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The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Only shows that premiered on or after January 1, 2015.

With so many great TV series currently airing, we’re ranking the best action TV shows since 2015. Our list of the highest rated action shows of the past three years is ranked by viewers from everywhere, so make sure you vote up the best new action series on television. What is the best new action TV show? 

Featuring new Netflix action shows, Hulu originals, critically acclaimed miniseries, and more, the best recent action TV shows include Supergirl, The DefendersInto the Badlands, and Quantico. Netflix's Marvel series are easily considered to be some of the most bingeworthy shows today, while FX's Legion is commonly known as the show to watch now in 2018. 

Vote up the best new action shows on TV and feel free to add any new action series missing from the list. 

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Jeannie Etchison Hatchko added 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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud
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

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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger
Into the Badlands (AMC, 2015) is an American TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after an event that left civilization in ruins. Regent Sunny (Daniel Wu), a ...more

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
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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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Luke Albright added Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter
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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy
Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
qwewex added Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell
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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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright
Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
qwewex added Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton
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

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Lethal Weapon 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

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SWAT is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Shelmar Moore, Stephanie Sigman
S.W.A.T. (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series based on the 1975 series of the same name. Locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant Hondo Harrelson (Shemar Moore) is torn between loyalty to ...more

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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber
American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more

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The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
BSCbadger added Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale
The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men properties. Two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) take their family on the run from the ...more
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Titans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Vince Horner added Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft
Titans (2018) is an American web television series developed by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter, based on the DC Comics superhero team. Led by Batman's former ...more
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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga
Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a ...more

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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Charlie Cox Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones
The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica ...more

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza
Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more

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#9 of 106 Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now #532 of 780 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watchfeaturing The Best Characters on Legion, Ranked

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill
DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown
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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh
Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more

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Treadstone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Treadstone Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Hyo Joo Han
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

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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
9-1-1 Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause
9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The show explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and ...more

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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon
Wynonna Earp (Syfy, 2016) is a Canadian-American supernatural Western horror television series created by Emily Andras, based on the comic book series by Beau Smith. With her unique abilities, ...more

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Shooter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Ryan Phillippe, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Omar Epps
Shooter (USA, 2016) is an American television drama series based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 film of the same name. It stars Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger, a ...more

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