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American Movie Classics, or '''AMC''', is an American cable TV {{network|s}} that was established in 1984, [[NetworkDecay originally]] as a movie channel. Most of the movies it showed in its first twenty years came from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood and [[UsefulNotes/FallOfTheStudioSystem the years immediately after]], such as Creator/MarxBrothers comedies and {{film noir}}s. Starting in 1993, it began running the annual Film Preservation Festival, a multi-day marathon of rare, restored films that were [[MissingEpisode previously lost]], in order to raise money for film preservation. In 1997, AMC also started running ''Monsterfest'', a weeklong marathon of {{horror}} movies that ran before [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]]; this was replaced in 2008 with ''Fearfest''.

Starting in the late '90s, AMC began to undergo a famous case of NetworkDecay. In 1996, the network debuted its first scripted series, the {{dramedy}} ''Series/RememberWENN'', about [[WorkCom people working at a 1930s-'40s radio station]], and in 1999 it premiered the series ''The Lot''. Around the same time, the network ended its long-standing policy of showing movies uninterrupted and began running commercials during movies. AMC also had a short-lived PanelGame, ''The Movie Masters'', moderated by Gene Rayburn. The biggest change came in 2002, when AMC became a general movie channel, adding films from the last 30-40 years to its lineup and pushing pre-1970 films to late night, morning and late afternoon. It's been suggested that rival network Creator/TurnerClassicMovies was responsible for this shift, as that network's establishment cut deeply into AMC's selection of classic films (the vast Turner, Warner Bros. and MGM libraries were now exclusive to that network), along with Fox taking their rights for the Fox Movie Channel, but the main reason for the shift was an effort to appeal to a younger demographic.

The final sign of AMC's decay and perhaps proof that TropesAreTools was the network's investment in original series late in [[TurnOfTheMillennium the Oughts]]. In 2007, AMC debuted ''Series/MadMen'', a critically acclaimed drama that entered the public consciousness and established the movie network as a purveyor of high-quality television shows. AMC would follow up with shows like ''Series/BreakingBad'' in 2008, ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' in 2010, and ''Series/HellOnWheels'' in 2011. AMC has also crafted several {{mini series}}: including the 2006 [[TheWestern Western]] ''Film/BrokenTrail'', and the 2009 remake of ''Series/{{The Prisoner|2009}}''.

These days, it's more or less accurate to say that AMC has become {{Creator/HBO}} on basic cable [[DisSimile with commercials]].

Not to be confused with automaker American Motor Company, movie theatre chain AMC Theatres, or ''AllMyChildren'', the long-running SoapOpera known by its AMC initials in FanSpeak.
!!List of AMC shows and {{mini series}}:
* ''The Movie Masters'' (1989-1990; [[Series/MatchGame Gene Rayburn's]] final game show)
* ''Series/RememberWENN'' (1996-1998)
* ''The Lot'' (1999-2001)
* ''Film/BrokenTrail'' (2006 mini series)
* ''Series/MadMen'' (2007-2015)
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' (2008-2013)
* ''Series/{{The Prisoner|2009}}'' (2009 mini series)
* ''Series/{{Rubicon}}'' (2010)
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' (2010-present)
* ''Series/TheKilling'' (2011-2013)
* ''Series/HellOnWheels'' (2011-2016)
* ''Series/ComicBookMen'' (2012-present)
* ''Series/LowWinterSun'' (2013)
* ''Series/{{Turn}}'' (2014-2017)
* ''Series/HaltAndCatchFire'' (2014-2017)
* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' (2015-present)
* ''Series/FearTheWalkingDead'' (2015-present)
* ''Series/{{Humans}}'' (2015, co-produced with Creator/{{Channel 4}})
* ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' (2015-present)
* ''[[Series/Preacher2016 Preacher]]'' (2016-present)
* ''Series/TheNightManager'' (2016 mini series )
!!Tropes Associated with AMC as a whole

* TheArtifact: The only trace left of their past as a classic movie channel comes during the odd times they use episodes of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' as filler. They would have about an hour of stooge shorts a day in TheNineties.
* NetworkDecay:
** A case of NetworkDecay/MajorShiftsThatFit, as the channel transitioned from an oldie time movie channel to a movie channel of larger variety. This did bring some good shows on the table, so perhaps [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]].
** When ''Talking Dead'' became a success, it resulted in a new phase of reality shows. However, by 2014, AMC had all but ditched their entire unscripted slate. The only other show that survived was ''Series/ComicBookMen''.
** ''Monsterfest'' originally featured more traditional monster movies (vampires, werewolves, the occasional AttackOfThe50FootWhatever or AlienInvasion flick). As time went on, it shifted to slasher films and more recent movies, to the point where they renamed it ''Fearfest''.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: Most of the various dramas fall into level 5 (Full Lockout).
* TakeThat: If the network airs an advertisement for one of their shows, it was followed by a short blurb highlighting the fact that AMC was not available on Dish Network during its parent company's five month dispute with Dish.
* WhiteMaleLead: The current original series on AMC feature a particular type of protagonist: [[AntiHero The Strong White Man Who Dares To Be Badass]]. Some of AMC's promos are practically [[LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade]] on this by drawing explicit comparisons between [[Series/MadMen Don Draper]], [[Series/BreakingBad Walter White]], [[Series/HellOnWheels Cullen Bohannon]], and [[Series/TheWalkingDead Rick Grimes]]. ''Series/TheKilling'' and ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' are currently the sole exceptions to the rule.