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The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years 

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Updated July 3, 2020 4.8k votes 692 voters 21.3k views 71 items

List Rules Vote up the best adventure shows that have premiered on or after January 1, 2017.

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 Amazon's Jack Ryan, in which John Krasinski leads as a CIA analyst caught up in a terrorist's cat and mouse game. His Dark Materials, based off the bestselling book series, 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 Titans, Blood and Treasure, and The Witcher.

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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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
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 Adventure TV Series 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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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes

Premiered: 2017

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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio

Premiered: 2018

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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A Series of Unfortunate ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman

Premiered: 2017

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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Legacies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant

Premiered: 2018

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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Iron Fist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Iron Fist Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, David Wenham

Premiered: 2017

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 Passage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Vincent Piazza

Premiered: 2019

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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The Outpost is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Jessica Green, Jake Stormoen, Imogen Waterhouse

Premiered: 2018

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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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Premiered: 2017

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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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth

Premiered: 2018

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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Taken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Clive Standen, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano

Premiered: 2017

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
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His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy

Premiered: 2019

His Dark Materials (HBO, 2019) is a British fantasy adventure series based on the novel series by Philip Pullman. In an alternate world where all humans have animal companions called daemons, a ...more

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Star Wars Resistance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Christopher Sean, Bobby Moynihan, Oscar Isaac

Premiered: 2018

Star Wars Resistance is a 2018 animated TV series produced by Lucasfilm Animation. Set three decades after the events of Return of the Jedi, in the era of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, it ...more
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Knightfall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Tom Cullen, Jim Carter, Pádraic Delaney

Premiered: 2017

Knightfall (History, 2017) is a historical fiction drama television series created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner. Templar leader Landry du Lauzon (Tom Cullen), a brave warrior discouraged ...more
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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris

Premiered: 2018

The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an American horror drama anthology television series developed by David Kajganich, based on the 2007 novel by Dan Simmons. A new story each season, the show follows ...more

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SWAT is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell
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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Marvel's Inhumans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Marvel's Inhumans Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan

Premiered: 2017

Marvel's Inhumans (ABC, 2017) is American superhero series based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. After a military coup, Black Bolt (Anson Mount), his wife Medusa (Serinda Swan), ...more
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24: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits

Premiered: 2017

24: Legacy (Fox, 2017) is a spin-off of the 2001 series 24. It follows the life of ex-Army Ranger Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) who has returned to America, and the trouble that follows him back, ...more
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The End of the F***ing W... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan

Premiered: 2018

The End of the F***ing World (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-part British absurdist dark comedy-drama television series, based on the comic series by Charles S. Forsman. 17-year-old James (Alex ...more

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New Warriors is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Milana Vayntrub, Derek Theler, Jeremy Tardy
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Titans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
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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The Adventures of Kid Da... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Jace Norman, Cooper Barnes, Michael D. Cohen
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Trolls: The Beat Goes On... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Amanda Leighton, Skylar Astin, David Fynn
Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (Netflix, 2018) is an American animated television series developed by Matthew Beans, based on the 2016 movie. Queen Poppy (Amanda Leighton), Branch (Skylar Astin), the ...more
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Final Space is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years
Olan Rogers, Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny

Premiered: 2018

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