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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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    ranked low on reranks Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Gabriel Macht

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    Olivia Munn, Jane Fonda, Jeff Daniels

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    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell

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    Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn

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    added by MarkusMarquisBiechl Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber, Elliott Gould

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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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    Paul Dinello

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    Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps

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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron

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    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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

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    added by PaulShade Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heather Graham, Steve Buscemi, Selma Blair

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    the people's #1 & most listed Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Colin Farrell, Griff Rhys Jones, Josie Lawrence

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    Ashley Tisdale, Kelly Hu, Ariel Winter

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    Andrew Dice Clay, Caleb Emerson, Eddie Gossling

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    new! Richard Belzer, John Wesley Shipp, Tim Thomerson

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

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    Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adam Sandler

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    new! Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret

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    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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    Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield

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    Jane Levy, Alan Tudyk, Cheryl Hines

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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    added by ChangesDownClub Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce

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    Timothy Olyphant, Alicia Witt, Natalie Zea

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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

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    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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

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    Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

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    Joanne Kelly, Jaime Murray, Allison Scagliotti

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    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Donnie Wahlberg

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    Elijah Wood, Allison Mack, Chris Klein

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    ranked low on reranks & added by LanaYoshii Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen

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

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    Tiffani Thiessen, Matt Bomer, Hilarie Burton

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    ranked low on reranks Zooey Deschanel, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon

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    Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning

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