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Best TV The Best Shows Currently on the Air  

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What are the best shows currently on the air? Some of the entries on this list are without question among the greatest TV shows of all time. Fortunately for us, they haven't been cancelled, and they're still thrilling us with great drama, hilarious comedy and outstanding storylines. Which TV show that's airing right now is the best? That's for you to decide, with your votes. Be sure to add any of your current favorite TV shows that aren't listed, too. You can also re-rank this list any way you like!

If you had to choose just a few shows, which currently airing TV programs do you believe are the best? Several outstanding premium cable original programs are among the most popular shows on this list, including HBO's 'Game of Thrones' and 'Boardwalk Empire,' Showtime's 'Dexter' and AMC's 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Walking Dead' and 'Mad Men.'

Hopefully, all of the great shows listed here will remain on the air for years to come, though some will no doubt be coming to a close soon enough ('Breaking Bad' and 'Dexter,' sadly). Even if and when these programs do sing their swan song, they'll remain among the best TV shows of recent memory, don't you think?

1
625 227
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

2
582 251
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

3
588 268
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Milton Houten added Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

4
664 325
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

5
457 266
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Mark Holmes added Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

6
444 275
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

7
248 129
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

8
443 289
Community is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

9
452 300
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

10
372 258
South Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Milton Houten added Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

11
255 170
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

12
241 166
Justified is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

13
251 177
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Mark Holmes added Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

14
213 150
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj

15
228 166
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
hwy60 added Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

16
236 181
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
tiffman65 added Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

17
267 214
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

18
219 169
Castle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

19
182 134
MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Jon Lung, Brian Louden

20
280 232
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

21
181 137
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

22
208 169
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
ElizabethScott added Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

23
206 167
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

24
254 218
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

25
191 154
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows Currently on the Air
Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart