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The Best FX Original Shows

Updated November 23, 2020 11.6k votes 1.8k voters 48.4k views67 items

List RulesShows that were created by and originally aired on the FX Network. Vote up the best FX original series.

The FX TV Network (which originally stood for "Fox Extended") is a paid cable and satellite TV station that has produced a variety of well-known original series and sports shows, including dramatic series, reality shows, game shows, and animated series. It is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox and has a reputation for putting out shows that are similar in feeling and quality to channels like Showtime and HBO. What are the best FX original shows of all time?

Launched in 1994, FX has increased in popularity and is responsible for giving several talented stars their big breaks, before they moved on to other projects. Many of these FX original series have won Emmys and other awards as well.

This list features the best FX original shows, ranked by the community as the best, including, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, American Horror Story, The Americans, The Bridge, Atlanta, Anger Management, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and What We Do In The Shadows. Vote up the best FX original shows below and see where the ones you think are great rank.

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  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia1
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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton

    Premiered2005–2012

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Black comedy

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  • Fargo2
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    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Crime

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Americans3
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    The Americans

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    Premiered1961–present

    Genres (Tv)Period drama, Thriller

    The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe... more on Wikipedia

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  • Justified4
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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010–2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Neo-Western

    Justified (FX, 2010) is an American crime drama television series developed by Graham Yost,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Atlanta5
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    Atlanta

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover.... more on Wikipedia

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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008–2014

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Neo-western

    Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt... more on Wikipedia

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  • American Horror Story7
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011–present

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Archer8
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    Archer

    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer

    Premiered2009–present

    Genres (Tv)Adult animation, Action, Comedy

    Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Shield9
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    The Shield

    Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent

    Premiered2002–2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    The Shield (FX, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created by Shawn Ryan. Led... more on Wikipedia

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  • What We Do in the Shadows10
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    What We Do in the Shadows

    Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    What We Do in the Shadows (FX, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 2014... more on Wikipedia
  • American Crime Story11
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    American Crime Story

    Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)True crime, Drama, Anthology

    American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American anthology television series by Scott Alexander,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rescue Me12
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    Rescue Me

    Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi

    Premiered2004–2011

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Action

    Rescue Me is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on the FX Network on... more on Wikipedia

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  • Legion13
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    Legion

    Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Action, Horror, Drama, Superhero

    Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Nip/Tuck14
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    Nip/Tuck

    Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon

    Premiered2003–2010

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama, Drama, Psychological thriller, Thriller, Medical fiction

    Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the... more on Wikipedia

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  • The League15
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    The League

    Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll

    Premiered2009–2013

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The League (FX, 2009) is an American sitcom created by Jeff and Jackie Schaffer. Six friends... more on Wikipedia
  • Louie16
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    Louie

    Louis C.K., Hadley Delany

    Premiered2010–present

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Comedy-drama, Satire, Surreal humour

    Louie (FX, 2010) is an American comedy-drama television series created by comedian Louis C.K.... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Ultimate Fighter17
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    The Ultimate Fighter

    Dana White, Mike Rowe

    Premiered2012–present

    Genres (Tv)Sports, Sports film, Reality television

    The Ultimate Fighter is an American reality television series and mixed martial arts... more on Wikipedia

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  • Snowfall18
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    Snowfall

    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Taboo19
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    Taboo

    Tom Hardy, Leo Bill

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Period drama

    Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips"... more on Wikipedia
  • Better Things20
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    Better Things

    Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Better Things (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mayans MC21
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    Mayans MC

    J. D. Pardo, Edward James Olmos

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama, Thriller

    Mayans MC (FX, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin... more on Wikipedia
  • Tyrant22
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    Tyrant

    Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Tyrant is an American drama television series created by director and writer Gideon Raff and... more on Wikipedia
  • Baskets23
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    Baskets

    Zach Galifianakis, Martha Kelly

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Dark comedy, Comedy-drama, Surreal humour

    Baskets (FX, 2016) is an American comedy television series co-created by Louis C.K., Zach... more on Wikipedia
  • Damages24
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    Damages

    Glenn Close, Rose Byrne

    Premiered2007–2010

    Genres (Tv)Legal drama, Crime, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Serial drama

    Damages (FX, 2007) is an American legal thriller television series created by Daniel Zelman,... more on Wikipedia
  • Mr Inbetween25
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    Mr Inbetween

    Scott Ryan, Justin Rosniak

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Mr. Inbetween (FX, 2018) is an Australian television black comedy-drama series, inspired by... more on Wikipedia