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The Best Shows Currently On The Air

Updated May 7, 2021 301.5k votes 48.8k voters 694.8k views125 items

List RulesVote up your favorite shows that have new episodes available right now or coming soon, 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 this year. Which TV show that's airing right now is the best? That's for you to decide, with your votes.  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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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour
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    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton
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    The Flash

    Danielle Nicolet, Tom Felton
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    Better Call Saul

    Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirk
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Terry Crews, Joel McKinnon Miller
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    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney
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    The Walking Dead

    Khary Payton, Sarah Wayne Callies
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    The Blacklist

    Parminder Nagra, Amir Arison
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    American Horror Story

    Evan Peters, Dylan McDermott
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    The Umbrella Academy

    Elliot Page, Tom Hopper
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    Rick and Morty

    Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell
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    Ewan McGregor, Patrick Wilson
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    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone
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    Lost in Space

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Philip Winchester, Melissa Sagemiller
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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore
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    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein
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    The Simpsons

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    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith
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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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    Doctor Who

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