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The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars

Updated October 20, 2020 3.3k votes 876 voters 15.0k views40 items

List RulesVote 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 and many new shows have at least one movie star on the cast, if not more.

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 2020 starring movie stars and vote up the best of them all.

 

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  • 1
    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

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

    James Spader (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wall Street, Pretty in Pink)

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  • 2
    Westworld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

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

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  • 3
    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Crime

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

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  • 4
    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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

    Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually)

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  • 5
    Elementary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    voting closed at #5

    Elementary

    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery

    Jonny Lee Miller (Mansfield Park, Hackers)

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  • 6
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

    Andre Braugher (Duets, Frequency)

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  • 7
    Shameless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    William H. Macy (Fargo, Pleasantville)

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  • 8
    Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Ray Donovan

    Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Family drama

    Liev Schreiber (Lee Daniel's The Butler, Salt, X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
  • 9
    Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Gypsy

    Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Psychological thriller

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  • 10
    Preacher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    voting closed at #10

    Preacher

    Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Black Comedy, Supernatural

    Dominic Cooper (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)

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  • 11
    American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    American Crime Story

    Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)True crime, Drama, Anthology

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  • 12
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Black comedy

    Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, L.A. Confidential)

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  • 13
    Ballers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Ballers

    Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry

    PremieredHBO

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6, The Scorpion King, San Andreas)

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  • 14
    The Wire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    The Wire

    Dominic West, Lance Reddick

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

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  • 15
    Billions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Billions

    Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, Rock of Ages)

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  • 16
    Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Grace and Frankie

    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • 17
    Hunters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    1

    Hunters

    Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Period drama

    Al Pacino (The Godfather Trilogy, The Devil's Advocate, Insomnia)

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  • 18
    The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    The Witcher

    Henry Cavill, Freya Allan

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama

    Henry Cavill (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Man Of Steel)

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  • 19
    Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Movie Star: Forest Whitaker (The Butler, The Last King of Scotland, Arrival)

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    The Good Lord Bird is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    The Good Lord Bird

    Ethan Hawke, Daveed Diggs

    PremieredFebruary 16, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Miniseries

    Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Fantastic Beasts)

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  • 21
    Carnival Row is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Carnival Row

    Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Neo-noir

    Orlando Bloom (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)

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  • 22
    9-1-1: Lone Star is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    9-1-1: Lone Star

    Rob Lowe, Liv Tyler

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Procedura drama, Action

    Rob Lowe (Austin Powers film series, Tommy Boy), Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings trilogy, That Thing You Do!)

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  • 23
    Living With Yourself is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Living With Yourself

    Paul Rudd, Aisling Bea

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Science Fiction

    Paul Rudd (Clueless, Ant-Man)

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    Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    Catch-22

    Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Movie Star: George Clooney (Hail, Caesar!,O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Ocean's Eleven)

  • 25
    Perpetual Grace, LTD is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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    7

    Perpetual Grace, LTD

    Jimmi Simpson, Ben Kingsley

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Neo-noir, Thriller

    Movie Star: Sir Ben Kingsley (Schindler's List, Gandhi)

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