The Best Shows Currently on the Air TV Programs
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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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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    ranked low on reranks Piper Perabo, Jaimie Alexander, Sienna Guillory

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rachel Nichols, Lexa Doig, Victor H. Webster

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    Michael Murphy, Stuart Margolin, Arnold Pinnock

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    Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Jennifer Esposito

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    Ashley Tisdale, Kelly Hu, Ariel Winter

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    added by sebbzor Sarah Silverman, Megan Mullally, Kristen Schaal

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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel Nichols, A. J. Cook

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    Anthony Michael Hall, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MarkusMarquisBiechl Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber, Elliott Gould

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    Corey Harrison

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    Olivia Munn, Jane Fonda, Jeff Daniels

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    Paul Giamatti, Shirley MacLaine, Maggie Smith

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