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The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years

Updated January 15, 2021 2.6k votes 715 voters 22.6k views77 items

List RulesVote 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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