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The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens  

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If you've been paying close attention to the airwaves lately, you've probably noticed that there's a lot of television where nothing happens popping up. Not every show has to follow the every day workings of a drug dealer, or the political ambitions of a ruthless politician in order to be interesting, and ranked here are the best shows in 2016-2017 where basically nothing happens. These TV shows still manage to be not only interesting, but some of the best current series. How do they do it? 

Mostly character-driven shows, these TV series where nothing is really happening following interesting people, have dense and well-written dialogue, and focus less on plot and more on jokes, tone, and character development.

Which are the best TV shows where nothing happens? Whether it be a breakout Netflix show about the living in New York City, while trying to have an opinion on some topical issues, or a show about literally the worst people living in Los Angeles - here are the best shows on television right now - where literally nothing happens. Vote up the best of them and add any other series that fit the bill.

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. The series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins ...more
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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman
Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belchers—parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, ...more
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Louie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker
Louie is an American comedy-drama television series on the FX network that began airing in 2010. It is written, directed, edited, and produced by the show's creator, stand-up comedian Louis ...more
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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim
Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more
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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
NitinMaripeddi added Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin
Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO, which premiered on October 15, 2000. It has aired 80 episodes over eight seasons, the last ...more
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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi
Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more
7
Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy
Schitt's Creek (CBC, 2015) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy. After losing their fortune, a family is forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining ...more
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Dead to Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Edward Asner
Dead to Me (Netflix, 2019) is an American dark comedy web television series created by Liz Feldman. After the murder of her husband, tightly wound widow, Jen (Christina Applegate) meets Judy ...more
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What We Do in the Shadows is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou
What We Do in the Shadows (FX, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 2014 film. A look at the lives of three vampires who have been living as roommates for hundreds of years ...more
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After Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Ricky Gervais, Penelope Wilton, David Bradley
After Life (Netflix, 2019) is a British dark comedy television series, created by Ricky Gervais. When Tony's (Ricky Gervais) wife suddenly dies he decides to get revenge on the world by doing ...more
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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Judith Light
Transparent is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The series was created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story ...more
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Difficult People is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak
Difficult People (Hulu, 2015) is an American comedy series created by Julie Klausner. Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner) are two struggling and jaded comedians living in New York ...more