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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
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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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#3 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018 #33 of 127 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #25 of 57 TV Shows We've Already Seen (And Loved) As Both Movies And Books

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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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#580 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #183 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

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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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#51 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #49 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
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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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#56 of 123 The Best Serial Cop Dramas of All Time #135 of 150 The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows #74 of 233 The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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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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#474 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #86 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Timefeaturing The Best Episodes of 'Altered Carbon'

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
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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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#54 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #16 of 127 The Best Current Dramatic TV Showsfeaturing The Coolest Characters from CW's Arrow

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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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#30 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #55 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Timefeaturing The Best Characters on Westworld, Ranked

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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
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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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#50 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #25 of 127 The Best Current Dramatic TV Showsfeaturing 13 Things You Didn't Know About Marvel's Jessica Jones

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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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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 12 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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#307 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #30 of 120 The Best TV Shows Based on Booksfeaturing The Best Characters On 'American Gods'

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SWAT is listed (or ranked) 13 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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#64 of 123 The Best Serial Cop Dramas of All Time #60 of 93 The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018

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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 14 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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#633 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #710 of 2,296 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Timefeaturing The Best Characters on Marvel's The Defenders, Ranked

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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 15 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 Gifted is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
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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) 17 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
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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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#241 of 321 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #11 of 18 The Best Shows In The Arrowverse #74 of 143 The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time

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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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#522 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #72 of 78 The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Seriesfeaturing 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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#312 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #121 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Timefeaturing The Best Characters On 'Legends of Tomorrow'

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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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#4 of 39 The Best Shows About the FBI #71 of 93 The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018

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Treadstone is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 22 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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#306 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #82 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Timefeaturing The Best Characters On 'Supergirl'

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Raising Dion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
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Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Sammi Haney
Raising Dion (Netflix, 2019) is an American science fiction television series developed by Carol Barbee, based on the short film and comic book by Dennis Liu. A single mom must hide her young ...more

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
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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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#64 of 127 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #36 of 65 The Best Suspense TV Shows #29 of 37 The Best Action TV Shows in 2020

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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 25 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