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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
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 Shows of All Time, Ranked
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 Shows of All Time, Ranked
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 Shows of All Time, Ranked
Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan Ray Donovan is an American television 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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Billions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby "Axe" Axelrod ...more

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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) 7 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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) 8 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
fernandorox23 added 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) 9 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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
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
Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald This series is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29, 2013, on Showtime. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, the series tells the story of Dr. William Masters and ...more

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185 139
House of Lies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Don Cheadle House of Lies is an American comedy-drama television series created by Matthew Carnahan. It follows a group of management consultants who stop at nothing to get business deals done.

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United States of Tara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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
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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Episodes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added 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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Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy This show 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 Columbia, ...more

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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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The L Word is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
SaarthSoni added Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more

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Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
hideo1212 added Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.

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The Big C is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Sleeper Cell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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Secret Diary of a Call Girl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore 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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SMILF is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Frankie Shaw, Miguel Gomez, Rosie O'Donnell SMILF (Showtime, 2017) is an American television comedy series based on Frankie Shaw's short film. A single, 20-something mom (Shaw) struggles to find a happy work-life balance.

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Black Monday is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. A rag tag group of Wall Street outsiders take on the financial industry in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash.

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Kidding is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Kidding Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella 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 Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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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True Crime with Aphrodite Jone... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
IdaMaeParks added 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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Inside Comedy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
steveroderick added 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) 34 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
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.