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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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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    Piper Perabo, Jaimie Alexander, Sienna Guillory

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    Rachel Nichols, Lexa Doig, Victor H. Webster

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Jennifer Esposito

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    Moon Bloodgood, Sarah Carter, Noah Wyle

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    Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Stewart, Elijah Wood

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Tiffani Thiessen, Matt Bomer, Hilarie Burton

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    Timothy Olyphant, Alicia Witt, Natalie Zea

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    ranked low on reranks & added by LanaYoshii Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn

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    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

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    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Vinnie Jones

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    Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn

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    Robin Tunney, Amanda Righetti, Simon Baker

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    Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret

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    Anthony Michael Hall, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen

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    added by MarkusMarquisBiechl Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber, Elliott Gould

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    Corey Harrison

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    Paul Giamatti, Shirley MacLaine, Maggie Smith

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    ranked low on reranks & added by udontneedtoknowmyname Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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