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The Best New Action Shows of the Last Few Years

Updated January 21, 2021 4.9k votes 2.1k voters 103.0k views64 items

List RulesVote up the best action series that premiered their first season 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 Punisher1
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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

    Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix...  more
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  • Jack Ryan2
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    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and...  more
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  • The Witcher3
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    The Witcher

    Henry Cavill, Freya Allan

    Premiered2019

    The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short...  more
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  • Altered Carbon4
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    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,...  more
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  • The Boys5
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    The Boys

    Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue

    Premiered2019

    The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by...  more
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  • The Rookie6
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    The Rookie

    Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson

    Premiered2018

    The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley,...  more
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  • American Gods7
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    American Gods

    Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

    Premiered2017

    American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and...  more
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  • The Gifted8
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    The Gifted

    Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker

    Premiered2017

    The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men...  more
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  • Legion9
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    Legion

    Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller

    Premiered2017

    Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the...  more
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  • S.W.A.T10
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    S.W.A.T

    Shelmar Moore, Stephanie Sigman

    Premiered2017

    S.W.A.T. (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series based on the 1975 series of the same name....  more
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  • Titans11
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    Titans

    Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop

    Premiered2018

    Titans (DC Universe, 2018) is an American web television series developed by Akiva Goldsman,...  more
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  • The Umbrella Academy12
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    The Umbrella Academy

    Elliot Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

    The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve...  more
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  • Warrior13
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    Warrior

    Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng

    Premiered2019

    Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper...  more
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  • Kingdom14
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    Kingdom

    Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona

    Premiered2019

    Kingdom (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean historical horror television series based on the...  more
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  • 9-1-115
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    9-1-1

    Angela Bassett, Connie Britton

    Premiered2018

    9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and...  more
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  • Hanna16
    15
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    Hanna

    Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos

    Premiered2019

    Hanna (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American action drama television series, based on the 2011...  more
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  • Tehran17
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    Tehran

    Niv Sultan, Shaun Toub

    Premiered2020

    Tehran (Apple TV+, 2020) is an Israeli drama thriller television series created by Dana Eden,...  more
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  • Swamp Thing18
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    Swamp Thing

    Andy Bean, Derek Mears

    Premiered2019

    Swamp Thing (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero horror drama web television series...  more
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  • Treadstone19
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    Treadstone

    Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor

    Premiered2019

    Treadstone (USA, 2019) is an American action drama television series, based on the Bourne Film...  more
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  • Gangs of London20
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    Gangs of London

    Ray Panthaki, Joe Cole

    Premiered2020

    Gangs of London (Sky, 2020) is a British action–crime drama television series. When the head...  more
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  • Doom Patrol21
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    Doom Patrol

    April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero

    Premiered2019

    Doom Patrol (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series based on...  more
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  • Blood & Treasure22
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    Blood & Treasure

    Katia Winter, Michael James Shaw

    Premiered2019

    Blood & Treasure (CBS, 2019) is an action-adventure television series created by Matt Federman...  more
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  • Almost Paradise23
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    Almost Paradise

    Christian Kane, Samantha Richelle

    Premiered2020

    Almost Paradise is an American crime drama television series. Despite his best efforts to...  more
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  • Harley Quinn24
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    Harley Quinn

    Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell

    Premiered2019

    Harley Quinn (DC Universe, 2019) is an American action comedy adult animation web television...  more
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  • Watchmen25
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    Watchmen

    Regina King, Don Johnson

    Premiered2019

    Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based...  more
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