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List Rules 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 canceled, and they're still thrilling us with great drama, hilarious comedy, and outstanding storylines. However, some of these great shows are ending in 2017. 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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2
+ - 9,197 6,877
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

3
+ - 6,688 4,869
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

4
+ - 7,733 6,881
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

5
+ - 5,987 5,870
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

6
+ - 8,247 4,667
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

7
+ - 5,263 5,368
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

8
+ - 4,922 5,100
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

9
+ - 5,059 5,476
South Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

10
+ - 3,897 3,401
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

11
+ - 3,696 4,548
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

12
+ - 4,422 4,081
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

13
+ - 4,403 4,498
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

14
+ - 3,529 2,799
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

15
+ - 2,938 2,628
Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

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16
+ - 4,310 4,729
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

17
+ - 3,697 4,680
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

18
+ - 1,372 701
Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Stranger Things Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard

19
+ - 3,746 4,249
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

20
+ - 3,641 3,682
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

21
+ - 1,748 1,262
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Daredevil Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

22
+ - 3,158 2,525
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

23
+ - 4,031 4,303
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

24
+ - 2,717 4,045
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

25
+ - 2,911 2,890
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

26
+ - 2,454 2,534
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

27
+ - 2,696 2,468
Gotham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Gotham Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue

28
+ - 2,542 2,587
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

29
+ - 2,842 4,214
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

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30
+ - 2,857 3,528
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

31
+ - 2,725 3,588
Archer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Archer H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

32
+ - 2,270 3,423
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

33
+ - 707 500
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Westworld Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr.

34
+ - 1,142 1,015
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville

35
+ - 2,508 2,446
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

36
+ - 1,711 2,042
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

37
+ - 1,940 2,387
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

38
+ - 2,294 3,477
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

39
+ - 2,551 2,979
Suits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

40
+ - 1,773 2,418
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

41
+ - 2,066 2,405
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

42
+ - 1,232 1,300
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

43
+ - 1,949 2,576
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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+ - 776 768
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

45
+ - 1,498 2,920
Louie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Louie Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

46
+ - 1,444 1,686
Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

47
+ - 1,819 2,431
Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Bob's Burgers H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

48
+ - 936 1,121
Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

49
+ - 1,154 1,524
Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Fear The Walking Dead Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane

50
+ - 1,440 2,259
The Middle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Middle Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott