Best Shows: Say Yes to the Dress, Little Couple.
Why: The channel that was formerly known as “The Learning Channel” - I’ll pause for laughter - now provides quality entertainment such as My 600-lb Life and Alaskan Women Looking for Love. I’ll leave it at that.
Best Shows: House Hunters, House Hunters International, Property Brothers.
Why: HGTV’s House Hunters is a lie, as they’ve already picked the house they will buy before the show airs. However, the network’s selection of Christmas-themed shows is expansive and should be celebrated.
22. Fox News
Best Shows: Fox & Friends, The Kelly File.
Why: Fox & Friends is everything a cable news show should be. It has crazy characters, no discernible plot, and makes for fantastic SNL skits. On another note, Megyn Kelly is a Fox treasure and should be treated as such.
21. Travel Channel
Best Shows: Food Paradise, Best Sandwich, Hotel Impossible, Man vs. Food Nation
Why: Travel Channel devotes nearly 50% of its programming to food shows. I applaud this decision. They also showcase fun water parks, which is equally as great.
Best Shows: Rachel Maddow, Hardball, Morning Joe.
Why: MSNBC is the left-leaning rival to Fox News, and while not as outwardly entertaining, still manages to be pretty crazy. Although, in this age of 24-hour news, how do we even begin to define crazy? Answer: Anything Al Sharpton says.
17. History Channel
Best Shows: Vikings, Hatfieds & McCoys, American Pickers.
Why: History Channel has always been the place where one could sit and watch WW2 documentaries for hours on end. Now they have revamped their miniseries offerings with the fantastic Hatfields & McCoys and Vikings. But they will always be best known for that aliens guy.
Best Shows: Burning Love, The Soup, Chelsea Lately.
Why: E! is responsible for unleashing the force of nature that is Kim Kardashian onto western civilization, and now they have a show focused on rich children in Beverly Hills. For shame E!, for shame.
Best Shows: Drop Dead Diva, Project Runway, Flowers in the Attic.
Why: More people should be watching Drop Dead Diva, and while Project Runway is an American staple, I was really of fan of the campy Flowers in the Attic original movie. Thank god for Ellen Burstyn.
13. Animal Planet
Best Shows: The Puppy Bowl.
Why: Each year Animal Planet takes a break from its regular schedule of hard-hitting shows, like My Cat From Hell, to devote six full hours to puppies chasing toys. We are lucky to be alive during such television history.
12. Cartoon Network
Best Shows: Adventure Time, Regular Show.
Why: Adventure Time is a legitimately great show, and it deserves more than its cult-status. Just because PowerPuff Girls is on the same channel, this doesn’t mean it’s just for children.
Best Shows: Bates Motel, Duck Dynasty.
Why: Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore are revelations in the startlingly dark and creepy Bates Motel. Duck Dynasty is beloved by its devoted fan-base and recent controversies notwithstanding, Uncle Si is pretty funny.
7. ABC Family
Best Shows: Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Switched At Birth, Harry Potter marathons.
Why: ABC Family is admirable for its variety of programming, with thrillers like Pretty Little Liars and LGBT-friendly fare like The Fosters. But, really, the best thing about the network is its commitment to Harry Potter move marathons.
6. Discovery Channel
Best Shows: Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch, Shark Week, StormChasers.
Why: Discovery Channel has it all: Bear Grylls drinking questionable substances, Savage and Hyneman blowing things up, and an entire week of sharks. What’s not to love?
3. Comedy Central
Best Shows: The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Key and Peele, Workaholics, Inside Amy Schumer, Kroll Show.
Why: Comedy Central has blessed us with the combined talents of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for so long, it’s hard not to feel spoiled. But Workaholics is hilarious, Key and Peele is underrated, and Amy Schumer is poised to be a big star.
Best Shows: Archer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, Justified, American Horror Story, The Americans, The League.
Why: FX has truly made a name for itself as a multi-talented network, producing smart comedies, like Louie and Archer, while also nailing it in the drama department with American Horror Story and The Americans.
Best Shows: Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Mad Men
Why: Breaking Bad will go down as one of the smartest TV shows ever, and The Walking Dead constantly breaks viewership records. Mad Men was the beginning of AMC’s rise to power, and the network is showing no signs of slowing down.
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