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The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made

Updated September 25, 2020 1.4k votes 114 voters 1.8k views67 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Supernatural
    50
    22

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Arrow
    41
    14

    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

    Premiered2012

    Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Game of Thrones
    38
    19

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Vikings
    34
    17

    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

    Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Battlestar Galactica
    27
    15

    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

    Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Dark Angel
    26
    14

    Dark Angel

    Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2000

    Dark Angel is an American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television series created by James... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    The A-Team
    23
    13

    The A-Team

    George Peppard, Mr. T

    Premiered1983

    The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Star Trek: The Original Series
    30
    21

    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Premiered1966

    Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Punisher
    19
    8

    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

    Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Gotham
    24
    14

    Gotham

    Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue

    Premiered2014

    Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    22
    14

    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen

    Premiered2013

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
    19
    10

    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

    Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst

    Premiered1995

    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is an American/New Zealander television series filmed in New... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Magnum, P.I.
    18
    9

    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

    Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Six Million Dollar Man
    21
    13

    The Six Million Dollar Man

    Lee Majors, Richard Anderson

    Premiered1974

    The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Wonder Woman
    20
    13

    Wonder Woman

    Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner

    Premiered1975

    Wonder Woman is an American television series based on the DC Comics comic book superheroine... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Daredevil
    20
    14

    Daredevil

    Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll

    Premiered2015

    Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    The 100
    23
    18

    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Premiered2013

    The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Doom Patrol
    12
    8

    Doom Patrol

    April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero

    Premiered2019

    Doom Patrol (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Xena: Warrior Princess
    13
    10

    Xena: Warrior Princess

    Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor

    Premiered1995

    Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Alias
    13
    10

    Alias

    Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin

    Premiered2001

    Alias (ABC, 2001) is an American action thriller television series created by J. J. Abrams.... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Charlie's Angels
    14
    12

    Charlie's Angels

    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett

    Premiered1976

    Charlie's Angels is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22,... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Warrior
    10
    7

    Warrior

    Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng

    Premiered2019

    Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Prison Break
    16
    14

    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

    Premiered2005

    Prison Break (Fox, 2005) is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring.The... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Band of Brothers
    12
    9

    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2001

    Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E.... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Doctor Who
    12
    10

    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,... more on Wikipedia