tv programs The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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List Rules 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Stranger Things Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Daredevil Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Gotham Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Archer H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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bones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Westworld Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Bates Motel Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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Louie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Louie Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
American Dad! Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker

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Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air