TV The Best Showtime Original Shows  

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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

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

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

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Californication is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Californication David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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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

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Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Masters of Sex Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald

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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

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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

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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

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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Nurse Jackie Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze

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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Borgias Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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The L Word is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The L Word Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman

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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

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House of Lies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
House of Lies Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Don Cheadle

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Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Penn Jillette, Teller, George W. Bush

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

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Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Soul Food Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Vanessa A. Williams

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
big_j_pimp24 added How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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

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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Masters of Horror Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Bree Turner

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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

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Red Shoe Diaries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Red Shoe Diaries David Duchovny, Matt LeBlanc, Kate Jackson

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Beverly Hills Bordello is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Beverly Hills Bordello Gabriella Hall, Monique Parent

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Deeper Throat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Deeper Throat

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Women: Stories of Passion is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Women: Stories of Passion

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Out of Order is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Out of Order William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Kim Dickens

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Web Therapy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Web Therapy Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Jennifer Elise Cox

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The Chris Isaak Show is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Chris Isaak Show Chris Isaak, Kristin Dattilo, Jed Rees

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Family Business is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Family Business Mari Possa, Seymore Butts

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Leap Years is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Leap Years Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Hurd, Bruno Campos

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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Rude Awakening is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Rude Awakening Tim Curry, Jennifer Coolidge, Salli Richardson

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Huff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Huff Hank Azaria^! Paget Brewster^! Anton Yelchin

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Linc's is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Linc's Pam Grier, Karyn Parsons, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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Secret Diary of a Call Girl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Secret Diary of a Call Girl Billie Piper, Iddo Goldberg, Cherie Lunghi

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This American Life is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
This American Life Ira Glass

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Tall Tales & Legends is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Tall Tales & Legends Rob Reiner, Megan Mullally, Michael Richards

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The Busy World of Richard Scar... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Busy World of Richard Scarry Peter Wildman, Denis Akiyama, Carl Banas

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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

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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

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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

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Total Recall 2070 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Total Recall 2070 Cynthia Preston, Nick Mancuso, Michael Easton

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American Candidate is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows

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The Real L Word is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
The Real L Word Whitney Mixter, Alyssa Morgan, Jill Sloane Goldstein

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Ready or Not is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Ready or Not Kari Matchett, Laura Bertram, Gerry Mendicino

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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

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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

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Thunderbirds 2086 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Showtime Original Shows
Thunderbirds 2086 Takeshi Aono^! Manami Ito^! Kiyoshi Kobayashi