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The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked

Updated April 13, 2020 10.3k votes 848 voters 8.2k views53 items

List RulesVote up your favorite action series that aired on TV or a streaming service in the 2010s

These are the best 2010s action TV series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. From crime procedurals to zombies and way, way, beyond! Some of these great 2010s action shows have a ravenous fanbase that has all but caused the show (The Walking Dead for example) to leave a lasting cultural footprint, and still some other good 2010s action shows on this list are more cult favorites that will continue to be discovered even as mainstream audiences forget they existed (Fringe). What are the greatest 2010s action TV series? Cast your votes and decide!

What shows will you find on this top 2010s action TV shows list? With blood-thirsty zombies on the loose, The Walking Dead quickly became one of the most popular action TV shows of the 2010s, while Game of Thrones redefined TV by showing a willingness to kill off nearly every major character at any given moment. 

The motorcycle gang hit series Sons of Anarchy went out with a bang in 2014 and Lost presented its revealing final episode at the start of the decade. Other series that appear on this great 2010s action TV series list include Chicago P.D., Punisher, and Criminal Minds - while newer shows like Jack Ryan and The Umbrella Academy prove that the action TV genre is thriving with prestige on streaming platforms.

Do you have a favorite action series from the 2010s? Give the best shows a thumbs up!

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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011-04-17

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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008

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    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,...  more

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    Daredevil

    Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll

    Premiered2015

    Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American action crime legal drama superhero series created by...  more

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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more

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    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Premiered2013

    The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series...  more

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    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and...  more

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    The Boys

    Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue

    Premiered2019

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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010

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    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

    Premiered2012

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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series...  more

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    The Umbrella Academy

    Elliot Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

    The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve...  more

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    Gotham

    Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue

    Premiered2014

    Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on...  more

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    American Gods

    Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

    Premiered2017

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    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series...  more

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    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

    Premiered2012

    Longmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by...  more

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    Watchmen

    Regina King, Don Johnson

    Premiered2019

    Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof and...  more

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    Jessica Jones

    Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter

    Premiered2015

    Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa...  more

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    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

    The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg...  more

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    Black Sails

    Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens

    Premiered2014

    Black Sails is an American dramatic adventure television series set on New Providence Island...  more

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    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum

    Premiered2001

    Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and...  more

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    Legends of Tomorrow

    Victor Garber, Brandon Routh

    Premiered2016

    DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television...  more

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    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

    Premiered2005

    Prison Break (Fox, 2005) is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring.The...  more

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