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The Best Shows Currently On The Air

Updated August 4, 2020 366.0k votes 48.4k voters 683.3k views131 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    5,410
    2,488

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

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

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  • 2
    Westworld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    2,668
    1,890

    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

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  • 3
    Vikings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    4,628
    3,765

    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Action-adventure

    Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 4
    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    4,017
    3,602

    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

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

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  • 5
    Outlander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    6,340
    5,759

    Outlander

    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Premiered2014

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

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  • 6
    Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    3,979
    3,729

    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

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  • 7
    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    6,154
    5,802

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

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

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  • 8
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    2,971
    2,873

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

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  • 9
    Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    1,466
    1,500

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 10
    The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    208
    132

    The Umbrella Academy

    Ellen Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

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  • 11
    Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    320
    251

    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Psychological thriller

    Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    3,162
    3,359

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

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

    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 13
    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    9,485
    9,097

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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

    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Shameless is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    2,737
    2,983

    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    4,837
    5,074

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    2,215
    2,321

    Rick and Morty

    Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Adult animation, Sci-fi, Comedy, Adventure

    Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    South Park is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    5,996
    6,119

    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone

    Premiered1997

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

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  • 18
    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    2,234
    2,548

    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Crime

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    224
    215

    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Mystery, Adventure

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  • 20
    This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    829
    926

    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Family drama

    This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 21
    Law & Order: Special Victims U is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    2,823
    3,231

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

    Premiered1999

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

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 22
    Ozark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    466
    514

    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 23
    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    4,975
    5,308

    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein

    Premiered1999

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

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  • 24
    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    5,800
    6,550

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

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

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  • 25
    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows Currently On The Air
    4,104
    4,553

    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

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

    NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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