Creator / FX

FX (short for Fox Extended) is the cable branch of the Fox network. Although its operations are totally separate from Fox, it shares that network's aptitude for experimentation and is regarded as a network close to the standards of premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime, consistently producing critically-acclaimed series with major crossover appeal.

FX took pride in its early adoption of the internet to interact with viewers (broadcasting hours of live programming from an apartment/studio in New York- including Tom Bergeron as the co-host of Breakfast Time, a Transatlantic Equivalent to The Big Breakfast), but otherwise spent the 1990s running old movies and television shows (primarily Fox-owned, natch). Its first foray into original scripted programming was The Shield in 2002, which turned out to be a critical and commercial hit, winning a number of Emmys, Golden Globes, and other awards.

FX is notable for being led by executives who are actual television lovers, who give notes that can actually make the show better. It is also famous for mostly producing comedies and dramas that revolve around anti-heroes. This became such a prominent theme that then-network president Kevin Reilly once turned down a new show because it featured yet another anti-hero,note  although they appear to have given up that fight.

FX's siblings are the younger-skewing, comedy-oriented FXX (where most of FX's comedies have moved to) and the all-movie channel, FXM.

Disney announced in December 2017 that it would acquire the FX networks as part of a broader deal to purchase most of Fox's entertainment assets, excluding the Fox network. This has cast the future of FX in deep uncertainty, and some fear that Disney might slowly let the network rot itself to irrelevance as Disney focuses on setting up its streaming service, which is presumably set to include content from FX should the deal be approved by regulators.

Shows on FX Networks with their own pages:

Tropes associated with this network:

  • Early Installment Weirdness: The channel now is unrecognizable from the "interactive" and "Fox Gone Cable" eras; no more live shows (minus the occasional sports telecast), old Fox-sourced reruns (from both the TCF library and non-TCF programs aired on Fox), etc. Even as the network evolved, there were still odd things here and there- like sharing baseball coverage that had moved from Fox SportsNet with what was then Fox Family (after they were bought by Disney, that coverage moved to ESPN, with occasional ABC Family telecasts).
  • Typecasting: Rare channel example, but FX is well known for their dramas featuring complicated Anti-Heroes. They even turned down Breaking Bad in an attempt to avert this.