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The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians 

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Updated June 1, 2020 247 votes 46 voters 1.4k views 20 items

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

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama

Power (Starz, 2014) is an American crime drama-thriller television series created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) struggles to balance his life as a New York City ...more
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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Ice-T (Rhyme Pays, Home Invasion)

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama, + more

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more
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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Donald Glover (Because the Internet)

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more
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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Jacob Latimore (The Connection)

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by ...more
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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Zoe Kravitz (Lolawolf)

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) ...more
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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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 Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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 Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Zendaya ("Replay")

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama

Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and
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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Mandy Moore (Coverage, Wild Hope)

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family drama

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine, from sharing the same ...more
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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Olivia Holt ("Carry On, " "Winter Wonderland")

Premiered: 2018

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

Cloak & Dagger (Freeform, 2018) is an American cable television series created by Joe Pokaski, based on the Marvel Comics characters. Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey ...more
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Hypnotize Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Taye Diggs (Rent)

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Game show

Hypnotize Me (The CW, 2019) is an American game show based on the UK show You're Back in the Room. Hosted by Taye Diggs, contestants work together in teams to complete a variety of simple, ...more
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On Becoming a God in Cen... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Beth Ditto (Fake Sugar, A Joyful Noise, Music for Men)

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Dark comedy

On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime, 2019) is an American dark comedy television series created by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky. Krystal Gill (Kirsten Dunst) is a minimum-wage-earning ...more
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Trigger Warning with Kil... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
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 by Michael Render. In this six-part series Killer Mike (Michael Render), half of the rap duo Run The ...more
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His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights)

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Adventure, Fantasy

His Dark Materials (HBO, 2019) is a British fantasy adventure series based on the novel series by Philip Pullman. In an alternate world where all humans have animal companions called daemons, a ...more
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Danny's House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Danny Brown (U Know What I'm Sayin?, Atrocity Exhibition)

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Talk Show

Danny's House (Viceland, 2019) is an American talk show television series. Hosted by Danny Brown, who invites celebrity friends and unconventional neighbors into his basement for the ultimate ...more
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Awkwafina Is Nora from Q... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Awkwafina

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (Comedy Central, 2020) is an American comedy television series. With help from her dad and grandmother, Nora Lum (Awkwafina) navigates young adulthood in Flushing, ...more
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Turn Up Charlie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Idris Elba (Mi Mandela)

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Turn Up Charlie (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Idris Elba and Gary Reich. Charlie (Idris Elba) is a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, given a final chance ...more
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Royalties is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Kether Donohue, Darren Criss, Christian Cage

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Musical, Comedy

Royalties (Quibi, 2020) is an American musical comedy television series. Songwriters Sara (Kether Donohue) and Pierce (Darren Criss) navigate the challenges of creating new compositions for pop
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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Jesse McCartney (Beautiful Soul, Departure)

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

Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman for Cartoon Network. Despite its title, it is not a direct adaptation of Peter David, Todd ...more
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Black Monday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Musicians
Musician: Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon)

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): History

Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. An aspiring Wall Street stockbroker (Andrew Rannell) starts working for an eccentric veteran (Don Cheadle) who has secrets ...more