The Best Shows Currently on the Air TV Programs
Ultimate List
133  reranks 94,623 votes 6,279 voters 101,610 views more info

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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 133 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 41
    Up 344
    Down 413
    2011 More
    52
  2. 11
    Up 581
    Down 752
    2011 More
    68
  3. 30
    Up 473
    Down 781
    2009 More
    58
  4. 29
    Up 506
    Down 711
    2008 More
    58
  5. 7
    Up 1274
    Down 1201
    2009 More
    73
  6. 88
    Up 35
    Down 64
    2013 More
    28
    added by: MarkusMarquisBiechl
  7. 51
    Up 181
    Down 266
    2000 More
    45
  8. 67
    Up 49
    Down 71
    2013 More
    35
  9. 43
    Up 427
    Down 663
    2005 More
    51
  10. 107
    Up 35
    Down 94
    2009 More
    22
  11. 3
    Up 1637
    Down 1297
    2007 More
    89
  12. 17
    Up 420
    Down 452
    2011 More
    64
  13. 77
    Up 150
    Down 441
    2009 More
    32
  14. 105
    Up 18
    Down 75
    2006 More
    22
  15. 28
    Up 592
    Down 626

    ranked low on reranks
    The Mentalist

    2008 More
    59
  16. 38
    Up 220
    Down 248
    2013 More
    52
    added by: PaulShade
  17. 87
    Up 89
    Down 310

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Portlandia

    2011 More
    28
  18. 76
    Up 153
    Down 242

    ranked low on reranks
    Covert Affairs

    2010 More
    32
  19. 1
    Up 1727
    Down 1073

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Game of Thrones

    2011 More
    100
  20. 9
    Up 854
    Down 1029
    2009 More
    70
  21. 69
    Up 81
    Down 185
    1988 More
    34
  22. 96
    Up 60
    Down 148
    2007 More
    26
  23. 60
    Up 147
    Down 307
    2009 More
    38
  24. 34
    Up 330
    Down 468
    2011 More
    54
  25. 64
    Up 134
    Down 216
    1975 More
    35
  26. 8
    Up 1099
    Down 826

    ranked low on reranks
    NCIS

    2003 More
    71
  27. 20
    Up 609
    Down 883
    2011 More
    62
  28. 97
    Up 14
    Down 46
    2011 More
    26
  29. 6
    Up 709
    Down 827
    2005 More
    74
  30. 2
    Up 1438
    Down 1088
    2010 More
    92
  31. 106
    Up 15
    Down 17

    ranked low on reranks
    Orphan Black

    2013 More
    22
    added by: ChangesDownClub
  32. 27
    Up 501
    Down 731
    2010 More
    59
  33. 13
    Up 554
    Down 597
    Oct. 10th, 2012 More
    66
  34. 26
    Up 576
    Down 871
    2009 More
    59
  35. 22
    Up 635
    Down 706

    ranked low on reranks
    Bones

    2005 More
    61
  36. 14
    Up 683
    Down 802
    2011 More
    65
  37. 102
    Up 66
    Down 269
    2009 More
    23
  38. 54
    Up 182
    Down 274
    2010 More
    44
  39. 59
    Up 127
    Down 236
    2009 More
    39
  40. 65
    Up 135
    Down 235
    2010 More
    35
  41. 95
    Up 3
    Down 10
    2011 More
    26
  42. 21
    Up 642
    Down 670
    2005 More
    62
  43. 52
    Up 195
    Down 253
    2009 More
    45
  44. 94
    Up 95
    Down 257
    2009 More
    26
  45. 37
    Up 226
    Down 258
    2013 More
    53
  46. 101
    Up 16
    Down 74
    2009 More
    24
  47. 33
    Up 435
    Down 484

    ranked low on reranks
    Person of Interest

    2011 More
    55
  48. 23
    Up 429
    Down 652
    2010 More
    61
  49. 24
    Up 465
    Down 750
    2009 More
    60
  50. 53
    Up 169
    Down 224
    2013 More
    44
  51. 111 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS + 28 MORE

items 1 - 50 of 110

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists