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The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made 

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Updated August 3, 2020 1k votes 104 voters 1.5k views 66 items

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 TV shows 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 Series Ever Made
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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

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
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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
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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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

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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Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn

Premiered: 2000

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
7
Gotham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series 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
8
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
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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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

Premiered: 1983

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
10
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series developed by Ronald D Moore, and a re-imagining of the 1978 series of the same name. After a ...more
11
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Premiered: 2017

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
12
Hercules: The Legendary ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith

Premiered: 1995

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
13
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

Premiered: 1980

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
14
The Six Million Dollar M... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

Premiered: 1974

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
15
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

Premiered: 1975

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
16
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
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
17
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

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
18
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Premiered: 2015

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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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

Premiered: 1976

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
20
Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1995

Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...more
21
Alias is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan

Premiered: 2001

Alias (ABC, 2001) is an American action thriller television series created by J. J. Abrams. CIA double agent Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) poses as an operative for a worldwide criminal and ...more
22
Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

Premiered: 2005

Prison Break (Fox, 2005) is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring.The series revolves around two brothers; one has been sentenced for a something he did not commit, and ...more
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Doom Patrol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Joivan Wade

Premiered: 2019

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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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

Premiered: 2007

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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Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made
Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer, Molly Price

Premiered: 2007

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