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The Best 1990s Action TV Series  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite Action series that aired on TV in the '90s

These are the best 1990s Action TV series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Great 90s action shows like the supernatural X-Files, and the cultural phenomenon, Baywatch. What is the greatest 1990s action TV series? Cast your votes for your personal favorites!

What shows will you find on this top 1990s action TV shows list?  The aforementioned Baywatch was a huge hit in the 1990s thanks to its action-driven storyline and beautiful beach bodies. Pamela Anderson played the role of lifeguard C.J. Parker from 1992 – 1997. Star Trek: The Next Generation is another popular action TV series from the 1990s.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel were also two of the best 90s action shows. Other good shows that appear on this top 1990s action TV series list include Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Do you have a favorite 90s action series? Take a look at this list and vote the best 1990s action TV shows up to the top.
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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 6

Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 7

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 9

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Hercules: The Legendary ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 6

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Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 11

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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 8

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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 7

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Lois & Clark: The Ne... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 4

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 10

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Highlander: The Series ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 6

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Mighty Morphin Power Ran... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Richard Steven Horvitz, David Yost, David J. Fielding

Premiered: 1993

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Sliders is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 5

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 5

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The Pretender is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 4

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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 7

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Nash Bridges is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 6

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Star Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 4

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Renegade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
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Lorenzo Lamas, Stephen J. Cannell, Kathleen Kinmont

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 5

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 10

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Beast Wars: Transformers... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Scott McNeil, Garry Chalk, Ian James Corlett

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 3

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 4

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La Femme Nikita is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 5

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s Action TV Series
Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 5

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