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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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  1. 17
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    2005 More
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    controversial
    Pretty Little Liars

    2010 More
    44
  3. 21
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    Mad Men

    2007 More
    60
  4. 3
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    86
  5. 74
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    niche appeal
    Hell on Wheels

    2011 More
    38
    added by: clash1977
  6. 73
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    controversial
    Robot Chicken

    2005 More
    38
  7. 71
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    added by: kuzronk
  8. 97
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    about to drop off
    Childrens Hospital

    2008 More
    34
  9. 52
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    36
  11. 5
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    75
  12. 75
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    controversial
    The Middle

    2009 More
    37
  13. 7
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    controversial
    Castle

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    71
  14. 11
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  15. 61
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    controversial
    Scandal

    2012 More
    42
    added by: RiavenDupois
    Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry
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    Suburgatory

    2011 More
    36
  17. 46
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  18. 84
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    2006 More
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  19. 124
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    Being Human

    2008 More
    27
  20. 129
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    about to drop off
    Are You Being Served?

    1972 More
    21
  21. 101
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    Top Gear

    1977 More
    33
  22. 4
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    2010 More
    77
  23. 55
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    1990 More
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    added by: CalebStevens
  24. 10
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    controversial
    Doctor Who

    1963 More
    67
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    The Newsroom

    1996 More
    28
  26. 114
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    60 Minutes

    1968 More
    28
  27. 51
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    2000 More
    47
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    NCIS

    2003 More
    71
  29. 2
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  30. 112
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    often listed
    Two and a Half Men

    2003 More
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    controversial
    The Mentalist

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    controversial
    NCIS: Los Angeles

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    50
  33. 81
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    The Good Wife

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    36
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    controversial
    Hawaii Five-0

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    controversial
    2 Broke Girls

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  37. 35
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    2011 More
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  38. 19
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  39. 79
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    The Bridge

    2010 More
    36
  40. 14
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    Oct. 10th, 2012 More
    63
  41. 116
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    about to drop off
    Shameless

    2004 More
    28
  42. 72
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    1988 More
    39
  43. 15
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    1997 More
    63
  44. 41
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    controversial
    The Colbert Report

    2005 More
    51
  45. 33
    Up 441
    Down 629
    1996 More
    53
  46. 67
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    controversial
    Tosh.0

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    40
  47. 111
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    often listed
    Workaholics

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    29
  48. 9
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  49. 115
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    about to drop off
    Dirty Jobs

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    28
  50. 42
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