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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 Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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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 Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
aria2000 added American Horror Story Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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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 Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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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 How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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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 The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more

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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 The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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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 Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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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 House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel ...more

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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, Katie Cassidy Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
ChrisBateman added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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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 Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
aria2000 added Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn Better Call Saul (A&E, 2015) is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of ...more

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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, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder ...more

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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 The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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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 Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more

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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 Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more

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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 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode ...more

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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, Maximiliano Hernández Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's ...more

The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Tom Baker, Eric Roberts Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
julian-marimuthu added Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more

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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Scream Queens Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd Scream Queens (Fox, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. The semi-anthology series centers on characters being terrorized ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Westworld Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Empire Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, former drug dealer, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 29 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 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
beernbugs added Scandal Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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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 The Leftovers is an American television drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta airing on HBO. It is based on Perrotta's novel of the same name. The pilot was written by Lindelof ...more

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 32 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 Veep is an HBO television comedy series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series ...more

The Best Comedy TV Shows Since 2015

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added American Crime Story Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American true crime anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The first season, The People v. O. J. Simpson, presents ...more

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan Ray Donovan is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke records of ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
The Last Man on Earth 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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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 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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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 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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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, Sam Waterston Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Finding out that their husbands have been romantically ...more

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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 Zoo (CBS, 2015) is an American drama television series based on the 2012 novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. A group of varied professionals investigate the mysterious pandemic of ...more

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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 Silicon Valley is an American television sitcom created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on six young men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley. The ...more

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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Colin Blake added Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Starring Abigail Spencer Matt Lanter Malcolm Barrett Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more

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Wolfblood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Phil Robinson added Wolfblood Wolfblood is a British fantasy/supernatural drama television series aimed at teens. It is a co-production between CBBC and ZDF/ZDFE. So far three series have been aired. Series 1 aired from 10 ...more