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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Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
NCIS
NCIS
Arrow
Arrow
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Outlander
Outlander
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Longmire
Longmire
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
24: Live Another Day
24: Live Another Day
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
White Collar
White Collar
Power
Power
The Last Ship
The Last Ship
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Defiance
Defiance
Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna
The Wire
The Wire
Cops
Cops
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Naruto
Naruto
Utopia
Utopia
Top 25 College Football Games
Top 25 College Football Games
Haven
Haven
The Honourable Woman
The Honourable Woman
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
24
24
NFL Live
NFL Live
Taxi Brooklyn
Taxi Brooklyn
Prison Break
Prison Break
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
The A-Team
The A-Team
Teen Titans
Teen Titans
Power Rangers
Power Rangers
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Knight Rider (2008)
Knight Rider (2008)
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon
Pokemon
Pokemon
Bonanza
Bonanza
Fargo
Fargo
Simon & Simon
Simon & Simon
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Legends of Chima
Legends of Chima
Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars
The Profit
The Profit
Star Trek
Star Trek
NY Med
NY Med
It Takes A Thief
It Takes A Thief
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Salem
Salem
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Supah Ninjas
Supah Ninjas
The Awesomes
The Awesomes
Airwolf
Airwolf
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Kung Fu
Kung Fu
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
JAG
JAG
Leverage
Leverage
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
The Tomorrow People
The Tomorrow People
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker
Heroes
Heroes
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Life on Top
Life on Top
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
Crossbones
Crossbones
Ultraman
Ultraman
Power Rangers Wild Force
Power Rangers Wild Force
The Flash
The Flash
Saturday College Football
Saturday College Football
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
The Big Valley
The Big Valley
Shakugan No Shana
Shakugan No Shana
True Justice
True Justice
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Third Watch
Third Watch
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Life Below Zero
Life Below Zero
The Unit
The Unit
Senran Kagura
Senran Kagura
UFC on FOX
UFC on FOX
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
NYPD Blue
NYPD Blue
Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Samurai
Power Rangers Samurai