When it comes to fusing the fantasy and action genres, Indiana Jones has unquestionably become a pop culture icon. Raiders of the Lost Ark debuted Indiana Jones in 1981, with Harrison Ford as the dashing hero who has since become practically synonymous with the Indiana Jones name (though he has been portrayed by other actors through various mediums).
A fifth Indiana Jones film is currently in production and will be released in July 2021, making a total of four films. Indy, as he’s affectionately known, has also appeared in a number of comic books, original novels, and Disney theme parks.
An early Indiana Jones memory for me was being too short to go on the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland when I was five years old – a year that has stuck with me to this day. You have my permission to believe that I was devastated by this event. appeared to be absolutely fantastic. Especially after my nine-year-old sister declared she wanted to be an archaeologist right after exiting the ride that she was fascinated by. However, let me return to my original topic.
For all of you Indiana Jones fans, we’ve put together a small collection of items inspired by the Indiana Jones brand and its various TV shows. Those who love Indiana Jones will appreciate this guide to the best action shows on television.
1. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, ABC (1992-1993)
Of course, we’ll begin with a show that featured the Indiana Jones character. A young Indy’s adventures begin when he’s about 8 to 10 years old and continue through the rest of the season as an adult Indy who’s between 16 and 21 years old.
As a result of reading The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, we get to know Indy a little bit better before the events of the films. We learn about his father-son relationship and some of his exploits during historical events that are mentioned repeatedly in the films.
To name just a few famous historical figures Indy meets with throughout the series, including Leo Tolstoy, Al Capone, Mata Hari, and Theodore Roosevelt, which provides an excellent educational platform for the show’s target demographic of children and teenagers.
2. Blood & Treasure, CBS (2019-present)
Although we haven’t seen Indy in decades, CBS’s Blood & Treasure follows a thief who steals a priceless artifact and kidnaps an expert who knows everything there is to know about it.
Danny McNamara, a former FBI agent with expertise in stolen art and antiquities, is played by Matt Barr (Hellcats, Valor). A notorious art thief and con woman named Lexi Vaziri will be played by The Brave’s Sofia Pernas (Jane the Virgin). Karim Farouk, a terrorist linked to al Qaeda, is hunted down by two unlikely allies.
While on their journey, they come across numerous international characters who could be allies – or enemies dressed as sheep. There is a 2000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization that is revealed as the hunt for the thieving Farouk progresses.
3. Outer Banks, Netflix (2020-present)
Netlix’s Outer Banks is a must-see for fans of the classic treasure hunt trope who want something geared toward teenagers. Outer Banks, North Carolina is the setting for this story full of action and romance that takes place in and around the beautiful beach town.
The show centers on John B, JJ, Kiara, and Pope, a group of four friends who go on a summer adventure to find buried treasure linked to John B’s father, who has gone missing. In order to find the truth about John B’s father, they’ll have to navigate forbidden romances, a widening wealth gap in Outer Banks, and a deteriorating social climate.
Outer Banks is a must-see for anyone looking for some fun summer vibes while also looking for a thrilling high-stakes adventure, as it stars a young cast of up-and-coming talent and is filmed in the beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
4. Hooten & the Lady, Sky 1 (2016)
As we make our way across the Atlantic, we stop by Sky 1’s Hooten & the Lady, a British adventure drama featuring yet another American and British partnership.
American explorer Ulysses Hooten, played by Love Soup and Save Me actor Michael Landes, is charming and mischievous at the same time. A British Museum curator, Ophelia Lovibond plays Lady Alexandra Lindo-Parker in the show’s title role (W1A, Elementary).
After meeting by chance, the two decide to travel together in search of the world’s most elusive treasures and answers to mysteries we had long thought were buried. However, they have a lot of reservations about traveling together at first.
Included in this list are quests for ancient scrolls written by Buddha in Bhutan, a Fabergé egg in Moscow, and Alexander the Great’s long-lost tomb in Egypt.
5. Relic Hunter, Syndication (1999-2002)
An exciting new series from Canada A historical fantasy action series, Relic Hunter has all the elements of science fiction because the relics they are looking for have unexplained supernatural properties or technology that is beyond its time period’s capacity to explain them.
Sydney Fox is an American archaeologist who is also a Professor of Ancient Studies and a skilled combat artist, played by Tia Carrere (General Hospital, AJ & the Queen). Christien Anholt (Flyboys, Dark Corners) plays Nigel Bailey, her British assistant who not only helps her during university lectures but also goes on her relic-hunting adventures with her.
A new artifact is introduced in each episode, and Fox and Bailey are tasked with retrieving and returning the relic to its rightful place. Traveling to far-flung locations around the world is common, but they are always up for the task!
6. Adventure Inc., Global (2002-2003)
Another globe-trotting adventure TV show with a slightly different slant followed Relic Hunter’s cancellation after three seasons: the main protagonist, Judson Cross, is a seafarer.
To some extent, he’s based on underwater archeologist Barry Clifford, who discovered the only known wreckage of a pirate ship, the Whydah of Captain Samuel Bellamy.
Cross (Michael Biehn from Terminator and Aliens) is the owner of Adventure Inc., the show named after his treasure hunting company. It doesn’t matter how dangerous it is to find and return lost antiquities with the help of his partners Mackenzie (played by Karen Cliche from Flash Gordon) and Gabriel (played by Jesse Nilsson from Our Hero, who died before the final episode of the show aired).
7. Bonekickers, BBC One (2008)
Bonekickers on BBC One has been compared to a cross between CSI and Indiana Jones because of the way science, mystery, and conspiracy are all intertwined. Archaeologists from the fictional Wessex University in the UK lead a team in the film, which is played by Benidorm and The Bletchley Circle star Julie Graham.
The archaeologists were tasked with unearthing historical secrets and dispelling wild conspiracy theories sweeping the United Kingdom and beyond. They succeeded. The hunt for Excalibur, the answers to the Great Fire of Rome, and even a meeting with modern-day Knights Templar are just a few of the mysteries that await. Despite the fact that Bonekickers only lasted one season and featured six episodes, it was jam-packed with excitement and thrills!
8. Veritas: The Quest, ABC (2003)
Mystery-action-adventure films were in high demand in the early 2000s. Veritas: The Quest, a new show on ABC aimed at a younger demographic, joined the ranks of other action shows featuring hero protagonists who are thrill-seeking and heroic. For those looking for an Outer Banks-style adventure show without the ’00s aesthetic, Veritas: The Quest could be it.
Throughout the entire first season, Ryan Merriman (Pretty Little Liars, In the Rough) plays rebellious teen Nikko Zond, who is at the center of an ongoing plotline.
While investigating his father’s disappearance, Nikko learns that Solomon (Alex Carter from CSI) leads an archaeological team known as Veritas, whose Latin name translates as “truth” and is dedicated to finding answers about the fate of Nikko’s mother. Nikko decides to join them on their adventures in order to follow in his mother’s footsteps, but it soon becomes clear that his future holds even greater mysteries.
9. The Lost World, TNT/Syndication (1999-2002)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel of the same name served as the inspiration for the Lost World TV series. Although the premise is very similar to that of the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which was based on Michael Crichton’s 1995 novel of the same name, this is not to be confused with.
As a scholar and adventurer, Professor George Edward Challenger is driven by a single goal: to dispel skepticism about his theory of a “lost world” at the London Zoological Society. So, he gathers an unlikely group of people, each with their own motivations for taking part in the expedition.
Veronica, a jungle-smart girl whose family and research group mysteriously vanished, meets them when their hot air balloon crashes on uncharted land. Along the way, they’ll have to face dinosaurs, prehistoric cavemen, and the local lizard men tribe.
10. Warehouse 13, SyFy (2009-2014)
Even though SyFy’s Warehouse 13 leans more toward science fiction, it still has an Indiana Jones vibe thanks to the show’s reference to a fictional South Dakota storage facility that once housed a variety of well-known and obscure historical artifacts.
Before South Dakota, the Warehouses were protected by mighty nations like the Hunnic Empire, Holy Roman Empire, Russian Empire, and the United Kingdom.
For their high intelligence and special abilities like reading auras and just “knowing” whether situations are good or bad, the agents of Warehouse 13 come from various US government agencies. These abilities include eidetic memory, codebreaking, and even some extraterrestrial ones like reading auras and just “knowing.” A variety of artifacts connected to historical and mythological figures and events are encountered by the agents over the course of the five seasons, all of which have strange supernatural powers that they must subdue and return to Warehouse 13.
11. The Librarians, TNT (2014-2018)
those who grew up watching the original series on television The fans of the Librarian films were overjoyed to learn that TNT would be airing a new series based on the films. Direct spin-offs are made to be canon and to share continuity with the films, so watching the films first before binge-watching the series might be a good idea!
The Librarian’s job is to keep the Metropolitan Public Library’s secret collection of ancient artifacts safe. Flynn Carsen was the first film’s Librarian, and he’s still a recurring character in the television series. A single Librarian was needed at the outset of the series, but it was quickly realized that the world required more guardians than that.
Together, a former NATO colonel, a genius with a passion for languages and other subjects, a synesthete mathematician, and a tech-savvy burglar (with hidden charitable tendencies) solve historical mysteries, recover magical artifacts, and take on the forces that threaten the world.
12. Zero Hour, ABC (2013)
With its slightly more paranormal conspiracy vibe than the other mystery/thriller adventure shows on the list, ABC’s Zero Hour stands out from the rest of the pack. In fact, everything in this room revolves around an antique clock.
ER star Anthony Edwards plays Hank Galliston, whose wife goes missing after he buys the mysterious antique clock in question. His sense of adventure used to end with publishing a paranormal skeptics magazine, but he soon finds himself enmeshed in a twisted, complicated mystery that involves Nazis, the history of the Catholic Church, and cloning – all in a race against time to save his wife and humanity in the process.
13. Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, Peacock (2021-present)
Lastly, we have a brand-new adventure series that has just begun airing, but it’s already garnering a lot of attention.
Five fictional thriller mysteries featuring Harvard professor Robert Langdon with a specialization in art history and symbology were written by author Dan Brown, who created the Robert Langdon character.
The Da Vinci Code was adapted into a film in 2006, starring Tom Hanks as Langdon. The series continued in 2009 with Angels & Demons and in 2016 with Inferno. This series, based on Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, is now being used as inspiration.
It’s a young Ashley Zukerman playing a younger Robert Langdon who must save his mentor by solving a series of deadly puzzles while also stopping a worldwide conspiracy.