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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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    Are You Being Served?

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    Royal Pains

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    Chopped

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    Being Human

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    Misfits

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    The Newsroom

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    Weeds

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    Hart of Dixie

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    The Talking Dead

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    Shameless

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    Dirty Jobs

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    60 Minutes

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    The Originals

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    Two and a Half Men

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    Workaholics

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    Survivor

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    Almost Human

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    Phineas and Ferb

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    Top Gear

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    Whitney

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    Childrens Hospital

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    Vikings

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    Up All Night

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    Bob's Burgers

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    Glee

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    Covert Affairs

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    Bored to Death

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    Girls

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    The Good Wife

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