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 Oct 25, 2021.
 
23. 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
22. 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
21. 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.
8.2 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Mystery | Released: Jun 22, 2007
20. 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
19. 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.
7.8 ⭐ | Drama, Romance | Released: Jun 20, 2010
18. 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
17. 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.
7.8 ⭐ | Comedy, Drama | Released: Jun 9, 2018
16. 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.
7.6 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Jun 16, 2013
15. Kidding
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
14. 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.
6.5 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: Oct 20, 2019
13. 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
12. 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: Oct 17, 2021
11. 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
10. 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.
8.2 ⭐ | Drama, Mystery | Released: Sep 3, 2017
9. 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.
7.8 ⭐ | Crime, Drama | Released: May 16, 2021
8. 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.
7.9 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery | Released: Jun 19, 2016
7. 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
6. 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
5. 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: Feb 14, 2021
4. 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
3. 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.
8.8 ⭐ | Drama, Crime | Released: Oct 17, 2021
2. Gossip
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: Aug 22, 2021
1. 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.
7.7 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Oct 3, 2021