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The Best 2000s Action TV Series 

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Updated June 2, 2019 1.8k votes 251 voters 3.2k views 33 items

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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

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

Network: A&E, CBS

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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

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 81

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Prison Break (Fox, 2005) is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring.The series revolves around two brothers; one has been sentenced for a something he did not commit, and ...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

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 11

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 7

Network: FX

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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

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 90

Network: USA Network

Burn Notice (USA, 2007) is an American action crime drama television series created by Matt Nix. After being disavowed by the U.S. government, a covert ops agent (Jeffrey Donovan) uses his ...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

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 217

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: Rai 2, British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: The WB

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Rescue Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 93

Network: FX

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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

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 69

Network: CBS

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Premiered: 2001

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: The WB Television Network

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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: NBC

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: HBO

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Alias is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 105

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: USA Network

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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 203

Network: CBS

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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: Cartoon Network

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Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Alexander SkarsgÄrd, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen

Premiered: 2008

Number of Episodes: 7

Network: HBO

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Over There is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Ana Ortiz, Josh Henderson, Brigid Brannagh

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: FX

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 214

Network: Showtime, Syfy

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Power Rangers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Action TV Series
Richard Steven Horvitz, David Yost, David J. Fielding

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 19

Number of Episodes: 745

Network: Nickelodeon, Fox Kids, Toon Disney, ABC Family, American Broadcasting Company

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