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List Rules Vote up the best current TV shows that feature actors who are usually in movies. Series must be currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service

Between cable, Netflix, and premium channels like HBO and Showtime, there are a lot of high budget shows out there nowadays. Television shows have bigger budgets than ever before and that has brought a lot of the Hollywood's most recognizable movie stars to the small screen. Danny DeVito, Zooey Deschanel, Don Cheadle, and many other big name movie stars are all currently trying their hand at television shows, most with considerable success.

Current entertainment is much different than it was just a decade or two ago and movie stars moving to TV is a relatively new phenomenon. Increases in budget and production value have incentivized movie stars to make the jump.

Film used to be in a league of its own. Whether it was actors, special effects, quality, or any number of other elements, it used to be easy to tell the difference between a movie and just another mediocre television show, sometimes from  a single frame. Now, those lines have been seriously blurred. Huge budget shows like Game of Thrones have proven that shows can be just as good, if not better, than movies. Then add all of the new shows from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu into the equation and the television show landscape is in completely uncharted territory. Everywhere you look, there are movie stars on television.

Now, check out this list of the best current TV shows of 2016-2017 starring movie stars and vote up the best of them all.

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
House of Cards Netflix Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, Casino Jack)
House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs. The entire first season, ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Sherlock British Broadcasting Corporation Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Hot Fuzz)
Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and ...more

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
The Blacklist NBC James Spader (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wall Street, Pretty in Pink)
The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Nixon, Thor, Meet Joe Black)

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Fargo

Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Moulin Rouge) 

Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama television series created and written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen brothers, who serve as executive producers on the ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually)

The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. Andrew Lincoln stars as sheriff's deputy Rick ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added Mr. Robot USA Christian Slater (Heathers, Pump Up the Volume)

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Ray Donovan Showtime Liev Schreiber (Lee Daniel's The Butler, Salt, X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Ray Donovan is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke records of viewership, becoming the biggest premiere of all time ...more

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Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Kiefer Sutherland (Lost Boys, Stand By Me, Dark City)

On the night of the State of the Union address, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of his Cabinet except for U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman, who has been named the designated survivor. ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added Elementary CBS

Jonny Lee Miller (Mansfield Park, Hackers)

Elementary is an American crime drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added The Americans FX Keri Russell (August Rush, Waitress)The Americans is an American television period drama series created and produced by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg. The series premiered in the United States on January 30, 2013, on the cable network FX and its third season premiered on ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
How to Get Away with Murder American Broadcasting Company Viola Davis ( The Help, Prisoners)
How to Get Away with Murder is an American television series that premiered on ABC on September 25, 2014. The series was created by Peter Nowalk, produced by Shonda Rhimes and distributed by ABC Studios. Viola Davis stars as a law professor at ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Shameless Showtime William H. Macy (Fargo, Pleasantville)
Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although filmed in Los Angeles, with the exterior scenes ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andre Braugher (Duets, Frequency)Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American action comedy television series that airs on Fox. Set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn, the single-camera series follows a precinct team of detectives and a ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added Homeland Showtime Claire Danes (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Les Misérables)Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central ...more

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
American Crime Story A spin-off of Ryan Murphy's American Horror story, American Crime Story is a true crime anthology series. Season 1 (2016, FX), The People v. O. J. Simpson, presents the 1996 murder trial of O. J. Simpson. Season 2 focuses on the aftermath of ...more

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, L.A. Confidential)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American television sitcom that premiered on FX on August 4, 2005, and moved to FXX beginning with the ninth season. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by Rob McElhenney, which he developed ...more

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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added Preacher Dominic Cooper (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)Based on the DC Comic Book series, Preacher follows Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher who is on a mission to find God.

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Ballers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Ballers HBO Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6, The Scorpion King, San Andreas)
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Billions is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Billions Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, Rock of Ages)
Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Damian Lewis) is an ...more

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
New Girl Fox Broadcasting Company Zooey Deschanel (Elf, 500 Days of Summer, Almost Famous)
New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves around offbeat teacher Jess after her moving into an ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Mary S Spiegel added The Wire BBC Four, HBO The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the premium cable network HBO ...more

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Code Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added Code Black Marcia Gay Harden (Mona Lisa Smile, Space Cowboys)

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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Mary S Spiegel added Grace and Frankie Netflix

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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Silicon Valley HBO T.J. Miller (Cloverfield, Deadpool, Big Hero 6)
Silicon Valley is an American television sitcom created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on six young men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley. The series premiered on April 6, 2014, on HBO. The first ...more

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Speechless is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting)

The series follows the DiMeo family, and their own unique personality: Maya, a take-charge mother with an no-holds-barred attitude; Jimmy, a husband who doesn't care what others think; Dylan, their no-nonsense athletic daughter; Ray, their ...more

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Baskets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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 Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, The Campaign)

Baskets (FX, 2016) is an American comedy television series co-created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel, who is also the showrunner. Galifianakis stars in the dual lead role as Chip Baskets, a failed professional clown in ...more

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Hap and Leonard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added Hap and Leonard James Purefoy (John Carter, Vanity Fair)