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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 canceled, and they're still thrilling us with great drama, hilarious comedy, and outstanding storylines. However, some of these great shows ended in 2019. 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're wondering what to watch on TV and you had to choose just a few top shows airing today, which currently airing TV programs do you believe are the best? Some of the most popular shows on this list are premium cable original programs, including HBO's Westworld, Showtime's Homeland, and AMC's The Walking Dead. Netflix is also home to some of these titles, such as Stranger Things. 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 still be remembered as some of the best TV shows of recent memory, don't you think?

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
AMC
The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more
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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
MarciaComoletti added 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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Netflix
Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
MattSchwarck added
Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more
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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
voting closed at #3 CBS

Series finale May 16, 2019

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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South Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Comedy Central
South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
TammyLRogers added History
Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network
Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
voting closed at #12
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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One
Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
FX
American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
voting closed at #14 edward-donner added Netflix
Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) ...more
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
The CW
The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
CW
Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
voting closed at #18 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
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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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more
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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
udontneedtoknowmyname added
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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
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 investigations ...more
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
FX
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. The series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins ...more
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
AbbyHaslem added
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's ...more