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The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians

Updated June 1, 2020 360 votes 46 voters 1.5k views19 items

List RulesVote up the best scripted, non-reality, starring musicians that are currently airing new episodes.

Some musicians are true double threats. Not only can they crank out hits that top the charts. They also star in some of your favorite television shows. These are some of the best current TV shows starring musicians you can check out now, so if you are looking for something to watch next, then consider these series. 

Donald Glover is perhaps the best example of this. His acting career began in earnest with a role in Community, and now he stars in Atlanta, one of the best shows airing now. Throughout his time on both of these shows, he put out great albums like Because, the Internet and Awaken, My Love!. Singers Mandy Moore and Zoë Kravitz are part of the casts of This Is Us and Big Little Lies, respectively, and both have a history of balancing their acting with their singing.

There are numerous shows starring rappers, singers, and musicians in the coming year. All of the shows on this list will have new episodes coming out this year, so you can get familiar before diving into your next obsession. If you like how any of these musicians have made the transition to acting, then you should upvote the best shows they are in. 

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    Power is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Power

    Musician: 50 Cent (Get Rich or Die Tryin', The Massacre)

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Power (Starz, 2014) is an American crime drama-thriller television series created by Courtney... more on Wikipedia
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    Law & Order: Special Victims U is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Musician: Ice-T (Rhyme Pays, Home Invasion)

    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 Wikipedia
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    Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Atlanta

    Musician: Donald Glover (Because the Internet)

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover.... more on Wikipedia
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    Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Euphoria

    Musician: Zendaya ("Replay")

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A... more on Wikipedia
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    The Chi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    The Chi

    Musician: Jacob Latimore (The Connection)

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A... more on Wikipedia
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    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    The Flash

    Musician: Grant Gustin (Westside Story / Broadway Revival Tour)

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

    The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg... more on Wikipedia
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    Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Big Little Lies

    Musician: Zoe Kravitz (Lolawolf)

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    The Umbrella Academy

    Musician: Mary J. Blige (My Life, Share My World)

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve... more on Wikipedia
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    This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    This Is Us

    Musician: Mandy Moore (Coverage, Wild Hope)

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Family drama

    This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a... more on Wikipedia
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    Hypnotize Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Hypnotize Me

    Taye Diggs (Rent)

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Game show

    Hypnotize Me (The CW, 2019) is an American game show based on the UK show You're Back in the... more on Wikipedia
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    Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Cloak & Dagger

    Musician: Olivia Holt ("Carry On, " "Winter Wonderland")

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Action, Superhero, Romance, Sci-fi, Teen drama

    Cloak & Dagger (Freeform, 2018) is an American cable television series created by Joe Pokaski,... more on Wikipedia
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    His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    His Dark Materials

    Musician: Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights)

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Fantasy

    His Dark Materials (HBO, 2019) is a British fantasy adventure series based on the novel series... more on Wikipedia
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    Danny's House is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Danny's House

    Musician: Danny Brown (U Know What I'm Sayin?, Atrocity Exhibition)

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Talk Show

    Danny's House (Viceland, 2019) is an American talk show television series. Hosted by Danny... more on Wikipedia
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    Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (Comedy Central, 2020) is an American comedy television series.... more on Wikipedia
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    Royalties is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Royalties

    Kether Donohue, Darren Criss

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Musical, Comedy

    Royalties (Quibi, 2020) is an American musical comedy television series. Songwriters Sara... more on Wikipedia
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    Trigger Warning with Killer Mi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Trigger Warning with Killer Mike

    Musician: Killer Mike (Run the Jewels)

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Reality TV, Docuseries

    Trigger Warning with Killer Mike (Netflix, 2019) is an American reality comedy series created... more on Wikipedia
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    Turn Up Charlie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Turn Up Charlie

    Musician: Idris Elba (Mi Mandela)

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Turn Up Charlie (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Idris Elba... more on Wikipedia
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    Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Young Justice

    Musician: Jesse McCartney (Beautiful Soul, Departure)

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Animation, Action/Adventure, Procedural drama, Children's television series

    Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg... more on Wikipedia
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    Black Monday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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    Black Monday

    Musician: Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon)

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)History

    Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. An aspiring Wall Street... more on Wikipedia
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