What to Watch The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars  

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List Rules Vote up the best current TV shows that feature actors who are usually in movies. Series must be currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service

Between cable, Netflix, and premium channels like HBO and Showtime, there are a lot of high budget shows out there nowadays. Television shows have bigger budgets than ever before and that has brought a lot of the Hollywood's most recognizable movie stars to the small screen. Danny DeVito, Zooey Deschanel, Don Cheadle, and many other big name movie stars are all currently trying their hand at television shows, most with considerable success.

Current entertainment is much different than it was just a decade or two ago and movie stars moving to TV is a relatively new phenomenon. Increases in budget and production value have incentivized movie stars to make the jump.

Film used to be in a league of its own. Whether it was actors, special effects, quality, or any number of other elements, it used to be easy to tell the difference between a movie and just another mediocre television show, sometimes from  a single frame. Now, those lines have been seriously blurred. Huge budget shows like Game of Thrones have proven that shows can be just as good, if not better, than movies. Then add all of the new shows from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu into the equation and the television show landscape is in completely uncharted territory. Everywhere you look, there are movie stars on television.

Now, check out this list of the best current TV shows of 2016-2017 starring movie stars and vote up the best of them all.

 

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Netflix
Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, Casino Jack)
House of Cards is a 2013 American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the ...more
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216 166
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
British Broadcasting Corporation
Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Hot Fuzz)
Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more
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154 128
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
NBC
James Spader (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wall Street, Pretty in Pink)
The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more
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112 66
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added

Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Nixon, Thor, Meet Joe Black)

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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119 107
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars

Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Moulin Rouge) 

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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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added USA
Christian Slater (Heathers, Pump Up the Volume) Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more
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96 81
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added AMC

Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually)

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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92 100
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Showtime
Liev Schreiber (Lee Daniel's The Butler, Salt, X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Ray Donovan is an American television drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke records of ...more
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63 70
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added
Andre Braugher (Duets, Frequency) 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
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61 65
The Americans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added FX
Keri Russell (August Rush, Waitress) The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more
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69 74
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added CBS

Jonny Lee Miller (Mansfield Park, Hackers)

Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more
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105 91
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Showtime
William H. Macy (Fargo, Pleasantville)
Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more
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97 103
How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
American Broadcasting Company
Viola Davis ( The Help, Prisoners)
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
lloydc added Netflix
Gypsy is a television drama series created by Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Naomi Watts plays a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patientsÂ’
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59 61
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added Showtime
Claire Danes (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Les Misérables) 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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60 67
Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added Netflix

Kiefer Sutherland (Lost Boys, Stand By Me, Dark City)

Designated Survivor (ABC, 2016; Netflix, 2019) is an American political conspiracy drama television series. On the night of the State of the Union address, an incident claims the lives of the ...more
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44 40
American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
This show is an American anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added
Dominic Cooper (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a ...more
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76 102
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
FX
Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, L.A. Confidential)
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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57 91
Ballers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
HBO
Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6, The Scorpion King, San Andreas)
Ballers (HBO, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Levinson. Former football superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) tries to find success as a financial ...more
21
61 87
Billions is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, Rock of Ages)
Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby "Axe" Axelrod ...more
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30 34
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Mary S Spiegel added BBC Four, HBO
The Wire is an American drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was ...more
23
65 103
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Fox Broadcasting Company
Zooey Deschanel (Elf, 500 Days of Summer, Almost Famous)
New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves ...more
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25 35
Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Mary S Spiegel added Netflix
Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Finding out that their husbands have been romantically ...more
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51 88
Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
HBO
T.J. Miller (Cloverfield, Deadpool, Big Hero 6)
Silicon Valley is an American television sitcom created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on six young men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley. The ...more