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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
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Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
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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
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Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
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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
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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
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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen
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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
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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
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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday
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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
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
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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
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Suits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
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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
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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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Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Peter Capaldi, Tom Baker, Eric Roberts
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmid... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess
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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund
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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
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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T
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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
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Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson
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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Overall Acting
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi
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