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The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars

Updated October 20, 2020 3.4k votes 880 voters 15.5k 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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    The Blacklist
    153
    131

    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
    117
    79

    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
    119
    109

    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
    Preacher
    147
    132

    voting closed at #4

    Preacher

    Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Black Comedy, Supernatural

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

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  • 5
    Shameless
    100
    96

    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    William H. Macy (Fargo, Pleasantville)

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  • 6
    Elementary
    167
    186

    voting closed at #6

    Elementary

    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery

    Jonny Lee Miller (Mansfield Park, Hackers)

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  • 7
    The Walking Dead
    96
    102

    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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  • 8
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    75
    80

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

    Andre Braugher (Duets, Frequency)

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  • 9
    Ray Donovan
    85
    103

    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)

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  • 10
    American Crime Story
    49
    55

    American Crime Story

    Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)True crime, Drama, Anthology

    American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American anthology television series by Scott Alexander,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Gypsy
    167
    36

    Gypsy

    Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Psychological thriller

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  • 12
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    72
    102

    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
    The Wire
    36
    47

    The Wire

    Dominic West, Lance Reddick

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

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  • 14
    Ballers
    61
    92

    Ballers

    Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry

    PremieredHBO

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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

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  • 15
    Hunters
    5
    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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  • 16
    Carnival Row
    4
    4

    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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  • 17
    Hap and Leonard
    43
    65

    Hap and Leonard

    James Purefoy, Michael Kenneth Williams

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery, Dark comedy

    James Purefoy (John Carter, Vanity Fair)
  • 18
    Homecoming
    8
    10

    Homecoming

    Janelle Monáe, Julia Roberts

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Psychological thriller

    Movie Star: Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich)

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  • 19
    Godfather of Harlem
    4
    5

    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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  • 20
    The Witcher
    4
    5

    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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  • 21
    Billions
    59
    91

    Billions

    Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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

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  • 22
    The Undoing
    0
    0

    The Undoing

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Nicole Kidman (Bombshell, The Others), Hugh Grant (The Gentlemen, Love, Actually)

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  • 23
    The Good Lord Bird
    0
    0

    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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  • 24
    Curfew
    5
    8

    Curfew

    Sean Bean, Adam Brody

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama, Speculative fiction, Science fiction, Dystopian

    Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Silent Hill)
    Billy Zane (The Phantom, Titanic)

  • 25
    9-1-1: Lone Star
    1
    4

    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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