10 of our Favorite FX and FXX Shows
It's amazing to think how diverse Disney is. Having purchased 20th Century Fox, it now has the rights to its television unit now called 20th Television as well as its networks FX and FXX. Here are 5 of my favorite shows on the FX Network which can also be found on FX on Hulu if you want to catch up. Please note that all these shows are for mature audiences and not the traditional family friendly fair Disney puts out.
What We Do In The Shadows
This series is based on a 2014 film of the same name written and directed by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi and it is one of the funniest shows on television. The show is a mocumentary about vampires trying to make it and break it in Staten Island, New York. The cast is absolutely hilarious and the situations are just so fun. For example, they just had an episode where one of the characters gets one of those chain e-mails saying you'll die if you don't act and they actually believe it. I highly recommend this series.
American Horror Story
American Horror Story is an anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Every season has a different storyline. For example, the first season was more of a supernatural thriller about a haunted house. There was a season about a freak show. The last season was an homage to the 80s slasher films. The creators say the seasons are all interconnected and we have seen some of that. If horror is your thing, this show is right up your alley.
Pose was also created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk as well as Steven Canals. The show starts out in the 80s within the underground ball culture popularized by Latinos and African Americans. The second season moves into the 90s when many of the characters are living with HIV or AIDS. The show boats the largest transgender cast on television. I was a late comer to this show, but I am absolutely fascinated with this culture that I knew existed but knew very little of. The characters are big and bold and fabulous. Such a great show to watch.
This show was the spin-off on the popular Sons of Anarchy. It revolves around the Sons's rival club, the Mayans Motorcycle Club. The show follows EZ Reyes, a prospect to the club, as he tries to navigate his hard family life on the US-Mexico Border. It's got some really gritty drama and can be really intense, but it's well worth the watch.
Atlanta follows Earn played by the great Donald Glover who is trying to navigate his way through family drama and making a good life for him and his daughter Lottie. But, things are not always as easy as they seem. It's a fun, but sometimes intense, dramedy that really spotlights the African American community in Atlanta. The cast is just stellar in this and the writing is wonderful.
This is a fantastic series that tells the story of the women's right movement of the 70s and the effort to get the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) added to the US Constitution. The show features an all star cast including Cate Blanchett as the series villain Phyllis Schlafly who fought against the ERA. If you aren't familiar with this time period, it really is worth a watch.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The show is about a bunch of narcissistic friends who run a pub in South Philly. They are completely unlikable with one always trying to conspire over the others. You'd almost wonder why they were friends. But, for some reason it works. So much so that they hilarious if you can appreciate that self effacing humor.
Archer is an adult oriented animated show about an intelligence agency run by Sterling Archer and his motley band of colleagues. For the sophomoric type of humor it espouses, the show is actually quite hilarious and well worth the watch.
Starring Lil Dickey as Dave, the show revolves round a neurotic white man who somehow has convinced himself that he is supposed to be the greatest rapper of all time. Dave is pretty funny and contains some great rap music. It's a fun show for sure.
Loosely based on the 1996 Academy Award winning film of the same name, Fargo tells the story of drama and intrigue in Midwestern Minnesota with all roads always leading back to Fargo, North Dakota. Like American Horror Story, Fargo is an anthology series. Each season takes place in roughly the same locale, but in different time periods with completely different casts. And the show boasts all star talent such as Billy Bob Thorton, Kirsten Dunst and Ewan McGregor among others.