Action & Adventure TV Shows

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About Action & Adventure

In action and adventure programs, physically thrilling situations and straight-forward plot development are the most important elements. This distinguishes the programs in this genre from more broadly dramatic shows in which the development of characters and the complicated interactions between them are more important than exciting action. The action and adventure genre includes a variety of sub-genres that involve widely diverse subject matter.

The storyline of an action or adventure program usually centers on a hero, a heroine or a group of heroes. The plot typically sends these heroes on a quest with a clear goal, and the pursuit of the goal places the heroes in a series of dangerous situations that they must conquer in order to survive and, ultimately, reach the goal. Within that basic framework, the subject of the program can encompass practically any situation, from realistic crime or military settings to science fiction or the supernatural.

Because they can effortlessly incorporate action situations into their plots, crime dramas have long been one of the most popular type of TV action program. These shows feature individual law enforcement officers or teams of officers whose quest in each episode is to solve mysteries and capture criminals. The quest typically involves car chases, gun battles and other situations in which the heroes are in peril.

Adventure programs often include elements of fantasy and the supernatural, and they are more likely to focus on the completion of a long-term quest, as opposed to a simpler action program that has a preference for short bursts of energy that move the plot forward quickly.

Some nonfiction programs can also reasonably be said to fall into the action and adventure genre. Reality shows that follow law enforcement officers, medical professionals or others in potentially dangerous occupations often capitalize on situations where their heroes are in hazardous positions in order to create tension and suspense.

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NCIS
NCIS
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Arrow
Arrow
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
The Tomorrow People
The Tomorrow People
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
White Collar
White Collar
The Profit
The Profit
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Naruto
Naruto
Prison Break
Prison Break
Knight Rider (2008)
Knight Rider (2008)
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker
Helix
Helix
Haven
Haven
Defiance
Defiance
Shakugan No Shana
Shakugan No Shana
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna
Cops
Cops
Renegade
Renegade
The Wire
The Wire
It Takes A Thief
It Takes A Thief
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
The Future Diary
The Future Diary
Airwolf
Airwolf
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
Maken-ki
Maken-ki
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Longmire
Longmire
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Sea Patrol
Sea Patrol
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Beelzebub
Beelzebub
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
Silk Stalkings
Silk Stalkings
Wolf's Rain
Wolf's Rain
Leverage
Leverage
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight
Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Bonanza
Bonanza
Power Rangers
Power Rangers
Star Trek
Star Trek
Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
Red Eagle
Red Eagle
Highway Patrol
Highway Patrol
Karneval
Karneval
Buckwild
Buckwild
The A-Team
The A-Team
Tarzan
Tarzan
Pokemon
Pokemon
Heroes
Heroes
Senran Kagura
Senran Kagura
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
The Unit
The Unit
Deadwood
Deadwood
Power Rangers Wild Force
Power Rangers Wild Force
Legends of Chima
Legends of Chima
The Young Riders
The Young Riders
The Big Valley
The Big Valley
Ultraman
Ultraman
Trigun
Trigun
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Inu X Boku Secret Service
Inu X Boku Secret Service
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Super Samurai
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Strike Back
Strike Back
Infinite Stratos
Infinite Stratos
Small Town Security
Small Town Security
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
Upotte!
Upotte!
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
Witchblade: The Animated Series
Witchblade: The Animated Series
Kim Possible
Kim Possible
X-Men Evolution
X-Men Evolution
Log Horizon
Log Horizon