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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Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
NCIS
NCIS
Arrow
Arrow
Longmire
Longmire
Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
24: Live Another Day
24: Live Another Day
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
NY Med
NY Med
Defiance
Defiance
Power
Power
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
White Collar
White Collar
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.
Haven
Haven
Cops
Cops
Teen Titans
Teen Titans
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
The Wire
The Wire
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Naruto
Naruto
Prison Break
Prison Break
Salem
Salem
Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
The Awesomes
The Awesomes
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Life Below Zero
Life Below Zero
Crossbones
Crossbones
Knight Rider (2008)
Knight Rider (2008)
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
NFL Live
NFL Live
It Takes A Thief
It Takes A Thief
Outlander
Outlander
Taxi Brooklyn
Taxi Brooklyn
Bonanza
Bonanza
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Supah Ninjas
Supah Ninjas
Star Trek
Star Trek
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Legends of Chima
Legends of Chima
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Mystic Force
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Life on Top
Life on Top
Shakugan No Shana
Shakugan No Shana
Airwolf
Airwolf
Leverage
Leverage
Pokemon
Pokemon
Fargo
Fargo
The Tomorrow People
The Tomorrow People
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
The Flash
The Flash
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
Kung Fu
Kung Fu
Maken-ki
Maken-ki
The Future Diary
The Future Diary
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker
Power Rangers
Power Rangers
The Profit
The Profit
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
JAG
JAG
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The A-Team
The A-Team
Power Rangers Wild Force
Power Rangers Wild Force
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Bad Girls All Star Battle
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Strike Back
Strike Back
Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna
Rurouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin
Third Watch
Third Watch
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Heroes
Heroes
K
K
The Unit
The Unit
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Buckwild
Buckwild
The Young Riders
The Young Riders
Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Dangerous Flights
Dangerous Flights
Power Rangers Samurai
Power Rangers Samurai
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Emperor of the Sea
Emperor of the Sea