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The Best USA Network Original Series

Updated June 25, 2021 9.2k votes 2.1k voters 39.5k views51 items

List RulesVote up the best original shows made just for USA Network.

Like many basic cable channels, USA Network has its share of syndicated programming but the USA Network original series stand out above the crowd with a unique blend of true crime, reality, comedy-dramas, and thrillers. This list of all the USA Network originals is ranked from best to worst, based on your votes. USA network was perhaps the first cable network to really invest in creating quality original programming.   Once a minor player in the network game, it's the original series that have brought USA Network acclaim and a place next to other subscription-television networks such as TBS, TNT, and FX.

One of USA Networks best original series, Mr. Robot, is a stylish thriller starring Rami Malek. The comedy-dramas Psych and Monk both focus on fighting crime and dealing with quirky detectives. Other good USA Network originals include Burn Notice, Queen of the South, and The Sinner. Early 2000s USA Network show The 4400 has even been rebooted (sadly on another channel).

What are the best USA Network original series? Vote up the best USA Network originals and see where the USA Network shows you love the most rank.

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    Psych

    James Roday Rodriguez, Dulé Hill

    PremieredJuly 7, 2006

    PremieredJuly 7, 2006

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Crime, Mystery

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Crime, Mystery

    Psych (USA Network, 2007) is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks. Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is a young consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department...  more

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    Burn Notice

    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar

    PremieredJune 28, 2007

    PremieredJune 28, 2007

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Burn Notice (USA, 2007) is an American action crime drama television series created by Matt Nix. After being disavowed by the U.S. government, a covert ops agent (Jeffrey Donovan) uses his highly...  more

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    Monk

    Tony Shalhoub, Ted Levine

    PremieredJuly 12, 2002

    PremieredJuly 12, 2002

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Comedy

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Comedy

    Monk (USA, 2002) is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman. A brilliant detective with an extreme case of OCD (Tony Shalhoub) helps the San Francisco...  more

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    White Collar

    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay

    PremieredOctober 23, 2009

    PremieredOctober 23, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin. After being captured by the FBI, a renowned con artist (Matt Bomer) reluctantly partners up with an honest...  more

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    Suits

    Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman

    PremieredJune 23, 2011

    PremieredJune 23, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime drama, Law

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime drama, Law

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    Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug deal gone bad, brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, finds himself working with Harvey Specter, one of New...  more

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    Covert Affairs

    Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham

    PremieredJuly 13, 2010

    PremieredJuly 13, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

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    Covert Affairs (USA, 2010) is an American drama series created by Matt Corman and Chris Ord. Fresh out of the farm, Annie Walker must adapt to the challenging life of a CIA operative under the...  more

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    In Plain Sight

    Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller

    PremieredJune 1, 2008

    PremieredJune 1, 2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    In Plain Sight (USA, 2008) is an American crime drama television series created by David Maples. U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) must hunt down witnesses for federal cases in the witness...  more
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    Royal Pains

    Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo

    PremieredJune 4, 2009

    PremieredJune 4, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama, Medical

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama, Medical

    Royal Pains (USA, 2009) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Andrew Lenchewski and John P. Rogers. After being wrongly accused for a patient's death, doctor Hank Lawson (Mark...  more

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    La Femme Nikita

    Peta Wilson, Roy Dupuis

    PremieredJanuary 13, 1997

    PremieredJanuary 13, 1997

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure

    La Femme Nikita is a Canadian action/drama television series based on the French film Nikita by Luc Besson. The series was co-produced by Jay Firestone of Fireworks Entertainment and Warner Bros.. It...  more

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    Graceland

    Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit

    PremieredJune 6, 2013

    PremieredJune 6, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery, Action

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery, Action

    Graceland (USA Network, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Eastin. Rookie FBI agent Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) is assigned to live with a group of undercover agents in a...  more

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    Sirens

    Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels

    Premiered2014

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Medical

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Medical

    "Sirens" follows the ridiculous antics of three Chicago EMTs. A group of unruly men when it comes to their personal lives, these guys are the best in the business professionally and can handle any...  more
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    The Dead Zone

    Anthony Michael Hall, Nicole de Boer

    PremieredJune 16, 2002

    PremieredJune 16, 2002

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Science fiction, Action

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Science fiction, Action

    This series is an American Canadian science fiction/suspense series starring Anthony Michael Hall as Johnny Smith, who discovers he has developed psychic abilities after a coma. The show, credited as...  more

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    Silk Stalkings

    Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture

    PremieredNovember 7, 1991

    PremieredNovember 7, 1991

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Silk Stalkings is a drama television series that premiered on CBS on November 7, 1991. The show was creator Stephen J. Cannell's longest running series. Its title is a wordplay on silk stockings....  more

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    Mr. Robot

    Rami Malek, Christian Slater

    Premiered2015

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime drama, Thriller

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime drama, Thriller

    Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama-thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety disorder...  more

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    Fairly Legal

    Sarah Shahi, Baron Vaughn

    PremieredJanuary 20, 2011

    PremieredJanuary 20, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Fairly Legal is a television series which aired on USA Network from January 20, 2011, to June 15, 2012. The series starred Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams, Baron Vaughn, and Ryan...  more

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    Law & Order: Criminal Intent

    Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe

    PremieredSeptember 30, 2001

    PremieredSeptember 30, 2001

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Docudrama

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Docudrama

    This show is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it was also primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, the series premiered...  more

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    Necessary Roughness

    Callie Thorne, Scott Cohen

    PremieredJune 29, 2011

    PremieredJune 29, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Necessary Roughness is a USA Network television series starring Callie Thorne and Scott Cohen that aired from June 29, 2011 to August 21, 2013. The second season premiered on June 6, 2012. The...  more
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    Queen of the South

    Alice Braga, Hemky Madera

    PremieredJune 21, 2016

    PremieredJune 21, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    Queen of the South (USA, 2016) is an American television drama series adapted from the successful telenovela La Reina del Sur on sister network Telemundo and the book of the same name by Spanish...  more

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    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Premiered2017

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Anthology

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Anthology

    The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds, based on the novel by Petra Hammesfahr. Police detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) investigates brutal...  more

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    The 4400

    Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie

    PremieredJuly 11, 2004

    PremieredJuly 11, 2004

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction

    The 4400 (USA Network, 2004) is an American science fiction television series created by René Echevarria and Scott Peters. After 4,400 missing individuals mysteriously reappear, federal agents slowly...  more

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    Colony

    Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies

    PremieredJanuary 14, 2016

    PremieredJanuary 14, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction, Action, Fantasy, Thriller

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction, Action, Fantasy, Thriller

    Colony (USA Network, 2016) is an American science-fiction drama television series created by Carlton Cuse and Ryan J. Condal. In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay...  more

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    Airwolf

    Jan-Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine

    PremieredJanuary 22, 1984

    PremieredJanuary 22, 1984

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure

    Airwolf is an American television series that ran from 1984 until 1987. The program centers on a high-tech military helicopter, code named Airwolf, and its crew as they undertake various missions,...  more
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    Pacific Blue

    Jim Davidson, Darlene Vogel

    PremieredMarch 2, 1996

    PremieredMarch 2, 1996

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    Pacific Blue is an American crime drama series about a team of police officers with the Santa Monica Police Department who patrolled its beaches on bicycles. The show ran for five seasons on the USA...  more
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    Common Law

    Michael Ealy, Sonya Walger

    Premiered2012

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Common Law is an American comedy-drama television series, which ran on USA Network from May 11 to August 10, 2012, and stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as two Los Angeles Police Department...  more
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    Pearson

    Gina Torres, Isabel Arraiza

    PremieredOctober 8, 2018

    PremieredOctober 8, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Anime

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Anime

    Pearson (USA Network, 2019) is an American political drama television series created by Aaron Korsh and Daniel Arkin and a spin-off of the show Suits. The show follows powerhouse lawyer Jessica...  more