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Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting 

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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 current 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 ladies on Orange Is The New Black, 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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
aria2000 added Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
melissa-collison added Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
liplip added Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
ChrisBateman added Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Historical drama, Action-adventure

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
voting closed at #10 Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
James Taylor added Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Crime

Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
beernbugs added James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Action, Thriller, Mystery

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
julian-marimuthu added Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Legal drama

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
julian-marimuthu added Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Peter Capaldi, Tom Baker, Eric Roberts

Premiered: 1963

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Family drama

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama, + more

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Gaby Hoffman

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): True crime, Drama, Anthology

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy-Drama, Period drama

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Succession is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Star Trek: Picard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Drama

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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Zoë Kravitz, David H. Holmes, Jake Lacy

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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