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

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    added by ChangesDownClub Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce

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    Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn

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    Anthony Michael Hall, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen

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    Robin Tunney, Amanda Righetti, Simon Baker

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    added by MarkusMarquisBiechl Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber, Elliott Gould

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    added by CalebStevens Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

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    Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning

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    added by PaulShade Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy

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    added by passionatepragmatist Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, Joseph Morgan

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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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    Robert Lee, Scottie Chapman, Christine Chamberlain

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    Kevin Bacon, Maggie Grace, Jessica Stroup

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    Scott Conant, Ted Allen, Aarón Sanchez

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

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    Mike Rowe

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    Rachel Nichols, Lexa Doig, Victor H. Webster

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

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    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    added by Mavsc79 Lena Dunham, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Williams

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

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