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The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now 

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These are the very best action TV series currently on the air in 2020 ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best current action TV series are all over the map, literally and figuratively, from Westeros to Chicago and beyond. Some of these great current action shows are crime procedurals than manage to not be old hat, while some of these other good current action shows are a little more on the fringes of entertainment. Carving a niche for themselves with fanbases that love zombies, vampires, fairytales, superheroes, and a bunch of people trying to claim the same cool throne. So, what are the greatest current action TV series? Vote now!

What shows will you find on this top current action TV shows list? No current show has more action than superhero series such as The Flash. The Walking Dead is another edge of your seat viewing experience for current action TV fans.

Netflix is starting to get into the current action show game. Their exciting series Lost In Space and Ultraman both made this top action TV series list. Other great current action shows include Scorpion, Jack Ryan, and The Flash. Some of the series have already proven themselves to be the best action shows of the decade.

Which current action series do you like best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
sindhuja-beesagouni added Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Premiered: 2018

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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

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 100 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Akash M added Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

Premiered: 2016

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

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 Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
niketrocks2 added James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. In exchange for immunity from prosecution, a high-profile criminal (James Spader) volunteers ...more

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
rankerzbest added Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more

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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

Premiered: 2014

Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. The show follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol ...more

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Queen of the South is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Lums added Alice Braga, Justina Machado, Hemky Madera
Queen of the South (USA, 2016) is an American television drama series adapted from the successful telenovela La Reina del Sur on sister network Telemundo and the book of the same name by Spanish ...more

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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio

Premiered: 2018

Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Premiered: 2010

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

Premiered: 2012

Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more

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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Amy Boal added Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane

Premiered: 2015

Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and prequel series to The Walking Dead, which is ...more

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SEAL Team is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
hcjones added David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré
SEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the lives of elite Navy SEALs Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot) as they ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
db0t added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Premiered: 2015

The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann

Premiered: 2015

The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. In 872 England, an unlikely hero (Alexander ...more

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
b5surfer added Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more

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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Luke Albright added Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter

Premiered: 2018

The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley, based on true events. With dreams of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, ...more

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Money Heist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Álvaro Morte
Money Heist (Antena 3, 2017) is a Spanish heist television series created by Álex Pina. A group of very peculiar robbers assault the Factory of Moneda and Timbre to carry out the most ...more

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin
Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin. In late 1800s San Francisco during the Tong Wars, a martial arts prodigy from China ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Shows on TV Right Now
MacGyver Lucas Till, George Eads, Tristin Mays

Premiered: 2016

MacGyver (CBS, 2016) is an American action-adventure television series developed by Peter M. Lenkov. It is a reboot of the ABC series of the same name created by Lee David Zlotoff, which aired ...more