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Many movies have featured archers recently, and we’re all pumped about it. Now that you’re hooked, you might wonder if any television shows feature archery so you can get your fix weekly. Well, you’re in luck. We found five television shows featuring archery, so you can start your binge-watching now.

1. Arrow

Archery makes us feel powerful, and Stephen Amell’s character Green Arrow makes it his superpower. Photo Credit: The CW

Archery makes us feel powerful, and Stephen Amell’s character Green Arrow makes it his superpower. Photo Credit: The CW

Archery makes us feel powerful, but Oliver Queen makes it his superpower. The CW’s “Arrow” is in its fifth season. This show features the classic DC comic-book character fighting off bad guys with a swift draw. This season we get not one, but two awesome archers, with Artemis appearing alongside the Green Arrow. There’s some double trouble for you.

Archery Level: Superhero

Watch it on: The CW

2. The Walking Dead

“The Walking Dead’s” Daryl Dixon battles zombies with a crossbow. Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

“The Walking Dead’s” Daryl Dixon battles zombies with a crossbow. Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

How do you survive a zombie attack? Be sure you can do one of two things: fight or run away. If you’re more into fight than flight, you’ll enjoy watching these characters destroy zombie tail with weapons including, but not limited to, bows and arrows. Daryl’s crossbow would make any zombie shake in its boots.

Archery Level: Survival

Watch it on: AMC

3. Once Upon a Time

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” delivers a crossover of Disney and fairytale favorites, and features Robin Hood (above), Snow White, Merida and others as fierce archers. Photo Credit: ABC

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” delivers a crossover of Disney and fairytale favorites, and features Robin Hood (above), Snow White, Merida and others as fierce archers. Photo Credit: ABC

This show is based on the idea that favorite fairytale characters might not be what they seem, and that includes giving them new skills. In this universe, Jiminy Cricket is a psychiatrist, Red Riding Hood is a waitress, and Snow White is a kick-butt archer. They’ve also featured fictional archers Robin Hood and Merida, whose archery prowess gets them out of many tough situations. This show presents archery with an air of magic about it, even when the characters shoot arrows during a fight scene. Archery isn’t used intensely in battle, however. The actors and the show’s creators make archery look artistic.

Archery Level: Fantasy

Watch it on: ABC

4. Game of Thrones

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” features medieval-era archery, giving bows and arrows a sense of beauty amid battle. Photo Credit: HBO

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” features medieval-era archery, giving bows and arrows a sense of beauty amid battle. Photo Credit: HBO

A medieval-era show without archery really isn’t a show, right? So, it’s a good thing “Game of Thrones” does a good job featuring archery. Like “Once Upon a Time,” this show gives archery a sense of beauty amid battle. Even though terrors abound on the right and left, archery comes across as graceful, yet also gritty and guttural. Ygritte is the perfect example. She uses her archery in battle, something that’s the exact opposite of beautiful, and yet it’s somehow beautiful to watch.

Archery Level: Medieval

Watch it on: HBO

5. Vikings

The History Channel’s “Vikings” pits archery marksmen against swordsmen, and features both traditional recurve bows and ancient crossbows. Photo Credit: The History Channel

The History Channel’s “Vikings” pits archery marksmen against swordsmen, and features both traditional recurve bows and ancient crossbows. Photo Credit: The History Channel

The History Channel’s “Vikings” is also set in a distant time, following Norse Vikings and their battles. Brutal and bloody like “Game of Thrones,” this show is for those who want to see bows and arrows against swords, and marksmen vs. swordsmen. Both shows feature traditional recurve bows.

Archery Level: Nordic

Watch it on: The History Channel

Now that you’ve got enough archery-fueled television to last you awhile, pull up the blanket, pop the popcorn, and watch the arrows fly. Then visit your local archery range to channel your on-screen inspiration into real-life action.

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