A cable network owned by Fox (in fact, the cable equivalent of Fox) best known in recent years for its cutting-edge shows...such examples are Nip/Tuck, The Shield, and Rescue Me, which have stockpiled various deserving awards with its HBO-class plots. It makes any ABC drama (Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, etc.) or CBS' CSI franchise look G-rated in comparison.
ABC viewer: Wow, I never thought you could watch this kind of show (Desperate Housewives) on terrestrial TV.
Channel surfer: So you enjoyed it?
ABC viewer: Yes.
Channel surfer: That's why cable is the 1-2 punch.
ABC viewer: I don't get it. How do you know?
Channel surfer: FX is even better...The Shield would make CSI look geriatric.
ABC viewer: (ecstatic enough to allow 'channel surfer' to switch over to FX)
Channel surfer: (switches to FX)