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The Fox Broadcasting Company, also known as Fox, is an American broadcast TV network owned by Fox Corporation. Debuting in 1986, the channel is relatively new compared to NBC, CBS, and ABC, which launched in 1926, 1927, and 1943, respectively. But like the Big Three, Fox also airs local news and nationally televised programming such as game shows, dramas, reality TV series, comedies, and sports.

Current hits include the dramas 9-1-1 and The Resident, reality TV shows The Masked Singer and MasterChef, and comedies Call Me Kat and Pivoting. Among Fox’s most beloved legacy programs are America’s Most Wanted, American Idol, Arrested Development, Beverly Hills 90210, Family Guy, House, In Living ColorMalcolm in the Middle, The O.C.The Simpsons, and The X-Files.

The network’s parent company, Fox Corporation, also encompasses Fox News, Fox Business, Fox Nation, Fox Sports, and Tubi.


  • Founders: Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller
  • Year founded: 1986
  • Owner: Fox Corporation
  • How to watch: Free through antenna TV access, paid cable subscription, or paid live-TV streaming services such as Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Paramount+ Premium, SlingTV, or YouTube TV
  • Top programs: 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star, The Big Leap, Bob’s Burgers, The Cleaning Lady, The Great North, Hell’s Kitchen, The Masked Singer, MasterChef, Our Kind of People, Pivoting, The Resident
  • Most popular Fox TV shows of all time: America’s Most Wanted, American Idol, Arrested Development, Beverly Hills 90210, Family Guy, Fox NFL Sunday, Glee, House, In Living ColorMalcolm in the Middle, New GirlThe O.C.The Simpsons, The X-Files
  • Fun fact: The Simpsons holds multiple Guinness World Records, including the longest-running animated series

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