Here's Every FX Original Series, Ranked

Last week, FX said goodbye to one of the best shows of the year and one of its best-ever productions, The People v. O.J. Simpson. Meanwhile, Louis C.K. publicly expressed the likelihood that Louie, another great FX offering, could be over forever—or at least a very long time. With these events in mind—and off the blistering universal support for my ranking of Netflix's original series—we thought it'd be fun to look back over the duration of FX's lifespan as a facilitator of original programming. That's right, I'm rattling off every FX original scripted show from worst to best. LET'S DO THIS.


41. Son of the Beach, 40. Testees, 39. Starved, and 38. Lucky

We begin with four FX shows you probably forgot—and the channel would have it no other way. Son of the Beach, a legitimate Baywatch parody, ran for 42 episodes across two seasons. For the record, that's 29 more episodes than Terriers. It was a different time. Testees, Starved, and Lucky came much later in FX's run as a destination for original programming and didn't catch on for good reason. Shockingly, Testees couldn't overcome its magnificent title. Somehow Starved writer/star Eric Schaeffer got to make another bad show, Gravity, after this one. Lucky was about poker, during that wild time when America really cared about poker. 


37. Saint George, 36. Partners, and 35. Anger Management

Also known as FX's 10-90 club... well, had they not abandoned the plan to license these cheap sitcoms in two chunks mid-way through Partners's ugly first season. Remember that one? With Kelsey Grammer and Martin Short? It feels like Charlie Sheen's Anger Management aired somewhere between six and 10 years ago, but it actually finished in 2014. George Lopez's Saint George? Well, that could still be running new episodes at bizarre times and no one would know the difference. Consider this a decent experiment gone horribly wrong. 


34. The Bastard Executioner

Turns out that giving even the most respected of creative figures carte blanche to do whatever they want will eventually lead to boring, indulgent misfires, like Kurt Sutter's The Bastard Executioner. Who knew?!


33. Chozen and 32. Unsupervised

Two animated comedies that had some interesting ideas—Chozen was about a white, gay rapper, and Unsupervised was a Beavis and Butt-Head revisit—lingering around the fringes. Yawn.


31. Dirt and 30. Over There

Now we're getting to some of the more curious failures. Dirt and Over There arrived in that tricky period after FX's initial boom, and both offered compelling ideas only sort of successfully executed. Dirt had the unfortunate responsibility of being Courteney Cox's first big post-Friends role and then fell victim to the writer's strike, but its tabloid TV premise is just as relevant today in our TMZ-dominated landscape. Steven Boccho did his Boccho thing with Over There, the first major ongoing TV project to tackle the United States' involvement in Iraq. It was direct and occasionally harrowing, but lacking the strong performances that elevated Boccho's better, earlier offerings.


29. The Comedians and 28. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

There are people in the world who will tell you that both The Comedians and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll are "good shows," or that they "got better" as their respective first seasons limped to the end. I am not one of those people. 


27. Legit

Legit! This was a funny little show. Jim Jefferies, Dan Bakkedahl, and DJ Qualls made for a surprisingly great comedic trio, and the show tackled pretty dark subjects on the regular. Not really an essential watch and probably the replacement-level FX show, but clearly the channel has done much, much worse.


26. Tyrant and 25. The Strain

Two shows with tremendous pedigree behind and in front of the camera, two shows with flourishes of greatness, and ultimately two shows that have yet to put it all together across their first couple of seasons. The Strain gets the slight nod because it has a better handle on it what it is (complete schlock) than Tyrant, which still aims for something more than its political soap core. 


24. Thief, 23. Lights Out, and 22. The Riches

One (and a half for The Riches) season wonders. Thief featured the forgotten great Andre Braugher performance—inasmuch as an Emmy-winning turn can be "forgotten"—but didn't catch on with audiences. The Riches was another WGA strike victim and probably a little ahead of its time. Lights Out proved that people don't want to watch ongoing TV shows about boxing, no matter how good they are. These are the kind of solid failures that make up the back catalog of most significant channels.


21. The Bridge and 20. Married

FX doesn't have too many unfortunate cancellations in its history (I'll get to the biggie later), but these two still sting a bit. The frustrating thing about The Bridge and Married ending after their second seasons is that both had just finally grown into the great shows we thought they could be at the beginning. In reality, they both could have been canned after disappointing first seasons. The Bridge made great use of its border setting once it moved away from the staid murder mystery plot, just as Married found the proper focus after stumbling through a lifeless infidelity arc. Two great performances from Diane Kruger and Judy Greer, too. Sigh.


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Aug 24, 2016
Can somebody explain the appeal of Justified to me? Apart from the actors of course, who are great in whatever they do, but apart form that it seems like a standard "guy from some place goes back home, there's trouble, blah, blah", but I could be wrong.... someone sell it to me eh?
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Sep 18, 2016
I suppose when you just glance at the cover of Justified (so to speak), yeah, it doesn't look very exciting. It does look kind of standard - A cowboy comes back to his home town and fights crime. But there is so much more to it than that. It's easy to overlook Justified because it is a kind of quiet drama. This show is not flashy. But it does have great actors, like you said. And the dialogue is top notch - some of the best dialogue a show could have. It helps when the writers are channeling Elmore Leonard, a master of dialogue. The chemistry between all the actors are fantastic. It has dark humor. It can be tense. But it is always entertaining. This show is just fun.
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Oct 24, 2016
forgot about this.. lol... yeah, sounds good but your last line puts me off, I rarely do things "just for fun"... but that's what most people say I suppose... unless it's a comedy in which case, bring on the laughs.
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Nov 07, 2016
I haven't seen many shows that can balance tension and darkness while also being incredibly entertaining like Justified did. In one scene you'll be biting your nails and in the very next scene (sometimes in the same scene) you'll laugh your ass off. And it feels natural.
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May 17, 2016
1. The Shield
2. SOA
3. Rescue Me
4. Justified
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May 14, 2016
Fine! Fine! I'll watch Justified and The Americans. Are you happy now?
(That seems to be a consensus in the comments).
Besides I was waiting for Justified to end, so I could bing watch. It has Walton Goggins who was great in The Shield, and Tim Olyphant who was even better in Deadwood (the best western series ever made bar none).

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Nov 20, 2016
Just a bland, "I like whatever is popular & never rock the boat" comment... WOW! I don't think I have EVER seen a list/poll/what do the masses think/ type-of-thing on tv.com in my life!
I mean, Shield getting mad props for a) showing that "dark, complex, difficult TV" could do just as well on basic cable as it had on pay cable; b) Chiklis played the ultimate sociopath; c) viewers that are, uh, anal enough to watch all of the extras ( &---arrow pointing at me) would know what I'm talking about: actors vs. method actors. Chiklis, Anthony Anderson - they openly talk about coming on the set, saying hi to everybody (they showed how Chiklis had a running gag with the "hot shave girl"). But Goggins and Jace - I loved how Goggins spoke about, "If I had an especially emotionally draining scene to shoot that day, I would arrive on set, not say anything to anybody, just lock myself in my trailer and get myself in the mindset that I needed to be in." In another "monologue" (just Goggins and the cameraman, alone in the middle of nowhere), he spoke of his study of (and admiration for) method actors. He specifically talked about Anthony Hopkins, and how Hopkins would read each of his lines," 200 times !!!" Sorry for all of this, jakemack and the rest of the Shield/tv.com lovers, I just wanted to express my admiration for Goggins, and how I've been trying to play catch-up with his past work... except for Justified. I watched the OG pilot, Goggins got killed, okay, no more reason to watch the show. Turned out I saw an "early pilot" [go to the Trivia section of W.G.'s IMDB page for the details], but it still wasn't enough for me to watch Justified, because everyone who talks about Justified talks about Deadwood (both very positively). Deadwood can gargle with my sailors, juggle my decorative walnuts, and toss my salad (can't find the right utensils, sorry). I watch an entire Season 3 (and the first 2 - I just didn't buy the DVDs of the Seasons cuz I wanted to get a full and complete box set), I bought a coffee table book, and as soon as Season 3 - aka a buildup to Season 4 - ends, all the B.S. about "Well, we might have a shortened S.4"; "Well, we might have 2, 4 hour mini-series"; blah blah blah until where we are now. I'm going to go pout now; thank you for reading my manifesto. :)
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May 14, 2016
WHAT!!! Archer didn't make the top ten??
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May 10, 2016
The Strain season 2 should put the show last in the list by a big margin. Can't even express how bad season 2 was.
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Apr 29, 2016
1. Justified (let's just forget season 5 ever happened...)
2. The Shield (almost as good as Justified)
3. Damages (Season 1-3 was just fantastic! Clever writing and great actors )
4. The Americans (I'm hooked but not as great as the others)
I have watched a little of some of the other shows. I tried to watch Sons of Anarchy, after hearing so much great stuff. I saw 4 episodes and hated almost every character in the show.
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Apr 17, 2016
To me, #1 is The Shield, #2 is Justified, and #3 is Rescue Me. Liked AHS until Asylum. Also liked The Bridge and Damages. The Americans and Fargo are on my "pending shows" list.
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Apr 17, 2016
Lots on this list that I still haven't gotten around to watching and really want to, The Shield and Justified being the main ones.

I hate that I always forgot about Damages, so thanks for reminding me. Such a great under-appreciated series!

I'm not sure if I get FX's style of humor because I can't name a single one of it's comedies that I like. Louie is too depressing to watch, It's Always Sunny is too mean-spirited. I've tried watching a couple of episodes of Archie randomly and they did nothing for me either.
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Apr 16, 2016
Wow, FX has had some great shows over the years, a lot rank among my favorites. I even have fond memories of Son of the Beach.
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May 14, 2016
Son of the Beach. I watched it religiously like I did with Baywatch. Except Baywatch I keep on mute. Ah, to be young and hormone infested again...
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Apr 16, 2016
The list is invalid due to the fact you have a cartoon listed at number 11.
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May 14, 2016
Dems fightin' words!
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May 14, 2016
I don't doubt that it's a quality show.I just have trouble mixing animated 1/2 hour comedies with hour long dramas.If that is the case I think a good drama should always be rated higher due to how much more goes into making the drama.I will also freely admit that I am an old guy and really can't take animated characters seriously.So my opinion is somewhat prejudiced.
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Apr 18, 2016
loooooooooooooool
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Apr 17, 2016
Then you have never watched it.
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Apr 16, 2016
I can't decide between Justified, Fargo, ACS season 1 and The Americans. They're all amazing. I also think Tyrant is pretty good although there's a noticeable gap in quality compared to the other 4.
I haven't finished watching The Shield but it's great so far (in season 1).
In terms of comedy, Always Sunny, Louie, Man Seeking Woman, and Baskets are all amazing in their own way.
FX is honestly one of my favorite networks out there. Hope they keep up with this quality (hoping Legion turns out great).
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Apr 16, 2016
I liked The Bridge a lot-but I'm getting REALLY tired of female leads portrayed as brain-damaged aliens who know nothing of your Earth culture or human emotions [looking at you too, Bones-if you're so GD brilliant, read a book on the subject.] I get really irked by shows who have strong female leads that display a deep character flaw as some sort of counter-balance.
Major Crimes features a female lead who's the intelligent, mature voice of reason in a sea of chaos-and the world didn't end!
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Apr 16, 2016
I feel like I should point out that Partners starred Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence not Martin Short.
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Apr 16, 2016
I would have watched that show.
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Apr 16, 2016
I know a lot of people loved Justified but after the 2nd season (which I admit was amazing) I thought it took a downturn and got repetitive. . I do understand why people like it but I think it is overrated while a show like The Americans is severely underrated. It gets better and more complex and suspenseful every year.
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Apr 16, 2016
wow we do not see eye to eye on ranking shows.
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Apr 16, 2016
Nip Tuck The Shield Rescue ME Sons of Anarchy hands down top 4 in any order
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Apr 16, 2016
Has to be Justified for the characters, The Americans for the plot and the actors SOA ,Tyrant and the Bridge. What made all of the shows on FX good were the different perspectives taken on shows that we were used to watching. The Shield is like watching the evening news today. The shows were unique and edgy. Unfortunately that edginess is hard to maintain after several seasons.
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Apr 15, 2016
I'm between the Americans, it's always sunny and you're the worst
Although I think with an fx list almost every top choice is worthy of being number 1, depending on your taste
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Apr 15, 2016
Justified is my #1 FX show.

The Shield is a close second.

The Americans and Fargo are fantastic.

I really like the first season of Damages. Didn't care for the second season. Really liked the 3rd season (not as much as 1 but a hell of a lot more than 2).

First two seasons of SoA are pretty great. After that, it goes up and down.

First two seasons of Rescue Me were interesting.
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Apr 15, 2016
Thief was an underrated series. Andre Braugher was freakin electric in it and the heists were pretty damn entertaining. Unfortunately, it aired at a point before it became popular to have your supporting cast be anything but walking one-liners, and their one-liners were usually forced and unfunny. Had it not been for that, I think the show would've caught on and lasted a few seasons.

Oh and don't get me started on the cancellation of The Riches. That show was just too far ahead of its time. Eddie Izzard and company were incredible. I couldn't believe it got cancelled in the middle of production. Stupid writer's strike.
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Apr 18, 2016
Thief also had the unfortunate problem of airing at the exact same time NBC did a similar (too similar) series called Heist, which mostly sucked.
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Apr 15, 2016
1) Justified
2) The Shield
3) Fargo
4) Archer
5) Always Sunny
6) Terriers
7) The Americans
8) American Crime Story
9) Sons Of Anarchy
10) The Riches

Honorable Mentions:
Thief
Rescue Me
American Horror Story
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Apr 15, 2016
Oh and an honorable mention to Louie and Baskets.
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Apr 15, 2016
Those are some great shows, but The Riches is severely under rated IMO. One of my favourite shows ever, a clever story line and brilliant acting made it a gem. (It even had Sweet Dee in it !!!) Damn the writers strike to hell.

10. Justified
9. Terriers
8. AHS
7. Damages
6. Fargo
5. The Americans
4. Sunny In Philly
3. Archer
2. The Riches
1. The Shield
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Apr 15, 2016
Remember when Howard Stern said he was going to conquer television with Son of the Beach, said it was the best thing ever, and then we found out it was a Tim Stack parody of Baywatch that was a decade out of date?

Lucky wasn't that bad, good cast and interesting plots. It should be above the ego-TV of numbers 37-35.

Considering how badly you've lambasted The Comedians, I have to argue Dirt should be higher. It may have been a mess, but that's what it was aiming for.

Aw, Louie. Never has a show gone from something I loved to something I couldn't stand so hard. It's a lesson that not every comedian in New York should try to go full Woody Allen. I can't even click it in the poll, and it used to be my favorite.
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Apr 16, 2016
Son of the Beach is hilarious at times - but yeah, it's not something I would binge watch or anything...
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Apr 16, 2016
Yeah, if he hadn't overhyped it, it would have been a watchable little show, crass but not terrible.
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Apr 18, 2016
Tim Stack actually yelled at me on Twitter for putting it last. Heh.
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Apr 18, 2016
Oh, that's going on the fridge! :D
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Apr 15, 2016
100% agree with you about Louie, it has gone from something I binged watched to a show I might stop watching next season.
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Apr 15, 2016
The "Next" link doesn't work, the URL is slightly off and it returns to page 1.
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Apr 15, 2016
Thanks! Should be working now.
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Apr 15, 2016
You have Lights Out and especially The Riches far too high. Seriously everyone, watch The Riches on Netflix now if you haven't seen it.
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Apr 15, 2016
Oh Son of the Beach!! Just seeing the title brought back memories of Firebush!
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Apr 15, 2016
1) It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2) Sons of Anarchy
3) Legit
4) Archer
5) Justified
6) The League
7) American Horror Story
8) Louie
9) The Bridge
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Apr 15, 2016
Wow! Sunny isn't high enough and I'm shocked it isn't mentioned in comments. One of the greatest and most long-lived comedies of all-time!

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Apr 15, 2016
My list:
1) The Shield
2) Damages
3) Justified
4) The Bridge

Haven't watched more than a few episodes from the rest.
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Apr 15, 2016
Anything other than The Shield in the top spot would have been a damn shame - glad ya'll got it right - that show was amazing. That final season right? Wow.
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Apr 15, 2016
Best dramas:
- The Shield
- Justified
- Fargo
- Terriers
(big gap)
- The americans

Best comedy:
- Archer!
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Apr 15, 2016
I'd instinctively place Fargo higher but then again I haven't seen 3 of the top 6 shows. The Shield is undoubtedly a deserved top dog although The Americans is very likely to give it a run for its money if this and next season continue to be as stellar as the previous ones and they find a great way to conclude the Jennings's tale.
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Apr 15, 2016
Who does workaholics? I always thought that was an Fx thing, it's so much like league and Sunny? And Maron is so like Louie and Seeking... Todd Margaret? I've been crediting Fx for these things, lol.

But seriously, Archer is top ten, if not top five stuff. Yeah, it's animated, but it's excellent animation and has perhaps the most outstandingly perfect voice cast in the history of voice cast (outside of animals, I guess). You're the worst and OJ: the 15th Iteration don't even touch it.
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May 14, 2016
Archer is one of the few comedies where you get a belly-laugh. Not a haha that's funny,but a belly-laugh.
For anyone who hasn't seen it,start with season 1 episode one. You'll enjoy it more (but not necessary)
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May 21, 2016
I agree on the perfection that is Archer. Outside of anime, it has to be the best way to spend 20 minutes on something animated.

Even if I don't laugh, just hearing the dialogue click together makes most episodes worth a rewatch
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Apr 15, 2016
Workaholics is comedy central.
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Apr 17, 2016
Well done to CC, I guess. I only really expect skit stuff from them like Nathan or Review or Key and Peele, you know?
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Apr 15, 2016
I can only speak of course for the shows I've seen.

1. The Shield - Quite possibly the best cop show of all time. It really showed what lesser known actors like Chiklis, Pounder and Goggins were capable of. The death of a certain Strike Team member is quite possibly the saddest death I've seen on a show. God I miss hanging with those guys.

2. Justified - There aren't many characters on TV cooler than Raylan Givens. The show always found interesting new stories for Raylan and Boyd (except in season 5), and season 2 in particular was one of the best seasons of TV ever.

3. Fargo - Who knew this Coen Brothers adaptation would be as good as it is. Certainly one of the more stylish shows on TV. If it has another good season or two, it might knock Justified out of #2.

4. American Crime Story - Yeah, I was addicted to this show. I thought it started off a bit too campy, and they could have cast a better actor to play OJ, but when it got the ball rolling in court, it didn't let go. We knew what would happen, but that didn't stop it from being gripping. Paulson, Vance, Schwimmer, and Brown deliver some award winning performances. This shows Ryan Murphy can be useful when he is just a showrunner/director and not a writer. Then again, it was just one season.

5. SoA - One of the most frustrating shows I ever sat through. It started off really fucking good. Season 2 was probably as good as the best season of The Shield and Justified, but that was all Sutter had. The show fell flat with the Irish season, and almost redeemed itself with season 4, but then they didn't kill Clay. Almost every episode after that was 90 minutes of nothing, and Sutter turned SAMCRO into some of the most unlikable characters in TV. It was basically season 5 of Justified for the last 3 years, and unlike Justified, didn't redeem itself in the slightest.

American Horror Story - Occasionally entertaining, but mostly just stupid. I gave up after the Coven season.

The Strain - Good pilot, but mostly garbage.
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Apr 15, 2016
01. Rescue Me
02. The Shield
03. Justified
04. The Americans
05. Fargo
06. Louie
07. Sons of Anarchy
08. Damages
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Apr 15, 2016
also Rectify has been the best drama on TV since its premiere.
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Apr 15, 2016
Rectify is nice, but it is on Sundance, not FX.
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Apr 15, 2016
this was in reference to cory calling the americans the best drama on tv
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Apr 15, 2016
assuming The Newsroom was already off the air at that point. otherwise it'd be a tie.
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Apr 15, 2016
I'm glad the poll points towards this being wrong. Justified absolutely deserves the top spot as the americans and The Shield are both incredibly overrated.

further case in point: Justified's entire run available on blu-ray whereas they called it quits for the americans after season 1 and they're only just now getting around to doing it for the shield.
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Apr 15, 2016
"Justified absolutely deserves the top spot as the americans and The Shield are both incredibly overrated."

I'll give you The americans, but The shield is not overrated. It's an amazing achievement and still on of the 2 best cop shows ever made, along with The wire.


"further case in point: Justified's entire run available on blu-ray whereas they called it quits for the americans after season 1 and they're only just now getting around to doing it for the shield."

This has nothing to do with quality. Are you aware that there are 8 years between The shield and Justified? In that time filming has evolved a lot; recent shows like Justified can be directly put out on blu-ray whereas a lot of work is needed on older shows. Also, The shield with its grainy, dark picture is not meant for blu-ray.
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Apr 15, 2016
NCIS and Pretty Little Liars win tons of People's Choice Awards. That doesn't make them quality TV that makes them popular. Also you are allowed to like Justified and The Americans. There is no rule saying you can only like one.
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Apr 15, 2016


I never watched any FX show religiously besides ACS#AHS
If I had to vote for the top 5 gems that I occasionally watched would be as follows:
Sunny/Shield/Americans/Chozen/Unsupervised


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Apr 15, 2016
NIP TUCK and THE SHIELD were FANtastic. THE AMERICANS is FANtastic (my 4th favorite current show), & TYRANT is FANtastic (my 8th favorite current show). Nothing else of much interest on FX. DAMAGES and THE BRIDGE were okay. OJ SIMPSON was great, but that was a temporary miniseries.
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Apr 15, 2016
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Apr 15, 2016
What are you talking about? On second though, I don't think I want to know.
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Apr 15, 2016
1. The Amerixans (By a large margin and I agree it is the best show currently on tv. The only two shows that come close are Bates Motel and Better Call Saul)

2. Fargo

3. The People Vs OJ

4. Archer

5. American Horror Story

6. Damages

7. Sons Of Anarchy

8. Rescue Me

9. The Riches

For the record I never watched The Sheild and never cared for justified
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Apr 15, 2016
How can you like good tv and have never seen The Shield? That's like being a fan of movies and missing The Godfather. Best get to watchin...
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Aug 24, 2016
prob one of the most accurate comments of all time... lol
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Apr 15, 2016
Many children are 'fans' of movies, so that is not the best term. As long as you don't mean one has to be a 'fan' of the godfather to show appreciate to films, that is fine. I for one don't particularly find it a great film. I'm just not that interested in mafia films in general. Give me taxi driver anyday, or even texas chainsaw massacre over the godfather :-p
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Apr 15, 2016
Sons of Anarchy at #15 and The Americans not #1...? What you talkin' 'bout Cory?
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Apr 15, 2016
S2 of Sons is one of my favorite seasons of TV! The rest? Meeeehhhh
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Apr 15, 2016


Okay, seasons 3 was garbage and the final two seasons probably could have been condensed into one. But seasons 2, 4 AND 5 were amazing and season 1 put them all into motion.

That you were so clearly wrong in not having The Americans as the runaway leader, I can then accept that you ranked SoA at least 10 spots too low.

It's okay, I won't hold it against you :)
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Apr 15, 2016
Wow, you really did like that show:/
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Apr 15, 2016
AGREED
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Apr 15, 2016
I still watch Americans, but the story just seems to drag on too long. Also, it's kind of redundant and intelligence-insulting to keep showing a husband and wife "in bed," and seems to be just more time filler. I will say the show is good and like the character interactions, but it strings the audience along too much and is a bit tedious at times to watch.

I will say I laugh at Archer more than any other show, and You're The Worst characters are some of the most eccentric on television, which is FXX, but still.
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Apr 15, 2016
The list should look something like:
1. Justified
2. The Americans
3. Fargo
4. The Shield
5. Everything else
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Apr 14, 2016
I can't decide if The Shield or The Americans is better. Both shows just continue to increase the tension to unbareable levels, and then catastrophic things happen. The writers always seem to be able to smartly get out of the holes they put themselves into. FX is just such a great network. They have so many good shows seemingly all the time.
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Apr 14, 2016
Damages at number 10? that show is the epitome of underrated and better than 90% of your top 10


IASIP is the best
Damages is second
The Shield is third

Oh and Nip/Tuck's first 3 AMAZING seasons are better than the entirety of AHS
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Apr 15, 2016
NIP TUCK was FANtastic every season, but season 5 with AnnaLynne McCord was the best. Hot hot hot young babe!
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Apr 15, 2016
Ewwww no - every time i see AnnaLynne McCord i find her less attractive

And i didn't dislike season 4, 5 and 6 as much as the majority of audiences but those first 3 were amazing
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Apr 15, 2016
LOL, I agree that though still young she has not aged well. However, at the time of NIP TUCK season 5 she & her scenes were super sizzling hot!
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Apr 14, 2016
Hooray for The Shield, Tyrant, Wilfred, and American Horror Story. Boo on Louie, Youre the Worst, Dirt, and Unsupervised.
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Apr 14, 2016
Lucky wasn't about poker so much as it was about a guy with a gambling addiction who blew through a cool mil poker prize in only a year and was up to his ears in debt to the mob and others. John Corbett was really good in it, but Craig Robinson and Billy Gardell stole the show. It would definitely make my top 25. Justified, The Americans and The Shield are my top 3, with Archer close behind!
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Apr 14, 2016
O, that's great, resident Tabulaphile (it's Latin for list lover) Cory made another list, but...

#SJWforJustified

In what universe isn't Justified #1? Yes, i admit season five wasn't the best. But this was made up with one of the best finales of a TV show ever. I'm not digging coal with you anymore Cory.

But I have to admit The Shield was also pretty great. The show was a little on the cynical side but that's usually true to real life. Or am i too cynical? The Americans is also fantastic

And i put The Bridge somewhere in the top ten. This is one of the first times in history of American TV that a remake of a foreign show somewhat worked. In the first season the show was still finding its footing but the second season was really great. It had some great characters. Tim did the reviews so he can confirm this.

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Apr 15, 2016
Justified is one of the most overrated shows I've ever seen - and I'm not even exaggerating. Can't hold a candle to The Shield - not even a kids birthday candle! Justified.. HA. The Shield had bout a near perfect run with season 5-7 just absolutely killing it week after week after week - I remember watching it when it originally aired - just an amazing, wild, in it til the end - journey with The Strike Team and the rest of the crew every week watching with friends - such a great show. In fact, to us at least, The Shield was more than a show - it was an experience. Justified, not so much. And deep down, you know The Shield was better.
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Apr 15, 2016
The Shield was amazing, but Justified was so much more. It could transform from dark and foreboding to light-hearted and inspiring in the blink of an eye. The Shield only continually got darker. It is hands down the best story of the darkness that lurks inside a person's soul, but Justified was a story of redemption told almost entirely without the usual cliches of such stories until the misfire of s5 (still a much better season of television than people want to admit - even if it is the low bar for "Justified" by a wide margin)
Also, while s5 of Justified might have been a dip in quality, it isn't as bad as the dip in the kinetic energy that The Shield suffered in s4. Shawn Ryan and the rest of the writers wrote themselves into a corner by the end of s3 and it took s4 a long damn time to find it's feet. The last few episodes of that season were pretty intense, but the majority of that season was tough to pay attention to for me. Also, the majority of s6 had a big problem integrating the new cast members and had a start-stop kind of energy because of this.

Neither show is overrated, but I was far more entertained by "Justified"

Now "SoA"? THAT is some severely overrated violent-biker-soap-opera bs. Good god that show had its moments - and even seasons - of glory, but all in all it was just a waste of my precious TV watching time. If clay had been killed and the whole show had wrapped up in s5, it would get more of my respect, but neither of those things happened and the final four seasons all ended as horribly clichéd as they possibly could, which makes a rewatch of everything after s2 kind of painful. Still, if I want to watch a well plotted, well acted and well directed hour of action and violence, the s3 finale is hard to beat (but the less said about the rest of that season, the better)
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Apr 16, 2016
I disagree about season 4 of The Shield. Can see where you're coming from with season 6.
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Apr 16, 2016
yeah season 4 was the weakest - but they made a great point about horrible, discriminatory, asset seizure laws that season - which is still relevant to this day in parts of this country sad to say..
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Apr 15, 2016
How is Justified overrated?
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Apr 16, 2016
in EVERY way
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Apr 16, 2016
Specifics please. I'm really curious.
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Apr 15, 2016
Yes but the pervading cynicism of that show made it challenging to watch at times. But i must admit i like that sort of thing too. So i dare to say that Better Call Saul is the best thing on TV right now. This is the problem with making lists. It's useless. The Shield and Justified can't be compared because they're too different. Apples and oranges. Just like Better Call Saul, The Shield has way more "realism". Justified is just a fun show to watch and, in my mind, not very realistic at all but the characters were likable in their own way. I really liked some of the actors and the acting. Walton Goggins, Timothy Olyphant,Margo Martindale, Neal McDonough, Jeremy Davies... and the list goes on. But this is the nature of making these lists. I'm not watching many comedies so they won't be on my list. Many of them i never even watched. Mileage varies and all of that.
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Apr 14, 2016
This universe.
Justified was very good. Not great.
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Apr 15, 2016
Not great. Awesome.

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Apr 14, 2016
Sons of Anarchy and Fargo the rest suck.
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Apr 14, 2016
Negro please. Terriers was the shiit yo. Sons of Anarchy turned into a comedy after season 4.
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