America's Got Cable: IFC vs. Logo


Welcome to another groin-pulling week of America's Got Cable: The Search for the Nation's Finest Basic Cable Channel!

OLD BUSINESS: The nerds are in charge now! In our first ever UNANIMOUS victory, congratulations goes to...


*******************************SCIENCE CHANNEL***************************************

Easiest decision yet? Probably. I liked what you had to say about it:

CrimeDramaBee: SCIENCE CHANNEL is really awesome.

Lance_Corporal: I cast My vote for The Science Channel. For Science.

NateDogTheGreat: Science is the only truth man can believe with any certainty. Huberts Many-Worlds theory in Quantum Mechanics actually implies immortality and it makes quite a bit of sense if you can understand it. The Science Channel made me understand it and now I will live forever. Planet Green simply makes me feel guilty because my anonymous little town doesnt even provide the necessary equipment to properly recycle. Im sorry I was born here! Immortality vs. Guilt, I pick the Science Channel!

I have no idea what you're talking about, NateDogTheGreat, but I hope everything works out for you! That's more than I can say for one of the next two contenders:


NEW BUSINESS: This battle is about to get quirky.


IFC

Background: The Independent Film Channel is another one of those surprisingly old cable channels that’s only recently burst into popular consciousness by overhauling its image and mission statement. Back in 1994, IFC was originally established as a sister channel to Bravo (you know, when Bravo was still considered a movie channel), and it aired primarily independent films that were uncut and commercial-free. After dwelling on the fringes of basic cable for, oh, 16 years or so, in March 2010 the channel rebranded itself, began airing original programming and (unfortunately) began including commercial breaks. How PBS of them!

Original Programming: At least those advertising dollars are going to a good cause: IFC has TERRIFIC original programming, particularly comedies. Shows like Onion News Network, David Cross’ The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and sketch stalwart The Whitest Kids U’Know are joined by the amazing Food Party and the amazinger Portlandia. Basically, if you like your comedy conceptual and weird, IFC is your home away from Adult Swim.

Reruns: IFC really knows how to pick ‘em. For a while it’s been repurposing British and Canadian series like Kids In the Hall: Death Comes to Town, Dead Set, The IT Crowd, and some Monty Python stuff. But its American-rerun track record is just as good: Arrested Development, Freaks & Geeks, The Larry Sanders Show and Mr. Show. But also, you know, IFC still airs movies. GREAT ones. Today alone IFC will air Waking Life, Paranoid Park, and In America. Those are good movies!

Why It's The Best: IFC may still be a plucky underdog of a channel, but for quality comedy and sheer good taste, it really is tops.

Why It's The Worst: The only thing worse than a movie nerd is a comedy nerd (believe me, I own a mirror), and IFC is just a straight-up enabler for both.


Logo

Background: In 2005, Viacom converted VH1 Mega Hits (whatever THAT was) into Logo, its first ever network aimed directly at the GLBT community. Although Logo enjoyed immediate support from big-name advertisers, full corporate backing, and a president in the form of much-beloved MTV veteran Brian Graden, the channel struggled to hit the airwaves in many of the more conservative markets. Because, you know, just the fact that something exists is just too much for people to put up with. While much of Logo's initial programming was pretty dry and serious-minded (i.e., tons of "coming out" documentaries), it's lately taken on a campier, good-times feel with the genuine hit RuPaul's Drag Race and its own awards spotlight, the NewNowNext Awards.

Original Programming: The aforementioned RuPaul's Drag Race has been Logo's biggest (and only?) crossover hit, frequently re-airing on sister channel VH1, but Logo also boasts its own answer to Bravo's Real Housewives franchise with The A-List, whose New York season will be followed up with a Dallas season later this fall. In addition to airing a huge number of one-off documentaries and specials, Logo is also home to the genuinely decent comedy shows, The Big Gay Sketch Show and Jeffery & Cole Casserole.

Reruns: You know what? Logo has surprisingly great reruns! Not just the ones you'd expect, like The L Word, Nip/Tuck, or Queer as Folk (though those have definitely aired here), but also truly awesome things like Strangers With Candy, Absolutely Fabulous, Little Britain, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Wonderfalls.

Why It's The Best: It's weird to say this in 2011, but it's pretty great that this network even exists. Out of 600 channels, at least one of them should cater to this audience. BESIDES Bravo.

Why It's The Worst: Like most networks with intentionally narrow appeal, Logo might be overly pleased with itself when it should be creating better shows. Plus, reprehensible garbage like The A-List almost directly flies in the face of its more noble intentions.


Official TV.com Verdict: Both of these channels serve a purpose, but only one of them is consistently fun to watch. Sorry, RuPaul, IFC is just too good.

But now it's your turn! COMMENT BELOW and tell us your verdict: IFC or Logo? And make your case! What do you love or hate about each channel?


Want to catch up on past battles? Head over to the America's Got Cable archives.


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IFC. I'm waiting for Commercial Kings to premiere.
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IFC
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I pay for 250 channels and still don't get LOGO, so I'm going to go with IFC :)
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IFC has Larry Sanders which I waited almost fifteen years to be rerun.
Logo has Niop/Tuck.
A hard choice. But IFC also has some great Indie movies. So I choose IFC!
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IFC and I Ain't White You Know.
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IFC for sureeee
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IFC =] it's awesome!!!!
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LOGO!!! Definitely LOGO! :D IFC is LAME!
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I like both but LOGO is better in my book. LOGO FTW
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IFC by a long shot.
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IFC? Yeah.
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I like IFC. I've enjoyed getting a refresher course on Monty Python. I'd almost forgotten that the Spanish Inquisition could strike at any moment since no one expect them! . However... The world desperately needs more big hair and sexy glamor. And the rhinestone harvesters of America need the work. "Sorded Lives" was a hoot and "The Big Gay Sketch Show" can be, too. I've got to go with LOGO.
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logo has so much programing for those who enjoy drag and way out camp that it is lopsided. many gay people are not interested in drag etc...most prop. they need to expand thier programing. people complain about sterotyping and then the only gay channel has extemly sterotyped programing. i don't get it. thier docs and some movies are great...
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LOGO! I love my drag queens!
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IFC.
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I like them both but I have to go with IFC. I like CurrentTV too.
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being a straight man i should say IFC..but i never cared for any of the shwos they rerun and the originals don't interest me or have people in it i don't like.. even though i don't like Logo's originals (or most reruns), it has Daria, Wonderfalls, and Buffy, two of which were my favorite shows overall. 1 Girl 5 Gays is also pretty funny, and Aliya Jasmine is pretty hot lol
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I like both channels, but LOGO is my pick. Wonderfalls is one of the best shows ever. So nice to see a channel airing reruns of it.
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Logo..... buffy and abfab says it all!
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LOGO because of the Buffy reruns.
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IFC I don't get Logo
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LOGO! its great for LGBT folks to have a channel devoted to topics and programming concerning the community. The documentaries alone are enlightening and interesting. And yes, let's not forget Drag Race and Drag U.
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LogoTV is a great channel for me to go and watch TV and be safe. It provides great shows for LGBT And their allies.
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Logo!
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Logo! I don't even know what channel IFC is even on.
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Logo! Ruha!
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IFC!
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IFC, of course.
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No contest. IFC. Even with the annoying addition of commercials, their programming is still much better than LOGO. IFC is uncut (even with the commercials) and LOGO airs reruns of Queer As Folk chopped up, edited and all but unpalatable to fans of the original Showtime series. Beyond that and a few documentaries, LOGO brings nothing to the table. Ru-Paul's Drag Race attracts one particular audience and after the first two seasons, it's the same old, same old. With The Whitest Kids You Know, The Onion, Freaks & Geeks, Undeclared, Portlandia and The Kids In The Hall, IFC packs some serious muscle. Now if only it would get rid of those damnable commercials! *shakes fist*
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IFC because of the reruns. Arrested Development and Freaks and Geeks? Yes please.
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IFC
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IFC simply because. I love the movies they show, especially Grindhouse films. The Onion and the Whitest Kids You Know are hilarious.



Love Logo too, but this one goes to IFC.
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IFC rocks, Onion is so damn funny and ridiculous at the same time. Sportsdome is a riot!
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IFC all the way....it has got gr8 original programming and intelligent movies which are truly good
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IFC because I love a channel where there is always a good movie to watch. so no matter what time of day it is I have something to watch.
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Logo by far...RuPaul and Morgan rule
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Logo. Any show that airs Buffy the Vampire Slayer EVERY WEEKNIGHT cannot be beat. BUFFY LIVES!
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IFC
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IFC! Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Grindhouse! Great movies without the bleeps! I've never even heard of the other channel...
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Logo
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I live in Portland, so I have to pick IFC (more Portlandia!!).
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Logo!!! RuPaul's Drag Race deserves and Emmy!
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IFC FTW!
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Logo is number 1 in my eyes.... It has Rupaul, Ab Fab, 1 Girl & 5 Gays, Movies, the hottest in new music, and great documentaries and more.
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GO LOGO GO!
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logo for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Logo. WERK!
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Logo! Logo! LOGO!
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Logo for Heaven sakes!
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Drag queens are a girl's best friend. Logo FTW.
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