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TV Networks with the Best Shows  

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List of the TV networks with the best programming, ranked by content consumers. Is modern television better than film? Movie stars are stepping down from the silver screen to star in award-winning TV shows. Which channels have the best of the bunch? As competition increases, cable companies, and premium networks are producing some of the best series the world has ever seen, working to compete with streaming services and video on demand channels.

What channels have the best shows? This list discusses the best programming from popular North American networks, including the names of the original series they air. No matter what genre you’re craving, one of these top networks will have the right shows for you.

This list features the best U.S. networks with best programming, including: HBO, NBC, Showtime, TBS, AMC, Fox, FX, and more.

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Netflix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
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House of Cards
Stranger Things
Narcos
Orange Is the New Black
Bloodline
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Master of None
 

2
HBO is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Game of Thrones
The Sopranos
True Detective
Silicon Valley
True Blood
Girls
The Wire

3
AMC is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Breaking Bad
Mad Men
The Walking Dead
The Killing
Better Call Saul

 

4
FX is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Justified
Sons of Anarchy
Archer
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

5
The CW is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

The Vampire Diaries
Supernatural
Arrow
Beauty and the Beast
Hart of Dixie

6
ABC is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Grey's Anatomy
Once Upon a Time
Scandal
Modern Family
Castle

7
NBC is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Seinfeld
Saturday Night Live
Parks and Recreation
Friends
This Is Us
Law & Order

8
Showtime is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Homeland
Dexter
Weeds
Californication
Episodes

9
History is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Vikings
Pawn Stars
Swamp People
Alone
Ancient Aliens

10
Fox Television Stations is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
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The Simpsons
The X-Files
Married... with Children
24
Family Guy

11
CBS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
NCIS
Criminal Minds
The Big Bang Theory
The Amazing Race

12
BBC America is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Doctor Who
Orphan Black
Top Gear

13
Comedy Central is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

The Daily Show
Broad City
Workaholics
South Park 

14
USA Network is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Suits
White Collar
Royal Pains
Monday Night Raw

15
Syfy Universal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

The Magicians
Warehouse 13
The Expanse
Battlestar Gallactica​​​​​​​
Face Off

16
A&E is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Duck Dynasty
The Glades
Longmire
Criminal Minds
CSI: Miami

17
Nickelodeon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
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Spongebob Squarepants
Rugrats
The Fairly Odd Parents
Hey Arnold
Doug
​​​​​​​All That

18
FXX is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Atlanta
Archer
The Americans
American Horror Story

19
PBS is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Downton Abbey
Masterpiece
Sherlock
The Great British Baking Show
Nova

20
Adult Swim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
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Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Robot Chicken
The Venture Bros.
The Boondocks
Squidbillies
 

21
Starz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Outlander
Power
American Gods
Counterpart
Black Sails

22
National Geographic Channel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Taboo
Break It Down
World's Toughest Fixes
Hooked
Man Made

23
TNT is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Rizzoli & Isles
Falling Skies
Major Crimes
Franklin & Bash
Dallas

24
Animal Planet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

The Crocodile Hunter
Meerkat Manor
The Most Extreme
River Monsters

25
HGTV is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows

Fixer Upper
Property Brothers
Flip or Flop
House Hunters
Love It or List It