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The Best Shows Currently On The Air 

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Updated August 4, 2020 983.1k votes 48.1k voters 680.1k views 135 items

List Rules Only shows on TV or airing on streaming platforms 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 2020. 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
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal & Sarah Wayne Callies (AMC)

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

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 Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan & Tobias Menzies (Starz)

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Historical drama, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy

Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore, based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. A married former WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) is ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour & Finn Wolfhard (Netflix)

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

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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The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked #3 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #5 of 92 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
MattSchwarck added Starring Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks & Rhea Seehorn (AMC)

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

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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All of the Breaking Bad Easter Eggs in Better Call Saul #14 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #11 of 92 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
TammyLRogers added Starring Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick & Clive Standen (History)

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Historical drama, Action-adventure

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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South Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone & Mary Kay Bergman (Comedy Central)

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon, + more

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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Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Making ‘South Park’ #51 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright & Julie Kavner (Fox)

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles & Katie Cassidy (The WB Television Network)

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

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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The Best Supernatural Characters #7 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant & Matt Smith (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Premiered: 1963

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Grant Gustin, Candice Patton & Danielle Panabaker (The CW)

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott & Evan Peters (FX)

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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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All Of Evan Peters's Roles In 'American Horror Story,' Ranked By Fans #17 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #8 of 92 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein & Seth Green (Fox)

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy, + more

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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Family Guy Fan Theories So Crazy They Might Be True #58 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton & Jeffrey Wright (HBO)

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni & Ice-T (NBC)

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama, + more

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly & Pauley Perrette (CBS)

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller, + more

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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
AbbyHaslem added Starring Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz & Terry Crews (NBC)

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC, 2013) is an American police procedural comedy television series created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD ...more

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
dennis-sedgwick added Starring James Spader, Megan Boone & Diego Klattenhoff (NBC)

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Action, Thriller, Mystery

The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. In exchange for immunity from prosecution, a high-profile criminal (James Spader) volunteers ...more

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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney (FXX)

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Black comedy

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. A group of five depraved underachievers: twins Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton) and ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman & Colin Hanks (AMC)

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Crime

Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
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Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Action

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
LanaYoshii added Starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson & Michelle Monaghan (HBO)

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.

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The Best Seasons of True Detective #30 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #14 of 92 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy & Ethan Cutkosky (Showtime)

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells, based on the 2004 British series. Led by drunk patriarch Frank (William H. Macy), the poor and ...more

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer & Amber Nash (FXX)

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Action, Comedy

Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more

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Late Night with Jimmy Fa... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Roots & Steve Higgins (NBC)

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Talk show, Variety show, Comedy, Late night television

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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell & Rory Kinnear (Channel 4)

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...more

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