FX Networks (short for Fox Extended, when it was a cable branch of the Fox network) is a family of cable channels owned by Walt Disney Television, a division of Disney. Although it no longer has any connections with Fox besides name, 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 the majority of 21st Century Fox's assets, excluding the Fox network and a few others, thus making the networks a sister branch to ABC. Some fear that Disney might slowly let the network rot itself to irrelevance as Disney focuses on setting up its new streaming service, Disney+, in addition to licensing its more mature-oriented catalog to Hulu, which Disney will own a majority stake in post-deal. Others, however, see such fears as overblown due to FX providing the perfect platform for Disney to showcase its mature material alongside Hulu, as prior to the deal, Disney did not have a platform to showcase such material (the closest to that, Freeformnote , is geared more towards young adults) The networks were integrated into Walt Disney Television on March 20, 2019.
Shows on FX Networks with their own pages:
- American Crime Story
- American Horror Story
- The Americans
- Anger Management
- Archer (Premiered on FX; moved to FXX from season 8 onward)
- Axe Cop (Originally aired on FOX; moved to FXX for season 2)
- The Bastard Executioner
- Better Things
- Brand X With Russell Brand
- The Bridge (US)
- The Comedians
- Family Guy (reruns of season 16 onwards on FXX; shared with Freeformnote )
- Grand Hotel
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Premiered on FX; moved to FXX from season 9 onward)
- The League (Premiered on FX; moved to FXX for seasons 5-7)
- Legit (Premiered on FX; moved to FXX for season 2)
- Lights Out
- Major Lazer (Premiered on FXX)
- Man Seeking Woman (Premiered on FXX)
- Mayans MC
- Rescue Me
- The Riches
- The Shield
- Son of the Beach
- Sons of Anarchy
- Stone Quackers (Premiered on FXX)
- The Strain
- The Simpsons (Airs in reruns exclusively on FXX)
- What We Do in the Shadows
- Wilfred (Premiered on FX; moved to FXX for its final season)
- You're the Worst (Premiered on FX; moved to FXX from season 2 onward)
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.