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List Rules Vote up your favorite Showtime Original Series that aired in 2016.

Deciding what’s the best Showtime Original Series of 2016 is difficult, as plenty of shows on the network have raised the storytelling bar year after year. Not only did returning shows such as Homeland continue to get better, but new programs like Billions came out of left field and blew away audiences. So to decide which Showtime Original Series is the best of 2016, we’re asking fans to rank them. If you don’t see your favorite Showtime show of 2016 on the list, then be sure to add it.

One standout hit that has to be mentioned is Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schreiber as a go-to guy for rich Hollywood types and businessmen with legally ambiguous problems. Created by Ann Biderman, it won Most Exciting New Series at the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards and was nominated for Best Television Series in the Drama category for the 2016 Satellite Awards. In addition, Liev Schreiber has garnered multiple best actor nominations for his portrayal of the titular character. That’s the caliber of programming currently airing on Showtime.

Over the years, many great shows have aired on Showtime, running the gamut from science fiction to comedy. Original Showtime series such as Stargate SG-1 and Californication have gone on to be cult classics with multiple seasons. And 2016 is looking to be no different. In fact, many shows that aired in 2016 have already been renewed for one or more seasons. Only Penny DreadfulHouse of Lies, and Masters of Sex were canceled in 2016. So vote for what you think are the best Showtime Original Series of 2016 below.

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan Ray Donovan is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke records of ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Billions Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby ...more

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Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Masters of Sex Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald Masters of Sex is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29, 2013, on Showtime. It was developed by Michelle Ashford and loosely based on Thomas Maier's biography ...more

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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Penny Dreadful Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green Penny Dreadful is a British-American horror TV series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The show was originally pitched to ...more

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The Affair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
The Affair Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney The Affair is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi. The series premiered on Showtime on October 12, 2014. A TV-14 version of the pilot episode was made ...more

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House of Lies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
House of Lies Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Don Cheadle House of Lies is an American comedy-drama television series created by Matthew Carnahan. The show, which premiered on Showtime on January 8, 2012, is based on the book, House of Lies: How ...more

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Episodes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Episodes Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan Episodes is a British/American television sitcom created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik and produced by Hat Trick Productions. It premiered on Showtime in the United States on 9 January 2011 ...more

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Roadies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Roadies Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots

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The Circus: Inside the Greates... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz

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Dark Net is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Dark Net Abby Stein

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Inside Comedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Inside Comedy Judd Apatow, David Steinberg, Ben Stiller Inside Comedy is an American television interview program hosted and directed by David Steinberg. During each episode, Steinberg interviews a number of popular comedians from the worlds of ...more

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Dice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Dice Andrew Dice Clay, Kevin Corrigan, Natasha Leggero

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Gigolos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best 2016 Showtime Original Series
Gigolos Vin Armani, Brace, Nick Hawk Gigolos is an American reality television series about the lives of five male escorts in Las Vegas. The series follows the men, all employees of the same escort agency, through their daily lives ...more