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The best of basic cable and network TV

By Deanna Barnert
Special to MSN TV

In the past, Emmy darling Julianna Margulies revealed she's sick of hearing how great "The Good Wife" is "for a network show." She has a point. HBO, Showtime and other premium channels get serious mileage out of their license to get dirty, and streaming sites are changing the landscape with binge-worthy offerings like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." But that doesn't mean basic cable isn't pulling its weight. A healthy list of shows offer premium TV without the premium price and push boundaries without flashing private parts and dropping F-bombs. Some receive Emmy attention for their efforts, while others remain on the periphery, but all prove that premium and online liberation are not the only roads to quality TV. In fact, MSN TV was hard-pressed to keep our list of the best from basic cable short. Which shows just barely nudged fan favorites like "Grimm," "Scandal" and "The Following" off? Read on to find out.

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"The Good Wife" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.



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