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List Rules Shows that originally debuted on Showtime.

At their peak, the best Showtime shows and series are on par with some of the best big screen movies and HBO original series. While movies only have two or three hours to introduce characters and develop a plot, Showtime shows are given many hours to present characters and storylines. This gives the audience a stronger connection to characters that isn’t replicated in film. But that doesn’t mean all Showtime series are exactly film-quality. So to find out which original Showtime show is the best, fans have voted for their favorites below.

Though Showtime still broadcasts plenty of films, more and more people are turning to them for original series content. Shows such as Dexter and Homeland drew in millions of viewers and have had multiple seasons. In fact, Dexter is probably one of the most popular Showtime shows of all time, peaking at 3 million views for the season eight premiere.

They have no sign of slowing down, with new shows premiering and old shows returning every Fall season. Recently, their hit shows have included Ray Donovan, Shameless, Homeland, and House of Lies. Not only are they some of the best Showtime shows ever, they’re among the best TV shows ever. All three have starred actors that have won or been nominated for awards. For a more recent look at the best Showtime shows, you’ll want to check out this ranking of their 2016 show lineup.

As for the best Showtime series ever however, this list is the one to look at. Below, vote for your favorite shows that originally premiered on the Showtime network. Looking for a particular show? Use the search box at the top of the list to find it. If you don’t see it listed, then please add it so that others may vote for it.

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

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+ - 491 175
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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Californication is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Californication David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

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The Affair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
The Affair Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked

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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Nurse Jackie Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze

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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Penny Dreadful Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

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The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
The Tudors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

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Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Masters of Sex Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald

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House of Lies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
House of Lies Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Don Cheadle

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United States of Tara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
United States of Tara Toni Collette, John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt

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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
The Borgias Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Dead Like Me Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Queer as Folk Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison

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Episodes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Episodes Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan

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The L Word is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
The L Word Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman

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Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Brotherhood Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish

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Sleeper Cell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Sleeper Cell Sarah Shahi, Aaron Paul, Michael Ealy

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The Big C is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
The Big C Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Gabriel Basso

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True Crime with Aphrodite Jone... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones Aphrodite Jones^! Randy Thomas^! Jonathan Brown-Tea

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Secret Diary of a Call Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Secret Diary of a Call Girl Billie Piper, Iddo Goldberg, Cherie Lunghi

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
The Outer Limits Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual

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Inside Comedy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Inside Comedy David Steinberg

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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Masters of Horror Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Bree Turner