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The Best FX Original Shows

Updated May 14, 2021 12.5k votes 2.1k voters 52.6k views69 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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    Mayans MC

    JD Pardo, Clayton Cardenas

    PremieredSeptember 4, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Mayans MC (FX, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, and a spinoff of Sons of Anarchy. EZ Reyes (J. D. Pardo), a former golden boy now fresh out of...  more

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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008–2014

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt Sutter. The series follows the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a...  more

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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins

    Premiered2010–2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Justified (FX, 2010) is an American crime drama television series developed by Graham Yost, based on the short story "Fire in the Hole" by Elmore Leonard. US Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant)...  more

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    The Americans

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    Premiered1961–present

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as an...  more

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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    Danny DeVito, Charlie Day

    Premiered2005–2012

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. A group of five depraved underachievers: twins Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton) and Deandra...  more

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    Fargo

    Chris Rock, Glynn Turman

    PremieredApril 15, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings in and...  more

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    The Shield

    Michael Chiklis, Benito Martinez

    Premiered2002–2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    The Shield (FX, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created by Shawn Ryan. Led by Detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis), a corrupt LAPD team does anything to stop crime, including...  more

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    American Horror Story

    Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton

    Premiered2011–present

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Drama, Thriller

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations,...  more

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    Atlanta

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    PremieredSeptember 6, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his rapper...  more

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    Archer

    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer

    Premiered2009–present

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Action, Animated

    Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are...  more

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    What We Do in the Shadows

    Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak

    PremieredMarch 27, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Dark comedy, Horror

    What We Do in the Shadows (FX, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 2014 film created by Jemaine Clement. A look at the lives of three vampires who have been living as roommates...  more

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    American Crime Story

    Cuba Gooding, David Schwimmer

    PremieredFebruary 2, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Anthology, Crime

    American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American anthology television series by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, and Tom Rob Smith. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, following...  more

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    Snowfall

    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson

    PremieredJuly 5, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio, and Dave Andron. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, the series revolves around the first crack epidemic...  more

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    The League

    Mark Duplass, Steve Rannazzisi

    Premiered2009–2013

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Football

    The League (FX, 2009) is an American sitcom created by Jeff and Jackie Schaffer. Six friends (Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi, Paul Scheer, Jon Lajoie, and Katie Aselton) in a fantasy...  more

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    Rescue Me

    Denis Leary, Andrea Roth

    Premiered2004–2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Rescue Me is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on the FX Network on July 21, 2004 and concluded on September 7, 2011. The series focuses on the professional and personal lives...  more

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    Nip/Tuck

    Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon

    Premiered2003–2010

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Medical

    Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", a cutting-edge,...  more

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    Legion

    Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza

    PremieredFebruary 8, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Science fiction, Drama

    Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens)...  more

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    Taboo

    Tom Hardy, Leo Bill

    PremieredJanuary 7, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in Africa with...  more

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    Louie

    Louis C.K., Ursula Parker

    Premiered2010–present

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Louie (FX, 2010) is an American comedy-drama television series created by comedian Louis C.K. A divorced comedian (Louis C.K.) living in New York balances life and relationships, while raising his...  more

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    Better Things

    Pamela Adlon, Celia Imrie

    PremieredSeptember 8, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    Better Things (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. An actress (Pamela Adlon) raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of...  more

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    Tyrant

    Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan

    PremieredJune 24, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Thriller

    Tyrant is an American drama television series created by director and writer Gideon Raff and developed by Howard Gordon and Craig Wright. The first season of Tyrant consisting of 10 episodes...  more
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    Damages

    Glenn Close, Rose Byrne

    Premiered2007–2010

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Damages (FX, 2007) is an American legal thriller television series created by Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, and Todd A. Kessler. A law school graduate (Rose Byrne) becomes the protégée of a...  more

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    You're the Worst

    Chris Geere, Aya Cash

    PremieredJuly 17, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    You're the Worst (FXX, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Falk. Jimmy (Chris Geere), a self-involved writer, and Gretchen (Aya Cash), a self-destructive Los...  more

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    Wilfred

    Elijah Wood, Jason Gann

    Premiered2011–2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Wilfred (FX, 2011) is an Australian-American comedy television series developed by David Zuckerman, based on the 2007 Australian series. After a failed suicide attempt, a depressed man (Elijah Wood)...  more

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    Baskets

    Zach Galifianakis, Louie Anderson

    PremieredJanuary 21, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    Baskets (FX, 2016) is an American comedy television series co-created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel. Chip Baskets (Galifianakis), a failed professional clown in Paris, becomes...  more