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
Outlander
Outlander
Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Arrow
Arrow
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Gotham
Gotham
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
24: Live Another Day
24: Live Another Day
White Collar
White Collar
Longmire
Longmire
Haven
Haven
The Last Ship
The Last Ship
Power
Power
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Cops
Cops
Top 25 College Football Games
Top 25 College Football Games
Utopia
Utopia
NFL Live
NFL Live
Naruto
Naruto
Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna
The Wire
The Wire
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Taxi Brooklyn
Taxi Brooklyn
24
24
Prison Break
Prison Break
Defiance
Defiance
Teen Titans
Teen Titans
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
Power Rangers
Power Rangers
Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
The Honourable Woman
The Honourable Woman
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Airwolf
Airwolf
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
The Profit
The Profit
The Big Valley
The Big Valley
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Mystic Force
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Bonanza
Bonanza
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker
Pokemon
Pokemon
The Awesomes
The Awesomes
Ultraman
Ultraman
Knight Rider (2008)
Knight Rider (2008)
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
The A-Team
The A-Team
Karneval
Karneval
It Takes A Thief
It Takes A Thief
JAG
JAG
Salem
Salem
Life on Top
Life on Top
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Kung Fu
Kung Fu
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Legends of Chima
Legends of Chima
The Tomorrow People
The Tomorrow People
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
NY Med
NY Med
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Star Trek
Star Trek
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
The Flash
The Flash
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Life Below Zero
Life Below Zero
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Leverage
Leverage
Fargo
Fargo
The Flash (2014)
The Flash (2014)
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars
Deadwood
Deadwood
Power Rangers Samurai
Power Rangers Samurai
Third Watch
Third Watch
Heroes
Heroes
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
UFC on FOX
UFC on FOX
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
The Unit
The Unit
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Saturday College Football
Saturday College Football