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

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    Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

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    Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Jon Hamm

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    Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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    Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Macaulay Culkin

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    Katherine Heigl, Sara Ramirez, Sandra Oh

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    Sofía Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen

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    Patricia Heaton, Chris Kattan, Brian Doyle-Murray

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    Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn

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    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    added by RiavenDupois Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry

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    Jane Levy, Alan Tudyk, Cheryl Hines

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    Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Amber Valletta

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce

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    new! Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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    Jenson Button, Damon Hill, Stirling Moss

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    ranked low on reranks & added by CalebStevens Ian Richardson, James Villiers, Damien Thomas

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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    Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher, Jane Lynch

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    ranked low on reranks Robin Tunney, Amanda Righetti, Simon Baker

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    LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Chris O'Donnell

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    Julianna Margulies, Alan Cumming, Archie Panjabi

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    Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Jennifer Esposito

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    Grace Park, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan

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    Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Jennifer Coolidge

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    ranked low on reranks Sarah Shahi, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

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    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Vinnie Jones

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    Michael Murphy, Stuart Margolin, Arnold Pinnock

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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    Colin Farrell, Griff Rhys Jones, Josie Lawrence

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Paul Dinello

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    Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh

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    Andrew Dice Clay, Caleb Emerson, Eddie Gossling

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    Anders Holm, Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson

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    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

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    Robert Lee, Scottie Chapman, Christine Chamberlain

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    Ashley Tisdale, Kelly Hu, Ariel Winter

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    Joel McHale, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Anndi McAfee

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Antonia Thomas, Iwan Rheon, Joe Gilgun

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    Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day

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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

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    Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell

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