The Best Shows Currently on the Air TV Programs
0Ultimate List
originally by  tags 298,798 votes 18,151 voters 249,892 views 200 items f p @

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.

  • 185 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
L The List
Z
B Comments
& Embed
G Options
2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 4510
    - 3367

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

    ) open buy now
  2. 2
    + 6720
    - 1699

    added by DolittleD
    Bill Paterson, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish

    ) open buy now
  3. 3
    + 4354
    - 3236

    Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

    ) open buy now
  4. 4
    + 2728
    - 2234

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

    ) open buy now
  5. 5
    + 3627
    - 3162

    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

    ) open buy now
  6. 6
    + 2841
    - 2789

    Sofía Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen

    ) open buy now
  7. 7
    + 1727
    - 1724

    Paul Giamatti, Shirley MacLaine, Maggie Smith

    ) open buy now
  8. 8
    + 2126
    - 2463

    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

    ) open buy now
  9. 9
    + 2361
    - 2488

    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

    ) open buy now
  10. 10
    + 1961
    - 2491

    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

    ) open buy now
  11. 11
    + 1816
    - 1841

    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

    ) open buy now
  12. 12
    + 2212
    - 2459

    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

    ) open buy now
  13. 13
    + 1601
    - 2139

    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

    ) open buy now
  14. 14
    + 1550
    - 2185

    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

    ) open buy now
  15. 15
    + 2283
    - 2583

    Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn

    ) open buy now
  16. 16
    + 1432
    - 2009

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

    ) open buy now
  17. 17
    + 1486
    - 1455

    Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning

    ) open buy now
  18. 18
    + 2163
    - 2139

    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

    ) open buy now
  19. 19
    + 1253
    - 1174

    added by CalebStevens
    Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

    ) open buy now
  20. 20
    + 1504
    - 1920

    Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza

    ) open buy now
  21. 21
    + 1072
    - 879

    Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Alexander Ludwig

    ) open buy now
  22. 22
    + 1640
    - 1839

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

    ) open buy now
  23. 23
    + 1454
    - 2004

    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

    ) open buy now
  24. 24
    + 1597
    - 1936

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

    ) open buy now
  25. 25
    + 1733
    - 2084

    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

    ) open buy now
  26. 26
    + 1522
    - 1692

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel Nichols, A. J. Cook

    ) open buy now
  27. 27
    + 1205
    - 1562

    Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh

    ) open buy now
  28. 28
    + 1444
    - 1994

    Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield

    ) open buy now
  29. 29
    + 1119
    - 1579

    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Vinnie Jones

    ) open buy now
  30. 30
    + 1140
    - 1693

    often listed
    Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell

    ) open buy now
  31. 31
    + 1385
    - 1627

    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

    ) open buy now
  32. 32
    + 656
    - 547

    added by MattSchwarck
    Michael McKean, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    ) open buy now
  33. 33
    + 762
    - 704

    added by LanaYoshii
    Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn

    ) open buy now
  34. 34
    + 669
    - 621

    Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret

    ) open buy now
  35. 35
    + 1087
    - 1603

    Timothy Olyphant, Alicia Witt, Natalie Zea

    ) open buy now
  36. 36
    + 1060
    - 1054

    added by GregoryLaw
    James Spader, Parminder Nagra, Megan Boone

    ) open buy now
  37. 37
    + 612
    - 719

    added by ChangesDownClub
    Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce

    ) open buy now
  38. 38
    + 1088
    - 1771

    Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

    ) open buy now
  39. 39
    + 1263
    - 1681

    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

    ) open buy now
  40. 40
    + 748
    - 699

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

    ) open buy now
  41. 41
    + 1311
    - 1314

    Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Gabriel Macht

    ) open buy now
  42. 42
    + 1061
    - 1545

    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

    ) open buy now
  43. 43
    + 934
    - 1302

    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

    ) open buy now
  44. 44
    + 1201
    - 1555

    Robin Tunney, Amanda Righetti, Simon Baker

    ) open buy now
  45. 45
    + 917
    - 1118

    added by PaulShade
    Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy

    ) open buy now
  46. 46
    + 1097
    - 1351

    Sarah Shahi, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    ) open buy now
  47. 47
    + 668
    - 807

    added by ViiHeart
    Vera Farmiga, Nicola Peltz, Freddie Highmore

    ) open buy now
  48. 48
    + 736
    - 963

    added by wiabux
    Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Tom Mison

    ) open buy now
  49. 49
    + 1115
    - 1378

    Robert Lee, Scottie Chapman, Christine Chamberlain

    ) open buy now
  50. 50
    + 704
    - 869

    added by udontneedtoknowmyname
    Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet

    ) open buy now
201 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists