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The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Vote up the best adventure shows that have premiered on or after January 1, 2015.

If you're in need of a hefty dose of escapism combined with a little vicarious adrenaline, some new adventure TV series may be exactly what you're craving. Great adventure shows feature archetypal but compelling characters who navigate settings from modern cities to outer space. Which new TV shows with adventure plots are truly the best of the genre? Help decide by voting on the list below. 

What are some of the best new television adventure shows? Action and adventure lurk around every corner in The CW series Supergirl as Melissa Benoist stars as the title character and her alter-ego Kara Danvers. The sci-fi drama Westworld is another great adventure show that has recently premiered. Space adventure returned to the small screen when Star Trek: Discovery premiered in 2017. Other good new adventure shows featured on this list include The Orville, Marvel's Inhumans, and Legends of Tomorrow.

Which new adventure TV series is your favorite? Give the best series a thumbs up and please add any good shows we may have missed.

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series 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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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
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) 3 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series 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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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj
Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC. The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her ...more
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
DaisyJohnson 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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
jm1557645 added Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Starring Abigail Spencer Matt Lanter Malcolm Barrett
Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more
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Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke
Dark Matter (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian science fiction series created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, based on their comic book. Onboard a starship called the Raza, six people awaken in ...more
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The Passage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Vincent Piazza
The Passage (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series developed by Liz Heldens, based on the novels by Justin Cronin. When a botched U.S. government experiment turns a group of death ...more
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Frontier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Jason Momoa, Alun Armstrong, Landon Liboiron
Frontier (Netflix, 2016) is a Canadian-American historical drama television series co-created by Brad Peyton, Rob Blackie, and Peter Blackie. Declan Harp (Jason Momoa), a part-Irish, part-Cree ...more
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Legacies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant
Legacies (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Julie Plec, and a spinoff of The Originals. Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), a tribrid daughter of a ...more
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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio
Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more
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The Outpost is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Jessica Green, Jake Stormoen, Imogen Waterhouse
The Outpost (The CW, 2018) is a drama television series created by Jason Faller and Kynan Griffin. Talon (Jessica Green), the lone survivor of the Blackbloods, sets off to track her family's ...more
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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series 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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series 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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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series 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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series 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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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes
The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more
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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth
Cloak & Dagger (Freeform, 2018) is an American cable television series created by Joe Pokaski, based on the Marvel Comics characters. Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey ...more
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A Series of Unfortunate Events is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017, Netflix) is a black comedy-drama TV series based on the children's novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket (author Daniel Handler). The Baudelaire ...more
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Iron Fist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, David Wenham
Marvel's Iron Fist (Netflix, 2017) is web television series developed Scott Buck, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, a martial ...more
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The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero
The Shannara Chronicles (MTV, 2016) is an American fantasy drama television series adapted from the fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, primarily The Elfstones of Shannara. As the series opens, ...more
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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more
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Colony is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson
Colony (USA Network, 2016) is an American science-fiction drama television series created by Carlton Cuse and Ryan J. Condal. In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay ...more
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Taken is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Clive Standen, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano
Taken (NBC, 2017) is a Franco-American drama series developed by Alexander Cary, based on the film trilogy. Former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) must overcome a personal tragedy, in ...more