Battle of the Networks: The Current Top Ten

The top TV networks, ranked by the impact, influence, and quality of both current and formerly-running properties. HBO currently leads Netflix for overall swagger, with FX hot on on their heels.


1) HBO: Launched in 1972
Top currently-running properties:  Succession, Last Week Tonight, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Euphoria, Barry, Hard Knocks, Real Time with Bill Maher, Westworld, Insecure, Big Little Lies, High Maintenance, Los Espookys, The Righteous Gemstones, True Detective, The Young Pope, Room 104, The Outsider
Top formerly-running properties: The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, The Larry Sanders Show, The Leftovers, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Sex in the City, Oz, Veep, The Deuce, Silicon Valley, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Watchmen, Band of Brothers, Flight of the Conchords, The Newsroom, Treme, True Blood, The Night Of, Eastbound and Down, Crashing

2) Netflix: Launched in 1997
Top currently-running properties: Stranger Things, Ozark, The Crown, Master of None, Black Mirror S3+, Russian Doll, Top Boy S3+, I Think You Should Leave, Glow, Mindhunter, Big Mouth, The End of the Fxxxing World, 13 Reasons Why, Dear White People, Dead to Me, F is For Family,
Top formerly-running properties: Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Bojack Horseman, Narcos, Godless, One Day at a Time, Love, Wild Wild Country, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jessica Jones, The OA, Unbelievable, American Vandal, Making a Murderer

3) FX/FXX: Launched in 1994

Top currently-running properties: Fargo, Atlanta, Better Things, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Crime Story, American Horror Story, Mr. Inbetween, What We Do in the Shadows, Devs, Snowfall, Pose, Mayans MC
Top formerly-running properties: The Americans, Louie, The Shield, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Terriers, The League, Legion, The Strain, Damages, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck, You’re the Worst, Baskets, Fosse/Verdon, Trust


4)  Comedy Central: Launched in 1991
Top currently-running properties: The Daily Show, South Park, Drunk History, Tosh.0
Top formerly-running properties: Chappelle’s Show, The Colbert Report, Key and Peele, Broad City, Nathan For You, The Man Show, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Review, Workaholics, Crank Yankers


5)   AMC: Launched in 1984
Top currently-running properties: Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead.
Top formerly-running properties: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Halt and Catch Fire, Hell on Wheels, McMafia


6) Amazon Studios: Launched in 2013
Top currently-running properties: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Bosch, Jack Ryan, The Boys, Homecoming, Hunters, Goliath, Modern Love.
Top formerly-running properties: Fleabag, Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Sneaky Pete, Bosch, One Mississippi, Forever, Mozart in the Jungle


7)  Showtime: Launched in 1976
Top currently-running properties: Billions, Dejus & Mero, Homeland, Ray Donovan, Shameless, The Affair
Top formerly-running properties: Dexter, Nurse Jackie,Penny Dreadful, Californication, Weeds, The Tudors, Episodes, Masters of Sex, Twin Peaks S3


8) FOX: Launched in 1986
Top currently-running properties: Family Guy, The Simpsons, Empire
Top formerly-running properties: Arrested Development, 24, That 70’s Show, 90210, Melrose Place, In Living Color, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The X Files, Malcolm in the Middle, Prison Break, House, Married…with Children, Party of Five, Undeclared.


9) CBS: Launched in 1941
Top currently-running properties:  NCIS, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 60 Minutes
Top formerly-running properties: CSI, The Big Bang Theory, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, Everybody Loves Raymond, Murphy Brown, The Good Wife


10) NBC: Launched in 1939
Top currently-running properties: The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Blacklist, Meet the Press, Law & Order: SVU, This is Us
Top formerly-running properties: Seinfeld, The West Wing, Cheers, Law and Order, Friends, Parks and Rec, ER, Friday Night Lights, The Office, Frasier, Freaks and Geeks, The Cosby Show, Homicide: Life on the Street, 30 Rock, L.A. Law, Hannibal


In the Mix: Hulu, Disney+, AppleTV+, PBS, BBC, Channel 4, Cinemax, ABC, USA, Starz, Sundance