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The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
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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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
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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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov
Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more
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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
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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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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) 10 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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) 11 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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Daybreak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
Matthew Broderick, Austin Crute, Colin Ford
Daybreak (Netflix, 2019) is an American post-apocalyptic comedy-drama television series based on the comic series of the same name by Brian Ralph. High school outcast Josh (Colin Ford) is ...more
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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson
Batwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman and set in the Arrowverse. Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) must overcome her own ...more
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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman
Hanna (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American action drama television series, based on the 2011 film of the same name. The story follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl, Hanna (Esme ...more
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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh
Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more
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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson
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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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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AKA Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more
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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen
Banshee is an American action-drama television series created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler originally appearing on the Cinemax network beginning on January 11, 2013. Set in the small ...more
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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, 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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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the Last Decade, Ranked
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover
American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more