4. It's the flagship program on FX, arguably most underrated network on television.
The popularity of cable dramas over broadcast is higher than ever, and with that new world order comes a new big three of networks that are consistently killing it. Our rank? HBO, AMC, and then FX. That's right, we'd place the FOX subsidiary over Showtime on the strength of its stronger track record, envelope-pushing series, and overall creative originality.
It's current slate boasts the beastly likes of Justified, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and, of course, American Horror Story. FX is approaching dominance, and it's riding to victory on the Harley of its flagship series, Sons of Anarchy. The network had boundary breaking series before (The Shield, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck) but none of those had the monster ratings that SoA is enjoying now.
As a network, FX deserves higher consideration for its bold backing of daring series, the reputation for which is heavily influenced by Sons. Testosterone-fueled series with great characters and even greater suspense? Consider us on board.