52. Comedy Central
For basic cable, Comedy Central had some of the most intelligent and biting social, economic, political, and racial satire during the fuckery that was the Bush presidency (Chappelle's Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park, and even Reno 911!). Not only did it make us laugh, but it also informed us of more real-life bullshit than actual news. It's almost enough to make us forgive the channel its love affair with Dane Cook.
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The conservative group Parents Television Council has accused Comedy Central of bigotry and blasphemy. Probably part of the reason we love the channel so goddamn much.