Top 30 Action Shows of the 2000s

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1. The Unit (2006–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators.

Stars: Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson, Robert Patrick

Votes: 18,974

2. The Shield (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 66,888

3. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 164,279

4. CSI: Miami (2002–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit.

Stars: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Rex Linn

Votes: 50,263

5. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 143,364

6. Hack (2002–2004)

60 min | Crime, Drama

When corruption charges strip him of his job, his family and his pride, former cop Mike Olshansky forges a new identity as a Philadelphia cab driver, patrolling the city as a roving vigilante who works with local police.

Stars: Andre Braugher, David Morse, Matthew Borish, George Dzundza

Votes: 828

7. Spooks (2002–2011)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.

Stars: Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 13,400

8. Prison Break (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper

Votes: 437,234

9. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 70,349

10. Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore other planets through the recently discovered Stargates.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge

Votes: 78,526

11. CSI: NY (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

CSI head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper, Eddie Cahill

Votes: 41,704

12. Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith.

Stars: Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett, Jason Momoa

Votes: 57,702

13. E-Ring (2005–2006)

60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Major Jim Tisnewski, until recently an active special forces commando, takes up a Pentagon job as assistant of US Army colonel Eli McNulty. He now must learn to battle the Pentagon way ... See full summary »

Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Aunjanue Ellis, Dennis Hopper, Kelly Rutherford

Votes: 1,058

14. The Beast (2009)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A veteran F.B.I. Agent is assigned a new partner, unaware that he was recruited as a double agent to investigate his activities.

Stars: Patrick Swayze, Travis Fimmel, Lindsay Pulsipher, Kevin J. O'Connor

Votes: 2,616

15. Ultimate Force (2002–2006)

74 min | Action, War

This action adventure series follows the exploits of Sergeant Henno Garvie and his colleagues who make up Red Troop, a crack SAS team. Stopping the release of a lethal anthrax mutation, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ross Kemp, Miles Anderson, Christopher Fox, Danny Sapani

Votes: 1,751

16. NCIS (2003– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington, D.C. Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Stars: Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette

Votes: 109,213

17. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A century before Captain Kirk's five-year mission, Jonathan Archer captains the United Earth ship Enterprise during the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the Earth-Romulan War and the formation of the Federation.

Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 40,770

18. UC: Undercover (2001–2002)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Action

As a federal team, the group responds to emergencies all over the country: taking down elite bank robbers, drug kingpins, domestic terrorists, spies, jewel thieves, and corrupt cops. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Oded Fehr, Jon Seda, Vera Farmiga, Bruklin Harris

Votes: 261

19. Andromeda (2000–2005)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Captain Dylan Hunt and the crew of the Andromeda Ascendant set out on a mission to rebuild the Systems Commonwealth 300 years after its fall.

Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram, Gordon Michael Woolvett

Votes: 11,341

20. Kidnapped (2006–2007)

Crime, Drama

Complex overtones surround the kidnapping of a wealthy New York family's 15-year-old son, leading a specialist and a retiring FBI agent to figure it out.

Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Carmen Ejogo, Delroy Lindo, Linus Roache

Votes: 2,704

21. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 252,543

22. Nash Bridges (1996–2001)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A smart alecky San Francisco, California cop and his get rich quick scheme of a partner keep tabs on crime and take down the bad guys in the Bay Area.

Stars: Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Jeff Perry

Votes: 5,913

23. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detectives from NYPD's 15th Precinct investigate homicides within their precinct.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Votes: 10,770

24. Seven Days (1998–2001)

42 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Drama

An ex-CIA is the point man for a government organization dedicated to time traveling to correct errors that occurred in the previous week.

Stars: Jonathan LaPaglia, Don Franklin, Justina Vail, Nick Searcy

Votes: 3,063

25. Special Unit 2 (2001–2002)

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Detectives Kate Benson and Nick O'Malley from a secret Chicago P.D. unit solve violent crimes committed by mythological creatures aka 'Links' while trying to hide the Links existence from the general public.

Stars: Michael Landes, Alexondra Lee, Richard Gant, Danny Woodburn

Votes: 1,469

26. Level 9 (2000–2001)

60 min | Sci-Fi, Drama, Action

A top-secret government agency staffed with computer techs and field agents investigates cybercrimes in an attempt to take down an international cyber terrorist named Crazyhorse.

Stars: Fab Filippo, Kate Hodge, Michael Kelly, Romany Malco

Votes: 174

27. Tracker (2001–2002)

60 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Drama

An extraterrestrial lawman hunts escaped alien convicts that have taken over human bodies in present-day Chicago.

Stars: Adrian Paul, Amy Price-Francis, Geraint Wyn Davies, Leanne Wilson

Votes: 244

28. Third Watch (1999–2005)

44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct.

Stars: Coby Bell, Skipp Sudduth, Jason Wiles, Molly Price

Votes: 8,491

29. La Femme Nikita (1997–2001)

60 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Aclandestine anti-terrorist organization fakes the death of a convicted murderer and trains her in the fighting skills necessary to succeed in her new job.

Stars: Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer, Roy Dupuis

Votes: 8,520

30. She Spies (2002–2004)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Three gorgeous female convicts are paroled from prison to work for an unnamed federal agency. While saving the world, they take verbal pokes at anything and everything, and take absolutely ... See full summary »

Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Kristen Miller, Natashia Williams, Carlos Jacott

Votes: 1,179

31. Sheena (2000–2002)

60 min | Action, Adventure

Orphaned at the age of 6, Shirley Hamilton is taken in by the Shamaness Kali and taught how to morph into almost any animal. She shall become Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.

Stars: Gena Lee Nolin, John Allen Nelson, Margo Moorer, Kevin Quigley

Votes: 697



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