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The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked 

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Updated January 2, 2020 7.8k votes 787 voters 6.5k views 52 items

List Rules Vote 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.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: History

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: AMC

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 7

Network: FX

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is a television drama series created by Kurt Sutter. A biker struggles to balance being a father and being involved in an outlaw motorcycle club.

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 2

Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New ...more

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC Two

Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Premiered: 2015

Network: Netflix

Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) ...more

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud
Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John ...more

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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty

Premiered: 2019

Network: Amazon Videoi

The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: The CW Television Network

Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: HBO

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: FX

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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: A&E

Longmire, a contemporary thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert Taylor (The ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz

Network: FOX

Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's (Ben ...more

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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

Network: A&E, CBS

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson

Premiered: 2019

Network: HBO

Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 90

Network: USA Network

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Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox

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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Akash M added Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 81

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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