HBO's domination of television has seen a whole host of other channels looking to compete against this cable station Goliath with intelligent and forward thinking pieces of programming of their own. AMC has produced "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," whilst NBC, FOX, and ABC have attempted to compete with their own unique brand of comedies and genres that have included shows like "Community," "30 Rock," "Lost," and "New Girl". Yet FX seems to be a channel that people forget about but actually produces a host of acclaimed shows that have a cult and loyal audience. Here are five reasons why FX is the funniest channel on TV.
"It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"
Developed as a short film idea by Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton which revolved around a friend attempting to borrow a cup of sugar from a man who has just told him he has cancer, "It's Always Sunny" has continued with the darkly morbid brand of comedy to become one of the most unique shows on television. Shot in a low-fi and cheap fashion, McElhenney's "Philadelphia" has turned much of it's cast, Charlie Day, Glenn Howeton, and McElhenney himself into Hollywood stars.
Louis CK has turned into the most important, candid, and vital comedian of his generation. Biting remarks about our current society, culture, and its various foibles are often completely on the money and his comedy series continues this tradition. Yet to describe "Louie" as simply a comedy doesn't do it justice. With it's various vignettes, comedy sketches, and narratives meandering a host of genres, it could quite possibly be the greatest show on television at the moment.
Most men's list of priorities goes like this: 1) Family, 2) Friends, 3) Job, 4) Their fantasy football team, with the latter at times eclipsing the others as the end of the season gets nearer. Jeff and Jackie Marcus Schaffer's comedy revolves around six friends who participate in a fantasy football league and often find themselves causing the others an immense amount of pain to hurt their teams. Essential viewing.
The eponymous dog of "Wilfred" is a foul-mouth Australian played by the show's co-creator, Jason Gann, who adores drinking, smoking, and chasing tail. Elijah Wood plays Ryan, the only man who can see the pup and some might see this as a complete breakdown of his mental state, but "Wilfred" turns into his best friend and the duo get up to a series of reprehensible activities.
"Legit" & "Anger Management"
These two new shows will premiere on FX over the next few months, with Charlie Sheen the main protagonist of "Anger Management" set to bring a huge audience over to the channel. "Legit" will star comedian Jim Jeffries who is set to use his unique comedy voice to create an original and distinctive addition to FX's line-up.