Top 50 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 50 list of the best original shows on Showtime, using the power of Rivr and its users.
This list was last updated on Oct 18, 2021.
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.
8.2 ⭐ | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Released: Sep 22, 2013
41. 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
40. 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
39. 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
38. 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
37. 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
36. 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
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
34. 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
33. 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
32. 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
31. The Big C
A suburban mother faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find humor and happiness as well.
7.0 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: May 20, 2013
30. 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
28. Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy is a Canadian horror television series which ran from 1996 to 1999. The series tells the story of the members of a secret society known as the Legacy and their efforts to protect humankind from occult dangers. Despite bearing the Poltergeist name, there is no real connection between the show and the Poltergeist trilogy aside from the title.
Poltergeist: The Legacy debuted on Showtime, and all first-run episodes of the first three seasons premiered on that network, though they were later syndicated. After the third season, Showtime cancelled the show, and the rights were purchased by Sci Fi Channel which continued the series for another season. This same pattern was followed by Stargate SG-1, which also debuted on Showtime, was also sold into syndication, and was rescued from cancellation by Sci Fi.
The fourth season of Poltergeist: The Legacy featured an episode starring WWE wrestler The Undertaker as a being from Hell who collected souls, a deliberate crossover with RAW, which was also airing on the USA Network at the time and earning the network some of the highest ratings on cable TV. It was hoped that this cameo would help boost awareness of the new show, and thus generate a larger audience.
6.4 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Nov 12, 1999
27. 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
26. 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.
6.8 ⭐ | Documentary, War & Politics | Released: Jun 15, 2017
25. 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
24. Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States
Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.
8.5 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Jan 14, 2013
23. 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.
3.0 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Nov 17, 2017
22. 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.
8.1 ⭐ | Reality | Released: Sep 2, 2021
21. 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.
7.3 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: Oct 8, 2017
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
18. 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.
7.3 ⭐ | War & Politics, Drama | Released: Sep 28, 2020
17. 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
16. 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
15. 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.
8.5 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Mar 7, 2021
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.
7.9 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery | Released: Jun 19, 2016
13. 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
12. 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
11. 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
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
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.
10.0 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: Jun 13, 2021
8. 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
7. Flatbush Misdemeanors
Neighborhood best friends and urban millennials Dan and Kevin hilariously climb the ladder to nowhere in Flatbush, Brooklyn. But even inside the losing, they find there are little wins that come from tackling hipsters, mental health issues and the rising tide of gentrification.
5.5 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Aug 1, 2021
Ignited by a bombshell story revealing the Pentagon had been tracking UFOs for years, the series examines the history of the phenomenon through cultural and political touchpoints, including testimony from eyewitnesses across the country.
5.5 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Aug 29, 2021
5. 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
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
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.
0.0 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Nov 14, 2021
2. 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.
0.0 ⭐ | Drama, Crime | Released: Nov 7, 2021
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.
7.6 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Oct 3, 2021