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The Most Exciting Action Series Ever Made

Updated January 21, 2021 1.6k votes 121 voters 2.1k views71 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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  • Star Trek: The Original Series1
    65
    24

    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
  • Wonder Woman2
    44
    14

    Wonder Woman

    Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner

    Premiered1975

    Wonder Woman is an American television series based on the DC Comics comic book superheroine...  more
  • Arrow3
    42
    17

    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

    Premiered2012

    Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti,...  more
  • Supernatural4
    49
    25

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric...  more
  • Game of Thrones5
    38
    21

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011-04-17

    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David...  more
  • Vikings6
    35
    18

    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

    Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A...  more
  • Bionic Woman7
    27
    13

    Bionic Woman

    Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer

    Premiered2007

    Bionic Woman is an American science fiction television drama that aired in 2007, which was...  more
  • The A-Team8
    27
    14

    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
  • Battlestar Galactica9
    27
    17

    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

    Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series...  more
  • Dark Angel10
    26
    15

    Dark Angel

    Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2000

    Dark Angel is an American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television series created by James...  more
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys11
    20
    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
  • The Punisher12
    19
    9

    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

    Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix...  more
  • Gotham13
    24
    15

    Gotham

    Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue

    Premiered2014

    Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on...  more
  • The Six Million Dollar Man14
    22
    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
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.15
    23
    15

    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
  • The 10016
    26
    19

    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Premiered2013

    The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series...  more
  • Magnum, P.I.17
    18
    10

    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
  • Daredevil18
    21
    14

    Daredevil

    Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll

    Premiered2015

    Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew...  more
  • Doom Patrol19
    13
    8

    Doom Patrol

    April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero

    Premiered2019

    Doom Patrol (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series based on...  more
  • Charlie's Angels20
    15
    11

    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
  • Xena: Warrior Princess21
    14
    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
  • Band of Brothers22
    13
    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
  • Hanna23
    16
    13

    Hanna

    Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos

    Premiered2019

    Hanna (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American action drama television series, based on the 2011...  more
  • Warrior24
    10
    6

    Warrior

    Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng

    Premiered2019

    Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper...  more
  • Doctor Who25
    13
    10

    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

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