FX Leads Critics Poll for Best Basic Cable Network

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.This week’s question: What’s is the best current basic cable network? Why?Clint Worthington (@clintworthing), Consequence of Sound, The SpoolCan there be any other answer than FX? “Pose,” “American Crime Story,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Atlanta” — show after show manages to be a gorgeously filmed, genre-twisting masterpiece that carves out a special place in an increasingly balkanized pop culture conversation.

Even when some series’ reach exceeds their grasp — “Legion”, anyone? — at least their greatest pitfall is an overabundance of ambition.

It may not make sense, but it doesn’t feel like any show you’ve ever seen before.

As a rule, FX shows are allergic to playing it safe, which makes even their most flawed shows that much more fascinating.

There’s a network-wide feeling of invention and innovation over there,

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