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The Best New Adventure TV Series of the Last Few Years

Updated November 13, 2020 2.6k votes 709 voters 22.3k views75 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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    The Punisher
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    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

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    Jack Ryan
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    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    Lost in Space
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    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

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  • 4
    The Orville
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    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    Premiered2017

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    Legacies
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    Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis

    Premiered2018

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  • 6
    A Series of Unfortunate Events
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    Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton

    Premiered2017

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  • 7
    The Passage
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    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney

    Premiered2019

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  • 8
    Iron Fist
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    Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick

    Premiered2017

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  • 9
    The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
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    Premiered2018

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    Amazing Stories
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    Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti

    Premiered2019

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    Cloak & Dagger
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    Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph

    Premiered2018

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    Star Trek: Discovery
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    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Premiered2017

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    The Outpost
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    Jessica Green, Jake Stormoen

    Premiered2018

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    Knightfall
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    Tom Cullen, Jim Carter

    Premiered2017

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    Taken
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    Clive Standen, Gaius Charles

    Premiered2017

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    His Dark Materials
    7
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    Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Premiered2019

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    The Terror
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    Derek Mio, George Takei

    Premiered2018

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    SWAT
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    Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman
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    The End of the F***ing World
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    Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden

    Premiered2018

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    Marvel's Inhumans
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    Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon

    Premiered2017

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    24: Legacy
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    Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto

    Premiered2017

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    Star Wars Resistance
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    Christopher Sean, Bobby Moynihan

    Premiered2018

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    Final Space
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    Olan Rogers, Fred Armisen

    Premiered2018

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    Disenchantment
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    Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon

    Premiered2018

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    The Adventures of Kid Danger
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    Jace Norman, Cooper Barnes
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