The BEST FX shows of all time

Every FX show, ranked

We've compiled the average episode rating for every FX show to compile this list of best shows!

The Shield
star
8.83
7912 votes

#1 - The Shield

The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.

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Fargo
star
8.74
20224 votes

#2 - Fargo

Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.

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Sons of Anarchy
star
8.70
27244 votes

#3 - Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC’s familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegal arms business driven by the seduction of money, power, and blood.

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Justified
star
8.56
11167 votes

#4 - Justified

At the explosive center of the action, Western-style, gun-slinging U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens confronts murder, drugs, bank heists, mobsters, crime families, corrupt politicians and even his own tumultuous past and never backs down. His ultimate adversary is the cunning, complex outlaw Boyd Crowder, but the real wild card is Ava Crowder, the mysterious woman torn between the two men and both sides of the law.

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Louie
star
8.52
7515 votes

#5 - Louie

Louis C.K. stars as a fictionalized version of himself- a comedian and newly divorced father raising his two daughters in New York City.

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Terriers
star
8.49
1310 votes

#6 - Terriers

Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business. The series is set in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, although it is portrayed as a distinct town, with Dolworth having once been a member of the fictional Ocean Beach Police Department.

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Rescue Me
star
8.47
2321 votes

#7 - Rescue Me

From the creators and executive producers of The Job comes Rescue Me, a drama/comedy that centers on the inner workings of Ladder Company 62, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world. The show focuses Tommy Gavin, the senior fire-fighter whose life is in turmoil as he copes with the stresses and fears of his job as well the separation from his wife Janet. Tommy moves into a house across the street from her to stay close to their three children and keep an eye on her. The stresses and fears of his job are manifested through conversations with his dead cousin Jimmy Keefe, a former fire-fighter, as well as the haunting memories of people he has watched perish on the job.

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Atlanta
star
8.43
4354 votes

#8 - Atlanta

Two cousins, with different views on art versus commerce, on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene; Earnest 'Earn' Marks, an ambitious college dropout and his estranged cousin, who suddenly becomes a star.

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The Americans (2013)
star
8.42
12256 votes

#9 - The Americans (2013)

Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI Counterintelligence agent.

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Snowfall (2017)
star
8.37
1390 votes

#10 - Snowfall (2017)

A look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the early 1980s.

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Testees
star
8.34
581 votes

#11 - Testees

Two guys in their early 30s are human guinea pigs for a testing facility known as Testico. As they try to live their lives as normally as possible, they have to deal with the potential side effects of a new product, experimental medication, or treatment.

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What We Do in the Shadows
star
8.31
2900 votes

#12 - What We Do in the Shadows

A documentary-style look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires in Staten Island who have “lived” together for hundreds and hundreds of years.

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FEUD
star
8.22
962 votes

#13 - FEUD

Planned anthology series centering on famous feuds, including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford that is discontinued at the moment.

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Mr Inbetween
star
8.18
637 votes

#14 - Mr Inbetween

Hardened by the prison system and his experiences dealing with it, criminal for hire Ray Shoesmith learns how to deal with life in the real world away from the bars of prison, where actions always have consequences.

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Damages
star
8.18
4289 votes

#15 - Damages

Set in New York's world of high stakes litigation, Damages follows the lives of Patty Hewes, the nation's most revered and most reviled litigator, and her bright, ambitious protege Ellen Parsons as they become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting Arthur Frobisher, one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles Frobisher and his attorney, Ellen learns what it takes to win at all costs -- and that lives, not just fortunes, are at stake.

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American Horror Story
star
8.13
31135 votes

#16 - American Horror Story

An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse and a slasher camp.

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Over There
star
8.12
534 votes

#17 - Over There

"Over There" portrays the first scripted television series set in a current, ongoing war involving the United States. Gritty, intense, evocative and emotional, "Over There" takes you to the front lines of a battle and explores the effects of a war on a U.S. Army unit sent to Iraq on their first tour of duty, as well as the equally powerful effects felt at home by their families and loved ones. "Over There" is not about politics or policies. It's a true-to-life depiction of courageous soldiers - the everyday heroes who fight for freedom under extraordinary conditions.

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American Crime Story
star
8.12
4718 votes

#18 - American Crime Story

An award-winning anthology series that examines some of America's most famous crimes. Each season is presented as a self-contained mini-series following unrelated true events.

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Legion
star
8.02
8473 votes

#19 - Legion

David was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals since. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness.

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Nip/Tuck
star
7.97
4094 votes

#20 - Nip/Tuck

Beauty, the saying goes, is only skin deep. The beauty of Nip/Tuck is that it goes deeper, laying bare the complexities and fragile natures often found in patients seeking cosmetic surgery. Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon portray hotshot Miami South Beach plastic surgeons who are themselves in full-blown midlife crises as they confront career, family and romance problems. The series' cutting-edge stories range from funny to suspenseful to uncommonly powerful. The surgeries are graphically bold. The sexuality is rampant.

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Unsupervised
star
7.83
398 votes

#21 - Unsupervised

"Unsupervised" is a comedy about optimistic best friends Gary and Joel navigating the harsh landscape of teenage life and trying to do what's right without any parental guidance whatsoever. It features an outstanding voice cast including Rob Rosell, David Hornsby, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Romany Malco, Fred Armisen, Kaitlin Olson and Alexa Vega.

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Mayans M.C.
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7.81
1445 votes

#22 - Mayans M.C.

EZ is the gifted son of a proud Latino family, whose American dream was stifled by cartel violence. Now his need for revenge drives him into a life he never intended and he can never escape.

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Tyrant
star
7.73
2478 votes

#23 - Tyrant

Bassam Al-Fayeed or Barry, as he is known to his wife Molly and two children Sammy and Emma,has been living a self imposed exile from his Middle Eastern country called Abbudin for 20 years. Although he is the second son of the ruling president, Bassam has no desire to go back home.

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The Bridge (2013)
star
7.73
2809 votes

#24 - The Bridge (2013)

A present-day crime thriller exploring the tensions on the US-Mexico border. When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross from El Paso PD must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz, to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. Marco understands the slippery politics of Mexican law enforcement, and while his police force slowly succumbs to the pressures and demands of the cartel, he's one of the last good men in the department. He's charming, but will do whatever it takes to get what he needs -- which doesn't sit well with Sonya, who has Asperger's and strictly follows rules and protocol. The case quickly pulls them into a string of murders on the border, a scene already consumed by illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violence and prostitution. (Adaptation of Swedish-Danish series Bron|Broen)

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Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
star
7.67
455 votes

#25 - Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

The series centers on Johnny Rock, the aging lead singer of NYC's legendary early-'90s band The Heathens, who is trying to get both his band and his life back together.

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Fosse/Verdon
star
7.59
218 votes

#26 - Fosse/Verdon

He was a filmmaker and one of theater's most influential choreographers and directors. She was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Together, they changed the face of American entertainment — at a perilous cost.

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Better Things
star
7.55
1295 votes

#27 - Better Things

An actress raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of working in Hollywood and being a single parent.

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The Strain
star
7.52
10677 votes

#28 - The Strain

A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.

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The Riches
star
7.51
799 votes

#29 - The Riches

Wayne and Dahlia Malloy are Irish Travellers con artists and thieves who travel with their children Di Di (Delilah), Cael, and Sam. As the series begins, Dahlia has just been paroled from prison. During her two-year sentence, she developed various drug addictions. In her absence, Wayne and the children have been continuing to act as con artists across the U.S. After a brief reunion with their Traveller clan, the family flees to avoid an arranged marriage for Di Di. Wayne steals a large amount from the clan's hoard of cash, and the family runs off. After getting into an altercation and RV chase with another Traveller family, the Malloys are involved in a car accident that kills a very wealthy couple, the eponymous Riches. In the hopes of pursuing a "better life", they adopt the Riches' identities in an affluent gated community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They struggle to adjust to their new lives as buffers, as they call people who are not Travellers.

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Thief
star
7.50
75 votes

#30 - Thief

Thief revolves around a heist crew lead by Nick Atwater who are planning on doing their biggest heist yet - stealing $30 million from the U.S. government. However, Nick soon has another responsibilty, his 14 year old step-daughter.

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Chozen
star
7.38
322 votes

#31 - Chozen

Chozen is an animated comedy about its title character, "Chozen," a gay white rapper fresh out of prison. Armed with a new message, Chozen is on a quest for redemption and to claim his rightful position as the world's top rap artist. His music and lyrics take aim at the stereotypes of machismo and misogyny that is synonymous with rap music. And his new world view has been shaped by his time in prison.

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Lights Out
star
7.37
434 votes

#32 - Lights Out

Lights Out is an American television boxing drama series from the FX network in the United States. It stars Holt McCallany as Patrick "Lights" Leary, a New Jersey native, and former heavyweight champion boxer who is considering a comeback.

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Trust (2018)
star
7.37
361 votes

#33 - Trust (2018)

The trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys. Told over multiple seasons and spanning the twentieth century, the series begins in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, by the Italian mafia in Rome.

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30 Days
star
7.37
159 votes

#34 - 30 Days

From Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) comes 30 Days, a new series where Morgan will explore what life changing experiences are possible in 30 days. The concept for the show stemmed from the transformation Spurlock underwent when he ate nothing but fast food for 30 days in his movie Super Size Me. In this new FX series, Morgan Spurlock asks the question, what would happen if people spend 30 days living in someone else's shoes? Find out the answer as he brings you 30 life changing days in one hour focusing on topics such as minimum wage, anti-aging strategies, and binge drinking.

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Breeders
star
7.31
284 votes

#35 - Breeders

Paul and Ally juggle full-time careers, aging parents, a mortgage, upheavals in their relationship and the unenviable curveballs of parenting their young children, Luke and Ava — exploring the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there.

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Baskets
star
7.30
1083 votes

#36 - Baskets

In Bakersfield, California, Chip Baskets sets out on following his dream of becoming a professional clown. After failing to get a degree at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, he is stuck with a job at a local rodeo.

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Married
star
7.18
540 votes

#37 - Married

Married is a half hour comedy about being miserably in love. Russ and Lina Bowman can barely remember what was like before kids, debt, and suburbia rained on their romance -- but every once in a while, in between the arguments about their declining sex life and who's driving carpool, they are reminded what drew them together in the first place -- they're best friends. The show also features Russ and Lina's friend AJ who is recently divorced and pretending he's over his wife, and their other friend Jess who is married to a much older man who can't keep up with her.

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Son of the Beach
star
7.12
203 votes

#38 - Son of the Beach

From the Howard Stern Production company, comes SON OF THE BEACH! Son of the Beach is a hilarious comedy about Notch Johnson, world's greatest lifeguard (hardly), and his unit SPF-30, taking place in Malibu Adjacent, CA. The Show is about Notch and his gang getting into different situations which ensure pure laughs and will make you want to watch again and again.

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The Bastard Executioner
star
6.93
895 votes

#39 - The Bastard Executioner

Wilkin Brattle's life is forever changed when a divine messenger beseeches him to lay down his sword and lead the life of another man: a journeyman executioner. Set in northern Wales during a time rife with rebellion and political upheaval, Wilkin must walk a tight rope between protecting his true identity while also serving a mysterious destiny.

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Anger Management
star
6.87
4480 votes

#40 - Anger Management

In Anger Management, Sheen stars as "Charlie," a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, and Noureen DeWulf co-star. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patients each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison. Charlie thrives on the chaos in his life while still battling his own anger issues. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist/best friend, an ex-wife whose positive outlook but poor choice in men frustrates Charlie, and their 13-year-old daughter who has obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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The Most Dangerous Animal of All
star
6.62
53 votes

#41 - The Most Dangerous Animal of All

Soon after his birth-mother contacted him for the first time, Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His disturbing identity would force Stewart to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself.

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Dirt
star
6.61
396 votes

#42 - Dirt

Courteney Cox stars in this new drama from FX, and also acts as an executive producer. The series follows the exploits of Lucy Spiller, an executive editor at two tabloid magazines. Lucy possesses the power to manipulate the lives of celebrities through the articles she prints in the magazine. 13 episodes have been ordered for the first season. Dirt is co-produced by FX, Touchstone Television, and Coquette.

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A Wilderness of Error
star
6.30
40 votes

#43 - A Wilderness of Error

When an Army surgeon is sent to prison for killing his family, his case unleashes a swirling narrative that may just point to his innocence.

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The Comedians (2015)
star
6.21
230 votes

#44 - The Comedians (2015)

A veteran comedian is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comedian for a late-night comedy sketch show.

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Partners (2014)
star
5.63
214 votes

#45 - Partners (2014)

The new sitcom marks the much-anticipated return to television of both Lawrence and Grammer, who play two Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives. Brought together by fate and greed, they develop a partnership and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives.

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Brand X with Russell Brand
star
5.51
137 votes

#46 - Brand X with Russell Brand

The series premiere of Brand X, FX's new late-night comedy starring acclaimed actor/comedian Russell Brand, will debut, at 11:00 PM E/P. The series features Brand's unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture. The network has ordered six half-hour installments of the series that will be shot in front of a live audience. The format will draw heavily on Brand's interaction with that audience. The series is produced by FX Productions in association with Branded Films and Dakota Films. This marks the first television deal for Branded Films. Executive Producers are Russell Brand, Troy Miller and Nik Linnen. Miller also serves as Director of the series. The series was originally scheduled for the spring, but was pushed to the summer due to a film production starring Brand.

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Saint George
star
4.55
121 votes

#47 - Saint George

An ensemble comedy that follows the chaotic life of George Lopez, a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur caught between two cultures. He struggles to balance the parenting demands of his All-American Anglo ex-wife Mackenzie and the cultural expectations of his overbearing Mexican-American mother Alma. As George attempts to relate to his 11-year-old son Harper, his life is further complicated by his fun-loving but freeloading uncle Tio and cousin Junior. As a wealthy businessman, George also gives back by teaching history to a multi-cultural classroom at a night school in downtown Los Angeles, where he's supervised by tough and sexy Assistant Principal Concepcion. Ultimately, Saint George is a celebration of a multi-generational family that humorously wrestles with cultural differences.

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