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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 2018-2019 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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan
Ray Donovan is an American television 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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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Nouf Mutib added Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh
13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the ...more
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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw
Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more
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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon, 2017) is an American television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Rachel Brosnahan as a housewife in the 1950s who decides to become a ...more
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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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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Succession is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin
Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When the aging patriarch (Brian Cox) of a global-media conglomerate decides to not retire, a power ...more
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The Righteous Gemstones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Danny McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson
The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Danny McBride. A world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable ...more