Bored with blah drama shows? Tired of not-that-funny comedies? Not buying into scripted “reality” series? Stream any of these 20 action series and get your heart rate bouncing like a basketball in an NBA game! Adrenaline and entertainment, thy name art action shows, like…
Action series on Showmax
Set throughout the Tong Wars within the late 1800s, Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy originating from China to San Francisco, lands upturning into a hatchet man for the foremost powerful tong in Chinatown
Strike Back S1-6
Follows the actions of Section twenty, a closemouthed unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct many high risk missions across the world.
An ex-con assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff in a small town called Banshee, Pennsylvania, wherever he has some unfinished business.
This one is based on a movie (1975’s Three Days Of The Condor) but it’s super-fast and filled with action. CIA analyst Joe Turner (Jeremy Irons’ son Max) goes on the run after his team are gunned down in their top-secret research office. While Joe’s fleeing his deadly-but-gorgeous assassin Joubert (Leem Lubany), he doesn’t realise who actually wants him dead…
Hands up those who dig a loose-cannon cop out for revenge? That’s Rebecca “Rebel” Knight in a nutshell. Her brother was gunned down and since she’s armed with unlimited ammo and has a flashy cop badge that lets her do what she wants, Rebel’s about to kick ass and take names as she searches for her brother’s killer.
Navy SEAL Team Six attempt to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan when they discover an American citizen working with the enemy.
Action series on Amazon Prime
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan S1
An up-and-coming CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, is thrust into a dangerous field assignment as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit.
Hawaii Five-O S1-9
It’s one of the best reboots we’ve seen and that’s because it keeps the core elements that made the original series popular in the 70s: buddy cops Steve and Dano; location location location – it’s really filmed in Hawaii; and the episodic cases are entertaining while the series-long arc (Steve searching for his parents’ killers) keeps you wondering where the next twist will come in. It’s cheesy when it needs to be but packs a punch!
You can’t have a group of action shows without a genuine cowboy rustling up some vermin in the okay-coral. And that’s what you get in US Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant, who played the hitman in the movie adaptation of the Hitman videogame). He’s a rootin’, tootin’, gun-slinging lawman whose morals make him the perfect hero.
The Shield S1-7
Okay, so Michael Chiklis doesn’t look like your typical action star from the outside – he’s bald, tubby and has a friendly smile. But as corrupt and violent LAPD detective Vic Mackey, he’s a whole different monster. He’s aggressive, he’s unruly, he’s unrepentant and most of all, he’s more of a criminal than the guys he’s throwing behind bars.
Tropical Heat S1-3
Retired DEA agent Nick Slaughter thought he was going to have fun in the sun when he moved to Key Mariah, Florida. But his quiet little PI business is busier than ever. But that’s okay because in-between cases, Nick is bumming it at his pal Spider’s beach bar sipping on cocktails while ogling babes in bikinis. Keep an eye out in Season 3 – it was mostly filmed in Pretoria, with the beach scenes shot in Mauritius.
The Boys S1
“I’m a superhero, and I can do whatever the f**k I want,” says Homelander, leader of The Seven, and the most powerful superhero in existence. He may also be the most conceited. And that’s exactly why The Boys can’t let him and his super-power wielding compatriots continue unchecked. In this razor-sharp black comedy created by lifelong friends Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) and Seth Rogen (same, same and The Preacher – another equally dark and gory fantasy series), the “supes” get their comeuppance at the hands of the humans they’ve wronged in the course of their heroic deeds.
Action series on Netflix
The Punisher S1-2
After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle becomes the vigilante known as “The Punisher,” with only one goal in mind: to avenge them.
Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer by day and a crime-busting superhero dressed in red leather by night. His religious beliefs and catholic faith hang over every decision he makes as a man, but when that horned red mask is pulled on, watch out – an ass-kicking is on the way. It’s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Luke Cage S1-2
Good-guy Luke Cage was once a very bad man and a criminal. But then he walked into a science experiment that gave him super-human strength and unbreakable skin. Like so many other anti-heroes, Luke doesn’t want fame. He just wants to clear his name and live a quiet life. Pity those nasty bad guys won’t give him any peace. Also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
You can’t be an action hero without some type of military training and redneck-named Bob Lee Swagger (Ryan Phillippe) has a lot of that. He’s a decorated elite ops Marine and record-breaking sniper in the armed forces. But hey, why should he have a peaceful retirement when a terror cell would rather try to kill his President and get on Bob Lee’s bad side? They won’t even see the bullet until it hits them right between the eyes.
Sometimes you need a bit of light-hearted humour to go with your action. And they don’t come cheesier than this as DEA agent Tony Bravo is sent undercover by the CIA to find a global threat hiding in plain sight at a soccer club. His cover story is a whole lot less undercover though: he’s the newest star signing by the LA Riot football team – Tony “Matador” Bravo. Cheesy but so much fun when you’re looking for a light action show and quick entertainment.
Action series on DStv Now
The Rookie S1
In this fast-paced crime drama, small-town guy John Nolan (Nathan Fillion from Castle) packs up his life and moves to LA – to become the oldest rookie in the LAPD. But it’s not just his age that’s working against Nolan – his boss is prejudiced against him because he thinks he only decided to become a cop in desperation after a midlife crisis; and he’s keeping a pretty big and dangerous secret from the rest of the team.
NCIS: New Orleans S5
While Pride fights for his life in the ICU, the team scours the city for the hit woman who attempted to assassinate him in the fifth season of the crime drama.
Blue Bloods S9
When this popular, Emmy-winning crime drama opens, Danny takes on a personal case involving a drug cartel member Louis Delgado. Golden Globe-nominee Lou Diamond Phillips guest stars in the first episode.