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The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked  

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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.

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

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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
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
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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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson
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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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior
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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
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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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell
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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 8 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 Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
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 Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty
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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Justified is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter
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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
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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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman
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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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz
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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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips
“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 ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell
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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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
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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
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Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New
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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell
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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
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