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
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Arrow
Arrow
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
The Tomorrow People
The Tomorrow People
Salem
Salem
White Collar
White Collar
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
The Profit
The Profit
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker
Naruto
Naruto
Prison Break
Prison Break
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Defiance
Defiance
Knight Rider (2008)
Knight Rider (2008)
Haven
Haven
Cops
Cops
Fargo
Fargo
The Wire
The Wire
Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna
Maken-ki
Maken-ki
The A-Team
The A-Team
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Bad Girls All Star Battle
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Helix
Helix
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Power Rangers
Power Rangers
UFC on FOX
UFC on FOX
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Shakugan No Shana
Shakugan No Shana
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Airwolf
Airwolf
Star Trek
Star Trek
Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
The Future Diary
The Future Diary
Longmire
Longmire
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
Bonanza
Bonanza
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Silk Stalkings
Silk Stalkings
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
It Takes A Thief
It Takes A Thief
Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown
Deadwood
Deadwood
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Red Eagle
Red Eagle
Sea Patrol
Sea Patrol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
The Young Riders
The Young Riders
X-Men Evolution
X-Men Evolution
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Teen Titans
Teen Titans
Renegade
Renegade
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Life on Top
Life on Top
Karneval
Karneval
Pokemon
Pokemon
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight
Heroes
Heroes
Power Rangers Wild Force
Power Rangers Wild Force
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Buckwild
Buckwild
Leverage
Leverage
Wolf's Rain
Wolf's Rain
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Johnny Test
Johnny Test
Senran Kagura
Senran Kagura
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars
Emperor of the Sea
Emperor of the Sea
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
Zombieland
Zombieland
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Strike Back
Strike Back
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Legends of Chima
Legends of Chima
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Life Below Zero
Life Below Zero
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Ikki Tousen
Ikki Tousen
Kung Fu
Kung Fu
JAG
JAG
The Big Valley
The Big Valley
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Amnesia (Anime)
Amnesia (Anime)
Power Rangers Samurai
Power Rangers Samurai