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9 Action TV Shows Like the Flash

Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all-time favorites are 'The Wire', 'Breaking Bad', and 'The Sopranos.'


It’s easy to dismiss a TV series like The Flash and not give it a chance. But shows like Better Call Saul and Fear The Walking Dead have proven that spin-offs are worth a shot. You’ll be missing out on a lot if you don't.

The first season of The Flash felt like a much-needed shot in the arm to the dark and gritty superhero genre. It’s lighter and not afraid to take a less-beaten path. Being a big fan, I took a look around to see what else is out there. Here is what I came up with.

Nine Action TV Series Like The Flash

  1. Jessica Jones
  2. Daredevil
  3. Arrow
  4. Smallville
  5. Legends of Tomorrow
  6. Grimm
  7. The Vampire Diaries
  8. Supernatural
  9. Gotham


1. Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is the story of someone who has given up on saving the world. It can be thought of as a post-superhero drama. Jones, an ex-superhero, works as a private investigator. Before she knows it, her past catches up with her.

I thought Krysten Ritter was perfect for the role of a drunkard with a dark past. Everything she does is just to get as far away from her haunting past as possible, pissing off a lot of people on the way.

Shows like this one and Daredevil wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Netflix. Being on a streaming network allows these shows to be more creative with plotlines and takes them to uncharted territories with minimal risks. The show has cemented its place as one of the best out there. A perfect show for adults that need more in their heroes than just flying and lifting cars.


2. Daredevil

Daredevil is different from other offerings from Marvel. It’s dark, even depraved at times.

The plot revolves around a blind lawyer, who is a vigilante by night. He lost both his eyes in a freak accident when he was a kid. Instead of making him weak, it gave him some superhuman powers. Now he uses them to protect his city—a job that often doesn’t go smooth.

What I love about this show is that the characters are dynamic. Even the villains have their understandable motives. You'll find yourself sympathizing with them. Daredevil give some much needed time and development to the villains. When they finally go down, you can't help but feel sorry for them.

Overall, this is a beautiful and tense show that keeps you hooked. Marvel and Netflix have hit it off pretty well. We don’t know how the second season is going to turn out, but you have 13 amazing episodes to devour for now.


3. Arrow

The plot revolves around a spoiled billionaire who spends 5 years stranded on an island. Everyone back home assumes he is dead. When he finally comes back, he is a changed man. He is fitter, quicker, and more dangerous. Armed with a bow, he vows to clean up the city and take revenge against those who’ve wronged his family.

The first 2 seasons are amazing. They’re crammed with lots of action and drama. The third season is unfortunately bleaker. It’s dark and difficult to watch at times. Some people hated the way that season played out. I personally loved the slow but enjoyable ride. With the fourth season just around the corner, Arrow will pick up pace pretty soon.


4. Smallville

The plot revolves around a young Clark Kent, who is just learning how to use his alien powers. Seeing him balance his teenage life with his abilities is the main appeal.

Smallville is one of those rare TV shows that never loses sight of the main plotline despite running for over 10 years. You can’t skip anything and there is a lot to watch. Once you get going, it’s hard to stop.


5. Legends Of Tomorrow

Get ready for some more crossovers. Legends of Tomorrow will feature heroes and villains from Arrow, The Flash, and other characters from DC. Together they must prevent an impending apocalypse. The existence of time itself is at stake.

The threat is big and they don’t know what they’re up against. One superhero alone can’t do it. The team must forget their personal rivalries and work together.

CW has become a major player with their DC shows. There is a very little reason to believe that Legends Of Tomorrow isn’t going to be good.


6. Grimm

A homicide detective finds out that he is not a normal human being. He is a Grimm, a para-human hunter who can see people for who they are. Teaming up with another para-human, he embarks upon a hunting journey. Things quickly spiral out of control.

Things looked fairly straightforward in the first season, but the plot develops beautifully in the second season. It is revealed that there are bigger parties at play here.

As long as the writers can come up with creative and intriguing stories, Grimm could go on for as long as they’d like. The sky is the limit for the potential this show has. So far, they’ve done a pretty good job with it.


7. The Vampire Diaries

A mortal girl is torn between two vampire brothers. She falls in love with the elder brother, but the younger sibling is hell-bent on creating mayhem. When she finally learns the truth about them, she gets sucked into a dangerous world.

It’s pretty difficult to summarize this show in just a few words. A lot has happened in six seasons. People have turned into vampires, werewolves, hybrids, and ghosts. A few have cured themselves of vampirism and come back from the dead. You have to watch every episode to understand everything.

One might argue that this list is infested with CW shows. But you need to remember that they have produced some of the best sci-fi and supernatural shows lately. They deserve to take most of the spots.

If you are looking for some good shows, The Vampire Diaries is all you need.


8. Supernatural

Long story short, Supernatural is about two super good-looking brothers hunting demons, ghosts, monsters, and various other dangerous creatures.

The character development takes some time, and the brothers will grow on you pretty soon. You'll love following the dangerous adventures of these two.

Over the course of 10 seasons, they have decapitated, torched, shot, gutted, and exercised a lot of creatures. They’re not the same guys that they were in the beginning. The tension and bond between them is still fascinating to watch.

Things went downhill in seasons eight and nine, but they bounced back from that with a spectacular 10th season. Overall, Supernatural is a pretty damn good show you should watch.


9. Gotham

Gotham is a Batman show without Batman. It seems like a major gamble for FOX. Sure, people love whatever DC and Marvel are throwing at them. But how far are people willing to go with the superhero craze? Is a Batman prequel going to be good?

Thankfully, the answer is yes. While you won’t see the young Caped Crusader fighting criminals on the streets, there is still a lot of action and drama. And the ratings prove that it’s a hit with audiences.

It’s not a perfect show by any stretch. The series feels a little lifeless at times. The first season has laid the groundwork for a spectacular second season.

I believe that the first season has been unfairly criticized by many due to higher expectations from the series. This is to be expected with anything that has the Dark Knight attached to it. Nonetheless, this series is a must-watch despite all the setbacks. Give it a shot.

Honorable Mentions

And that is my list! If you think I missed out on any good TV shows, let me know in the comments section.


Joy on December 22, 2018:

Arrow is definitely be best

Heyya on October 29, 2018:

I think the best is the flash, legends of tomorrow, super girl

I recommend that you see this three super awesome tv show !!!!!!

Anon on May 16, 2018:

Don't forget Scorpion! It's the most similar to Flash.

Scorpion is about a multidisciplinary team of genius scientists saving the world! It has the same light-hearted tone/comedy, fun to watch action, and spends even more time on character development and bonding than Flash! It has just what Flash is missing, it's just not as well known! Give it a try and if you liked Flash, you'll love Scorpion!

Michaela on November 28, 2017:

You missed Supergirl. Normally the Flash, Supergirl, DC Legends and Arrow all do crossovers

fuckyou on September 11, 2017:

why would anyone watch something about batman without batman........plots these days are running dry i see

Ravan on March 06, 2017:

The flash is truly amazing but it just takes ages to make a episode

Raven on March 02, 2017:

I love The Flash so much!!!!I can't wait for another season

Alberto Pupo from Frederick Maryland on February 08, 2017:

Good article, although some of the choices I don't believe are much like the Flash. For example Jessica Jones is much too cynical and bitter to match Barry's sunny optimism.

Lavina Englehart on January 15, 2017:

I love The Flash. I did a review of the old tv show with the same name. Both the old and the new version are good series'.

RandomC on July 29, 2016:

The flash and gotham are truly amazing but its just 2 seasons :/ have to wait for 3rd season for both of them

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on February 25, 2016:

Nicely done.

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