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List Rules Original series created by, which aired on, the Showtime network. Vote up the best Showtime original shows.

Showtime is an American premium paid cable television service that has produced a variety of well-known original series, kid’s programming, adult programming, documentaries, sports programs and even original movies. Showtime is a subsidiary of CBS and has over 28 million subscribers. What are the best Showtime original shows of all time? Vote up the shows you think are the best and see how your favorites rank!
 
Launched in 1976, Showtime has been going strong ever since, raking in award after award for best original series and movies and getting the attention of A-list Hollywood actors along the way. Showtime original series have featured some pretty famous actors, and have some incredible writers as well. The story lines of our favorite Showtime series are usually dark and dramatic in nature, but Showtime has also produced several well-known comedies.
 
This list features the best Showtime original shows, ranked as the best by the community, including, "Shameless," "Homeland," "Dexter," "Ray Donovan," and "Masters of Sex." Vote up the best Showtime original series below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
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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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
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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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed ...more

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Californication is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Californication David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler Californication is an American comedy-drama television series created by Tom Kapinos, which aired for seven seasons on Showtime from August 13, 2007 to June 29, 2014. The show follows New Yorker ...more

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The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Tudors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy The Tudors is a British-Irish-Canadian historical fiction television series set primarily in sixteenth-century England, created by Michael Hirst and produced for the American premium cable ...more

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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Nurse Jackie Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze Nurse Jackie is an American medical dark satirical comedy-drama series. It premiered on Showtime on June 8, 2009. The show's seventh and final season will premiere April 12, 2015. The show stars ...more

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Episodes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
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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United States of Tara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
United States of Tara Toni Collette, John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt United States of Tara is an American television comedy-drama created by Diablo Cody, which began airing on Showtime in 2009. The series follows the life of Tara, a suburban housewife and mother ...more

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The Big C is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Big C Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Gabriel Basso The Big C is a Showtime original television series which premiered on August 16, 2010. It drew the largest audience for a Showtime original series premiere. The second season premiered on June ...more

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House of Lies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
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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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
big_j_pimp24 added How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more

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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Borgias Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger The Borgias is an historical-fiction drama television series created by Neil Jordan; it debuted in 2011 and was canceled in 2013. The series is set around the turn of the 16th century and ...more

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Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Dead Like Me Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy Dead Like Me is an American comedy-drama television series starring Ellen Muth and Mandy Patinkin as grim reapers who reside and work in Seattle, Washington. Filmed in Vancouver, British ...more

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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Queer as Folk Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison Queer as Folk is a drama television series. An American–Canadian co-production, the series ran between December 2000 and August 2005 and was produced for Showtime and Showcase by Cowlip ...more

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Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
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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The L Word is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The L Word Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman The L Word is an American/Canadian co-production television drama series portraying the lives of a group of lesbian, bisexual, straight and transgender people and their friends, connections, ...more

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Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Penn Jillette, Teller, George W. Bush Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is an American documentary television series that aired from 2003 to 2010 on the premium cable channel Showtime.

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Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Brotherhood Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish Brotherhood is an American television drama series created by Blake Masters about the intertwining lives of the Irish-American Caffee brothers from Providence, Rhode Island: Tommy is a local ...more

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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Masters of Horror Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Bree Turner Masters of Horror is an American anthology style television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network.

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Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Soul Food Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Vanessa A. Williams Soul Food: The Series is a television drama that aired Wednesday nights on Showtime from June 28, 2000 to May 26, 2004. Created by filmmaker George Tillman, Jr. and developed for television by ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Outer Limits Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more

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Beverly Hills Bordello is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Beverly Hills Bordello Gabriella Hall, Monique Parent This erotic made-for-cable fantasy is set in a notorious Tinseltown cathouse, a place where Hollywood's movers and shakers come to relax and to enjoy the favors of very beautiful and voluptuous

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Red Shoe Diaries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Red Shoe Diaries David Duchovny, Matt LeBlanc, Kate Jackson Red Shoe Diaries is an erotic drama series that aired on the American cable television network Showtime from 1992 to 1997 and distributed by Playboy Entertainment overseas. Most episodes were ...more

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Web Therapy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Web Therapy Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Jennifer Elise Cox Web Therapy debuted on LStudio.com and is an improvised online series starring Lisa Kudrow as Fiona Wallice, a therapist who has conceived of a new form of therapy: the titular "web

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more

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Leap Years is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Leap Years Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Hurd, Bruno Campos Leap Years is a 2001 drama television series that aired on the Showtime cable network. The show was created by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who had created the American version of the series ...more

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Rude Awakening is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Rude Awakening Tim Curry, Jennifer Coolidge, Salli Richardson Rude Awakening is a TV series created by Claudia Lonow, aired by Showtime on 55 22-min episodes for 3 seasons.

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Secret Diary of a Call Girl is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Secret Diary of a Call Girl Billie Piper, Iddo Goldberg, Cherie Lunghi Secret Diary of a Call Girl is a British television drama broadcast on ITV2 from 2007 to 2011 based on the blog and books by the pseudonymous "Belle de Jour," starring Billie Piper as ...more

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Out of Order is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Out of Order William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Kim Dickens Out of Order is an American dramedy television miniseries created and written by Donna Powers and Wayne Powers, who also directed the first and final episodes. The show lasted one season which ...more

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The Busy World of Richard Scar... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Busy World of Richard Scarry Peter Wildman, Denis Akiyama, Carl Banas The Busy World of Richard Scarry is a Canadian/French animated children's television series, produced by CINAR Animation and France Animation in association with Paramount Television, which ...more

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Deeper Throat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Deeper Throat Deeper Throat is a Showtime reality TV show in which Vivid Entertainment owner Steven Hirsch stages a full-court press to persuade the owner of the porn classic Deep Throat to sell him the ...more

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Women: Stories of Passion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Women: Stories of Passion Women: Stories of Passion is a dramatic series that aired on the American cable television network Showtime and distributed by Playboy Entertainment overseas. The episodes were based on stories ...more

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Family Business is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Family Business Mari Possa, Seymore Butts Family Business was an American reality TV series produced for the cable network Showtime. Based in Los Angeles, the series focused on the pornography industry and the life of Adam Glasser, a ...more

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The Chris Isaak Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Chris Isaak Show Chris Isaak, Kristin Dattilo, Jed Rees The Chris Isaak Show is a television sitcom which follows a fictionalized version of the life of American rock musician Chris Isaak. The show portrays Isaak and his band members as everyday ...more

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Linc's is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Linc's Pam Grier, Karyn Parsons, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Linc's is an American comedy-drama based in a bar in Washington D.C.. The series starred Steven Williams, Pam Grier and Golden Brooks, and aired on Showtime for two seasons from 1998 to 2000 ...more

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Huff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Huff Hank Azaria, Paget Brewster, Anton Yelchin Huff is an American television comedy-drama series produced by Sony Pictures Television for Showtime. The series was broadcast for two seasons, during 2004-2006.

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This American Life is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
This American Life Ira Glass This American Life is an American television series based on the radio program of the same name. Like the radio program, the series is hosted by Ira Glass. The series premiered on March 22, ...more

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Tall Tales & Legends is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Tall Tales & Legends Rob Reiner, Megan Mullally, Michael Richards Tall Tales & Legends is a series created by Shelley Duvall, and produced by Fred Fuchs, following her success with her first series, Faerie Tale Theatre. It ran from 1985-1987 on Showtime as ...more

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Brothers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
bojanthebest added Brothers Yeardley Smith, Philip Charles MacKenzie, Gale Gordon Brothers is an American television sitcom that originally aired on the cable network Showtime from July 13, 1984 to May 5, 1989, totaling 115 episodes. It was produced by Gary Nardino ...more

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Body Language is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Body Language Bob Hilton, Gene Wood, Johnny Olson Body Language is an American game show produced by Mark Goodson Productions. The show aired on CBS from June 4, 1984 until January 3, 1986, and was hosted by Tom Kennedy. Johnny Olson announced ...more

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Lexx is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Lexx Eva Habermann, Xenia Seeberg, Nigel Bennett Lexx is a science fiction television series that follows the adventures of a group of mismatched individuals aboard the organic space craft Lexx. They travel through two universes and encounter ...more

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American Candidate is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
American Candidate American Candidate is a political reality television show. The program aired for one season on Showtime in 2004, and was hosted by Montel Williams. It was created by documentary filmmaker R. J. ...more

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Total Recall 2070 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Total Recall 2070 Cynthia Preston, Nick Mancuso, Michael Easton Total Recall 2070 is a science fiction television series first broadcast in 1999 on the Canadian television channel CHCH-TV and later the same year on the American Showtime channel. It was later ...more

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Ready or Not is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Ready or Not Kari Matchett, Laura Bertram, Gerry Mendicino Ready or Not is a Canadian teen drama television series that aired on the Showtime Movie Channel and later on The Disney Channel and Global Television Network for five seasons and 65 episodes ...more

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The Real L Word is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Real L Word Whitney Mixter, Alyssa Morgan, Jill Sloane Goldstein The Real L Word is an American reality television series aired on the cable station Showtime, where it premiered on June 20, 2010. The show was created by executive producer Ilene Chaiken and ...more

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Chris Cross is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Chris Cross Rachel Blanchard, Sarah Alexander, Alan David Chris Cross is a children's sitcom co-produced by Central TV and Cinar, in association with Showtime, in 1993. Based in an English boarding school, it dealt with the transition from single to ...more

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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
La La Land Marc Wootton La La Land is an American television comedy series broadcast on Showtime in the United States, BBC Three in the United Kingdom, and SBS One in Australia. It features character comedian Marc ...more

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Sherman Oaks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Sherman Oaks Alex Meneses, Jason Behr, Peter Billingsley