Best new action & adventure TV series (2016 overview - TV & Netflix)



Muscular tough guys blazing guns or swinging axes are not a guilty pleasure anymore. Since the beginning of 00’s, action shows have added more story to their mix, which has made the genre a valuable keeper.
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best action TV series of 2017 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Drew Goddard, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely our new Action genre creators?


Action genre statistics

Action2017
Genre popularity
92%
Genre ranking#5
Familiar faces Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio & Deborah Ann Woll
Trending showsDareDevil, Agent Carter & Vikings
Amount of genre shows per year from 2010 to 2017

100 action TV series scheduled for release this year.

The action genre is a difficult own to put in statistics, as most shows incorporate action elements and describe themselves as such. Nonetheless, it is clear the amount of shows with genre elements is growing.

Best action TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017

Best action TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Vikings (Since 3-3-2013 , Season: 3 - History Chanel)
  2. The viking Ragnar Lothbrok aims to conquer new territories in the West, but his chief wants to continue their travels to the familiar East. The tension between the two vikings rises, and culminates into a fierce battle. Very nice show for people who are into fantasy, blood en brave Scandinavian seafaring warriors.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdm7Z3TQhDg

    CreatorMichael Hirst
    StarringTravis Fimmel, Clive Standen & Gustaf Skarsgård
    Similar tv showsGame of Thrones, The Tudors
    Themestradition, travelling, action, drama,
    Keywordsaction-packed, adventurous, educational, historical,
    CountryCanada Ireland {Republic}
    Rating
    80%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  3. Person of Interest (Since 22-9-2011 , Season: 5 - CBS)
  4. A former CIA agent and a rich software developer team up in order to stop crimes before they have ever happened.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xAK3ueOJxE

    Creator Jonathan Nolan
    StarringJim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson & Kevin Chapman
    Similar tv showsBlue Bloods
    Themesjustice, technology, action, mystery,
    Keywordsaction-packed, dramatic, futuristic,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    75%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  5. Banshee (Since 11-1-2013 , Season: 4 - Cinemax)
  6. HBO’s sub-tv factory Cinemax produced a show that is one of the rawer thriller tv shows out there, and is definitely one of the best action tv shows we have ever come across. And indeed, it sets itself apart from the rest with long and tough action scenes backed up by sufficient dramatic development. By no means a sophisticated screenplay, but set in a small American town near an Amish community, it has more than enough to offer atmospherically. The series is about an ex-convict who wants to get back with his former partner in crime and lover who has moved to this small American town and made a life for herself. In order to win her back he stays in town, and pretends to be the new local sheriff.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aYDopySWJQ

    CreatorDavid Schickler & Jonathan Tropper
    StarringAntony Starr, Ivana Milicevic & Ulrich Thomsen
    Similar tv showsHomeland, The Player
    Themesidentity, justice, action, crime,
    Keywordsaction-packed, adventurous, awe-inspiring, clever, dynamic,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  7. The Flash (Since 7-10-2014 , Season: 2 - The CW)
  8. A regular guy - who had a tough childhood - wakes up after a freak accident with a particle accelerator and finds that he has gained a remarkable power: superspeed. He decides to use it to protect the world from villains and to discover the truth about his youth.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj0l7iGKh8g

    CreatorGreg Berlanti, Geoff Johns & Andrew Kreisberg
    StarringGrant Gustin, Candice Patton & Danielle Panabaker
    Similar tv showsArrow, Gotham
    Themesidentity, justice, revenge, vigilante, action, adventure,
    Keywordsaction-packed, amusing, entertaining, futuristic,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    75%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  9. Prison Break (Since 29-8-2005 , Season: 4 - Fox)
  10. When his brother is put on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Michael Scofield puts himself in jail to safe him. A straight-forward hit!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL9zLctDJaU

    Creator Paul Scheuring
    Starring Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller & Amaury Nolasco
    Similar tv showsLost
    Themesjustice, law, politics, action, crime,
    Keywordsaction-packed, addictive, entertaining, exciting,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    80%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  11. The Night Manager (Since 19-4-2016 , Season: 1 - BBC)
  12. A night manager of a European hotel is asked to be an alias for intelligence operations. Thrilling!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rgzmQ_vpSo

    CreatorJohn le Carré
    Starringom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki
    Themesbetrayal, espionage, mafia, manipulation, action, drama, thriller,
    Keywordsaction-packed, dark, thrilling,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

2017 releases

Iron Fist (17-3-2017 | Netflix)

Yet another Marvel Comics adaption@ Daniel Rand, the son of a rich entrepreneur, appears to have mysterious talents and a very strong fist. An Iron Fist. There are more action superhero and comics coming out, but the remainder can be found in the <a href='http://thevore.com/best-series/comic-book-tv-series/'>comic book tv shows section</a>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sEJeWB3RA8
CreatorScott Buck
Starring Jessica Henwick, Finn Jones & Jessica Stroup
Similar tv showsDaredevil, Jessica Jones
Themesarts, heroism, honor, justice, action, adventure, crime, science fiction,
Keywordsaction-packed, adventurous, amusing,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Taboo (7-1-2017 | BBC, FX)

A British adventurer returns home from Africa and has brought a treasure of 14 stolen diamonds with him. With them he will seek vengeance for the death of his father. Tom Hardy is not only in it, he is also one of the creators! It's a BBC Mini-series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1fiijqrKuc
CreatorTom Hardy & Steven Knight
StarringTom Hardy, Michael Kelly, Jonathan Pryce
Themesrevenge, action, adventure,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New action TV series

Best recent action TV series

Legends of Tomorrow by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rgzmQ_vpSo

A group of heroes and villains is grouped together to save the world and all that has ever existed. A nice adaptation of the DC comic.

Release date21-1-2016
CountryUnited States
Starring Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz
Associated withaction, comic book, superhero,
NetworkThe CW

DareDevil (Since 2-11-2015 , Season: 2 - Netflix)

A blind laywer leads a remarkable double-life as a protective superhero.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQzRs6UCbuI

CreatorDrew Goddard
Starring Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio & Deborah Ann Woll
Similar tv showsAgent Carter
Themesjustice, law, action, crime,
Keywordsaction-packed, critically acclaimed, noteworthy,
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Agent Carter (Since 6-1-2015 , Season: 2 - ABC)

The astonishing adventures of secret agent Peggy Carter. Very rewarding series, with a star role for Hayley Atwell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V13W9gQ_1GA

CreatorChristopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
StarringHayley Atwell, James D'Arcy & Chad Michael Murray
Similar tv showsDareDevil
Themesjustice, action, adventure,
Keywordsaction-packed, dazzling, entertaining, good, surprising,
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes