watchworthy presents

The Best Current CW Shows 

Ranker TV
Updated February 7, 2020 5.7k votes 1k voters 7.3k views 31 items

Here, you'll find a list of CW programs currently on the air as of 2019. The network that brought us classics like The Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill continues to put out hit shows today. These current shows on The CW represent some of the most unique and innovate storytelling on television today. Wondering what to watch on The CW? You've come to the right place! These popular CW shows are sure to entice your interest - and many of them are even available on Netflix.

What are some of the best The CW shows on right now? Supernatural - the tale of a pair of brothers investigating paranormal phenomena - has been going strong for 13 seasons. Fantasy, sci-fi, and superhero shows dominate the network, with hits like Arrow, The 100, and The Flash. For unique female-oriented stories, check out Supergirl or CharmedWith so many CW series to choose from, it's easy to find something that suits your viewing pleasure. 

As The CW programming is so innovative and original, it's hard to pick just one show as the best of the best. You can help by voting. Vote up the best CW programs currently airing below to figure out which show deserves the top spot. 

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 114

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

More The Flash 

#44 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #99 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years 20 Ways CW's The Flash Is Different from Comics

2
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 4

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

More The 100 

#60 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #136 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 318

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

More Supernatural 

#278 of 717 The Best Cartoons of All Time The Greatest Sheriffs In TV Historylisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

4
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 170

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

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

More Arrow 

#104 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #400 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time The Coolest Characters from CW's Arrow

5
Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 2

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more

More Riverdale 

#246 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #278 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Characters On 'Riverdale', Ranked

6
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 87

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

Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more

More Supergirl 

#306 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #82 of 312 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time The Best Characters On 'Supergirl'

7
Legacies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 2

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Adventure, Supernatural drama

Legacies (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Julie Plec, and a spinoff of The Originals. Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), a tribrid daughter of a ...more
8
Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 67

Genres (Tv): Superhero fiction, Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more

More Legends of Tomorrow 

#312 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #122 of 312 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time The Best Characters On 'Legends of Tomorrow'

9
All American is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan

Genres (Tv): Drama, Sports

All American (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by April Blair. When a rising high school football player (Daniel Ezra) from South L.A. is recruited to play for ...more
10
Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
voting closed at #9 Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 4

Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more

More Jane the Virgin 

#259 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #33 of 271 The Best Female-Led TV Shows Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Jane The Virgin'

11
Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Grant Show, Nathalie Kelley, Elizabeth Gillies

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Soap opera

Dynasty (The CW, 2017) is an American soap opera reboot of the 1980s series of the same name. It follows oil tycoon and family patriarch Blake Carrington (Grant Show), his daughter Fallon ...more

More Dynasty 

#19 of 22 The Best '80s TV Reboots #13 of 14 CW Renewals For The 2020-2021 Season, Ranked

12
Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Black Lightning Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more

More Black Lightning 

#38 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018 #321 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

13
Nancy Drew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Kennedy McMann, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Drama, Supernatural, Supernatural mystery

Nancy Drew (The CW, 2019) is an American mystery drama television series based on the titular character of a mystery book series. After 18-year-old Nancy Drew's (Kennedy McMann) college plans ...more
14
Roswell, New Mexico is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Roswell, New Mexico Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, Tyler Blackburn

Premiered: 2019

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

Roswell, New Mexico (The CW, 2019) is an American television drama series developed by Carina Adly Mackenzie. After returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter (Jeanine Mason) ...more

More Roswell, New Mexico 

#57 of 132 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #86 of 127 The Best TV Shows Based on Books The Best Characters On 'Roswell, New Mexico'

15
iZombie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
voting closed at #13 Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction

iZombie (The CW, 2015) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, loosely based on the comic books by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. A medical ...more

More iZombie 

#128 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #45 of 78 The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series The Best Seasons of 'iZombie'

16
Katy Keene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Camille Hyde

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Musical, Comedy, Drama, Comedy-drama

Katy Keene (The CW, 2020) is an American musical comedy-drama television series based on the Archie Comics character of the same name. The series follows the professional and romantic lives of ...more

More Katy Keene 

#21 of 38 The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z #34 of 56 The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time #13 of 14 CW Renewals For The 2020-2021 Season, Ranked

17
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 2

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Supernatural drama

Charmed (The CW, 2018) is an American fantasy drama television series developed by Jennie Snyder Urman, and a reboot of the 1998 series. After the death of their mother, sisters Macy (Madeleine ...more
18
Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson

Premiered: 2019

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action, Crime, Mystery

Batwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman and set in the Arrowverse. Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) must overcome her own ...more

More Batwoman 

#91 of 143 The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time #84 of 271 The Best Female-Led TV Shows The Best Characters On 'Batwoman'

19
In the Dark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Austin Nichols, Brooke Markham, Derek Webster

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

In the Dark (The CW, 2019) is an American television drama series created by Corinne Kingsbury. When the police dismiss her "witness" account, a blind woman (Perry Mattfeld) sets out ...more
20
Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 13

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, 1998) is an American improvisational comedy show adapted from the British show. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the show features Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Wayne ...more

More Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

#47 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #375 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #18 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

21
Penn & Teller: Fool ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Penn Jillette, Teller, Alyson Hannigan

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 8

Genres (Tv): Entertainment, Game show, Comedy

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, 2011) is a British-American television programme. Magicians perform tricks in front of American magician-comedian duo Penn & Teller who then try to figure ...more
22
The Outpost is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Jessica Green, Jake Stormoen, Imogen Waterhouse

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Drama

The Outpost (The CW, 2018) is a drama television series created by Jason Faller and Kynan Griffin. Talon (Jessica Green), the lone survivor of the Blackbloods, sets off to track her family's ...more

More The Outpost 

#84 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018 #83 of 104 The Best Fantasy TV Shows

23
Masters of Illusion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Masters of Illusion Dean Cain

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 39

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Documentary

Masters of Illusion (The CW, 2014) is a magic show hosted by Dean Cain.
24
Burden of Truth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Kristin Kreuk, Peter Mooney, Star Slade

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 2

Genres (Tv): Drama

Burden of Truth (The CW, 2018) is a Canadian legal drama television series created by Brad Simpson. Big city lawyer Joanna Hanley returns to her hometown to take the case of a group of girls ...more
25
Bulletproof is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current CW Shows
Noel Clarke, Ashley Walters, Christina Chong

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Action, Crime

Bulletproof (Sky One, 2018 and CW, 2019) is a British television drama series, created by and starring Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters. the series follows NCA detectives, and best friends, Aaron ...more