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List Rules TV shows with the best overall ensemble performance by the cast. Only shows currently in-season or expected to return.

Acting classes are expensive. That's why the aspiring actors and actresses of tomorrow should watch these current TV shows with the best acting today. Studying the performers in these 2016-2017 television series, which are all currently filming more episodes, will undoubtedly help one’s own performance. These are the shows whose stars make you laugh, cry, and fall in love, all thanks to the amazing acting talents of the cast as a whole. Whether it is Jeffrey Tambor and the rest of the Transparent cast or the gang on Veep, these shows have the best overall acting on television today. 

Though many of these series also have great writing and nuanced individual performances, what really sets them apart are the ways in which the entire casts of every show are great performers. Even if it is not technically an ensemble series, every actor and actress in Better Call Saul and Fargo surely make FX proud every day. When it comes to Netflix, it is no surprise that Orange Is The New Black received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble. Watching Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie is like watching a master class in acting, while William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum consistently impress viewers on Shameless.

These network, cable, and premium channel shows are all airing right now and all have incredible casts. Which TV shows below do you think have the best acting? Cast your votes on what you think are the best TV casts currently on air and be sure to add any other well-acted series for others to vote on.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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350 245
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
aria2000 added American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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357 261
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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249 227
How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

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353 304
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
RobLein added The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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376 228
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
liplip added The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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298 234
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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238 197
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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227 148
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
melissa-collison added Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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177 172
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
ChrisBateman added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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187 120
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
James Taylor added Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
aria2000 added Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

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116 155
Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday

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211 208
Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

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133 113
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
beernbugs added The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

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75 104
Suits is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
julian-marimuthu added Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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89 167
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

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77 138
The Americans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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112 173
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
julian-marimuthu added Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Tom Baker, Eric Roberts

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Empire Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett

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28 19
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Westworld Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr.

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Clay Glenny added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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70 105
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
beernbugs added Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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54 138
The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
The Leftovers Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston

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65 160
Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner

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70 141
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

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Chance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Sazonana added Chance Hugh Laurie, Gretchen Mol, Paul Adelstein

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added American Crime Story Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown

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Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Last Man on Earth Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman

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64 160
Louie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Louie Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Transparent Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Gaby Hoffman - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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53 139
Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Grace and Frankie Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen

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6 27
Zoo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Clay Glenny added Zoo James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie

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43 150
Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Silicon Valley Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener

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Wolfblood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Phil Robinson added Wolfblood