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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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  • 1
    Netflix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    1,830
    607
    • Sex Education
    • You
    • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
    • The Witcher
    • Stranger Things
    • Narcos: Mexico
       
  • 2
    HBO is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    1,997
    680

    HBO

    • Westworld
    • Succession
    • Euphoria
    • His Dark Materials
    • Curb Your Enthusiasm
    • True Detective

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  • 3
    AMC is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    1,371
    588
    • Better Call Saul
    • The Walking Dead
    • Fear The Walking Dead
    • The Terror
    • Lodge 49
    • NOS4A2

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  • 4
    FX is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    965
    556
    • Fargo
    • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    • Pose
    • Mayans M.C.
    • Snowfall
    • American Horror Story

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  • 5
    NBC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    884
    478
    • Saturday Night Live
    • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    • This Is Us
    • Chicago Med
    • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    • The Blacklist

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  • 6
    Fox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    604
    355
    • The Simpsons
    • Bob's Burgers
    • Empire
    • 9-1-1
    • The Resident
    • Family Guy
  • 7
    ABC is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    874
    602
    • Grey's Anatomy
    • Emergence
    • Modern Family
    • Black-ish
    • The Goldbergs
    • Bless This Mess

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  • 8
    History is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    665
    429
    • Vikings
    • Knightfall
    • Project Blue Book
    • American Pickers
    • Ancient Aliens
    • Pawn Stars

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  • 9
    The CW is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    904
    726
    • Supernatural
    • The Flash
    • Riverdale
    • Supergirl
    • Charmed
    • Roswell, New Mexico

     

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  • 10
    CBS is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    627
    438
    • Blue Bloods
    • NCIS
    • Criminal Minds
    • Hawaii Five-0
    • Mom
    • Young Sheldon
  • 11
    National Geographic Channel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    • Drugs, Inc.
    • Genius
    • Wicked Tuna
    • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
    • Running Wild with Bear Grylls
  • 12
    FXX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    337
    281
    • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    • Archer
    • Cake
  • 13
    Comedy Central is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    • The Daily Show
    • Tosh.0
    • Drunk History
    • Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens
    • South Park
    • Crank Yankers

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  • 14
    Showtime is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    709
    664
    • Shameless
    • Homeland
    • Billions
    • Black Monday
    • The Chi
    • Kidding

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  • 15
    Amazon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    265
    210
    • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    • The Boys
    • Fleabag
    • Good Omens
    • Jack Ryan
  • 16
    Hulu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    205
    95
    • Marvel's Runaways
    • Ramy
    • Shrill
    • The Handmaid's Tale
    • PEN15
  • 17
    Nickelodeon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    • Spongebob Squarepants
    • The Loud House
    • Henry Danger
    • It's Pony
    • Knight Squad
    • ​​​​​​​All That
  • 18
    The History Channel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    • Vikings
    • American Pickers
    • Ancient Aliens
    • Pawn Stars
    • Knightfall
  • 19
    PBS is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    391
    368
    • America's Test Kitchen
    • This Old House
    • Masterpiece
    • The Woodwright's Shop
    • Antiques Roadshow
    • Austin City Limits
  • 20
    Starz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    386
    370

    Outlander
    Power
    American Gods
    Counterpart
    Black Sails

  • 21
    USA is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    416
    414
    • Queen of the South
    • Miz & Mrs.
    • The Purge
    • Dare Me
    • Temptation Island
    • The Biggest Loser
  • 22
    A&E is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    365
    361
    • Hoarders
    • Storage Wars
    • The Frankenstein Chronicles
    • The First 48
    • Live PD
    • Undercover High

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  • 23
    BBC America is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    • Doctor Who
    • Blue Planet Now
    • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
    • Killing Eve
    • Top Gear America
  • 24
    Animal Planet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    • The Secret Life of the Zoo
    • Coyote Peterson: Brave the Wild
    • Crikey! It's the Irwins
    • Dinosaur Planet
    • River Monsters

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  • 25
    Disney+ is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Networks with the Best Shows
    • The Mandalorian
    • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
    • Diary of a Future President
    • Marvel's Hero Project
    • The World According to Jeff Goldblum

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