Top 25 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 25 list of the best original shows on Showtime, using the power of Rivr and its users.
This list was last updated on Apr 19, 2021.
 
25. Shameless
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.
8.0 ⭐ | Drama, Comedy | Released: Apr 11, 2021
24. 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.
7.8 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery | Released: Jun 19, 2016
23. 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.
5.7 ⭐ | Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Released: Dec 6, 2020
22. 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.
7.9 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Feb 14, 2021
21. 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.
8.3 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Aug 7, 2005
20. The L Word: Generation Q
In this sequel to The L Word, we continue to follow the intermingled lives of Bette Porter, Alice Pieszecki and Shane McCutcheon, along with a new generation of diverse, self-possessed LGBTQIA+ characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.
7.9 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Jan 26, 2020
19. The Chi
A relevant, timely and distinctive coming-of-age story following a half dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago. The story centers on Brandon, an ambitious and confident young man who dreams about opening a restaurant of his own someday, but is conflicted between the promise of a new life and his responsibility to his mother and teenage brother back in the South Side.
8.0 ⭐ | Drama | Released: May 23, 2021
18. 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.
7.7 ⭐ | Drama, Romance | Released: Jun 20, 2010
17. Dexter
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.
8.2 ⭐ | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Released: Sep 22, 2013
16. Californication
A self-loathing, alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother while combating sex addiction, a budding drug problem, and the seeming inability to avoid making bad decisions.
7.6 ⭐ | Comedy, Drama | Released: Jun 29, 2014
15. 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.
7.5 ⭐ | War & Politics, Drama | Released: Sep 28, 2020
14. Weeds
After the unexpected death of her husband, a suburban mom resorts to selling weed to support her family.
7.4 ⭐ | Drama, Comedy, Crime | Released: Sep 16, 2012
13. 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.
6.5 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Nov 3, 2019
12. 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!
7.6 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Comedy | Released: Oct 31, 2004
11. 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.
8.0 ⭐ | Crime, Drama | Released: Apr 4, 2021
10. Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine
This three-part documentary series profiles hip-hop artist Tekashi 6ix9ine's epic rise to notoriety. Director Karam Gill examines the culture of manufactured celebrity through 6ix9ine's mastery of social media.
8.6 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Mar 7, 2021
9. 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.
8.5 ⭐ | Reality | Released: Jul 24, 2020
8. Ziwe
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.
0.0 ⭐ | | Released: May 9, 2021
7. The Reagans
A four-part documentary series that explores the many surprisingly unexamined aspects of the Reagan White House, and how Nancy Reagan's paper-doll image was at odds with the power she ultimately wielded throughout her husband's presidency.
7.3 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Dec 6, 2020
6. 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.
6.5 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Sep 20, 2020
5. Homeland
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
4. Billions
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.
7.5 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Jun 14, 2020
3. 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.
6.0 ⭐ | Talk, Comedy | Released: Apr 18, 2021
2. 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
1. 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.
7.5 ⭐ | Western, Drama | Released: Nov 15, 2020