The FX network, standing for Fox Extended (sort of works), is owned by Fox, but don't expect Fox News values here. We're talking Russian spies (The Americans), satanism (American Horror Story), and cohabitation (You're the Worst).
These series feature crooked cops and ruthless criminals who mix it up on the garbage-strewn streets of big cities. Pioneering shows like NYPD Blue and the Shield focused on cops in US cities, but the best of the current batch are anchored in the lives of gang members on the mean streets of Birmingham, Rome, Paris and Dublin.
Since the Sorpranos ushered in the Golden Age of television in 1999, networks and streaming services have launched thousands of English language drama series--this list rounds up the crème of the crop that stand out in terms of audience ratings, popularity, and critical acclaim.
When lone-wolf action heroes like Jack Bauer, Luke Cage, and the Daredevil call for backup it's not for them--it's for their opponents to even the odds before single-handedly kicking their posteriors--if your favorite line in any movie is Liam Neeson in Taken explaining "But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you," this is the list for you.