Top 30 Action Shows of the 1990s

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1. Babylon 5 (1994–1998)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the mid 23rd Century, the Earth Alliance space station Babylon 5, located in neutral territory, is a major focal point for political intrigue, racial tensions and various wars over the course of five years.

Stars: Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Stephen Furst, Andreas Katsulas

Votes: 26,336

2. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

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

Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 88,969

3. 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: 10,773

4. Martial Law (1998–2000)

45 min | Comedy, Crime, Action

A Shanghai cop who is a master of martial arts fights crime in the Los Angeles Police Dept.

Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Kelly Hu, Arsenio Hall, Tom Wright

Votes: 2,181

5. 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

6. The Sentinel (1996–1999)

45 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In the jungles of Peru, the fight for survival heightened his senses. Now, Detective Jim Ellison is a sentinel in the fight for justice. Anthropologist Blair Sandburg works side by side with Jim, helping him develop these senses.

Stars: Richard Burgi, Garett Maggart, Bruce A. Young, Ken Earl

Votes: 1,907

7. The Commish (1991–1996)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Slightly offbeat television police comedy-drama. Tony Scali is the Police Commissioner in a small town, where solutions to difficult situations often require considerable creativity. Tony's... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Theresa Saldana, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Geoffrey Nauffts

Votes: 1,625

8. Soldier of Fortune, Inc. (1997–1999)

60 min | Action, Adventure

In a world where there are no obvious "bad guys", where governments engage in secret wars and illegal activities that threaten the security of every individual and nation on the planet, a ... See full summary »

Stars: Brad Johnson, Tim Abell, Melinda Clarke, Mark Sheppard

Votes: 428

9. In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases and adventures of the police forces in and around Sparta, Mississippi.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Alan Autry, David Hart, Hugh O'Connor

Votes: 3,097

10. Counterstrike (1990–1993)

60 min | Action, Adventure

After his wife is killed in a terrorist operation, international industrialist Alexander Addington assembles a private team of troubleshooters to help combat terrorism around the world.

Stars: Simon MacCorkindale, Christopher Plummer, Tom Kneebone, Andre Mayers

Votes: 164

11. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy.

Stars: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton, Alexander Siddig

Votes: 46,024

12. 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

13. Legend (1995– )

60 min | Western, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Ernest Pratt, a dime-store novelist in the old west, lives with his scientist friend Professor Janos Bartok in the small town of Sheridan, Colorado. The people of Sheridan mistakenly ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, John de Lancie, Mark Adair-Rios, Jarrad Paul

Votes: 256

14. 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: 78,536

15. The Marshal (1995– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

McBride is a U.S. Marshal and his job is to guard criminals, protect witnesses, and pursue escaped convicts. His job takes all across the country where he meets all kinds of people.

Stars: Jeff Fahey, Kristina Lewis, Carly McKillip, Patricia Harras

Votes: 156

16. Pointman (1995– )

Action

Connie Harper is living the good life as the owner of Spanish Pete's, a beach resort. Occasionally his services as bodyguard are called upon by people who have nowhere else to turn.

Stars: Jack Scalia, Ren Trella, Sandra Thigpen, Jaime Cardriche

Votes: 126

17. 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

18. JAG (1995–2005)

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

The cases of Harmon Rabb, former Navy fighter pilot, and his fellow lawyers of the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's office.

Stars: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, John M. Jackson

Votes: 15,399

19. Profiler (1996–2000)

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

Ally Walker stars as Dr. Sam Waters, a detective with the Violent Crimes Task Force, a federal agency which often works with the FBI, ATF, and other crime-solving agencies.

Stars: Ally Walker, Julian McMahon, A Martinez, Robert Davi

Votes: 3,237

20. 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: 3,064

21. Space: Above and Beyond (1995–1996)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Earth is embroiled in a desperate war against alien invaders, and this series focuses on one squadron of Marine pilots involved in it.

Stars: Morgan Weisser, Kristen Cloke, Rodney Rowland, Joel de la Fuente

Votes: 7,093

22. The X-Files (1993–2018)

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

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 185,844

23. Highlander (1992–1998)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Duncan MacLeod is Immortal, and must live in modern society, concealing his true nature while fighting other Immortals.

Stars: Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes, Peter Wingfield

Votes: 12,505

24. Code Name: Eternity (1999– )

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Ethaniel, an alien creature from a distant galaxy, takes on human form in order to capture the rogue alien David Banning. Now Ethaniel must learn about our world: how we think and how we ... See full summary »

Stars: Cameron Bancroft, Ingrid Kavelaars, Gordon Currie, Olivier Gruner

Votes: 229

25. Spy Game (1997)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Lorne and Max are spies in the post-Cold War age of espionage.

Stars: Linden Ashby, Allison Smith, Bruce McCarty, Keith Szarabajka

Votes: 194

26. L.A. Heat (1996–1999)

TV-14 | 50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The action-packed cases of 2 cops, one white one black, in LA. A wisecracking combination, with plenty of action, chases and explosions thrown in for good measure.

Stars: Wolf Larson, Steven Williams, Renee Tenison, Kenneth Tigar

Votes: 344

27. Broken Badges (1990– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

Jack Bowman is a cop from New Orleans who doesn't exactly play by the rules. When he is sent to California on a brief assignment, he is wrongfully blamed for something he didn't do. To get ... See full summary »

Stars: Miguel Ferrer, Eileen Davidson, Jay Johnson, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 47

28. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992–1993)

TV-G | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The adventures of the archaeological treasure hunter in his youth as related by an elderly Indiana Jones.

Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, George Hall, Corey Carrier, Ronny Coutteure

Votes: 6,658

29. Vanishing Son (1995– )

60 min | Adventure

13 episodes of this syndicated show were produced in 1994 and 1995 and first aired in January 1995. Jian-Wa comes to America from Beijing with his brother Wago to find freedom. Wago, who is... See full summary »

Stars: Russell Wong, Jason Leland Adams, Stephanie Niznik, Chi Muoi Lo

Votes: 172



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