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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Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
NCIS
NCIS
Arrow
Arrow
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Longmire
Longmire
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
Outlander
Outlander
24: Live Another Day
24: Live Another Day
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Defiance
Defiance
White Collar
White Collar
The Last Ship
The Last Ship
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
NY Med
NY Med
Cops
Cops
Power
Power
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
The Wire
The Wire
24
24
Naruto
Naruto
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Teen Titans
Teen Titans
Prison Break
Prison Break
Knight Rider (2008)
Knight Rider (2008)
Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon
Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna
The Awesomes
The Awesomes
Life Below Zero
Life Below Zero
Salem
Salem
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
Fargo
Fargo
Haven
Haven
NFL Live
NFL Live
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
It Takes A Thief
It Takes A Thief
Airwolf
Airwolf
Star Trek
Star Trek
Taxi Brooklyn
Taxi Brooklyn
Bonanza
Bonanza
Legends of Chima
Legends of Chima
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
The Honourable Woman
The Honourable Woman
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Leverage
Leverage
Crossbones
Crossbones
The Flash
The Flash
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Pokemon
Pokemon
Highway Patrol
Highway Patrol
Power Rangers
Power Rangers
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
The Tomorrow People
The Tomorrow People
The Profit
The Profit
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Supah Ninjas
Supah Ninjas
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
JAG
JAG
Deadwood
Deadwood
Third Watch
Third Watch
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Kung Fu
Kung Fu
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Life on Top
Life on Top
Heroes
Heroes
The A-Team
The A-Team
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Power Rangers SPD (Space Patrol Delta)
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
The Unit
The Unit
Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Top 25 College Football Games
Top 25 College Football Games
Bad Girls All Star Battle
Bad Girls All Star Battle
K
K
The Big Valley
The Big Valley
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker
Power Rangers Wild Force
Power Rangers Wild Force
Power Rangers Samurai
Power Rangers Samurai
Strike Back
Strike Back
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
The Future Diary
The Future Diary
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland
Cleaners
Cleaners
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Buckwild
Buckwild