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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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1,147 343
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
2
964 285
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
3
955 297
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
4
621 249
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
5
261 57
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
6
533 251
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
7
474 212
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
8
355 192
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
9
270 148
Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green
Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) 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 title refers to ...more
10
309 169
Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
242 140
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
12
188 151
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
13
188 142
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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169 138
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
15
151 125
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
16
107 106
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
17
111 111
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
18
82 88
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
44 12
The Office is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
130 119
Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
91 105
The L Word is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
35 15
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 22 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.
23
63 88
Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
80 98
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
25
50 83
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