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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 canceled, and they're still thrilling us with great drama, hilarious comedy, and outstanding storylines. However, some of these great shows are ending in 2017. 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 HBO Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's ...more

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9,914 7,702
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Walking Dead AMC 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 ...more

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7,381 5,376
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Sherlock British Broadcasting Corporation 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 ...more

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8,377 7,732
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Big Bang Theory CBS The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more

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6,464 6,513
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Modern Family American Broadcasting Company Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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8,599 5,186
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
MarciaComoletti added Outlander Starz Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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5,699 5,944
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Simpsons Fox Broadcasting Company The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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5,463 5,605
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Supernatural The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network Supernatural is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. It was first broadcast on September 13, 2005, on The WB and subsequently became part of successor The CW's ...more

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5,566 5,982
South Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
South Park Comedy Central South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become famous for its ...more

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2,295 1,011
Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Stranger Things Netflix On November 6, 1983, in the town of Hawkins,[12] Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will's frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his ...more

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4,315 3,824
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
CalebStevens added House of Cards Netflix 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 ...more

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4,132 4,967
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Doctor Who British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One Doctor Who is a 2005 TV series.

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4,845 4,541
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 Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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4,036 3,110
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
TammyLRogers added Vikings History Vikings is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. It premiered on 3 March 2013 in the United States and ...more

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3,325 3,015
Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
MattSchwarck added Better Call Saul Better Call Saul is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off of Breaking Bad, which was also created by Gilligan. Set in 2002, Better Call ...more

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4,807 4,952
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
American Horror Story FX American Horror Story is an American horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained ...more

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4,685 5,140
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Family Guy Fox Broadcasting Company Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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3,988 5,154
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Once Upon a Time American Broadcasting Company Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more

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4,130 4,648
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Arrow CW After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to ...more

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4,004 4,027
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Criminal Minds A&E, CBS Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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2,232 1,592
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
edward-donner added Daredevil Netflix Marvel's Daredevil, or simply Daredevil, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel ...more

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3,610 2,833
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Flash The CW The Flash is an American television series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / ...more

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4,362 4,648
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
NCIS CBS NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal ...more

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1,217 739
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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2,903 4,408
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Homeland Showtime 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 ...more

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3,038 2,780
Gotham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Gotham FOX

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
dennis-sedgwick added The Blacklist NBC 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 ...more

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2,856 2,880
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
udontneedtoknowmyname added Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX 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 ...more

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Archer FX Archer is an American adult animated television series created by Adam Reed for the FX network. A preview of the series aired on September 17, 2009. The first season premiered on January 14, ...more

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
New Girl Fox Broadcasting Company 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 ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Elementary CBS 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 ...more

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Fargo 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 ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Shameless Showtime 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 ...more

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show that aired weeknights at 12:35 am Eastern/11:35 pm Central on NBC in the United States. The hour-long show, which premiered on ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
LanaYoshii added True Detective HBO True Detective is an American crime drama television series created and written by author Nic Pizzolatto. The series is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States, and ...more

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2,761 3,238
Suits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Suits USA Network Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more

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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The Daily Show Comedy Central The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is a parody TV program.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
AbbyHaslem added Brooklyn Nine-Nine 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 ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
petra-r- added The 100 The 100 is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series that premiered on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. The series is based on a book of the same name, the first ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Saturday Night Live NBC Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, ...more

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Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
sebbzor added Bob's Burgers Fox Broadcasting Company Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belchers—parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
How to Get Away With Murder American Broadcasting Company 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 ...more

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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
American Dad! Fox Broadcasting Company American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the "Animation Domination" lineup on Fox. American Dad! is the first ...more

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1,597 3,159
Louie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Louie FX Louie is an American comedy-drama television series on the FX network that began airing in 2010. It is written, directed, edited, and produced by the show's creator, stand-up comedian Louis ...more