Fortunately for consumers, sometimes the action shows presented on television are better than the films brought to the big screen. And in many cases, the exciting films you’ve enjoyed are actually based on popular television programs.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-present)
Perhaps one of the biggest trends in primetime television of the 21st century has been crime shows. While traditional “Cops and Robbers” style programs have been in existence since the invention of TV, the debut of “CSI” in 2000 opened the public’s eyes to the intricacies of forensic science. But the well-styled cast, deta exciting action sequences only punctuated the ground-breaking show’s mass appeal.
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985)
The 1980s were filled with fun shows with plenty of action. “The Dukes of Hazzard” was one of those programs. Centered on a pair of fun-loving “good ole boys” named Bo and Luke, this show ultimately became a 1980’s phenomenon. But the real star of the show was the “flying” Dodge Charger called the General Lee. Most people enjoyed the “The Dukes of Hazzard” because of its unyielding embrace of southern culture; others enjoyed the show in spite of it. In any case, this wild and goofy program has influenced pop culture in quite a few ways.
Putting an innovative spin on the typical show featuring intrigue and espionage is “24”–the first television series to be depicted in real time: each season covered a mere 24 hour period (thus the show’s title.) Actor Kiefer Sutherland is at the helm portraying an angst-filled government agent, burdened with the task of dealing with the nation’s terrorist threats. Debuting on the heels of 9/11, this action-packed television show acquired mass followers.
Mission Impossible (1966-1973; 1988-1990)
Before Tom Cruise was outfitted as a secret agent with spy gadgets and nerves of steel, his illustrious role was filled by a team of experts from the Impossible Missions Force in 1966. The TV show “Mission Impossible” enjoyed a run from 1966 to 1973-and then again from 1988 to 1990. Based on elaborate ruses and high-tech stunts, this show was eventually “cinematized”, in a series of action-packed films.
Perhaps one of the longest running action television shows of all time involves no actors at all. In fact, this program’s stars are the criminals apprehended by real police officers from various parts of the country. The show’s allure is due in part to the voyeuristic peek into the indiscretions of America’s problem citizens. But the foot chases and visually arresting (pun intended) circumstances of the stories have proven to be the addictive qualities of the program. “COPS” was the first authentic reality show to hit the FOX network; it’s catchy theme song (“Bad Boys” by reggae group Inner Circle) is perhaps more popular then the show itself.