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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    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

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    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

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    Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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    Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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    John Oliver

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