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 Flash (2014)
The Flash (2014)
Arrow
Arrow
Outlander
Outlander
Naruto
Naruto
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
24
24
Star Trek
Star Trek
NYPD Blue
NYPD Blue
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
White Collar
White Collar
NCIS
NCIS
Salem
Salem
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The Wire
The Wire
Prison Break
Prison Break
Heroes
Heroes
Haven
Haven
Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Johnny Test
Johnny Test
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Gotham
Gotham
Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Teen Titans
Teen Titans
Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
Power Rangers
Power Rangers
Longmire
Longmire
Helix
Helix
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Supah Ninjas
Supah Ninjas
Power
Power
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
The Future Diary
The Future Diary
Monsuno
Monsuno
The Flash
The Flash
The Last Ship
The Last Ship
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
Black Sails
Black Sails
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Knight Rider (2008)
Knight Rider (2008)
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Strike Back
Strike Back
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Cops
Cops
The Profit
The Profit
24: Live Another Day
24: Live Another Day
Saint Seiya
Saint Seiya
Defiance
Defiance
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Third Watch
Third Watch
Appalachian Outlaws
Appalachian Outlaws
Infinite Stratos
Infinite Stratos
Kim Possible
Kim Possible
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Thunderbirds
Thunderbirds
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
True Justice
True Justice
Marvel's Agent Carter
Marvel's Agent Carter
Moonlight
Moonlight
Pokemon
Pokemon
The Fall
The Fall
Life on Top
Life on Top
Life Below Zero
Life Below Zero
Trigun
Trigun
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
The Big Valley
The Big Valley
The Avengers
The Avengers
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Bonanza
Bonanza
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
JAG
JAG
Shakugan No Shana
Shakugan No Shana
Buckwild
Buckwild
In An Instant
In An Instant
Kung Fu
Kung Fu
Marvel's Daredevil
Marvel's Daredevil
Fargo
Fargo
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
The Troop
The Troop
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Cold Squad
Cold Squad
Zombieland
Zombieland
Commander In Chief
Commander In Chief
Simon & Simon
Simon & Simon
The Wrong Mans
The Wrong Mans
Senran Kagura
Senran Kagura
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
The A-Team
The A-Team
Sekirei
Sekirei
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Forbidden Science
Forbidden Science
La Femme Nikita
La Femme Nikita
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters
NFL Live
NFL Live
Kampfer
Kampfer
Match of the Day
Match of the Day
BlazBlue: Alter Memory
BlazBlue: Alter Memory
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
It Takes A Thief
It Takes A Thief
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Wolf's Rain
Wolf's Rain
Leverage
Leverage
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
The Eagle
The Eagle
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Highlander: The Raven
Highlander: The Raven
The Unit
The Unit
Coast Guard Alaska
Coast Guard Alaska
Deadwood
Deadwood
Monster Rancher
Monster Rancher
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Accel World
Accel World
Ultraman
Ultraman
Fat Guys in the Woods
Fat Guys in the Woods
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Match of the Day 2
Match of the Day 2
Alias
Alias
North Woods Law
North Woods Law
Basketball
Basketball
Ascension
Ascension
Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons
Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons
Knight Rider Classic
Knight Rider Classic
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Sliders
Sliders
Kiddy Grade
Kiddy Grade
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Vampire High
Vampire High
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
The Fast and Furious Saga
The Fast and Furious Saga
Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown
The Adventures of Superman
The Adventures of Superman
Kojak
Kojak
Spenser: For Hire
Spenser: For Hire
Magi-Nation
Magi-Nation
Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Maken-ki
Maken-ki
UFC on FOX
UFC on FOX
Legends of Chima
Legends of Chima
The Time in Between
The Time in Between
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Aaron Stone
Aaron Stone
Dogfights
Dogfights
Dangerous Grounds
Dangerous Grounds
Prospectors
Prospectors
Red Eagle
Red Eagle
Sword and Flower
Sword and Flower
Survivor's Remorse
Survivor's Remorse
Powers
Powers
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight
Sea Patrol
Sea Patrol
Painkiller Jane
Painkiller Jane
Power Rangers Wild Force
Power Rangers Wild Force
Karneval
Karneval
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Dangerous Flights
Dangerous Flights
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Nazi Mega Weapons
Nazi Mega Weapons
Mike Tyson Mysteries
Mike Tyson Mysteries
Extremely Dangerous
Extremely Dangerous
Airwolf
Airwolf
Surface
Surface
T.J. Hooker
T.J. Hooker
Justice League
Justice League
Static Shock
Static Shock
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
Stroker and Hoop
Stroker and Hoop
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Neverland
Neverland
Power Rangers Turbo
Power Rangers Turbo
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Orange County Choppers
Orange County Choppers
Superboy
Superboy
Maverick
Maverick