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List Rules TV shows with the best overall ensemble performance by the cast. Only shows currently in-season or expected to return.

Acting classes are expensive. That's why the aspiring actors and actresses of tomorrow should watch these current TV shows with the best acting today. Studying the performers in these 2016-2017 television series, which are all currently filming more episodes, will undoubtedly help one’s own performance. These are the shows whose stars make you laugh, cry, and fall in love, all thanks to the amazing acting talents of the cast as a whole. Whether it is Jeffrey Tambor and the rest of the Transparent cast or the gang on Veep, these shows have the best overall acting on television today. 

Though many of these series also have great writing and nuanced individual performances, what really sets them apart are the ways in which the entire casts of every show are great performers. Even if it is not technically an ensemble series, every actor and actress in Better Call Saul and Fargo surely make FX proud every day. When it comes to Netflix, it is no surprise that Orange Is The New Black received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble. Watching Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie is like watching a master class in acting, while William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum consistently impress viewers on Shameless.

These network, cable, and premium channel shows are all airing right now and all have incredible casts. Which TV shows below do you think have the best acting? Cast your votes on what you think are the best TV casts currently on air and be sure to add any other well-acted series for others to vote on.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage Kit Harington

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates Angela Bassett - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman Una Stubbs

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks Taryn Manning

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown Alfred Enoch

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons Kaley Cuoco

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal Sarah Wayne Callies

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara Julie Bowen

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill Robin Wright

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles Jim Beave

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen Gustaf Skarsgård - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison Lana Parrilla

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando Jonathan Banks

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler Thomas Gibson

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Christian Slater Portia Doubleday

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman Allison Tolman

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone Diego Klattenhoff

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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Bates Motel Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore Max Thieriot

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy Ethan Cutkosky

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams Meghan Markle - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Scream Queens Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels Lea Michele

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski Tituss Burgess

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys Holly Taylor - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce Jordan Gavaris - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin Rupert Friend

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2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
2 Broke Girls Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs Garrett Morris

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz Terry Crews

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney Monica Raymund

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Empire Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson Jussie Smollett

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Tom Baker Eric Roberts

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield Katie Lowes

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Westworld Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal Clifton Collins Jr.

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Chance is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Chance Hugh Laurie, Gretchen Mol Paul Adelstein

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky Tony Hale - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross Marcus Scribner

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni Ice-T

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson Eddie Marsan

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
American Crime Story Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown

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The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
The Leftovers Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman Christopher Eccleston

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Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Last Man on Earth Will Forte, January Jones Cleopatra Coleman

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Wolfblood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting

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Louie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Louie Louis C.K., Hadley Delany Ursula Parker - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Zoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Zoo James Wolk, Kristen Connolly Nonso Anozie

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Transparent Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker Gaby Hoffman - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Grace and Frankie Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin Martin Sheen

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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Silicon Valley Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller Josh Brener