Most TV show genres are described as comedy, thriller, sci-fi or action/adventure. But what is the difference between a TV show designated as being “action” and one designated as “adventure?” Dictionary.com defines the word action as “the process or state of acting or of being active” and the word adventure is defined as “an exciting or very unusual experience; a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.” Michael Banks states on reference.com that, “An adventure is a dangerous experience that leaves you with an interesting story to tell, if you survive.” Here are my top 10 adventure television series.
Dollhouse is brand new. It has only been on for 12 weeks as of May 8th. This is a sci-fi type adventure show starring Eliza Dushku as Echo and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) as agent Paul Ballard. The concept of Dollhouse is a unique challenge for actors who may not necessarily being playing the same character each week. “Dolls” have their memories wiped and then are downloaded new memories to satisfy fantasies of Dollhouse paying customers. Dollhouse is on TV on Friday nights on Fox.
There is always adventure surrounding Jack Bauer. Keifer Sutherland and 24 are in their seventh season and Jack, as always, is in the process of saving the world – again. It’s got to be nice to have the President of the United States on speed dial. The fast-paced adventure show 24 airs on Fox on Monday nights.
Eureka is a strange little town in the middle of nowhere and you will not be able to find it on a map. It is virtually invisible to the outside world. With a community made up of intellectual geniuses a lot of weird and unusual things happen in Eureka – by products of experiments gone wrong. It is up to Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) to keep things in order. New episodes of Eureka will air in its new timeslot on Friday at 9 p.m. on SciFi beginning July 10.
Hang on for a wild adventure with The Doctor! The Doctor is the last of the Time Lords who travels through time and space and often revisits history in his time machine the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space). The TARDIS, on the outside, looks like a normal British Police Box. But step inside and get ready to go, ‘Wow!” The Doctor has had many faces as he regenerates when his body nears death. The Doctor and his companions are on a constant adventure of solving problems, righting wrongs and exploring time and space. Doctor Who has two spinoff shows – Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. All of these adventure TV series can be seen on SciFi.
A boy just appears naked out of the sky in the middle of the woods and he has no memory. Who is he? He’s Kyle XY (Matt Dallas). Sarah Trager (Marguerite MacIntyre) is a psychologist who takes a special interest in Kyle, and Kyle moves in with the Trager’s. The Trager’s have two teenagers of their own, Lori (April Matson) and Josh (Jean-Luc Bilodeau). Kyle is on a quest to learn where he comes from and why he is so different than everyone else. Amanda (Kirsten Prout) is the girl next door who Kyle has fell in love with and makes him wish he was just a normal teenager. Kyle has mysterious powers he is learning to control, and has discovered he has a “sister” Jessi XX (Jaimie Alexander). Oh yeah, did I mention that Kyle has no belly button and he sleeps in an old fashioned claw-footed tub? Follow Kyle XY’s TV adventures on ABC Family on Monday evenings.
Superman is a classic favorite many of us grew up with. Now an adventure television series, Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is a teenager in Smallville, but don’t expect it to follow the Superboy comic book. Clark has graduated high school and is beginning his career as a cub reporter in Metropolis. It seems like more people than ever before know Clark’s secret – that he is the “red-blue blur” that Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore) caught on film. Follow the adventures of Clark Kent on the CW on Thursday evenings.
What is going on in Chuck’s head? The nerdy computer geek Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) working at the Buy More accidently gets NSA Top Secret stuff planted in his brain. It is up to NSA secret agent Major John Casey (Adam Baldwin/Firefly & Serenity) and CIA agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) to protect Chuck from the bad guys of Fulcrum. Chuck airs on NBC on Monday evenings.
A mad scientist released from the crazy house, Doctor Walter Bishop (John Noble), helps interpret the weird and unusual science experiments gone wrong. This should be easy for him as most of the weird and unusual events are from experiments he and his partner researched years ago. FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is assigned the job of investigating the weird cases and needs Doctor Bishop’s help in solving them. With a wandering mind, Doctor Bishop needs his son Peter (Joshua Jackson) by his side to keep him on task. With alien-type creatures along with the weird and unusual happenings, SciFi fans will enjoy this adventure TV series shown on Fox on Tuesday nights.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) is set on changing the future of her son, John Connor (Thomas Dekker) by stopping the invention of the Terminators before they are created. But nothing she does to stop Skynet evolving seems to work. Cameron (Summer Glau) is a “good” Terminator that has been sent back by the future John to help protect the teenage John. This adventure TV series is packed full of action from beginning to end. The Sarah Connor Chronicles is aired on Fox on Friday nights.
Can you finish this tagline? “Save the cheerleader – _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _”? If you filled in the blanks as “Save the world” then you must be a Heroes fan. Heroes is another adventure TV series that SciFi fans will like. Ordinary people discover that they have extraordinary abilities. Each with a unique power to themselves, in the beginning they think they are alone. Eventually all the Heroes discover each other, but, it comes as no big surprise, there are “good” Heroes and there are “bad” Heroes. Which will your Hero be this week? Heroes airs Monday evenings on Fox.
I watch a lot of TV, so it was hard to decide who would be the top ten on my Best Adventure TV series list. So I would like to add as Honorable Mentions: Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Reaper, Jericho, The X-Files, Firefly, The 4400, Alias, and Lost.