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The Best Shows on Every Network as of Right Now (Summer 2014)

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Your cable guide can be a scary place. So many channels! So many options! So much garbage! 

That's why I've taken it upon myself to help you make sense of it all by naming the best show on every network as of right now—late July, 2014. 

In assembling this incredible source of information that will be stored forever on the internet and cited in future generations' Television History papers for years to come, I considered the following criteria: 

– Original programming only! (Except in cases where a network's original programming was so bad that I had no choice but to select a rerun of a movie.) 

– Every show listed must be part of its network's current lineup (however, it's okay if a series is between seasons).

That's it! 

And now, here are the best shows on every major-ish network, presented without explanation. 

Note: I suppose there's a SLIGHT chance that your opinion may differ from mine; if that's the case, why don't you put your own list in the comments?


ABC: The Goldbergs

CBS: Person of Interest (and March Madness!)

The CW: Umm, The 100?

FOX: Bob's Burgers

NBC: Hannibal 

PBS: Frontline 

Univision: Metastasis


AMC: Egad! The Walking Dead I guess because I don't like Mad Men

FX: The Americans

FXX: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

TNT: Inside the NBA

TBS: Conan

USA: Playing House

National Geographic: Going Deep with David Rees

Disney: Phineas and Ferb

BBC America: Orphan Black

WGN America: Manhattan

Comedy Central: Nathan For You

A&E: Longmire

ABC Family: Switched at Birth

Syfy: Total Blackout (yes I'm serious, it's the best)

Discovery: Mythbusters

Animal Planet: My Cat from Hell

Nickelodeon: Hmmm, let's go with SpongeBob SquarePants 

Cartoon Network: Adventure Time

Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital

MTV: Teen Wolf

Lifetime: The Lottery Devious Maids 

TVLand: Hot in Cleveland OMG this was difficult

History: Vikings

VH1: Nothing. Absolutely nothing. 

E!: Burning Love

Bravo: Errr, Watch What Happens Live?

TLC: My Strange Addiction

Spike TV: Raiders of the Lost Ark when it's the weekend afternoon movie

Food Network: Food Network Star

HUB: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

IFC: Comedy Bang! Bang!

SundanceTV: Rectify 

CNN: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Fox News: N/A, maybe some of the commercials

ESPN: Around the Horn

MLB Network: Intentional Talk

NFL Network: Thursday Night Football

NBA Network: Clippers games

Music Choice: MC Hip-Hop Classics


HBO: Game of Thrones

Showtime: Penny Dreadful

Cinemax: Banshee

Starz: Black Sails 


Hulu: The Hotwives of Orlando

Netflix: Orange Is the New Black

Amazon: Transparent

Okay, now let's hear what shows are on YOUR list!

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