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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 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.
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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel Nichols, A. J. Cook

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    Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

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

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    Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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    added by clash1977 Common, Anson Mount, Tom Noonan

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    added by ChrisJRose Chris Hardwick

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    new! & added by TonyHill Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Toby Huss

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    new! Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally

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    Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Macaulay Culkin

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    Katherine Heigl, Sara Ramirez, Sandra Oh

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    added by MarkJohnson Michael Ealy, Dicky Barrett

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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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    added by leahmolnar Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Chris Carmack

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    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    often listed & added by RiavenDupois Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young

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    Jane Levy, Alan Tudyk, Cheryl Hines

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    Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Amber Valletta

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    ranked low on reranks Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Billy Brown

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    added by ChangesDownClub Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce

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    new! & added by TonyHill Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory. With Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Tom Hardy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory.

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    Jenson Button, Damon Hill, Stirling Moss

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    Jeremy Hotz, Peter Keleghan, Karen Hines

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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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    often listed Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher, Jane Lynch

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    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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 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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    Sarah Shahi, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

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    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Vinnie Jones

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MikeTonds Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson

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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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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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    Mike Rowe

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    Robert Lee, Scottie Chapman, Christine Chamberlain

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    Joel McHale, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Anndi McAfee

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