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The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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 shows, 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' and 'Boardwalk Empire,' Showtime's 'Dexter' and AMC's 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Walking Dead' and 'Mad Men.'

Hopefully, all of the great shows listed here will remain on the air for years to come, though some will no doubt be coming to a close soon enough ('Breaking Bad' and 'Dexter,' sadly). Even if and when these programs do sing their swan song, they'll remain among the best TV shows of recent memory, don't you think?

See the entire list of the 2013 Emmy Nominations.
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    Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell

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    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

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    Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza

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    Anders Holm, Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Andrew Dice Clay, Caleb Emerson, Eddie Gossling

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    ranked low on reranks & added by AbbyHaslem Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti

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    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Donnie Wahlberg

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    Anthony Michael Hall, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen

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    Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

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    Ashley Tisdale, Kelly Hu, Ariel Winter

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    ranked low on reranks & added by DolittleD Bill Paterson, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish

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    Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks

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    ranked low on reranks & added by BillyBumtrip Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, David Duchovny

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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

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    added by kuzronk Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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    Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Jon Hamm

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

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    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Colin Farrell, Griff Rhys Jones, Josie Lawrence

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    Corey Harrison

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    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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    Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps

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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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    Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron

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    Dustin Hoffman, Larry David, John Legend

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    Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh

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    Edge, Emily Rose, Eric Balfour

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    Elijah Wood, Allison Mack, Chris Klein

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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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    added by AnthonyKelly Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Lana Parrilla

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

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

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    Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Amber Valletta

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    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Ksenia Solo, Anna Silk

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    Emmy Rossum, Amy Smart, William H. Macy

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    added by PaulShade Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy

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    ranked low on reranks Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Gabriel Macht

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    Grace Park, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heather Graham, Steve Buscemi, Selma Blair

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    added by CalebStevens Ian Richardson, James Villiers, Damien Thomas

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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