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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 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.
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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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    Andrew Dice Clay, Caleb Emerson, Eddie Gossling

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    added by AbbyHaslem Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti

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  7. 79
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    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Donnie Wahlberg

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  8. 41
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    Anthony Michael Hall, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen

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

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  10. 56
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    Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

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  11. 105
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    Ashley Tisdale, Kelly Hu, Ariel Winter

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    added by DolittleD Bill Paterson, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks

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    Charles Halford, Lucy Griffiths, Matt Ryan

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  16. 19
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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

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  17. 117
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    often listed Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher, Jane Lynch

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

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    added by ChrisJRose Chris Hardwick

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Jon Hamm

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    new! & added by TonyHill Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory. With Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Tom Hardy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory.

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

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    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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    added by passionatepragmatist Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, Joseph Morgan

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    added by clash1977 Common, Anson Mount, Tom Noonan

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

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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 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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    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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 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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    added by leahmolnar Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Chris Carmack

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

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    ranked low on reranks & added by GregoryLaw James Spader, Parminder Nagra, Megan Boone

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