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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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
voting closed at #1 Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
aria2000 added Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
voting closed at #4 Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

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

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
melissa-collison added Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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

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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
liplip added Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: AMC

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

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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Premiered: 2014

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Legal drama

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

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 234

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
ChrisBateman added Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: History

Genres (Tv): War film, Drama, Historical fiction, Action

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
voting closed at #10 Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
James Taylor added Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 186

Network: A&E, CBS

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

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: AMC

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) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
beernbugs added James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
julian-marimuthu added Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 134

Network: USA Network

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

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Premiered: 2016

Network: HBO

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

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Peter Capaldi, Tom Baker, Eric Roberts

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 798

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

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

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmid... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
voting closed at #21 Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 51

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
julian-marimuthu added Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Drama

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

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Suspense, Drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Thriller

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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Clay Glenny added Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 319

Network: NBC

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

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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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
LanaYoshii added Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson

Genres (Tv): True crime, Drama, Anthology

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Action

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