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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The Blacklist
The Blacklist
The Flash (2014)
The Flash (2014)
Arrow
Arrow
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
NCIS
NCIS
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Power
Power
White Collar
White Collar
Gotham
Gotham
Outlander
Outlander
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Helix
Helix
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Naruto
Naruto
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Longmire
Longmire
Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
The Wire
The Wire
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Teen Titans
Teen Titans
Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Black Sails
Black Sails
Cops
Cops
Life on Top
Life on Top
The Flash
The Flash
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Basketball
Basketball
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
24
24
The Eagle
The Eagle
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Prison Break
Prison Break
24: Live Another Day
24: Live Another Day
Marvel's Agent Carter
Marvel's Agent Carter
Pokemon
Pokemon
Power Rangers
Power Rangers
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
NFL Live
NFL Live
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
UFC on FOX
UFC on FOX
Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon
The Fall
The Fall
The Last Ship
The Last Ship
Appalachian Outlaws
Appalachian Outlaws
Salem
Salem
Haven
Haven
The Profit
The Profit
Star Trek
Star Trek
JAG
JAG
North Woods Law
North Woods Law
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
CBS Sports Special
CBS Sports Special
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Third Watch
Third Watch
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
NYPD Blue
NYPD Blue
Knight Rider (2008)
Knight Rider (2008)
In An Instant
In An Instant
Heroes
Heroes
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Monsuno
Monsuno
Kung Fu
Kung Fu
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Saint Seiya
Saint Seiya
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
The Avengers
The Avengers
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker
ACC Championship Game
ACC Championship Game
Airwolf
Airwolf
Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown
Supah Ninjas
Supah Ninjas
Buckwild
Buckwild
Life Below Zero
Life Below Zero
Thunderbirds
Thunderbirds
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Barclays Premier League Review
Barclays Premier League Review
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Sliders
Sliders
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Fat Guys in the Woods
Fat Guys in the Woods
Fargo
Fargo
Strike Back
Strike Back
The Future Diary
The Future Diary
The Big Valley
The Big Valley
Simon & Simon
Simon & Simon
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Bonanza
Bonanza
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
It Takes A Thief
It Takes A Thief
Deadwood
Deadwood
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Emperor of the Sea
Emperor of the Sea
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
K
K
Defiance
Defiance
Powers
Powers
Ultraman
Ultraman
Kim Possible
Kim Possible
Match of the Day 2
Match of the Day 2
Survivor's Remorse
Survivor's Remorse
Moonlight
Moonlight
Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Spenser: For Hire
Spenser: For Hire
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
The Listener
The Listener
Shakugan No Shana
Shakugan No Shana
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Zombieland
Zombieland
Coast Guard Alaska
Coast Guard Alaska
Kojak
Kojak
Match of the Day
Match of the Day
The Tomorrow People
The Tomorrow People
La Femme Nikita
La Femme Nikita
Leverage
Leverage
The A-Team
The A-Team
Prospectors
Prospectors
Knight Rider Classic
Knight Rider Classic
The Unit
The Unit
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Static Shock
Static Shock
Johnny Test
Johnny Test
Quick Draw
Quick Draw
Art Mann Presents
Art Mann Presents
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot
Power Rangers Wild Force
Power Rangers Wild Force
BlazBlue: Alter Memory
BlazBlue: Alter Memory
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Jackie Chan Adventures
Jackie Chan Adventures
Without A Trace
Without A Trace
Zorro (1990)
Zorro (1990)
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Super Friends
Super Friends
Marco Polo
Marco Polo
Power Rangers Samurai
Power Rangers Samurai
True Justice
True Justice
Route 66
Route 66
Forbidden Science
Forbidden Science
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
Outrageous Acts Of Science
Outrageous Acts Of Science
Magnum P.I.
Magnum P.I.
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Hawaii 5-0
Hawaii 5-0
Maken-ki
Maken-ki
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Magi-Nation
Magi-Nation
Ascension
Ascension
Sekirei
Sekirei
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers
Ring of Honor Wrestling
Ring of Honor Wrestling
MI-5
MI-5
Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series
Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
The Honourable Woman
The Honourable Woman
The Wrong Mans
The Wrong Mans
Legends of Chima
Legends of Chima
The Adventures of Superman
The Adventures of Superman
Wolf's Rain
Wolf's Rain
The Virginian
The Virginian
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
Alias
Alias
No.6
No.6
Painkiller Jane
Painkiller Jane
Inu X Boku Secret Service
Inu X Boku Secret Service
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
Speed Racer
Speed Racer
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Rurouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin
Justice League
Justice League
Barclays Premier League World
Barclays Premier League World
Sword and Flower
Sword and Flower
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Kampfer
Kampfer
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Xamd Lost Memories
Xamd Lost Memories
Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
UFC on Fuel TV
UFC on Fuel TV
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight