The Best Shows Currently on the Air TV Programs

The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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List Criteria: Only shows on TV right now - including series that are on hiatus or seasonal breaks.

What are the best shows currently on the air? Some of the entries on this list are without question among the greatest TV shows of all time. Fortunately for us, they haven't been cancelled, and they're still thrilling us with great drama, hilarious comedy, and outstanding storylines. Which TV show that's airing right now is the best? That's for you to decide, with your votes. Be sure to add any of your current favorite TV shows that aren't listed, too. You can also re-rank this list any way you like!

If you had to choose just a few top shows airing today, which currently airing TV programs do you believe are the best? Several outstanding premium cable original programs are among the most popular shows on this list, including HBO's Game of Thrones, Showtime's Homeland, and AMC's The Walking Dead. Netflix is also home to some of these titles, including House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Many of these are also the highest rated tv shows according to critics and audience polls. 

Hopefully, all of these great shows, from old favorites like Modern Family to newer hits like Better Call Saul, will remain on the air for years to come. But even if some shows end too soon, the greats will till be remembered as some of the best TV shows of recent memory, don't you think?

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Lauren Cohan, Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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    Sofía Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen

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    Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish

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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    Kevin Spacey, Kate Mara, Robin Wright

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    Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Taylor Schilling

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    Tom Baker, Eric Roberts, Jon Pertwee

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    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Bob Odenkirk, Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel Nichols, A. J. Cook

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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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    Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield

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    Danielle Panabaker, Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

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    Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell

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    Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D'Onofrio, Charlie Cox

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Parminder Nagra

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    Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson

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    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Benjamin McKenzie, Donal Logue

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

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    Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg

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    Katy Perry

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    Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

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    Ed Helms, Samantha Bee, Rob Corddry

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    Sarah Shahi, Taraji P. Henson, Jim Caviezel

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner

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    Rachel McAdams, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell

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    Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Eddie Murphy

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    Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty

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    Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti

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    Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

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    Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter

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    Vera Farmiga, Nicola Peltz, Freddie Highmore

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    Patrick Stewart, Seth MacFarlane, Elijah Wood

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    Sarah Silverman, Megan Mullally, Kristen Schaal

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    John Oliver

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    Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Lyndie Greenwood

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