The Best Shows Currently on the Air TV Programs

The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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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 top 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, Showtime's Homeland, and AMC's The Walking Dead. Netflix is also home to some of these titles, including House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Many of these are also the highest rated tv shows according to critics and audience polls. 

Hopefully, all of these great shows, from old favorites like Modern Family to newer hits like Better Call Saul, will remain on the air for years to come. But even if some shows end too soon, the greats will till be remembered as some of the best TV shows of recent memory, don't you think?


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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Lauren Cohan, Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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    Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish

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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    Kevin Spacey, Kate Mara, Robin Wright

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    Tom Baker, Eric Roberts, Jon Pertwee

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    Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Taylor Schilling

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    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    Bob Odenkirk, Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks

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    Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn

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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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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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    Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell

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    Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret

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    Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson

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    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Jonny Lee Miller

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Parminder Nagra

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    Danielle Panabaker, Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Benjamin McKenzie, Donal Logue

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    Katy Perry

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    Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D'Onofrio, Charlie Cox

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    Ed Helms, Samantha Bee, Rob Corddry

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    Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

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    Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg

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    Sarah Shahi, Taraji P. Henson, Jim Caviezel

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner

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    Rachel McAdams, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell

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    Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Eddie Murphy

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    Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti

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    Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty

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    Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

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    Patrick Stewart, Seth MacFarlane, Elijah Wood

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    Vera Farmiga, Nicola Peltz, Freddie Highmore

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    Sarah Silverman, Megan Mullally, Kristen Schaal

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    Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Lyndie Greenwood

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    Emmy Rossum, Amy Smart, William H. Macy

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    Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter

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