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100 Best Shows Right Now: Your Guide to Today's Top TV Series

Don't miss out on any part of TV Guide's celebration of the 100 Best Shows Right Now

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Those who claim television isn't better than ever perhaps haven't watched television in a little while. Even with major programs likeGame of Thrones, Veep, The Big Bang Theory, and Big Little Lies coming to an end, we still had trouble limiting ourselves to just 100 series for TV Guide's annual list of the 100 Best Shows Right Now. With streaming services ascendant (stay tuned to next year's list to find out which Disney+, Apple TV+, and HBO Max series made the leap) and a diverse array of talent pushing the industry at-large to its most cutting edge, there's never been a more rewarding moment to enjoy some screen time.

Ahead, see where your favorite series ranked in our list of the 100 Best Shows Right Now, let the cast of Schitt's Creek, TV Guide's pick for the No. 1 show on TV, take you inside the Pop TV comedy's unlikely success story, find deep dives on some of TV's biggest hits like Grey's Anatomy and Power, and maybe even discover a few hidden gems to add to your queue, like Are You the One?

The 100 Best Shows Right Now

100 Best Shows 2019 ranking

Whittling down the list of best shows right now from some 1,700 options in this age of Peak TV was a painstaking task, and our editors and writers spent weeks arguing over which shows should make the cut. That some favorites were left off our definitive list speaks to the era; never has watching television been more rewarding than right now. These are the 100 best shows at this very moment.Keep reading to see the full ranking...

Schitt's Creek Is the Best Show on TV Right Now

Schitt's Creek, 100 Best Shows
Corey Nickols for TV Guide

When Schitt's Creek premiered in winter 2015, it's doubtful anyone expected the ensuing four years to play out as they have, both in the show's fictional eponymous town and the world at large. What's happened since doesn't necessarily need further documentation here, but suffice it to say that empathy and kindness have become precious resources that often seem to be running far too low in general society. Schitt's Creek, meanwhile, has slowly ascended, providing audiences with a much-needed embrace of warmth and, most of all, family. Along the way, the Pop TV and CBC series has garnered a passionate fan base, taught us how to fold in the cheese, and procured elusive Emmy nominations, including best comedy series. It's no wonder Schitt's Creek is at the top of our list of 100 Best Shows on TV Right Now. Keep reading about Schitt's Creek...

Power Is an Excellent Look at a How a Young Black Man Descends Into Criminality

Michael Rainey Jr., Omari Hardwick, Power

When Powerconcludes later this fall, it may go down as one of TV's best crime dramas. The backstabbing is Shakespearean, the violence explosive. Power has deftly illustrated the depths a desperate a man goes to when blind to his own hubris, as well as the ways people earn their own demise through bad choices. A quieter stream running underneath it all has been the show's depiction of a young black man in descent. Tariq's (Michael Rainey Jr.) plummet into criminality is unique; most TV tales about troubled black men show the accumulated effect of unfortunate choices. They're living in prison, like the inmates on Oz; or rebuilding life post-release, like the men on The Last O.G. Not since The Wire, where viewers saw young men like Dukie Weems (Jermaine Crawford) and Michael Lee (Tristan Wilds) surrender to the street life, has a show stretched out a young man's fall as Power has, allowing us to see a black boy lose his innocence, chip by chip, until he was thoroughly corrupted. Keep reading about Power...

Celebrate Schitt's Creek with These Exclusive 100 Best Shows Portraits

Schitt's Creek for 100 Best Shows
Corey Nickols for TV Guide

Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Annie Murphy commemorate Schitt's Creek topping TV Guide's 100 Best Shows ranking in these exclusive portraits. And if you've been itching for new reaction GIFs featuring your beloved Roses, don't worry because there are plenty of meme-worthy moments ready to be shared as well. So settle in and bask in the glory of this fabulous photoshoot. Keep reading to see the full gallery...

The Best Shows to Stream

If you're looking for the perfect weekend binge, we have you covered. Whether you're in the mood for a coming-of-age comedy like Netflix's On My Block or Hulu's PEN15, a sci-fi drama like Amazon's The Expanse, a feel-good reality show like Netflix's Nailed It!, or a heart-pounding horror series like Netflix'sThe Haunting, we've rounded up the best shows to stream in the video above.

21 Seasons In, Law & Order: SVU Still Feels as Vital As Ever

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Virginia Sherwood/NBC

This fall, Law & Order: SVUis celebrating two incredible milestones: the 20th anniversary of its series premiere (Sept. 20) and the kickoff to the history-making 21st season (Sept. 26), which officially marks it as the longest-running live-action TV drama in television history. It seems fitting that for these landmarks the NBC procedural is welcoming Warren Leight back to the helm. Leight previously took over as SVU's showrunner at another pivotal point in the series, in Season 13, the first without Christopher Meloni starring as the hot-tempered detective Elliot Stabler. It was Leight who steered the show during this tricky time of transition and rebuilt it into what it is today: a more serialized ensemble drama anchored by the benevolent Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), who has become the beating heart of the crime procedural. After five years, Leight left the series in 2016, but now he's back, much to many fans' excitement, to once again guide SVU into its next phase of life. Keep reading about Law & Order: SVU...

Lucifer Knows It's Extra As Hell, and That's Exactly Why We Love It

Tom Ellis, Lucifer
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On one level, Luciferis a typical odd-couple police procedural, but one half of the pairing is no-nonsense cop Chloe Decker (Lauren German) while the other half is Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), King of Hell and the Devil himself, who ends up consulting with the LAPD after ditching the underworld to enjoy Los Angeles. While working cases with Decker, Lucifer uses his devilish powers to compel people to reveal their deepest desires. Any one of those elements alone could have made a decent, if basic, drama on Fox, where Lucifer originally debuted. But all of them together, set in an ever-expanding universe of biblical lore held together by Party City costume feathers? If this seems like a mess, that's because it is. Lucifer is the definition of a show that's doing too much, but that's precisely why it's so much fun. Keep reading about Lucifer...

Oxygen's Murder for Hire Serves Up Compelling True Crime Without the Unsavory Aftertaste

Murder for Hire

One read-through of Oxygen's current programming immediately gives the uninitiated a feel for the network. Titles like Buried in the Backyard, Killer Affair, and Snapped: Killer Couples aren't exactly nuanced, and neither is their respective content. On any given Oxygen show, the first five minutes typically involve a reenactment of an unsuspecting hunter, fisherman, or hiker who stumbles upon a dead body. Next, an actual detective who responded to the scene that day usually recalls to cameras how he noticed "the unmistakable scent of death" upon arrival. It's all very formulaic, with the exception of one show that was added to Oxygen's lineup this year, Murder for Hire, which breathes some new life into a channel mostly about dead people. Keep reading about Murder for Hire...

The Scariest Shows on TV

In the mood for an instant shot of adrenaline? If you ask us, nothing gets the blood pumping quite like a well-executed horror or thriller series. So why not settle in with a cozy blanket (big enough to easily help cover your eyes if things get a bit too terrifying) and check out one of TV Guide's favorite scary shows featured in the video above, including American Horror Story, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and The Walking Dead.

You Don't Need to Like Superheroes to Love Doom Patrol

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It doesn't need to be said again, but let's say it anyway: We are obsessed with superheroes. Over the last decade, masked men and women have leaped off the pages of comic books to find massive success on the big and small screens. Superhero culture has gotten so large, in fact, that there's room for a whole host of variants within the genre: do-gooders like the heroes of Supergirl and The Flash, who try to balance saving the world and having a normal life; tortured souls like Arrow's leading archer, who's sacrificed so much trying to save his city; and mind-bending mutants like the ones in Legion, who put a trippy new spin on a familiar franchise. But even a subversive show like Legion has nothing on DC Universe's Doom Patrol, the best superhero show you're not watching.Keep reading about Doom Patrol...

If You're Not Taking The Food Network Seriously, You're Not Paying Attention

Alton Brown, Good Eats
Anders Krusberg/Food Network

Netflix might have a handful of food shows that make your mouth water, but The Food Network and its sister The Cooking Channel have been doing the bulk of the heavy lifting when it comes to culinary-themed programming for years now -- and it's time these networks get the respect they deserve for the countless hours of educational and entertaining food-centric programming they have been serving up every day. Keep reading about The Food Network...

The Deadliest Shows on TV

Sometimes you don't want to watch a feel-good drama or a heartwarming comedy. Sometimes, you're ready to watch the TV equivalent of Grand Theft Auto. And you know what? That's perfectly OK! And if you're on the hunt for a bloody good new TV show, why not check Vikings,Westworld, Barry, or any of the other shows featured in our roundup video of the deadliest shows on TV.

MTV's Are You The One? Is the Anti-Bachelor for All the Right Reasons

Are You the One?
Brian Bielmann/MTV

MTV's Are You The One? hadn't rendered me such a dating show purist. On The Bachelor, the odds of being chosen for the final rose are so slim that it's more viable to walk away with a Fit Tea deal than a fiancé, and that probably deters contestants from earnestly looking for a soulmate. It also deters the hopeless romantic viewers who want to witness an authentic spark on-screen from investing in ABC series. Are You The One?'s setup, on the other hand, creates an even playing field in which everyone has a chance to make a connection. It allows contestants to be more vulnerable and genuine in their attempts to find love, and the possible million-dollar prize almost always seems secondary to the reward of finding a partner. Keep reading about Are You the One?...

The Best Grey's Anatomy Doctors of All Time, Ranked

Giacomo Gianniotti, Ellen Pompeo and Chris Carmack, Grey's Anatomy​
Mitch Haaseth, ABC

Many have come and gone over the course of Grey's Anatomy so far, from ambitious know-it-alls to heartbreakers to (several) bad boys with gooey centers, but not every doctor has left a permanent mark in Grey Sloan's bustling halls. With plenty of names to choose from, we're highlighting only the most unforgettable medical professionals who've made Grey's Anatomy must-see TV for 342 episodes and counting. Keep reading about Grey's Anatomy...