The Best Shows Currently on the Air TV Programs
0Ultimate List
tags 137,686 votes 8,757 voters 195,900 views 139 items f p @

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 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' and 'Boardwalk Empire,' Showtime's 'Dexter' and AMC's 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Walking Dead' and 'Mad Men.' Many of these are also the highest rated tv shows according to critics and audience polls. 

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.
  • 148 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
L The List
Z
B Comments
& Embed
G Options
2rerank list
  1. 28
    + 647
    - 979

    Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell

    ) open
  2. 8
    + 1119
    - 1301

    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

    ) open
  3. 26
    + 816
    - 1073

    Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza

    ) open
  4. 111
    + 97
    - 288

    Anders Holm, Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson

    ) open
  5. 76
    + 224
    - 434

    Andrew Dice Clay, Caleb Emerson, Eddie Gossling

    ) open
  6. 54
    + 224
    - 203

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

    ) open
  7. 81
    + 193
    - 355

    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Donnie Wahlberg

    ) open
  8. 119
    + 14
    - 36

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

    ) open
  9. 43
    + 605
    - 909

    Anthony Michael Hall, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen

    ) open
  10. 126
    + 84
    - 316

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Antonia Thomas, Iwan Rheon, Joe Gilgun

    ) open
  11. 56
    + 301
    - 441

    Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

    ) open
  12. 109
    + 104
    - 227

    Ashley Tisdale, Kelly Hu, Ariel Winter

    ) open
  13. 4
    + 1461
    - 1086

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

    ) open
  14. 73
    + 109
    - 137

    added by DolittleD Bill Paterson, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish

    ) open
  15. 69
    + 82
    - 93

    Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks

    ) open
  16. 121
    + 24
    - 26

    Charles Halford, Lucy Griffiths, Matt Ryan

    ) open
  17. 21
    + 895
    - 955

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

    ) open
  18. 122
    + 176
    - 481

    Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher, Jane Lynch

    ) open
  19. 57
    + 120
    - 106

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

    ) open
  20. 137
    + 67
    - 93

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChrisJRose Chris Hardwick

    ) open
  21. 19
    + 754
    - 1029

    often listed Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Jon Hamm

    ) open
  22. 38
    + 508
    - 674

    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

    ) open
  23. 15
    + 968
    - 1054

    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

    ) open
  24. 67
    + 122
    - 165

    added by passionatepragmatist Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, Joseph Morgan

    ) open
  25. 135
    + 34
    - 60

    Clancy Brown, Tom Kenny, Dee Bradley Baker

    ) open
  26. 74
    + 113
    - 224

    added by clash1977 Common, Anson Mount, Tom Noonan

    ) open
  27. 96
    + 216
    - 405

    Corey Harrison

    ) open
  28. 16
    + 1371
    - 1216

    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

    ) open
  29. 125
    + 76
    - 177

    Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps

    ) open
  30. 64
    + 163
    - 99

    ranked low on reranks Danielle Panabaker, Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin

    ) open
  31. 32
    + 690
    - 927

    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

    ) open
  32. 93
    + 190
    - 557

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron

    ) open
  33. 99
    + 139
    - 379

    Dustin Hoffman, Larry David, John Legend

    ) open
  34. 31
    + 655
    - 849

    Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh

    ) open
  35. 94
    + 136
    - 318

    Edge, Emily Rose, Eric Balfour

    ) open
  36. 53
    + 268
    - 420

    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

    ) open
  37. 138
    + 62
    - 92

    ranked low on reranks & added by AnthonyKelly Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Lana Parrilla

    ) open
  38. 104
    + 21
    - 36

    added by liplip Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

    ) open
  39. 1
    + 2672
    - 1430

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

    ) open
  40. 33
    + 789
    - 971

    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

    ) open
  41. 46
    + 459
    - 634

    Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Amber Valletta

    ) open
  42. 13
    + 742
    - 724

    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

    ) open
  43. 102
    + 131
    - 321

    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Ksenia Solo, Anna Silk

    ) open
  44. 62
    + 287
    - 422

    Emmy Rossum, Amy Smart, William H. Macy

    ) open
  45. 11
    + 909
    - 1170

    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

    ) open
  46. 116
    + 19
    - 46

    Frankie Muniz, Laraine Newman, Tom Kenny

    ) open
  47. 39
    + 405
    - 453

    added by PaulShade Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy

    ) open
  48. 35
    + 678
    - 624

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

    ) open
  49. 128
    + 20
    - 32

    Gordon Ramsay

    ) open
  50. 51
    + 482
    - 711

    Grace Park, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan

    ) open
140 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists