5 Kick-Ass TV Shows to Start Watching in 2012 (If You’re Not Already)

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Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester in Strike Back TV Series

STRIKE BACK (Cinemax) – Watch Free Episodes

Easily the best action TV series going at the moment, cable or otherwise. Not only is it ridiculously fun, but it sometimes feels like an entire season’s worth of “24” crammed into one episode. The premise finds a former American Delta Force operator teaming up with a British commando to battle terrorists around the globe under the auspice of a British secret counter-terrorism unit. The show makes great use of its International locations, and the action is top-notch. The show has been around in a previous incarnation (co-starring Andrew Lincoln of “Walking Dead” fame, natch) that didn’t include the Delta Force operator (aka the American element, played, curiously enough, by an Aussie!), but never having seen it, I can’t speak for the show’s earlier version. I only know that the new, International-flavored “Strike Back” is one hell of a ballsy show, with each episode capable of giving the best Hollywood action movie a run for its money. Take, for example, this killer clip from the show, that features one of the best running gunfights to ever be put on TV, and you get the quality in terms of action beats that “Strike Back” goes for pretty much in every episode:

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