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The Best Cinemax TV Shows 

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Best known for producing movies, there are actually quite a few great Cinemax series. While thought of in terms of raunchy adult content, historically Cinemax has produced programs other than their After Dark programs. From the cult classic Max Headroom to programs like Banhsee, Cinemax has something for everyone. 

Although television fans in different locations grew up with Cinemax on different channels, most of us got the same shows. Don't let your favorite Cinemax TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top Cinemax television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the Cinemax network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Catrina Simpson added Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Crime thriller

Banshee (Cinemax, 2013) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler. After serving 15 years in prison, an ex-convict (Antony Starr) assumes the ...more

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama

Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin. In late 1800s San Francisco during the Tong Wars, a martial arts prodigy from China ...more

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The Knick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Clive Owen, André Holland, Jeremy Bobb

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Knick is an American television drama series on Cinemax created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The series follows Dr. John W. Thackery (Clive Owen) and ...more
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Hunted is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Suspense, Drama, Action

Hunted is a 2012 British television drama series created and written by Frank Spotnitz and produced by Kudos Film and Television and Big Light Productions for British broadcaster BBC, for its ...more

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Quarry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Logan Marshall-Green, Jodi Balfour, Damon Herriman

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Neo-Noir

Quarry is the story of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with ...more
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Jett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Carla Gugino, Giancarlo Esposito, Elena Anaya

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Crime

Jett (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action drama television series created by Sebastian Gutierrez. Daisy "Jett" Kowalsk (Carla Gugino), fresh out of prison world-class thief is forced ...more

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Outcast is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror

Outcast (Cinemax, 2016) is an American horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman, based on his comic books. A young man (Patrick Fugit) searches for answers as to why he's been ...more

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Erotic Confessions is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Erotic Confessions Ava Fabian, Carrie Westcott, Julie K. Smith
Erotic Confessions is a Cinemax channel show airing from 1992 to 1996 and as a video series from 1994 to 1997. Its premise was a modern-day letter reader by Jacqueline Stone. The cast starred ...more
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Transporter: The Series ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Transporter: The Series Chris Vance, François Berléand, Charly Hübner

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Adventure film, Action

Transporter: The Series is an English-language French-Canadian action-adventure television series, spun off from the Transporter film series created by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. It is ...more

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Forbidden science is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Noelle DuBois

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Drama, Science Fiction

Forbidden Science is a Cinemax "After Dark" series that premiered in January 2009. It is set in a near-future world in which people fulfill erotic desires with virtual reality and ...more
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Trackers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Tamer Burjaq, James Gracie, Sisanda Henna

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Drama

Trackers (Cinemax, 2020) is a South African action drama television series created by Deon Meyer. Featuring various stories of organized crime, the series includes diamond smuggling, Black ...more

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Black Tie Nights is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Black Tie Nights Tiffany Bolton

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Drama

Black Tie Nights was a softcore drama anthology series which aired on Cinemax in the United States from 2004 to 2005. This anthology show revolved around the adventures of Olivia Hartley and ...more
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Mike Judge Presents: Tal... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Mike Judge, Don Adams, Gary Adams

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy

Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus (Cinemax, 2017) is an American animated comedy television series created by Mike Judge, Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett. Narrated by Judge, the ...more
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Max Headroom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, Chris Young

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Drama, Science Fiction

Max Headroom is a British-produced American satirical science fiction television series by Chrysalis Visual Programming and Lakeside Productions for Lorimar-Telepictures that aired in the United ...more

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Rellik is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Richard Dormer, Jodi Balfour, Paterson Joseph

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rellik (Starz, 2018) is a crime television series created by Harry and Jack Williams. Himself a survivor, Detective Chief Inspector Gabriel Markham (Richard Dormer) goes on the hunt for a serial ...more
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SCTV Channel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows
Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin

Premiered: 1983

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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Balseros is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows

Premiered: 2004

Balseros is a 2002 Catalan documentary co-directed by Carles Bosch and Josep Maria Domènech about Cubans leaving during the Período Especial. As a consequence of the widespread ...more
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Beah: A Black Woman Spea... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows

Premiered: 2004

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks is a 2003 documentary about the life of Academy Award nominated actress Beah Richards. Directed by Lisa Gay Hamilton, it won the Documentary Award at the AFI Los ...more
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Bus 174 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cinemax TV Shows

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Bus 174 is a Brazilian documentary film released on October 22, 2002. It is the debut film of director José Padilha and co-director Felipe Lacerda. Sandro do Nascimento, a young man from ...more