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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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    Covert Affairs

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    Doctor Who

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  5. 74
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    niche appeal
    The Bridge

    2010 More
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  6. 81
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    added by: SandraKing
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    Phineas and Ferb

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    31
  9. 64
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    Rick and Morty

    2013 More
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    added by: kuzronk
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    Bob's Burgers

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    added by: sebbzor
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    1989 More
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    The Walking Dead

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    controversial
    American Dad!

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  17. 42
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    Louie

    2010 More
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  18. 27
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    2005 More
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    Person of Interest

    2011 More
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  20. 28
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    2008 More
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    Sherlock

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    controversial
    NCIS: Los Angeles

    2009 More
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    Hawaii Five-0

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    2003 More
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  29. 52
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  30. 7
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    Castle

    2009 More
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  31. 25
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    The Mentalist

    2008 More
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    Psych

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    No image
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    Pawn Stars

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    House of Cards

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  45. 48
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    controversial
    Suits

    2011 More
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  46. 34
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    2011 More
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    niche appeal
    The Good Wife

    2009 More
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    Once Upon a Time

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  49. 21
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    Mad Men

    2007 More
    60
  50. 46
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