Top Ten Netflix Adventure Series You Must Watch!

Even though “lights, camera, action!” has nothing to do with a show’s genre, it’s fun to watch actors shoot guns, play with swords, and get into fistfights without anyone getting hurt (usually). After all, “acting” is just “action” with a “g” where the “o” is, right?

So let’s give the people what they want: a list of the best action TV shows that are currently streaming on Netflix. This list includes both Netflix originals and series that started somewhere else.

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Altered Carbon (2018 to 2020)

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Altered Carbon is based on the 2002 novel by Richard K. Morgan by the same name. It is a flashy, jargon-filled, and sometimes dizzying descent into sci-fi decadence. The show is about a mercenary in the 22nd century (Joel Kinnaman in Season 1, Anthony Mackie in Season 2) who is hired to solve the murder of a powerful aristocrat. What’s the catch?

This aristocrat is still alive because, in this version of the future, the rich don’t really die. Instead, their consciousness is basically uploaded to the cloud and downloaded into new bodies.

In a world without death, the next adventure has the same jaw-dropping visuals and world-building as Blade Runner and the same thought-provoking mystery as HBO’s Westworld. In other words, there’s A LOT to take in, but that also means there’s A LOT to like if you’re patient.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

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This Nickelodeon show has been called one of the best-animated series of all time and for good reason. Maybe you were part of the generation that was obsessed with it when it first came out, or maybe you haven’t gotten into this world of elemental nations yet, but there’s never a bad time to watch or rewatch this stunning Western-meets-anime series.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an adventure story about waterbender Katara, her brother Sokka, and a boy named Aang who they find frozen in an iceberg. Aang turns out to be the avatar, a reincarnated being who can control all four elements and whose job it is to keep the Four Nations in harmony.

As they travel through the nations so Aang can master all of the elements and eventually face the totalitarian leader of the Fire Nation, it becomes clearer and clearer how bad the world has become without Aang. Don’t get it wrong: This kids’ show has a lot more going on than you might think, but Avatar: The Last Airbender makes it look as easy as walking on air.

Black Summer (2019)

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Do you need to watch another show about zombies? After nearly a decade of The Walking Dead and other depressing post-apocalyptic shows, it’s understandable to skip the latest brain-eating, skin-peeling gore-fest. The moral questions, the barren landscapes, and the gory violence can all feel like they’ve been done before.

But Black Summer, a spin-off of the SyFy show Z Nation, has gained a cult following by focusing on stylish action filmmaking and nerve-wracking suspense scenes. This is thanks to directors John Hyams (who made the mind-blowing Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) and Abram Cox.

Stephen King, who knows a bit about this kind of thing, tweeted, “Just when you think there’s nothing scary left about zombies, THIS comes along.”

Cobra Kai (2018)

What happened to Daniel Larusso and Johnny Lawrence, who were so good at martial arts, after The Karate Kid movies? On the show Cobra Kai, the goal is to find out. The series, which first aired on YouTube when the site made its own shows before Netflix picked it up, takes place in the present day.

Ralph Macchio and William Zabka’s characters are back on the mat, but their roles have been switched. Now, Daniel, who used to be the underdog, is rolling in money and still making the most out of being a child star, while Johnny has hit rock bottom. What should Johnny do about his midlife crisis?

Open the dojo again, of course. Inevitably, a new group of karate kids is introduced to the world of martial arts, and old rivalries come back to life. This is a seriously butt-kicking take on a nostalgic property you didn’t know you needed.

Daredevil (2015–2018)

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The first Marvel series on Netflix is rated R, so it gives R-rated superhero fans exactly what they want: violence, scenes taken from comic book splash pages, and not much thought. Charlie Cox plays a blind lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen who dresses up as a sleek red devil to fight a crime wave.

In Season 1, “The Man Without Fear” faces off against Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, a classic villain with emotional tics. In the next two seasons, “The Punisher” and “Electra” join the cast, and their motivations aren’t as deep (kicking asses, more kicking asses).

Like the other Marvel shows on Netflix, Daredevil was cancelled, but it’s still worth watching because of Cox’s charisma and the way he and Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple work together.

Daybreak (2019)

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High school is hard because there are cliques, popularity contests, and bullies. But if those years took place in a zombie-filled world after the end of the world, we’d probably rather focus on the small stuff. Daybreak on Netflix is about a world where zombies are real, which is a joyfully ridiculous premise for a show.

In the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, Daybreak is based on the comic by Brian Ralph. It is about a boy named Josh who is looking for his girlfriend with a group of weird, lost teenagers. Imagining how the cheer squad, football team, and others might rally and respond to flesh-eating creatures is very pompous, but that’s part of the fun, raising the stakes in a typical, crude high school setting.

Fauda (2015)

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Fauda, an action thriller about an elite team of undercover Israeli commandos working in Palestine, is probably the best of Netflix’s foreign-language shows. It’s a fast-paced, politically charged melodrama with scenes of nail-biting suspense right out of Homeland or 24.

But unlike those spy shows, Fauda spends almost as much time on the private lives of Palestinians as it does on its gun-toting heroes. It has a more complicated moral structure than a lot of simple American stories.

The Flash (2014)

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Most of the time, The CW’s Arrow is self-parodying grimdark nonsense, but The Flash, which is based on a DC Comics character, is a breeze. Grant Gustin, who used to be on Glee, plays the guy who can break sound barriers. He has to fight everyone from crazy people with freeze guns to sentient gorillas in order to find out who killed his mother.

In later seasons, he also has to figure out how other “speedsters” can be so smart. Even though The Flash has a lot of teen-friendly drama, it doesn’t shy away from comic book nonsense or splash-page action. At last, our cheesy superhero shows on TV can look and feel like movies.

Into the Badlands (2015–2019)

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This kung-fu series takes full advantage of The Walking Dead’s rule-breaking violence. Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists) plays the “clipper,” a trained henchman who does backflips and swordplay for a gun-hoarding “baron” who rules over a dystopian future America.

Into the Badlands is the jump-kicking, comic book-inspired answer to The Hunger Games that you didn’t know you needed. It’s full of strange mythology and well-done violence.

Ganglands (2021)

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French director Julien Leclercq has made a name for himself as an action director with films like The Bouncer, a character study with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Sentinelle, a chilling thriller with Olga Kurylenko. His movies are short, serious, and rough.

If you liked any of them, you should check out Ganglands, which he and writer Hamid Hlioua made about the drug war. (It’s a bigger version of Leclercq’s 2015 thriller Braqueurs, which you can find on Netflix as The Crew.) Leclercq was in charge of all six episodes of the first season, which follow a battle for control between different groups at war with each other.

Jessica Jones (2015–2019)

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Like Veronica Mars and many great British crime shows, Jessica Jones is about a private detective who is trying to solve her own mystery. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) has superhuman strength and crippling PTSD from an encounter with Kilgrave (David Tennant), a troubled man with mind-control powers who forces the hero to do bad things against her will.

The scary premise, the all-too-real social parallels, and Ritter’s roaring performance set the bar for Marvel’s Netflix projects.

Kingdom (2019 )

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The kingdom is a historical drama about zombies that takes place in Korea during the Joseon dynasty. It mixes biological terror with political intrigue. Based on Kim Eun-hee and Yang Kyung-webcomic il’s series The Kingdom of the Gods, Kingdom is about Crown Prince Yi Chang (Ju Ji-hoon), who must look into the undead plague that is killing his father, the current emperor, and spreading through the southern provinces.

While trying to stop it from spreading and getting to the capital, he must also stop people who want to use the crisis as an excuse to start a coup. The kingdom is Netflix’s first original Korean show. It is a zombie thriller set in the past, which is a genre that has been done a lot.\

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