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The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked

Updated April 13, 2020 10.8k votes 813 voters 7.3k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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  • 2
    Vikings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

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    The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

    Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix... more on Wikipedia

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    Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008

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  • 5
    Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Daredevil

    Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll

    Premiered2015

    Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew... more on Wikipedia
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    Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    The Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    101

    The Boys

    Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue

    Premiered2019

    The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by... more on Wikipedia
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    Justified is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    84

    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010

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  • 12
    Westworld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

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

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  • 13
    Arrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

    Premiered2012

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    Gotham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Gotham

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

    Ellen Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

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

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    Longmire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

    Premiered2012

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Watchmen

    Regina King, Don Johnson

    Premiered2019

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    Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Jessica Jones

    Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter

    Premiered2015

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    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

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    Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Smallville is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum

    Premiered2001

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

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    Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Fringe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

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    Homeland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

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