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The Best Current Showtime Shows 

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Updated May 12, 2020 1k votes 443 voters 28k views 18 items

Wondering what to watch on Showtime? Here are the best Showtime shows on now. Originally primarily a movie network, Showtime has put out some innovate series over the years that range from serious dramas to quick-witted comedies. If you're in need of a new show to binge watch, this list of Showtime programs should help! 

Some Showtime shows currently airing tackle contemporary topics. The comedy series SMILF catalogs the struggles of single motherhood in the modern United States. If you're a fan of political humor, Our Cartoon President is an animated satire created by Stephen Colbert that lampoons Donald Trump and modern politics. Other Showtime programming on now includes The Affair, Billions, and Ray Donovan. 

Which of these popular Showtime series is the best? Vote your favorites to the top of the list below. Then see what upcoming new series are on Showtime in 2020.

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells, based on the 2004 British series. Led by drunk patriarch Frank (William H. Macy), the poor and ...more

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Drama

Billions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, loosely based on the legal battles between Preet Bharara and ...more

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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by ...more

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Black Monday is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): History

Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. An aspiring Wall Street stockbroker (Andrew Rannell) starts working for an eccentric veteran (Don Cheadle) who has secrets ...more

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On Becoming a God in Cen... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Kirsten Dunst, Théodore Pellerin, Ted Levine

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Dark comedy

On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime, 2019) is an American dark comedy television series. Krystal Gill (Kirsten Dunst) is a minimum-wage-earning water park employee who schemes her way ...more
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City on a Hill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Kevin Chapman

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

City on a Hill (Showtime, 2019) is an American television series created by Chuck MacLean. District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge) and corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran Jackie Rhodes ...more
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Kidding is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Kidding (Showtime, 2018) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Dave Holstein. A children's television icon (Jim Carrey), who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding ...more

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The Circus: Inside the G... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Alex Wagner

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Politics

The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (Showtime, 2016) is a television documentary series following the 2016 presidential race and the Trump administration.
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Our Cartoon President is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Jeff Bergman, Cody Lindquist, Emily Lynne

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Comedy, Political

Our Cartoon President (Showtime, 2018) is an American adult animated satirical television series created by Stephen Colbert. In this parallel cartoon universe, the Commander-in-Chief opens the ...more
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Penny Dreadful: City of ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, Adriana Barraza

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Period drama, Horror, Fantasy, Thriller

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Showtime, 2020) is a British-American horror drama television series created by John Logan, and a spinoff of the 2014 series. In 1930s Los Angeles, LAPD's first ...more

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Work in Progress is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Karin Anglin, Theo Germaine , Emily Fightmaster

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Work in Progress (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series co-created by Abby McEnay. The show features McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose ...more
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The L Word: Generation Q... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Katherine Moennig

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama

The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime, 2019) is an American television drama and a revival-sequel to the 2004 series The L Word. Original characters Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), ...more
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Back to Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Daisy Haggard, Geraldine James, Richard Durden

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Comedy-Drama

Back to Life (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy-drama television series. After 18 years in prison, a woman returns to her small hometown wondering if anyone will let her move on.
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Couple's Therapy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Orna Guralnik, Virginia Goldner

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Couple's Therapy (Showtime, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The docuseries follows four couples in therapy with New York psychoanalyst Dr. Orna Guralnik.
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Inside the NFL is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth, Warren Sapp

Premiered: 1977

Genres (Tv): Sports, Talk show, Sports film

Inside the NFL (HBO, 1977) is an American television sports show that focuses on the National Football League. Originally airing on HBO, it was picked up by Showtime in 2008.

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Showtime Championship Bo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Showtime Championship Boxing

Premiered: 1986

Showtime Championship Boxing is a television boxing program airing on Showtime. Debuting in March 1986, it is broadcast live on the first Saturday of every month. Showtime Championship Boxing, ...more
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Vice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows
Shane Smith

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Vice is a documentary TV-series created and hosted by Shane Smith of Vice magazine. Produced by Bill Maher, it uses CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria as a consultant, and covers topics using an ...more

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Action is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Showtime Shows

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Action (Showtime, 2019) is an American documentary television miniseries. This four-part limited series explores the legalization of sports gambling and its evolving impact on the gambling