is an American spy-fi TV series that aired on NBC for one season from September 16, 1966 to April 11, 1967. The series was a spin-off from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and ...more

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The Champions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo, William Gaunt The Champions is a British espionage/science fiction/occult detective fiction adventure series consisting of 30 episodes broadcast on the UK network ITV during 1968–1969, produced by Lew Grade's ...more

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The Baron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Steve Forrest, Sue Lloyd, Colin Gordon The Baron is a British television series, made in 1965/66 based on the book series by John Creasey, written under the pseudonym Anthony Morton, and produced by ITC Entertainment. It was the ...more

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Cimarron Strip is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Stuart Whitman, Percy Herbert, Randy Boone Cimarron Strip is an American Western television series that aired on CBS from September 1967 to March 1968. Starring Stuart Whitman as Marshal Jim Crown, the series was produced by the creators ...more

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Callan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter, Lisa Langdon Callan is the title of a British television series set in the murky world of espionage. Originally produced by ABC Weekend Television and later Thames Television, it was aired on the ITV network ...more

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Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley Thunderbirds is a British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, made by their production company AP Films, and distributed by ITC Entertainment. Filmed between ...more

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I Spy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey I Spy is an American television secret-agent adventure series. It ran for three seasons on NBC from 1965 to 1968 and teamed Robert Culp as international tennis player Kelly Robinson with Bill ...more

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Ironside is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr, Don Galloway Ironside is a Universal television series that ran on NBC from September 14, 1967, to January 16, 1975. The show starred Raymond Burr as a paraplegic Chief of Detectives, Robert T. Ironside. The ...more

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Danger Man is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan Danger Man is a British television series which was broadcast between 1960 and 1962, and again between 1964 and 1968. The series featured Patrick McGoohan as secret agent John Drake. Ralph Smart ...more

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Have Gun – Will Travel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham Have Gun – Will Travel is an American Western television series that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. It was rated number three or number four in the Nielsen ratings every year of its first ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith 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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The Mod Squad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton The Mod Squad is an American drama series that ran on ABC from September 24, 1968 to August 23, 1973. It stars Michael Cole as Peter "Pete" Cochran, Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, ...more

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Wagon Train is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton Wagon Train is an American Western series that ran on NBC 1957–62 and then on ABC 1962–65, although the network also aired daytime repeats, as Major Adams, Trailmaster and Trailmaster, from ...more

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Bat Masterson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 1960s Action TV Series
Gene Barry Bat Masterson is an American Western television series which showed a fictionalized account of the life of real-life marshal/gambler/dandy Bat Masterson. The title character was played by Gene ...more