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The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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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.

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

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  1. 103
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    about to drop off &niche appeal
    Girls

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    36
    added by: Mavsc79
  3. 10
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    controversial
    Doctor Who

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    67
  4. 78
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    about to drop off
    Suburgatory

    2011 More
    36
  5. 28
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    2008 More
    57
  6. 111
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    often listed
    Workaholics

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  7. 74
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    niche appeal
    Hell on Wheels

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    38
    added by: clash1977
  8. 95
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    34
  9. 50
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    controversial
    2 Broke Girls

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    48
  10. 102
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  11. 83
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  12. 128
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    niche appeal
    Royal Pains

    2009 More
    24
  13. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mad Men

    2007 More
    60
  14. 26
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  15. 75
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    controversial
    The Middle

    2009 More
    37
  16. 44
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    controversial
    NCIS: Los Angeles

    2009 More
    50
  17. 37
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    controversial
    Psych

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  18. 68
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    controversial
    American Dad!

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    40
  19. 91
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    controversial
    Glee

    2009 More
    35
  20. 55
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    niche appeal
    House of Cards

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    45
    added by: CalebStevens
  21. 3
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  22. 90
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  24. 58
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  25. 33
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  26. 66
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    added by: MarkusMarquisBiechl
  27. 73
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    controversial
    Robot Chicken

    2005 More
    38
  28. 119
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    about to drop off
    Weeds

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  29. 20
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  30. 25
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  31. 97
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    Childrens Hospital

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    34
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    Shameless

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  33. 125
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    added by: udontneedtoknowmyname
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    The Good Wife

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    controversial
    The Mentalist

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    Louie

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  38. 122
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    about to drop off
    The Newsroom

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    28
  39. 130
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  40. 85
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    about to drop off
    Atlantis

    2013 More
    36
    added by: SandraKing
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  42. 46
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  43. 101
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    niche appeal
    Top Gear

    1977 More
    33
  44. 86
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    about to drop off
    Bored to Death

    2009 More
    36
  45. 52
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  46. 62
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    controversial
    Warehouse 13

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  47. 113
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    added by: BillyBumtrip
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  49. 19
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  50. 60
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    Rizzoli & Isles

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