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Is FX the Next HBO? What the Home of ‘You’re the Worst’ & ‘The Americans’ Needs to Reach That Next Level

FX Networks offers a slew of top-tier originals and scored a massive number of Emmy nominations in 2016. Is it the next — or new — HBO?

YOU'RE THE WORST -- "Try Real Hard" -- Episode 301 (Airs Wednesday, August 31, 10:00 pm e/p Pictured: Aya Cash as Gretchen. CR: Byron Cohen/FX

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Take a look at what FX Networks has already offered up in 2016:

“The People v. O.J. Simpson”
“Fargo”
“Archer”
The Americans
“You’re the Worst”

That’s far from the full list, but those five series already represent five of the best programs of 2016. That’s quite an accomplishment by the end of August, especially in an era that FX President John Landgraf himself accused of sporting “too much TV.”

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But few viewers at home would be quick to list FX in the same breath as the likes of HBO, despite comparable quality, year in and year out. In fact, how often do you hear FX series discussed under their network brand? “Hey, have you seen that new HBO show?” seems like a much more common question than, “Did you watch that new FX drama last night?”

As one of the network’s best shows gets set to premiere — “You’re the Worst” Season 3 debuts Wednesday, August 31 — Very Good TV Podcast takes a look at what the 21st Century Fox subsidiary is already doing so, so well, and what it needs to do in order to eclipse HBO as the premier network. Hint: It has nothing to do with which one is making better shows.

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