My Favorite Action/Adventure/Mystery/Thriller TV Shows of the 90's

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1. Law & Order (1990–2010)

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

Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 32,965

2. 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: 12,329

3. 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: 202

4. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Two spies are recruited by an intelligence agency. They pose as a married couple Mr. and Mrs. Smith when they are on their missions.

Stars: Scott Bakula, Maria Bello, Roy Dotrice, Aida Turturro

Votes: 574

5. Bugs (1995–1999)

50 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Ed, Ros, Alex and Beckett form the high-tech crime fighting team who work for the mysterious, secretive Bureau 2 chief, Jan, and are only assigned the most difficult and dangerous cases.

Stars: Jaye Griffiths, Jesse Birdsall, Craig McLachlan, Jan Harvey

Votes: 489

6. Acapulco H.E.A.T. (1993–1994)

60 min | Action, Adventure

Ashley, formerly of MI6, and Mike Savage, formerly of the CIA, are co-leaders of the H.E.A.T. team, a group of specialists recruited to fight a secret war against international terrorism. ... See full summary »

Stars: Catherine Oxenberg, Brendan Kelly, Alison Armitage, Spencer Rochfort

Votes: 687

7. Acapulco H.E.A.T. (1998– )

60 min | Action, Adventure

Five years after their last mission (see Acapulco H.E.A.T. (1993)), the two remaining members of the original H.E.A.T. team join a mysterious French woman and a dizzy computer whiz as for-hire undercover agents.

Stars: Alison Armitage, Michael Worth, Christa Sauls, Lydie Denier

Votes: 277

8. 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: 390

9. Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001)

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

Walker and his partner Trivette are Texas Rangers. They make it their business to battle crime in Dallas and all around the Great State of Texas.

Stars: Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson, Noble Willingham

Votes: 15,764

10. Renegade (1992–1997)

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

After crooked cop Lieutenant "Dutch" Dixon kills his girlfriend and frames him for murder, Reno Raines escapes from jail and goes on the run.

Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Branscombe Richmond, Don LaFontaine, Kathleen Kinmont

Votes: 4,780

11. Pacific Blue (1996–2000)

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

Bicycle officers patrol Santa Monica, California.

Stars: Jim Davidson, Paula Trickey, Darlene Vogel, Marcos A. Ferraez

Votes: 3,055

12. 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: 3,717

13. The Pretender (1996–2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A specially gifted man, with the ability to instantly master any skill, escapes from a secret testing facility and travels the country taking on different jobs and helping strangers while hiding from his kidnappers.

Stars: Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries

Votes: 15,123

14. La Femme Nikita (1997–2001)

Not Rated | 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: 9,337

15. 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: 6,700

16. 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, David Selby

Votes: 451

17. Baywatch (1989–2001)

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

At a Los Angeles beach, a team of lifeguards led by Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon save lives, deal with personal dramas, fight crime and participate in over the top adventures on a daily basis.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Jeremy Jackson

Votes: 25,923

18. 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: 2,177

19. Millennium (I) (1996–1999)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A former FBI profiler with the ability to look inside the mind of a killer begins working for the mysterious Millennium Group which investigates serial killers, conspiracies, the occult, and those obsessed with the end of the millennium.

Stars: Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn, Brittany Tiplady

Votes: 10,377

20. Tales of the South Seas (1998–2000)

45 min | Adventure

South Seas captain David Grief lives a life of danger and excitement as he and his friends face a new adventure every day.

Stars: William Snow, Rene Naufahu, Rachel Blakely, Rowena King

Votes: 103

21. Amazon (1999–2000)

60 min | Adventure

A commercial aircraft crashes in the Amazon rain forest in Brazil, leaving only a handful of survivors. Their hopes of being rescued aren't very good, as the Amazon proves to be even more ... See full summary »

Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Carol Alt, Chris William Martin, Fabiana Udenio

Votes: 597

22. The Big Easy (1996–1997)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A handsome New Orleans detective and a sexy district attorney heat things up in New Orleans, The Big Easy, as the two investigate crimes in a beleaguered police department.

Stars: Tony Crane, Barry Corbin, Eric George, Susan Walters

Votes: 215

23. F/X: The Series (1996–1998)

45 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Rollie Tyler, a special effects expert, helps his detective friend solve crimes by making criminals see what they want to see. But what is real and what is illusion?

Stars: Cameron Daddo, Christina Cox, Richard Waugh, Jason Blicker

Votes: 691

24. Thunder in Paradise (1994)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure

Two former Navy Seals work as mercenaries with a high-tech boat.

Stars: Hulk Hogan, Chris Lemmon, Carol Alt, Patrick Macnee

Votes: 1,911

25. Hollywood Safari (1998– )

Action, Adventure, Family

The adventures of the Johnson family. The father, Troy, is a park ranger; the mother, Jayne, is a veternarian. They live on a California ranch where they train animals for the movie business.

Stars: Sam J. Jones, Caryn Richman, Ted Jan Roberts, Joe Michael Burke

Votes: 49

26. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A veteran Detective Chief Inspector and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Chris Wilson

Votes: 26,255

27. Rex: A Cop's Best Friend (1994–2004)

45 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A recently divorced cop adopts a police dog who lost his former companion, together they solve crimes in and around Vienna.

Stars: Gerhard Zemann, Heinz Weixelbraun, Wolf Bachofner, Martin Weinek

Votes: 5,267

29. 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 Department.

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

Votes: 2,568

30. Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993–1997)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Kwai Chang Caine was a priest at a Shaolin temple, where his son Peter also lived and studied. The temple was destroyed and father and son each thought the other had perished in the fire. ... See full summary »

Stars: David Carradine, Chris Potter, Richard Anderson, William Dunlop

Votes: 2,210

31. 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: 16,964

32. Air America (1998–1999)

60 min | Action, Adventure

Rio and his buddy Wiley are supposedly just ordinary pilots working for the Latin American air transport company Air America. In truth, they are undercover secret agents receiving their ... See full summary »

Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Scott Plank, Diana Barton, Arthur Roberts

Votes: 138

33. The Net (1998–1999)

45 min | Thriller

Computer programmer Angela Bennett discovers a shadowy group of cyber terrorists who completely erase her true identity. Falsely labeled a criminal, she finds herself on the run, and she'll never stop until she's got her life back.

Stars: Brooke Langton, Joseph Bottoms, Eric Szmanda, Mackenzie Gray

Votes: 398

34. C-16: FBI (1997–1998)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The series revolves around Criminal Division Squad 16, part of the Los Angeles field office of the FBI.

Stars: Eric Roberts, D.B. Sweeney, Christine Tucci, Angie Harmon

Votes: 112



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