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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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1
12,394 6,516
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
9,734 7,456
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
7,199 5,232
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

4
8,215 7,480
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
6,332 6,346
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
8,529 5,058
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
MarciaComoletti added Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

7
5,585 5,802
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
5,317 5,470
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

9
5,440 5,843
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
4,195 3,700
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
CalebStevens added House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

11
2,011 933
Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Stranger Things Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard

12
4,019 4,859
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

13
4,748 4,417
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

14
3,906 3,024
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
TammyLRogers added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

15
4,706 4,834
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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16
3,232 2,911
Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
MattSchwarck added Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

17
4,593 5,032
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

18
3,925 5,035
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

19
4,035 4,539
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

20
3,914 3,948
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
2,130 1,513
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
edward-donner added Daredevil Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

22
3,488 2,754
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
4,287 4,564
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

24
2,852 4,322
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

25
2,955 2,702
Gotham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Gotham Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue

26
3,114 3,113
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
dennis-sedgwick added The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

27
1,066 677
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Westworld Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr.

28
2,777 2,803
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
udontneedtoknowmyname added Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

29
2,666 2,768
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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30
3,058 3,747
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
2,954 3,789
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
2,989 4,468
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

33
2,422 3,635
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

34
1,399 1,180
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
MarylyleMcCue added Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville

35
1,904 2,217
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

36
2,065 2,573
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
LanaYoshii added True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

37
2,650 2,681
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

38
2,701 3,174
Suits is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

39
2,017 2,580
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

40
2,415 3,705
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

41
1,400 1,476
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
petra-r- added The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

42
2,217 2,590
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
AbbyHaslem added Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

43
957 944
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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44
2,097 2,768
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

45
1,639 1,850
Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
surag added Last Week Tonight With John Oliver John Oliver

46
2,023 2,601
Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
sebbzor added Bob's Burgers H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

47
1,100 1,279
Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
petra-r- added Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

48
1,575 3,095
Louie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Louie Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

49
2,030 2,883
American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
American Dad! Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker

50
1,557 2,423
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