What shows to watch on Showtime

Showtime is a television network that enables viewers to enjoy popular movies and TV shows. It also has a nice selection of original programming. The network can be subscribed to directly from Showtime as a standalone on-demand and live video streaming service or through providers like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Sling TV.

Showtime is home to some of the best original TV shows available, including engaging action series, historical explorations, powerful dramas and insightful documentaries. However, it has a smaller content library than services such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. 

Docuseries

Active Shooter: America Under Fire (2017)

This series explores the effects of mass shootings on victims, emergency medical workers and first responders. Each episode is an eye-opening, powerful exploration of a specific mass shooting with archived footage and in-depth interviews.

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 100%
  • Genre: Docuseries
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: N/A

All Access: Quest For The Stanley Cup (2016-)

Viewers get an unprecedented inside view of the NHL playoffs and Stanley Cup Final in this action-packed series. It follows four NHL teams as they battle for hockey’s greatest prize. It takes viewers into the locker room and onto the ice and provides insights from coaches and players.

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  • Genre: Docuseries
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Alexander Ovechkin, Bill Camp, Sidney Crosby

Dark Net (2016-2017)

This is a docuseries that delves into the darkest reaches of the Internet and introduces the people who frequent the furthest corners of the online world. It provides thought-provoking insight into an ever-growing part of cyberspace where people can do and see anything, regardless of whether it is legal or not.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 77%
  • Genre: Docuseries
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: N/A

Murder In The Bayou (2019)

This true-crime documentary follows the unsolved murders of eight women whose bodies were found in Jennings, Louisiana. It explores the women’s’ lives and uncovers the dark secrets of a troubled town.

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 89%
  • Genre: Docuseries
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: N/A

Shows that go back in time

Enemies: The President, Justice and the FBI (2018)

This series from Academy Award winner Alex Gibney explores the long history of tension between US Presidents and the FBI. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 40%
  • Genre: Docuseries
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: N/A
  • Featured actors: N/A

The Borgias (2011-2013)

The exploits of one of the most infamous crime families in history are dramatized in this show that focuses on patriarch Rodrigo Borgia’s quest for wealth and power. His ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and seductive daughter Lucrezia aid his intimidation and murder-fuelled rise to become Pope Alexander VI in Renaissance-era Italy.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 83%
  • Genre: Historical drama 
  • Number of seasons: 3
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: David Oakes, Holliday Grainger, Jeremy Irons

The Circus: Inside The Craziest Political Campaign on Earth (2016-)

This series steps inside the Donald Trump era of presidential politics and explores the stories behind the headlines. It provides insight into events as they happened in one of the most fascinating political periods in American history.

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  • Genre: Docuseries
  • Number of seasons: 5
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  • Featured actors: N/A

The Tudors (2007-2010)

This historical drama focuses on the early days of the reign of young, vibrant Tudor monarch King Henry VIII. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 85%
  • Genre: Historical drama
  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Natalie Dormer, Sam Neill

Showtime original shows

Billions (2016-)

This is a complex drama that depicts the power politics of New York’s high-flyer financiers. The series follows the collision course between a savvy US Attorney and an ambitious hedge fund king, who use their influence and intelligence to out-do each other. The fifth season of the show premieres on Showtime in May 2020.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%
  • Genre: Action, Drama
  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman

Homeland (2011-)

This is an action-filled, tense drama that follows the actions of a gifted but flawed female CIA officer. The gripping show follows Carrie Mathison, whose bipolar disease makes her unpredictable and volatile as she risks everything to prevent threats to national security.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%
  • Genre: Docuseries
  • Number of seasons: 8
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Claire Danes, Damien Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Penny Dreadful (2014-2016)

Literature’s most infamous and terrifying characters come together in an intriguing psychological thriller filled with mystery and suspense. The show includes popular horror characters like Dracula and Dr. Frankenstein alongside original characters in stories about evil spirits, immortal beasts and mythological creatures.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%
  • Genre: Drama, Horror
  • Number of seasons: 3
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Billie Piper, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

The Affair (2014-2019)

The emotional effects on an extramarital affair on all parties are explored in this intriguing, provocative drama. It follows the events of an affair between schoolteacher Noah and young waitress Alison from multiple perspectives.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 80%
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Number of seasons: 5
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Dominic West, Joshua Jackson, Maura Tierney, Ruth Wilson

The takeaway

Showtime provides subscribers with a wealth of binge-worthy TV entertainment. From its own high-quality original programming to engaging dramas and intriguing, often moving documentaries, the service features a variety of programming. Showtime is available for $10.99/mo. after a 7-day free trial from the service directly. Prices vary when it is purchased through a third-party provider.

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