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 Aug 15, 2022.
 
49. 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
48. 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.
8.196 ⭐ • Crime • Drama • Mystery • Released: Sep 22, 2013
47. 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
46. 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
45. 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
44. 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
43. 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
42. 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
41. 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
40. 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
39. 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
38. 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
37. 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
36. 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
35. 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
34. Brotherhood
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
33. 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
32. 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
31. 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
30. 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
29. 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
28. 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
27. 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
26. 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
25. VICE
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
24. 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
23. Episodes
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
22. Weeds
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
21. 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
20. 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
19. 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
18. 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
17. 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
16. 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
15. 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
14. 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.
8.119 ⭐ • Drama • Comedy • Released: Apr 11, 2021
13. 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
12. 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
11. Yellowjackets
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
10. 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
9. 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
8. 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
7. 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
6. 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
5. 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: Apr 10, 2022
4. 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
3. 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
2. 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
1. 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
x
Want the full experience?
Then download Rivr for iOS
Rivr: Track Streaming Shows & Movies
Track original streaming shows & movies, then save on big subscriptions
GET
To see more information and get insider information, alerts, statistics, and more download Rivr to your iPhone or ipad today! With Rivr you can: • Save on streaming subscriptions with subscription duration prediction. • Rate, review & discuss seasons and episodes with other fans. • Get alerted to new seasons, episodes and production changes. • Track your watched status. and more...