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The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years 

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Updated August 3, 2020 12.2k votes 1.9k voters 90.4k views 57 items

List Rules Only shows that premiered on or after January 1, 2017.

With so many great TV series currently airing, we’re ranking the best action TV shows since 2017. 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 Legion, The Boys, and Watchmen. Netflix's Marvel series are easily considered to be some of the most bingeworthy shows today, while Amazon's Jack Ryan is commonly known as the show to watch now. 

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

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

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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

Premiered: 2018

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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

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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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber

Premiered: 2017

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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Legion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza

Premiered: 2017

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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The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
BSCbadger added Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale

Premiered: 2017

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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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Luke Albright added Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter

Premiered: 2018

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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SWAT is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Shelmar Moore, Stephanie Sigman

Premiered: 2017

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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Titans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Vince Horner added Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft

Premiered: 2018

Titans (DC Universe, 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 ...more

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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
9-1-1 Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause

Premiered: 2018

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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Deadly Class is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor

Premiered: 2019

Deadly Class (Syfy, 2019) is an American television action-thriller series created by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Image comic book series. A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop ...more

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Treadstone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Treadstone Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Hyo Joo Han

Premiered: 2019

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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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Imani Henry added Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin

Premiered: 2019

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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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson

Premiered: 2019

Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.

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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Bill Paxton, Justin Cornwell, Katrina Law

Premiered: 2017

Training Day is an American crime-thriller television series serving as a follow up to the 2001 film of the same name. Fifteen years after the events of the film, the series follows Officer Kyle ...more

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Queen Sono is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Kate Liquorish, Shane John Kruger, Natasha Loring

Premiered: 2020

Queen Sono (Netflix, 2020) is a South African crime drama web television series created by Kagiso Lediga. Queen Sono follows the story of a secret South African clandestine agent who tackles ...more

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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Premiered: 2019

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more

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New Warriors is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Milana Vayntrub, Derek Theler, Jeremy Tardy
New Warriors was an American action-adventure superhero comedy television series pilot created by Kevin Biegel, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Six superpowered young people with ...more

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Mob Psycho 100 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Tatsuomi Hamada, Kazuki Namioka, Yûki Yoda
Mob Psycho 100 (Netflix, 2018) is a live-action television series adaptation of the Japanese franchise, directed by Kōichi Sakamoto. Average middle school boy Shigeo Kageyama (Tatsuomi Hamada) ...more

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Raising Dion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Imani Henry added Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Sammi Haney

Premiered: 2019

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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Devilman Crybaby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Griffin Burns, Kyle McCarley, Cristina Vee
Devilman Crybaby (Netflix, 2018) is a Japanese anime series directed by Masaaki Yuasa, based on the manga by Go Nagai. When an ancient race of demons invades the world, Akira Fudo transform into ...more

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The Adventures of Kid Da... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Jace Norman, Cooper Barnes, Michael D. Cohen
The Adventures of Kid Danger (Nickelodeon, 2018) is an animated American television series created by Dan Schneider, and a spinoff of Henry Danger. Henry Hart (Jace Norman) is a regular kid in ...more

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A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Haruka Shiraishi, Yūsuke Kobayashi, Ryota Takeuchi
A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- (Netflix, 2018) is a Japanese science fiction anime ONA directed by Kazuya Murata. In the year 2035, a biological research project went awry, resulting in an incident ...more

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Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee
Ghoul (Netflix, 2018) is an English-language Indian action horror miniseries created by Patrick Graham. A prisoner arrives at a remote military interrogation centre and turns the tables on his ...more

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Blood & Treasure is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years
Katia Winter, Michael James Shaw, James Callis
Blood & Treasure (CBS, 2019) is an action-adventure television series created by Matt Federman and Stephen Scaia. An antiquities expert (Katia Winter) teams up with an art thief (James ...more