What shows to watch on Starz

Starz is a television network that enables subscribers to watch movies and TV shows both on-demand and through live streams. The Starz content library can be viewed directly through the service or as an add-on channel through other video streaming providers like Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

Starz is owned by movie publisher Lionsgate and presents content to viewers via several live channels and through its online streaming platform. It is home to a good choice of high-quality programming, which includes its own original motion pictures and TV series.

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Shows that everyone’s talking about

Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)

This engaging drama follows the trials and tribulations the Dillon Panthers, a small-town football team in Texas. The series largely focuses on the family life of the team’s coach Eric Taylor. And there is plenty of on-field drama. The series is based on the book and movie of the same name.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93%
  • Genre: Drama, Sport
  • Number of seasons: 5
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Connie Britton, Jesse Plemons, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Kitsch

Luther (2010-2019)

This gritty British crime show focuses on the brilliant but destructive DCI John Luther, who has a knack for getting inside the minds of the serial killers he’s trying to stop. However, his unorthodox actions and methods inevitably lead to conflict with his superiors.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Suspense
  • Number of seasons: 5
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Dermot Crowley, Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson

Save Me (2018)

A down-and-out man’s life is turned upside down when the police raid his apartment on suspicion of kidnapping his own daughter. After attempting to protest his innocence, he takes matters into his own hands and goes on a relentless quest to find her. The show has received strong critical acclaim and a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%
  • Genre: Action, Drama
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: Not rated in the US
  • Featured actors: Lennie James, Stephen Graham, Suranne Jones

SS-GB (2017)

In this innovative series, a British detective investigates a murder in a parallel universe in which the Germans won World War II and Nazis occupy England. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: N/A
  • Genre: Action, Fantasy
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Kate Bosworth, James Cosmo, Sam Riley

Starz original shows

American Gods (2017-)

This series is set amid a large-scale conflict between the Old Gods and the New Gods, who grow stronger every day. The main character Shadow Moon is released from prison and meets a strange man called Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job as a driver turned bodyguard that soon sees him get caught up in the conflict. The series is based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 75%
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Emily Browning, Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle

Ash vs. Evil Dead (2015-2018)

A chainsaw-handed man attempts to save the world from zombies in this horror series. The show is a loose sequel to the 1981 cult horror movie trilogy Evil Dead. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 95%
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror 
  • Number of seasons: 3
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Bruce Campbell, Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago

Black Sails (2014-2017)

This series follows the swashbuckling adventures of Captain Flint and his crew as they fight to save New Providence island in the West Indies from pirates. The show is set around two decades before Robert Stephenson’s Treasure Island novel. Historic notables such as Blackbeard, Benjamin Hornigold and Ned Low make regular appearances. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 91%
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Jessica Parker Kennedy, Luke Arnold,Toby Stephens

Power (2014-)

This series sees a ruthless high-end drug dealer to New York’s elite attempt to put his criminal past behind him and branch out into legitimate business as a nightclub owner. He tries to balance the two lives as he avoids the police, watches his marriage fall apart and faces the inevitable issues that accompany his lifestyle. The series was created by Courtney A. Kemp in conjunction with Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, who also makes regular appearances on the show.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 81%
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Omari Hardwick

Shows you can watch with the whole family

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983-1985)

In this family-friendly series, the world’s most powerful man throws all his might into saving the planet Eternia and the secrets of Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor. The classic animated series has earned a rare 100% rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 72%
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Science Fiction
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-Y7
  • Featured actors: Alan Oppenheimer, John Erwin

Inspector Gadget (1983-1986)

A bionic police inspector equipped with an arsenal of gadgets stumbles his way through cases as his dog and niece do the hard work of investigating and solving them in this slightly older series. The cartoon TV series was the inspiration for a movie starring Matthew Broderick and was reintroduced as a new animated show in 2015.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 67%
  • Genre: Cartoon, Comedy
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-Y
  • Featured actors: Cree Summer, Don Adams, Frank Welker

Knight Rider (1987-1991)

This show follows a vigilante equipped with an artificial intelligence-enabled, virtually indestructible car, named KITT, as he fights crime and keeps order. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 98%
  • Genre: Action, Drama
  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Featured actors: David Hasselhof, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart

The Parent ‘Hood (1995-1999)

This show sees a college professor and his wife attempt to deal with family life in a busy house full of raucous children.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: N/A
  • Genre: Comedy, Sitcom
  • Number of seasons: 5
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Featured actors: Reagan Gomez-Preston, Robert Townsend, Suzzanne Douglas

The takeaway

Starz is home to a well-rounded selection of TV shows that will keep the whole family entertained. Subscribers gain access to a host of original programming, such as Ash vs. Evil Dead and Power, as well as several highly bingeable, gripping shows like Friday Night Lights and Luther. The network is available for $8.99/mo. after a 7-day free trial directly through Starz. Prices differ when the service is purchased via a third-party streaming provider like Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

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