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The Best Action Drama Series Ever Made

Updated April 7, 2021 1.7k votes 250 voters 7.8k 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

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011-04-17

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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

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    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

    Premiered2005

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

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    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

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    Banshee

    Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic

    Premiered2013

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    The Last Kingdom

    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

    Premiered2015

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    Daredevil

    Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll

    Premiered2015

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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010

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    Xena: Warrior Princess

    Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor

    Premiered1995

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    Spartacus

    Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray

    Premiered2010

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    Stargate SG-1

    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks

    Premiered1997

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    24: Live Another Day

    Yvonne Strahovski, Kiefer Sutherland

    Premiered2014

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    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

    Premiered2012

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    Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

    John Hannah, Manu Bennett

    Premiered2011

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    The Legend of Korra

    Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne

    Premiered2012

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    Hunter

    Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer

    Premiered1984

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    The Umbrella Academy

    Elliot Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

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    Combat!

    Vic Morrow, Rick Jason

    Premiered1962

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    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

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    Black Sails

    Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens

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    The Pretender

    Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker

    Premiered1996

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