The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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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 top 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, Showtime's Homeland, and AMC's The Walking Dead. Netflix is also home to some of these titles, including House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Many of these are also the highest rated tv shows according to critics and audience polls. 

Hopefully, all of these great shows, from old favorites like Modern Family to newer hits like Better Call Saul, will remain on the air for years to come. But even if some shows end too soon, the greats will till be remembered as some of the best TV shows of recent memory, don't you think?

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  1. 1
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    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

  2. 2
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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

  3. 3
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    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

  4. 4
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    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

  5. 5
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    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

  6. 6
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    Outlander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by MarciaComoletti
    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

  7. 7
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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

  8. 8
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    South Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

  9. 9
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    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

  10. 10
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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

  11. 11
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    House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by CalebStevens
    Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

  12. 12
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    Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

  13. 13
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    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

  14. 14
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    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

  15. 15
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    Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

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    Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by MattSchwarck
    Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

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    Vikings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    ranked low on reranks & added by TammyLRogers
    Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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    Arrow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

  19. 19
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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

  20. 20
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    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

  21. 21
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    Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by edward-donner
    Daredevil Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

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    Homeland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    often listed
    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

  24. 24
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    New Girl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    often listed
    Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

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    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by dennis-sedgwick
    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

  26. 26
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    Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

  27. 27
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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

  28. 28
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    Archer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

  29. 29
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    Gotham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue

  30. 30
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by udontneedtoknowmyname
    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

  31. 31
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    Elementary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

  32. 32
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    Bones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

  33. 33
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    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    ranked low on reranks
    Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

  34. 34
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    The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

  35. 35
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    The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

  36. 36
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    True Detective is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by LanaYoshii
    Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

  37. 37
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    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by TammyLRogers
    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

  38. 38
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    Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    ranked low on reranks & added by MarylyleMcCue
    Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville

  39. 39
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    Suits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

  40. 40
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    Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

  41. 41
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by AbbyHaslem
    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

  42. 42
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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

  43. 43
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    American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker

  44. 44
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    Louie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

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    Bob's Burger's is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by sebbzor
    H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

  46. 46
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    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by ViiHeart
    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

  47. 47
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    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by petra-r-
    Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

  48. 48
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    Last Week Tonight With John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

    added by surag
    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver John Oliver

  49. 49
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    Shameless is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

  50. 50
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    The Middle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air


    Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott

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