The Best of 2018 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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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman The Last Man on Earth is an American post-apocalyptic comedy television series created by and starring Will Forte. The series premiered on the American broadcast network Fox on March 1, 2015. ...more

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You're the Worst is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges You're the Worst (FXX, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Falk. Jimmy (Chris Geere), a self-involved writer, and Gretchen (Aya Cash), a self-destructive Los ...more

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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Broad City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress Broad City (Comedy Central, 2014) is an American comedy television series, created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Two Jewish American women in their twenties experience adventures of ...more

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Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O'Doherty Love (Netflix, 2016) is an American romantic comedy web television series created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin. The series is a "down-to-earth look at dating," exploring ...more

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves ...more

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, 2015) is an American romantic musical comedy-drama television series created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna. After bumping into her first love, a New York ...more