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Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting

Updated April 12, 2021 3.6k votes 2.1k voters 41.0k views18 items

List RulesTV 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 Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer consistently impress viewers on Killing Eve.

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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    Better Call Saul

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    American Horror Story

    Evan Peters, Dylan McDermott
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    The Walking Dead

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    Ewan McGregor, Patrick Wilson
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    Steve Howey, Cameron Monaghan
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    The Blacklist

    Parminder Nagra, Amir Arison
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    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Terry Crews, Joel McKinnon Miller
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    Doctor Who

    Peter Capaldi, Tom Baker
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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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    Chicago Fire

    Jesse Spencer, David Eigenberg
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    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    Peter Mackenzie, Jenifer Lewis
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    American Crime Story

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    Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong
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    The Righteous Gemstones

    Danny McBride, John Goodman
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    Star Trek: Picard

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