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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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    Once Upon a Time

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    Archer

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    57
  4. 31
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    True Blood

    2008 More
    56
  5. 126
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    27
    added by: ChangesDownClub
  6. 113
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    2006 More
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    added by: BillyBumtrip
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    Castle

    2009 More
    71
  8. 131
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  9. 66
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    2013 More
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    added by: MarkusMarquisBiechl
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  11. 61
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    House of Cards

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    42
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    The Colbert Report

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    51
  13. 130
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    Cougar Town

    2009 More
    17
  14. 2
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    The Big Bang Theory

    2007 More
    86
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    Glee

    2009 More
    35
  17. 84
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  18. 23
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    The Mentalist

    2008 More
    58
  19. 38
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    Portlandia

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  21. 87
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    Covert Affairs

    2010 More
    36
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    Game of Thrones

    2011 More
    98
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    Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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    38
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    Phineas and Ferb

    2007 More
    32
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    controversial
    Tosh.0

    2009 More
    40
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    Grimm

    2011 More
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  28. 71
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    Saturday Night Live

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    39
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    60 Minutes

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    28
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    NCIS

    2003 More
    71
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    New Girl

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    Suburgatory

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    36
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    Supernatural

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    69
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    Arrow

    Oct. 10th, 2012 More
    63
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    Parks and Recreation

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    58
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    Bones

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    61
  40. 13
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    Homeland

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    Misfits

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    27
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    Atlantis

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    added by: SandraKing
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    Pretty Little Liars

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  44. 121
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    Almost Human

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    added by: thomas.durand09
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    Warehouse 13

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    Rizzoli & Isles

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    Criminal Minds

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    61
  48. 53
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    White Collar

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    The League

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  50. 119
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    Weeds

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