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The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the best action thriller shows that have aired on television.

The best action thriller shows are a rush, perfectly pairing the excitement of an action series with the jumps and tension of thrillers. The best action thriller series ever shown on television pulls the audience to the edge of the seat and keeps them there. If you’ve been looking for the best action thrillers to add some excitement to your TV nights, this list of the best action thriller series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

The really good action thrillers basically never let you rest. Not only do you have the edgy anticipation of a great television thriller, but what’s next is probably an intense fight or chase scene. If you’re streaming your shows, their non-stop pace may make you miss commercial breaks. Although more modern action thrillers include comic book shows like Punisher and Legion, older shows such as Prison Break and Alias also provide both action and thrills and some are the most exciting thriller series of all time.

Which shows balance being thrillers and action series the best? Vote up the best action thriller shows, vote down the shows that don't deliver thrills with their adrenaline rush, and add any thrilling action series that are missing.

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
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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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
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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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
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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Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona, Ryu Seung-ryong
Kingdom (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean television series based on the webcomic series "Land of the Gods" by Kim Eun-hee. In Korea’s medieval Joseon period, a crown prince (Ju ...more
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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster
Lethal Weapon (Fox, 2016) is an American buddy cop action comedy-drama television series developed by Matt Miller and based on the film series. A slightly unhinged cop (Clayne Crawford) is ...more
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SWAT is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell
S.W.A.T. (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series based on the 1975 series of the same name. Locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant Hondo Harrelson (Shemar Moore) is torn between loyalty to ...more
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Primeval is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ben Miller
Primeval is a British science fiction drama television programme produced for ITV by Impossible Pictures. Created by Adrian Hodges and Tim Haines, who previously created the Walking with... ...more
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Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is an American science fiction television series that aired on Fox. The show was produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Warner Bros. Television, and C2 ...more
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Station 19 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Grey Damon
Station 19 (ABC, 2018) is an American action-drama television series created by Stacy McKee, and the second spinoff of Grey's Anatomy. The professional and personal lives of a group of heroic ...more
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Angel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof
Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more
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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara
Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro ...more
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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Carl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr
Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is part of the DC animated universe. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. ...more
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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez
CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2002, to April 8, 2012, on CBS. It is the first spin-off of the orignal series. The pilot episode was ...more
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Hunter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan
Hunter is an American police drama television show that was created by Frank Lupo, and starring Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall, which ran on NBC from ...more
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The Saint is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford
The Saint is an ITC mystery spy thriller television series that aired in the UK on ITV between 1962 and 1969. It was based on the literary character Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in ...more
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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing
The Equalizer was an American drama television series, originally airing on CBS from fall 1985 until late-spring 1989. It starred Edward Woodward as a retired espionage/intelligence officer with ...more
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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Christopher Daniel Barnes, Sara Ballantine, Roscoe Lee Browne
Spider-Man, also known as Spider-Man: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man. The show ran on Fox Kids from November 19, ...more
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Blood Drive is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Alan Ritchson, Christina Ochoa
Blood Drive (2017, Syfy) an American television drama series created by James Roland. In the dystopian "distant future" of 1999, police officer Arthur Bailey (Alan Ritchson) is forced ...more
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Alias is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly
Alias is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as ...more
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Içerde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Içerde
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De Dag is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
De Dag
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Börü is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Börü
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Those Who Kill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Lars Mikkelsen
Those Who Kill is a Danish crime TV series from 2011, which follows a fictitious unit within Copenhagen Police which specialises in investigating serial murders. The series was aired as five ...more
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Rogue is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Rogue
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Blue Heelers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Action Thriller Series Ever Made
Grant Bowler, Lisa McCune, Rachel Gordon
Blue Heelers is an Australian police drama series that ran for 12 years, from 1994 to 2006, and depicts the lives of police officers in Mount Thomas, a fictional small town in Victoria.