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The Best Action Drama Series Ever Made

Updated November 11, 2020 1.7k votes 184 voters 5.8k views79 items

List RulesVote up your favorite action dramas that ever have aired on television.

The best action drama shows are a rush, perfectly pairing the excitement of an action series with the emotion of a drama. The best action drama series ever shown on television breaks up the intrigue and interpersonal tension with moments of physical conflict. If you’ve been looking for the best action dramas to add some excitement to your TV nights, this list of the best action drama series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

The really good action dramas keep you watching through either emotional manipulation or awesome action scenes. Will they or won't they? Who cares because one thing they will do is throw some punches or chase after the bad guys. Action dramas are also particularly good at removing main characters from the lineup in dramatic and heartbreaking ways. Mind-bending dramas like Legion and Orphan Black deliver the action as well as shows with a little more emphasis on the fight scenes, such as Xena: Warrior Princess or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Which shows balance being dramas and action series the best? Vote up the best action drama shows, vote down the shows that don't deliver the drama with their adrenaline rush.

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    Game of Thrones
    64
    25

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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  • 2
    Breaking Bad
    44
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

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  • 3
    Prison Break
    37
    20

    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

    Premiered2005

  • 4
    Person of Interest
    34
    21

    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

  • 5
    24
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

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  • 6
    Vikings
    34
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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

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  • 7
    The Punisher
    31
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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

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  • 8
    The Last Kingdom
    25
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    The Last Kingdom

    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

    Premiered2015

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  • 9
    Stargate SG-1
    21
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    Stargate SG-1

    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks

    Premiered1997

  • 10
    Justified
    23
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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010

  • 11
    Banshee
    22
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    Banshee

    Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic

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  • 12
    Daredevil
    31
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    Daredevil

    Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll

    Premiered2015

  • 13
    Spartacus
    21
    21

    Spartacus

    Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray

    Premiered2010

  • 14
    24: Live Another Day
    23
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    24: Live Another Day

    Yvonne Strahovski, Kiefer Sutherland
  • 15
    Doom Patrol
    16
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    Doom Patrol

    April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero

    Premiered2019

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  • 16
    Iris
    9
    7

    Iris

    Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee

    Premiered2009

  • 17
    Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
    12
    11

    Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

    John Hannah, Manu Bennett

    Premiered2011

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  • 18
    The Legend of Korra
    14
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    The Legend of Korra

    Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne

    Premiered2012

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  • 19
    City Hunter
    11
    11

    City Hunter

    Lee Min-ho, Park Min-young

    Premiered2011

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  • 20
    The Umbrella Academy
    19
    24

    The Umbrella Academy

    Ellen Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

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  • 21
    Black Sails
    12
    13

    Black Sails

    Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens

    Premiered2014

  • 22
    Battlestar Galactica
    21
    27

    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

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  • 23
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    13
    15

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Kent Williams, Iemasa Kayumi

    Premiered2010

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  • 24
    Orphan Black
    21
    28

    Orphan Black

    Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce

    Premiered2013

  • 25
    Rome
    14
    18

    Rome

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson

    Premiered2005