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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Outlander
Outlander
NCIS
NCIS
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Arrow
Arrow
Gotham
Gotham
The Flash (2014)
The Flash (2014)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
White Collar
White Collar
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
NFL Live
NFL Live
Haven
Haven
Top 25 College Football Games
Top 25 College Football Games
24: Live Another Day
24: Live Another Day
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
Utopia
Utopia
Power
Power
Cops
Cops
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Naruto
Naruto
Longmire
Longmire
The Last Ship
The Last Ship
The Wire
The Wire
Prison Break
Prison Break
Power Rangers
Power Rangers
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Teen Titans
Teen Titans
24
24
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Monsuno
Monsuno
The Profit
The Profit
The Flash
The Flash
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna
Defiance
Defiance
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
Accel World
Accel World
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
Pokemon
Pokemon
Star Trek
Star Trek
Taxi Brooklyn
Taxi Brooklyn
North Woods Law
North Woods Law
Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon
The Honourable Woman
The Honourable Woman
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
It Takes A Thief
It Takes A Thief
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Airwolf
Airwolf
Knight Rider (2008)
Knight Rider (2008)
The Big Valley
The Big Valley
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Mystic Force
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Life on Top
Life on Top
Maken-ki
Maken-ki
Bonanza
Bonanza
The Tomorrow People
The Tomorrow People
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
NYPD Blue
NYPD Blue
JAG
JAG
Leverage
Leverage
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Kung Fu
Kung Fu
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Power Rangers Wild Force
Power Rangers Wild Force
Wolf's Rain
Wolf's Rain
Doctor Stranger
Doctor Stranger
Ultraman
Ultraman
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Buckwild
Buckwild
NY Med
NY Med
Zombieland
Zombieland
Saturday College Football
Saturday College Football
Johnny Test
Johnny Test
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Power Rangers Samurai
Power Rangers Samurai
Legends of Chima
Legends of Chima
The Young Riders
The Young Riders
Third Watch
Third Watch
Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Blood Lad
Blood Lad
Xenosaga: The Animation
Xenosaga: The Animation