Top 100 Original Shows on Showtime
It’s always hard to find great shows, we’re luckily spoiled for choice. You can spend all night bombarded with options browsing Showtime, but never end up watching anything!
This is why we’ve curated this top 100 list of the best original shows on Showtime, using the power of Rivr and its users.
This list was last updated on Aug 15, 2022.
CIA officer Carrie Mathison is tops in her field despite being bipolar, which makes her volatile and unpredictable. With the help of her long-time mentor Saul Berenson, Carrie fearlessly risks everything, including her personal well-being and even sanity, at every turn.
7.5 ⭐ • Drama • Action & Adventure • Crime • War & Politics • Released: Apr 26, 2020
Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have slipped through the cracks of justice.
8.196 ⭐ • Crime • Drama • Mystery • Released: Sep 22, 2013
64. Stargate SG-1
The story of Stargate SG-1 begins about a year after the events of the feature film, when the United States government learns that an ancient alien device called the Stargate can access a network of such devices on a multitude of planets. SG-1 is an elite Air Force special operations team, one of more than two dozen teams from Earth who explore the galaxy and defend against alien threats such as the Goa'uld, Replicators, and the Ori.
8.253 ⭐ • Sci-Fi & Fantasy • Action & Adventure • Mystery • Released: Jun 22, 2007
63. The Affair
The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah Solloway and Alison Lockhart after the two meet in the resort town of Montauk in Long Island. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher with one novel published (book entitled A Person who Visits a Place) and he is struggling to write a second book. He is happily married with four children, but resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of the tragic death of her child. The story of the affair is told separately, complete with distinct memory biases, from the male and female perspectives.
6.6 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Nov 3, 2019
62. The Tudors
The Tudors is a history-based drama series following the young, vibrant King Henry VIII, a competitive and lustful monarch who navigates the intrigues of the English court and the human heart with equal vigor and justifiable suspicion.
7.806 ⭐ • Drama • Romance • Released: Jun 20, 2010
61. Dead Like Me
When her life comes to an abrupt end, George discovers that death is nothing like she thought it would be. Recruited to collect the souls of others as they die, she suddenly finds herself an unwilling participant in a line of work she never knew existed: Grim Reaping!
7.7 ⭐ • Sci-Fi & Fantasy • Drama • Comedy • Released: Oct 31, 2004
60. Patrick Melrose
A critical and often humorous look at the upper class, tracking the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.
7.6 ⭐ • Comedy • Drama • Released: Jun 9, 2018
59. The Borgias
Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth for himself and his family.
7.59 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Jun 16, 2013
58. Secret Diary of a Call Girl
It's her business doing pleasure with you. A witty and provocative series based on the real-life adventures of a high-class escort. Juggling her own reality with her clients' fantasies can be difficult, but this savvy sweetheart knows every trick in the book, and she's doing it in style.
7.0 ⭐ • Drama • Comedy • Released: Mar 22, 2011
Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, is an icon of children's TV. But when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
7.7 ⭐ • Drama • Comedy • Released: Mar 8, 2020
56. On Becoming a God in Central Florida
In the early 1990s, a recently widowed, impoverished Orlando water park employee schemes and cons her way up the ranks of the multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme which ruined her financially in the first place.
6.6 ⭐ • Comedy • Released: Oct 20, 2019
55. House of Lies
Charming, fast talking Marty Kaan and his crack team of management consultants know how to play the corporate game better than anyone, by using every dirty trick in the book to woo powerful CEOs and close huge deals. In the board rooms, barrooms, and bedrooms of the power elite, corruption is business as usual and everyone's out for themselves first. Nothing is sacred in this scathing, irreverent satire of corporate America today.
6.6 ⭐ • Comedy • Drama • Released: Jun 12, 2016
54. Who Is America?
A satirical half-hour series from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen exploring the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation.
7.3 ⭐ • Comedy • News • Released: Aug 26, 2018
53. The Big C
A suburban mother faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find humor and happiness as well.
7.2 ⭐ • Comedy • Released: May 20, 2013
The Brogan family enters a witness protection program and are moved to a bucolic neighborhood to begin a new life, but they soon realize that it's not so easy to escape the past.
6.3 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Aug 5, 2007
51. I'm Dying Up Here
Set in LA’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, this series delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh.
6.8 ⭐ • Comedy • Released: Jul 8, 2018
A working-class Irish family rules a city built on loyalty and corruption. The Caffee brothers, Tommy, a rising politician desperate for reelection, and Michael, a hardened criminal returning from seven years on the run and eager to reclaim his turf, fight for survival on opposite sides of the law. In their ruthless quest for power, the entire Caffee family is driven to lies, betrayal and infidelity -- threatening to tear them and the city of Providence, RI apart.
7.0 ⭐ • Crime • Drama • Released: Dec 21, 2008
49. Sleeper Cell
A chilling and unflinching look at all sides of a complicated issue, focusing on an African-American Muslim who joins an Islamic sleeper terrorist cell in the United States while working undercover for the FBI.
7.8 ⭐ • Crime • Drama • Released: Dec 17, 2006
Thom Payne is a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old "wunderkind" boss arrives, saying things like "digital," "social" and "viral." Is he in need of a "rebranding," or does he just have a "low joy ceiling?" Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool's errand? Happiness after all is pretty high bar. In a world as absurd as ours, maybe the best anyone can hope for is happyish.
6.7 ⭐ • Drama • Comedy • Released: Jun 28, 2015
47. Poltergeist: The Legacy
The adventures of the members of a secret society known as the Legacy and their efforts to protect humankind from occult dangers.
6.5 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Nov 12, 1999
46. Odyssey 5
Odyssey 5 is a Canadian science fiction series that first ran in 2002 on Showtime in the United States and on Space in Canada.
Odyssey 5 is the brainchild of Manny Coto, who served as a script-writer and executive producer during the series run. Through his website and in interviews, Coto has expressed his interest in returning to the series at some point, either continuing it or giving it a conclusion.
6.6 ⭐ • Sci-Fi & Fantasy • Drama • Released: Oct 15, 2004
45. Dark Net
A documentary series that explores the furthest reaches of the internet and the people who frequent it, Dark Net provides a revealing and cautionary look inside a vast cyber netherworld rarely witnessed by most of us. Provocative, thought-provoking and frequently profound, each episode illuminates an exciting, ever-expanding frontier where people can do anything and see anything, whether they should or not.
6.0 ⭐ • Documentary • Released: May 25, 2017
44. The Putin Interviews
A revealing series of interviews between renowned filmmaker Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin in which the Russian President speaks candidly on the US Election, Trump, Syria, Snowden and more.
6.9 ⭐ • Documentary • War & Politics • Released: Jun 15, 2017
43. 7 Deadly Sins
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock presents an outrageous, modern day interpretation of the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. Each episode presents a story around one of the sins that is so extreme you won't believe it's non-fiction. It's humanity like you've never seen it, and you won't be able to look away.
7.0 ⭐ • Documentary • Released: Sep 18, 2014
42. Desus & Mero
The first ever weekly late-night talk show on Showtime features popular TV and podcast personalities Desus and Mero speaking off the cuff and chatting with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more.
5.9 ⭐ • Talk • Comedy • Released: Jun 23, 2022
41. Naked SNCTM
SNCTM is the most exclusive, high-end erotic club ever. Its wealthy members enjoy black tie masquerades, private dinners, and erotic theater. Get to know SNCTM, its creator and its employees in this eye-opening documentary series.
2.8 ⭐ • Documentary • Released: Sep 30, 2018
40. Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
Transcending the music documentary genre by creating a new lane that merges music, socio-cultural commentary and and intimate family portrait of the Wu-Tang Clan.
8.4 ⭐ • Documentary • Released: May 31, 2019
39. Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States
Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.
8.4 ⭐ • Documentary • War & Politics • Released: Jan 14, 2013
38. Murder in the Bayou
The five-part docu-series investigates the unsolved murders of eight women whose bodies were discovered between 2005 and 2009 in drainage canals and on desolate back roads in and around the town of Jennings, Louisiana in rural Jefferson Davis Parish.
7.5 ⭐ • Documentary • Crime • Released: Oct 11, 2019
37. Active Shooter: America Under Fire
An in-depth exploration of mass shootings and their devastating consequences. From the first-hand perspective of survivors, families of the victims, witnesses and heroic first responders, the series goes beyond the sensationalistic coverage of these nightmarish moments to offer a comprehensive report on these tragic events.
4.7 ⭐ • Documentary • Released: Nov 17, 2017
36. Love Fraud
Four-part docu-series following the search for one man, Richard Scott Smith, who over the past 20 years used the internet and his dubious charms to prey upon unsuspecting women in search of love — conning them out of their money and dignity.
7.0 ⭐ • Documentary • Released: Sep 20, 2020
35. RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars
The most celebrated competitors from RuPaul's Drag Race vie for a second chance to enter Drag Race herstory. This drag queen showdown is filled with plenty of heated competition, lip-syncing for the legacy, and, of course, the All-Stars Snatch Game.
7.9 ⭐ • Reality • Released: Jul 29, 2022
The Emmy®-winning documentary series is now on SHOWTIME, delivering immersive reporting from the frontlines of global conflicts, civil uprisings and beyond, and tackling untold and complex geopolitical stories from all corners of the globe.
8.0 ⭐ • Documentary • News • Released: Aug 14, 2022
33. Black Monday
Travel back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history – this is the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party and the glass ceiling.
7.5 ⭐ • Comedy • Crime • Released: Aug 1, 2021
A British husband-and-wife comedy writing team travel to Hollywood to remake their successful British TV series, with disastrous results.
7.4 ⭐ • Comedy • Released: Oct 8, 2017
After the unexpected death of her husband, a suburban mom resorts to selling weed to support her family.
7.5 ⭐ • Drama • Comedy • Crime • Released: Sep 16, 2012
30. The Comey Rule
An immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation. This two-part biopic tells the story of two powerful figures, Comey and Trump, whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.
7.4 ⭐ • War & Politics • Drama • Released: Sep 28, 2020
29. Moonbase 8
In the isolated desert of Winslow, Arizona at NASA’s Moon Base Simulator, three eager astronauts—Skip, Rook and their leader Cap—attempt to qualify for their first lunar mission. They encounter many obstacles including loneliness, self-doubt and their own incompetence. In spite of it all, they remain determined to prove they have the right stuff to reach the moon.
5.1 ⭐ • Comedy • Sci-Fi & Fantasy • Released: Dec 6, 2020
28. Twin Peaks
The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into the heart of the surrounding woodland and his very own soul.
8.233 ⭐ • Drama • Mystery • Released: Sep 3, 2017
27. Fat Actress
Kirstie Alley's semi-autobiographical tale describes her struggles as a former television star with weight loss, getting roles, and finding love.
6.0 ⭐ • Comedy • Released: Apr 18, 2005
26. City on a Hill
In early 90s Boston, an African-American District Attorney comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.
7.525 ⭐ • Crime • Drama • Released: Aug 14, 2022
25. Ray Donovan
Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players, and makes their problems disappear. His father's unexpected release from prison sets off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.
7.5 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Jan 19, 2020
24. Queer As Folk
Brash humor and genuine emotion make up this original series revolving around the lives, loves, ambitions, careers and friendships of a group of gay men and women living on Liberty Avenue in contemporary Pittsburgh, PA. The show offers an unapologetic look at modern, urban gay and lesbian lives while addressing the most critical health and political issues affecting the community. Sometimes racy, sometimes sensitive and always straight to the heart.
8.4 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Aug 7, 2005
23. Your Honor
New Orleans judge Michael Desiato is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family.
8.2 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Nov 7, 2022
Chicagoan Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be... perhaps better off. When Frank's not at the bar spending what little money they have, he's passed out on the floor. But the kids have found ways to grow up in spite of him. They may not be like any family you know, but they make no apologies for being exactly who they are.
8.119 ⭐ • Drama • Comedy • Released: Apr 11, 2021
This variety series from writer, comedian and internet sensation, Ziwe is a no-holds-barred mix of musical numbers, interviews and sketches that challenge America’s discomfort with race, politics, & other cultural issues.
5.5 ⭐ • Comedy • Released: Jun 5, 2022
20. Couples Therapy
Far from reality-show caricatures, this is true documentary filmmaking that brings viewers into the authentic and visceral experience of weekly therapy with four couples. World-class therapist Dr. Orna Guralnik deftly guides the couples through the minefield of honest confrontation with each other and with themselves, revealing the real-life struggles — and extraordinary breakthroughs — typically hidden behind closed doors.
9.2 ⭐ • Documentary • Reality • Released: Jun 10, 2022
19. Work in Progress
Abby is a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship.
6.9 ⭐ • Comedy • Drama • Released: Oct 10, 2021
18. American Rust
A compelling family drama and a timeless story told through the eyes of complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris of a Pennsylvania Rust Belt town full of good people making bad choices.
7.2 ⭐ • Drama • Crime • Released: Nov 7, 2021
Juicy four-part docuseries on the rise of tabloid media and the cut-throat players who blew up the news. Dig into the ascent of Rupert Murdoch and America’s insatiable appetite for dirt – featuring Cindy Adams and a who’s-who of insider interviews.
0.0 ⭐ • Documentary • Released: Sep 12, 2021
This equal parts survival epic, psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama tells the saga of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later.
7.5 ⭐ • Drama • Mystery • Released: Jan 16, 2022
15. We Need to Talk About Cosby
During his nearly 50 years in show business, Bill Cosby became one of the most recognizable Black celebrities in America. With a career that included an astronomical rise on television in the mid-1960s; work in children’s programming and education; legendary stand-up performances and albums; and an epoch-defining hit sitcom, The Cosby Show, Cosby was a model of Black excellence for millions of Americans. But now, thanks to the brave and painful testimonies of dozens of women, we know there was a sinister reality to the man once extolled as “America’s Dad.”
8.0 ⭐ • Documentary • Released: Feb 20, 2022
14. Penny Dreadful
Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.
7.87 ⭐ • Sci-Fi & Fantasy • Drama • Mystery • Released: Jun 19, 2016
13. JFK: Destiny Betrayed
Thirty years after his film JFK, filmmaker Oliver Stone takes viewers on a journey though recently declassified evidence in the assassination of President Kennedy - the most consequential American murder mystery of the twentieth century. Joined by Oscar-winning narrators Whoopi Goldberg and Donald Sutherland, as well as a distinguished team of forensics, medical and ballistics experts, historians, and witnesses, Stone presents compelling evidence that in the Kennedy case “conspiracy theory” is now “conspiracy fact.”
0.0 ⭐ • Documentary • Reality • Crime • News • Mystery • War & Politics • Released: Mar 8, 2022
12. Super Pumped
Each season of this anthology series explores a story that rocked the business world to its core and changed culture. The first season tells the story of Uber, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful and most destructive unicorns.
7.6 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Apr 10, 2022
11. The First Lady
A revelatory reframing of American leadership through the lens of the First Ladies. Exploring everything from their journeys to Washington, family life, and world-changing political contributions, the impact of the White House's women is no longer hidden from view.
7.5 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Jun 19, 2022
10. everything's gonna be all white
A deep dive into America's past and present through the experiences of people of color. The docuseries marries humor with history as it confronts the facets of racism, exploitation and discrimination that contributed to the formation of America.
1.0 ⭐ • Documentary • Released: Feb 25, 2022
9. I Love That for You
A woman overcomes childhood leukemia to achieve her dream of becoming an on-air host at a home shopping network.
5.3 ⭐ • Comedy • Released: Jun 19, 2022
A complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance.
Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod are on an explosive collision course, with each using all of his considerable smarts, power and influence to outmaneuver the other. The stakes are in the billions in this timely, provocative series.
7.7 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Apr 10, 2022
7. The Man Who Fell to Earth
An extraterrestrial alien arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future.
7.9 ⭐ • Sci-Fi & Fantasy • Released: Jul 3, 2022
The gripping story of Eileen Franklin who, while playing with her young daughter, suddenly had a memory of witnessing the rape and murder of her childhood best friend, 8-year-old Susan Nason, which led to a re-opening of a case that had gone unsolved for nearly 20 years.
8.0 ⭐ • Documentary • Crime • Released: Oct 31, 2021
5. The Loudest Voice
The rise and fall of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while flashing back to defining events in his life.
8.0 ⭐ • War & Politics • Drama • Released: Aug 11, 2019
4. The Good Lord Bird
Enslaved teenager Henry Shackleford, aka Little Onion, becomes a member in abolitionist John Brown’s motley family during the Bleeding Kansas era before the Civil War.
7.6 ⭐ • Western • Drama • Released: Nov 15, 2020
3. Dexter: New Blood
10 years after Dexter went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, we find him living under an assumed name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. Dexter may be embracing his new life, but in the wake of unexpected events in this close-knit community, his Dark Passenger beckons.
8.3 ⭐ • Drama • Crime • Released: Jan 9, 2022
2. Let the Right One In
Mark and his 12-year-old daughter’s lives were changed forever 10 years earlier when she was turned into a vampire. Locked in at age 12, perhaps forever, Eleanor lives a closed-in life, able to go out only at night, while her father does his best to provide her with the minimal amount of human blood she needs to stay alive.
0.0 ⭐ • Drama • Released: Oct 9, 2022
1. The Trade
A visceral, rarely-seen look into the personal stories of those most affected by ongoing national emergencies.
7.2 ⭐ • Documentary • Crime • Released: Mar 27, 2020