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The Best Showtime Shows of All Time, Ranked

Updated May 7, 2021 11.9k votes 4.2k voters 144.3k views50 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever 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 Showtime's current 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.

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    Dexter

    Scott William Winters, Valerie Cruz

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    Homeland

    F. Murray Abraham, Jamey Sheridan

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    Shameless

    Steve Howey, Cameron Monaghan

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    Weeds

    Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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    Ray Donovan

    Eddie Marsan, Katherine Moennig

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    Billions

    Malin Akerman, Damian Lewis

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    Californication

    David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone

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    Penny Dreadful

    Eva Green, Rory Kinnear

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    Nurse Jackie

    Anna Deavere Smith, Dominic Fumusa

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    The Tudors

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill

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    The Affair

    Josh Stamberg, Irène Jacob

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    House of Lies

    Kristen Bell, Glynn Turman

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    The Borgias

    Joanne Whalley, Holliday Grainger

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    United States of Tara

    Brie Larson, Rosemarie DeWitt

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    Masters of Sex

    Lizzy Caplan, Teddy Sears

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    Episodes

    Kathleen Rose Perkins, Tamsin Greig

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    Stargate SG-1

    Beau Bridges, Amanda Tapping

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    Dead Like Me

    Callum Blue, Ellen Muth

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    #36 of 111 The Best Dramedy TV Series#97 of 271 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

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    The L Word

    Sarah Shahi, Katherine Moennig

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    #57 of 124 TV Shows with the Hottest Casts#28 of 81 The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time

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    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

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    Brotherhood

    Stivi Paskoski, Kevin Chapman

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    City on a Hill

    Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge

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    Queer as Folk

    Gale Harold, Randy Harrison

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    Escape at Dannemora

    Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette
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    On Becoming a God in Central Florida

    Kirsten Dunst, Théodore Pellerin