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The Best 2000s Action TV Series  

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The 2000s were a great decade for shows with total non-stop action! These are the best 2000s Action TV series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best 2000s action TV series that had set pieces and action sequences that would rival most feature films. The truly great 00s action shows packed a serious emotional punch, and while it is not a prerequisite for the genre, there are some good 2000s action shows that featured superheroes. So, these are the greatest 2000s action TV series!

What shows will you find on this top 2000s action TV shows list? Of course, 24 appears near the top of this list. This great show starring Kiefer Sutherland was full of non-stop action for nine exciting seasons. Sons of Anarchy, which premiered in 2008, is another one of the best 2000s action TV series.

Lost kept fans engaged with twists, turns and plenty of conflict during its run. Other good shows that appear on this top 2000s action TV shows list include Criminal Minds, Prison Break and Battlestar Galactica.

Do you have a favorite TV series from the 2000s? Give the best shows a thumbs up and share some of your favorite episodes in the comments section.
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more
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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco
Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 until 2009. The series revolves around two brothers; one has ...more
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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more
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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Sons of Anarchy is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's ...more
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Lost is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia
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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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell
Burn Notice is an American television series created by Matt Nix which originally aired on the USA Network from June 28, 2007 to September 12, 2013. The show stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle ...more
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24 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more
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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack
Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more
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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson
Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows Jack, a time-displaced samurai warrior prince, in his singular quest ...more
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Rescue Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale
Rescue Me is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on the FX Network on July 21, 2004 and concluded on September 7, 2011. The series focuses on the professional and personal ...more
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause
Charmed is an American television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The ...more
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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson
The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focused on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life U.S. Army special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force. The ...more
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Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen
This series is a British-American seven-part television miniseries produced for HBO, based on the 2004 book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with the ...more
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Rome is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker
Rome is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by Bruno Heller, John Milius and William J. MacDonald. The show's two seasons were broadcast on HBO, BBC Two, and ...more
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Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more
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Over There is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Ana Ortiz, Josh Henderson, Brigid Brannagh
Over There is an American action / drama / war television series co-created by Steven Bochco and Chris Gerolmo and produced by 20th Century Fox Television. It premiered in the United States on ...more
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Oz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen
Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced ...more
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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more
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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez
Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. When a twenty-something computer geek (Zachary Levi) inadvertently downloads ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more
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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson
Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis. It was inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade, with both this series and that film starring Chuck ...more
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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson
White Collar is a USA Network television series created by Jeff Eastin, starring Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a highly intelligent and ...more
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Alias is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly
Alias is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as ...more
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Power Rangers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Richard Steven Horvitz, David Yost, David J. Fielding
Power Rangers is a long-running American entertainment and merchandising franchise built around a live action children's television series featuring teams of costumed heroes. Produced first by ...more
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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more