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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 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' and 'Boardwalk Empire,' Showtime's 'Dexter' and AMC's 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Walking Dead' and 'Mad Men.' Many of these are also the highest rated tv shows according to critics and audience polls. 

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.
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    the people's #1 & most listed Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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    Paul Giamatti, Shirley MacLaine, Maggie Smith

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    Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza

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    Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell

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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel Nichols, A. J. Cook

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    added by CalebStevens Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

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    Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

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    ranked low on reranks Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Gabriel Macht

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    Sarah Shahi, Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

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    added by PaulShade Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy

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    Anthony Michael Hall, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen

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