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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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    controversial
    2 Broke Girls

    2011 More
    48
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    about to drop off
    60 Minutes

    1968 More
    28
  3. 63
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    Agents of Shield

    42
    added by: udontneedtoknowmyname
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    Almost Human

    28
    added by: thomas.durand09
  5. 108
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    Almost Human

    30
    added by: CrystalAngelBauer
  6. 68
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    controversial
    American Dad!

    2005 More
    40
  7. 22
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    2011 More
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  8. 89
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    2010 More
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    added by: ChangesDownClub
  9. 27
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    2009 More
    57
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    Are You Being Served?

    1972 More
    21
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  12. 85
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    Atlantis

    2013 More
    36
    added by: SandraKing
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    Bates Motel

    48
    added by: CrystalAngelBauer
  14. 124
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    about to drop off
    Being Human

    2008 More
    27
  15. 76
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    2011 More
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    added by: ChangesDownClub
  17. 77
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    2010 More
    37
  18. 32
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    controversial
    Boardwalk Empire

    2010 More
    56
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    niche appeal
    Bob's Burgers

    2011 More
    35
    added by: sebbzor
  20. 20
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    2005 More
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    Bored to Death

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    36
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    2013 More
    40
    added by: AbbyHaslem
  23. 40
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    controversial
    Burn Notice

    2007 More
    52
  24. 51
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    2000 More
    47
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    controversial
    Castle

    2009 More
    71
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    about to drop off
    Childrens Hospital

    2008 More
    34
  27. 127
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    Chopped

    2009 More
    24
  28. 9
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    2009 More
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  29. 83
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    2012 More
    36
  30. 130
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    2009 More
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    Cougar Town

    36
  32. 87
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    Covert Affairs

    2010 More
    36
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    2005 More
    62
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    Dirty Jobs

    2003 More
    28
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    controversial
    Doctor Who

    1963 More
    67
  37. 26
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    2010 More
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  38. 19
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    2012 More
    61
  39. 113
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    2006 More
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    2011 More
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    1999 More
    61
  42. 84
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    2006 More
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Game of Thrones

    2011 More
    98
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    about to drop off &niche appeal
    Girls

    2012 More
    36
    added by: Mavsc79
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    controversial
    Glee

    2009 More
    35
  46. 52
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    2005 More
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  47. 34
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    2011 More
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    2013 More
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    added by: PaulShade
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    about to drop off
    Hart of Dixie

    28
    added by: hailbarn89
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    2010 More
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