Entertainment The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the action television series that have historically kept you on the edge of your seat.

The best action TV shows ever aired are some of the most exciting series to watch on television, but which is the best of them all? 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, more and more shows people have forgotten are being rewatched, checked out for the first time, or even remade into new classics for new generations to enjoy, but which of these stellar action shows is the best of them all?

Would something newer like HBO's Game of Thrones land higher on the list than an a classic good action series like the original Charlie's Angels? For a series to be truly exciting, it has to be an edge of the seat, adrenaline-pumping madness, so keep that in mind while looking through the most exciting action shows of all time. 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 series is more exciting than the one below it?

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

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
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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12 4
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil
Wonder Woman is an American television series based on the DC Comics comic book superheroine of the same name. Starring Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and Lyle Waggoner as Steve ...more
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11 4
The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz
The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army personnel who escape and, while still on the run from the army, ...more
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12 5
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn
Dark Angel is an American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television series created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee and starring Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role. The show premiered ...more
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16 9
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen
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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11 5
The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks
The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the ...more
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11 5
Hercules: The Legendary Journe... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is an American/New Zealander television series filmed in New Zealand. It was produced from January 16, 1995 to November 22, 1999, and was very loosely based on ...more
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15 9
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more
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16 10
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more
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9 4
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley
Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more
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12 7
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell
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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8 4
Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer, Molly Price
Bionic Woman is an American science fiction television drama that aired in 2007, which was created by David Eick, under NBC Universal Television Group, GEP Productions, and David Eick ...more
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3 1
Warrior is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
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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10 9
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell
Arrow 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 stranded on a hostile ...more
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9 8
Gotham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz
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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7 6
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith
Charlie's Angels is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was created by Ivan Goff ...more
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5 4
Chuck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez
Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. When a twenty-something computer geek (Zachary Levi) inadvertently downloads ...more
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5 4
Doom Patrol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Joivan Wade
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
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9 9
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
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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4 4
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New ...more
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3 3
Zorro is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, George J. Lewis
Zorro is an American action-adventure western drama series produced by Walt Disney Productions. Based on the well-known Zorro character, the series premiered on October 10, 1957 on ABC. The ...more
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5 6
Alias is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows 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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4 5
The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart
The Lone Ranger is the central character of an American animated television series that ran 26 episodes on CBS from September 10, 1966, to September 6, 1969. The series was produced by Herb ...more
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4 5
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows Ever Made
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston
Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more
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4 5
Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Exciting Action Shows 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