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The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated December 20, 2019 1.5k votes 269 voters 3.8k views 37 items

List Rules Only action television series airing new episodes during the 2019 calendar year that keep you on the edge of your seat.

The most exciting action TV shows new or ongoing in 2019 are some of the most adrenaline-pumping to watch on television, but which are the most exciting new or returning shows? Determining which action TV series is the best isn't an easy task given the plethora of options available, but this list might make it just a bit easier. These days, with the use of digital streaming via multiple options such as Netflix, Hulu, and others, there is a ton of content available but which of these current action shows is the best of them all in terms of excitement?

For an action series to be truly exciting, it has to be the kind that that pulls you to the edge of your seat! The only way to find out which is the best is to vote up your favorite action series below, but remember, this list is all about excitement! Which new action series available in 2019 is more exciting, more thrilling, and engaging, than the one below it? For this list, the series either has to be new to 2019 programming, or it has to be a pre-existing series with new episodes premiering in 2019.

Don't forget to add your favorite new action show to the list if it's missing and vote for your favorites below!

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz

Network: FOX

Genres (Tv): Crime, Action, Police procedural

Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's (Ben ...more
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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama, Superhero, Action, Mystery

Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.
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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Comedy, Police procedural

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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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty

Network: Amazon Videoi

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action

The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick ...more
6
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

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
7
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

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
8
Treadstone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Treadstone Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Hyo Joo Han

Network: USA

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama

Treadstone (USA, 2019) is an American action drama television series, based on the Bourne Film series, created by Tim Kring. The show explores the origin story and present-day actions of CIA ...more
9
The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more
10
Ultraman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019

Genres (Tv): Action, Science Fiction, Animation

Ultraman (Netflix, 2019) is an anime series. Shinjiro Hayata learns that his father passed on the "Ultraman Factor" to him and fights against evil.
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Pennyworth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Ryan Fletcher

Network: Epix

Genres (Tv): Drama

Pennyworth (Epix, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the DC Comics characters. The story of how Bruce Wayne's legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), a former ...more
12
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more
13
Doom Patrol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Joivan Wade

Network: DC Universe

Genres (Tv): Action, Adventure, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Science fiction, + more

Doom Patrol (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series based on the DC Comics superhero team. Led by Dr. Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton), the Doom Patrol – ...more
14
Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Genres (Tv): Action, Thriller, Drama

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
15
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Diedrich Bader

Network: DC Universe

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Superhero, Comedy, Action

Harley Quinn (DC Universe, 2019) is an American action comedy adult animation web television series based on the DC Comics character. After breaking up with the Joker, harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) ...more
16
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: History

Genres (Tv): War film, Drama, Historical fiction, Action

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
17
Hanna is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action

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
18
The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama

The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, ...more
19
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

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
20
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 798

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

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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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Sci-Fi

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
22
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action, Adventure Film, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more
23
Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no recollection ...more
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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Adventure film, + more

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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Exciting Action TV Shows in 2019
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi

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