Indiana Jones has become a very well-known figure in pop culture, especially when it comes to fantasy and action movies. Harrison Ford played the role of Indiana Jones in the 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Since then, Harrison Ford has become almost synonymous with the Indiana Jones brand (though he has been portrayed by other actors through various mediums).
There have been four Indiana Jones movies so far, and a fifth is in the works and will come out in July 2021. Aside from that, Indy, as he is often called, has been in several graphic novels, original books, and Disney theme park attractions.
One of the first things this writer remembers about Indiana Jones is not being tall enough to ride the Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland in 1997. I was only five years old at the time. Let me tell you, I was upset about it. looked. awesome. Even more so when my older sister, who was nine at the time, said she wanted to be an archaeologist as soon as she got off the ride. But I digress.
Since its start, the Indiana Jones brand has also been the basis for several TV shows. We’ve put together a small collection of these shows for all you Indy fans! So, here is a list of the best adventure TV shows for fans of Indiana Jones.
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, ABC (1992 – 1993)
Of course, we’ll start with a TV show where Indiana Jones himself was the main character. As the name suggests, the first few episodes show the adventures of a young Indy when he is about 8 to 10 years old. The rest of the season shows him as a young adult between the ages of 16 and 21.
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles tells us what happened before the movies and gives us a better idea of who Indy is. We get to see how he got along with his father and how he got involved in a lot of important historical events that are talked about in the movies.
During the series, Indy meets a lot of famous people from history, like Leo Tolstoy, Al Capone, Mata Hari, and Theodore Roosevelt, to name a few. This makes the show a great way to teach kids and teens about history.
Blood & Treasure, CBS (2019 – present)
Even though we’ve known Indy for decades, CBS’s Blood & Treasure still takes us all over the world after a priceless artefact is stolen and an expert on the artefact is taken, hostage.
Danny McNamara is played by Matt Barr (Hellcats, Valor). He is a former FBI agent who knows a lot about stolen art and antiquities. Sofia Pernas, who is known for her roles in “The Brave” and “Jane the Virgin,” plays Lexi Vaziri, a well-known art thief and con woman. The terrorist Karim Farouk needs to be caught, so the two unlikely friends work together to do it.
Along the way, they meet a lot of people from other countries who could be allies or could be enemies in disguise. As the search for Farouk, the thief, goes on, a bigger plot comes to light that involves a “2000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.”
Outer Banks, Netflix (2020 – Present)
Outer Banks is a show on Netflix that takes the classic treasure hunt plot and makes it more appealing to teenagers. It’s full of romance and adventure, and it takes place in the beautiful beach town of Outer Banks, North Carolina.
The show is about four friends, John B, JJ, Kiara, and Pope, who go on an epic summer adventure to find a hidden treasure that has something to do with John B’s missing father. Along the way, they will have to deal with forbidden romances and the growing gap between the rich and the poor in Outer Banks, all while trying to find out what happened to John B’s father.
Outer Banks is a must-see for anyone looking for a fun summer movie with a high-stakes adventure. It stars a young cast of up-and-coming actors and actresses and was filmed in Charleston, South Carolina.
Hooten & the Lady, Sky 1 (2016)
We go across the Atlantic to watch Sky 1’s Hooten & the Lady, an adventure drama with an American and a British lead. Ulysses Hooten is an American adventurer who is played by Michael Landes (Love Soup, Save Me). He is a prankster with a charismatic personality.
Lady in the title is British Museum curator Lady Alexandra Lindo-Parker, played by Ophelia Lovibond (W1A, Elementary). The two meet by chance and, at first, are hesitant to work together. They decide to travel the world in search of the world’s most elusive treasures and answers to mysteries we thought were buried for a long time.
There is a trip to Bhutan to find an old scroll that is said to have been written by Buddha, a trip to Moscow to find a lost Fabergé egg, and a trip to Egypt to find Alexander the Great’s long-lost tomb.
Relic Hunter, Syndication (1999 – 2002)
Adventure Show from Canada Relic Hunter is a historical fantasy action show with a healthy dose of science fiction. This is because some of the relics they are looking for have supernatural properties or technology that was ahead of their time.
Tia Carrere, who is known for her roles in General Hospital and AJ and the Queen, plays Sydney Fox, an American archaeologist who is also a professor of ancient studies and a skilled fighter. Her British assistant is Nigel Bailey, who is played by Christien Anholt (Flyboys, Dark Corners).
He helps her with her classes at the university and goes with her on her adventures to find relics. Each episode starts with a story about an artefact, and then Fox and Bailey are hired to find, and in some cases save, the artefact and put it back where it belongs. They often have to go to faraway places around the world to do this, but they are always up for the challenge!
Adventure Inc., Global (2002 – 2003)
After Relic Hunter was cancelled after three seasons, Adventure Inc. came along. It was another adventure TV show that went around the world, but the main character, Judson Cross, was a sailor. His character and adventures are loosely based on real-life explorer Barry Clifford.
He was an underwater archaeologist who found the only known pirate shipwreck in the world: Captain Samuel Bellamy’s Whydah. Cross, who is played by Michael Biehn from The Terminator and Aliens, is the owner of Adventure Inc., which is a treasure hunting business.
With the help of his partners Mackenzie (played by Karen Cliche from Flash Gordon) and Gabriel (played by Jesse Nilsson from Our Hero, who died before the last episode of that show aired), they risk everything to find and return lost artefacts.
Bonekickers, BBC One (2008)
People have said that Bonekickers on BBC One is like CSI meets Indiana Jones because it has science, mystery, and a conspiracy. It is about a group of archaeologists who work at the made-up Wessex University in the UK. The strong Dr Gillian Magwilde, played by Julie Graham of Benidorm and The Bletchley Circle, is in charge of the group.
The archaeologists were asked to find out about hidden parts of history and find out what was going on with growing conspiracy theories in the UK and around the world. The search for Excalibur, the answers to the Great Fire of Rome, and even a meeting with modern-day Knights Templar are all examples of these mysteries.
Bonekickers only had one season, with a total of six episodes, but each one was full of action and adventure.
Veritas: The Quest, ABC (2003)
It looks like the first few years of the 2000s were a busy time for mystery, action, and adventure stories. ABC added Veritas: The Quest to the list of adventure TV shows with brave, thrill-seeking main characters, but this time it was made for younger viewers. Veritas: The Quest might be the show for you if you want an adventure show like Outer Banks and don’t mind the 2000s style.
He finds out that his father Solomon (played by CSI’s Alex Carter) is in charge of an archaeological team called Veritas, which comes from the Latin word for “truth” and is looking for answers about what happened to Nikko’s mother years ago. Nikko joins them on their adventures to find out what happened to his mother, and it soon becomes clear that his future is tied to bigger secrets.
The Lost World, TNT/Syndication (1999 – 2002)
The Lost World, a TV show, was loosely based on the same-named book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which came out in 1912. Even though the premise is the same, this is not to be confused with the 1997 movie The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which was based on Michael Crichton’s 1995 book also called The Lost World.
Professor George Edward Challenger is a scholar and explorer with a clear goal: to prove to the London Zoological Society that a “lost world” does exist. To reach that goal, he puts together a motley group of people who are all there for different reasons.
When their hot air balloon crashes on uncharted land, they meet Veronica, a girl who knows her way around the jungle and whose family and research group has gone missing. As they try to leave the dangerous island, they all have to fight dinosaurs, prehistoric cavemen, and the local tribe of lizard men.
Warehouse 13, SyFy (2009 – 2014)
Warehouse 13 is a show on SyFy that is more science fiction but still has a little bit of Indiana Jones in it. It is about a fictional warehouse in South Dakota that holds a lot of famous and not-so-famous artefacts from recent history.
The first twelve Warehouses were protected by powerful empires like the Hunnic Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the Russian Empire, the United Kingdom, and finally, South Dakota.
The agents of Warehouse 13 work for different parts of the US government. They are chosen for their high intelligence and special skills, such as a perfect memory, the ability to break codes, and even some paranormal skills, like being able to read auras and just “know” if a situation is good or bad.
During the five seasons of the show, the agents find a lot of different artefacts, some of which are tied to historical or mythological people or events. These artefacts all have strange supernatural powers that the agents have to control and bring back to Warehouse 13 to store.