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List Rules Shows that originally debuted on Showtime.

At their peak, the best Showtime shows and series are on par with some of the best big screen movies and HBO original series. While movies only have two or three hours to introduce characters and develop a plot, Showtime shows are given many hours to present characters and storylines. This gives the audience a stronger connection to characters that isn’t replicated in film. But that doesn’t mean all Showtime series are exactly film-quality. So to find out which original Showtime show is the best, fans have voted for their favorites below.

Though Showtime still broadcasts plenty of films, more and more people are turning to them for original series content. Shows such as Dexter and Homeland drew in millions of viewers and have had multiple seasons. In fact, Dexter is probably one of the most popular Showtime shows of all time, peaking at 3 million views for the season eight premiere.

They have no sign of slowing down, with new shows premiering and old shows returning every Fall season. Recently, their hit shows have included Ray Donovan, Shameless, Homeland, and House of Lies. Not only are they some of the best Showtime shows ever, they’re among the best TV shows ever. All three have starred actors that have won or been nominated for awards. For a more recent look at the best Showtime shows, you’ll want to check out this ranking of their 2016 show lineup.

As for the best Showtime series ever however, this list is the one to look at. Below, vote for your favorite shows that originally premiered on the Showtime network. Looking for a particular show? Use the search box at the top of the list to find it. If you don’t see it listed, then please add it so that others may vote for it.

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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 The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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 Shows of All Time, Ranked
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 Shows of All Time, Ranked
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 Affair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
fernandorox23 added 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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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Billions is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Billions 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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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 Tudors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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House of Lies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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United States of Tara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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 Borgias is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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) 16 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Episodes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added 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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The L Word is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Sleeper Cell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Sleeper Cell Sarah Shahi, Aaron Paul, Michael Ealy Sleeper Cell is an American one-hour drama on the Showtime network that began airing on December 4, 2005. The tagline for the first season was "Friends. Neighbors. Husbands. ...more

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The Big C is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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True Crime with Aphrodite Jone... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
IdaMaeParks added True Crime with Aphrodite Jones Aphrodite Jones^! Randy Thomas^! Jonathan Brown-Tea True Crime with Aphrodite Jones is an American documentary television series airing on Investigation Discovery, hosted by Aphrodite Jones. The show is very similar in format to On the Case with ...more

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Secret Diary of a Call Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
hideo1212 added Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick Twin Peaks is an American television serial drama created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. It follows an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper into the murder of homecoming queen ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Inside Comedy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
steveroderick added Inside Comedy David Steinberg 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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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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.