December 27, 2013

Man’s New Best Friend? TV Action Shows

TV companies continue to flex their masculinity, rolling out one macho man, action-packed television series after another. The success of TV shows like Showtime’s “Dexter,” AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” have paved a trending path for more manly TV series, a breath of fresh air for all knuckle-dragging, bear wrestling, bark-eating warriors who crave more action on cable TV.

Nowadays, there’s a bigger niche for bone-crushing, blood-spattering action. Network and cable TV companies are seeing the value of widening the marketing target to include more of the fist-pumping, chest-bumping consumers.

There has also been a push to attract more comic book fans. With the successes of comics books-turned-movies like “Thor,” “Iron Man” and “The Green Lantern,” networks have been expanding this niche consumer market to cable TV, with the introduction of CW’s “Arrow” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC.

Here’s a look at a few manly TV shows on the air:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tuesdays, 8/7c on ABC

Even the manliest men have a soft spot for comic book heroes, harking back to their childhood hero days. As a spin-off from the silver screen movies of “Thor,” “Iron Man” and the epic move combining all Marvel’s comic book heroes, “The Avengers.” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” debuted on TV this past September.

It features Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), a character in every one of Marvel’s movies, who assembles an elite group of talented agents who investigate extraordinary events across the world.


Wednesdays, 8/7c on CW (returns Jan. 15)

Whenever the word “vigilante” gets brought up in a TV series, it most likely catch a man’s interest. Spawned from DC Comics’ “Green Arrow,” CW’s “Arrow” is much like the Batman movies, only you get to see a new episode each week.

The show follows the public and secret life of billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who goes missing for five years, but returns as a changed man. In an attempt to reconcile his troubled past, he creates a secret persona to restore his family name and honor — and clean up the streets of Starling City.

The Following

FOX (returns Jan. 19)

Kevin Bacon, as detective Ryan Hardy, leads a great cast in this TV suspense thriller about a detective trying to catch serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy).

The series, starting its second season in January, provides great “man drama,” with great cliff-hangers, dark characters, goriness and plenty of good guy, bad guy action.


History Channel (returns in February)

What can be more manly than Vikings? Packed with brawn, steel swords and buff warriors with short tempers, “Vikings” is the ultimate man show.

This is History Channel’s first scripted TV show, combining ongoing story plots with action, drama and history.

The Blacklist

Mondays, 10/9c on NBC (returns Jan. 13)

If you like death, destruction and good old-fashioned mafia-style plots, “The Blacklist” is a show for you.

Led by James Spader, who plays provocative but cold Raymond “Red” Reddington, this dramatic crime series debuted in September. “The Blacklist” grabbed viewers’ attention immediately with its opening scene of a boy and his father playing catch with a football and then running for their lives from a crashing airplane. That was just the introduction to this action-packed TV series. Critics are comparing it to the likes of “The Sopranos.”

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.

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