Top 10 Best Shows Released on Cinemax and Starz in 2018 They aren't as well-known as HBO and Showtime, but they have hits

Cinemax and Starz are among the lesser-known premium channels, but they do still produce originals. Cinemax pales in comparison, because it’s HBO’s sister channel, but Starz has nobody’s coattails to ride, and the studio keep ratcheting up its production of original content.

If you’re looking for a reason to add these premium channels to your cable or streaming subscription, look no further than these top 10 best Cinemax and Starz originals.

10. Outcast Season 2

Release Date: July 20, 2018
Starring: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt

Kyle and Amber return to Rome, West Virginia, and the townspeople are still being haunted by demonic forces.

9. Rellik Season 1

Release Date: April 13, 2018 U.S. (September 11, 2017 BBC U.K.)
Starring: Richard Dormer, Jodi Balfour, Paterson Joseph

Cinemax brings this story of a serial killer who attacks with acid across the pond for American audiences to enjoy. The story moves in reverse from the killer’s own death, making for a new look at a familiar plot.

8. Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus Season 2

Release Date: November 2, 2018
Starring: Mike Judge, George Clinton, Rick James

This season, Judge’s animated series explores the funk era, with George Clinton serving as a consultant and Executive Producer for the season.

7. Vida Season 1

Release Date: May 6, 2018
Starring: Maria-Elena Laas, Melissa Barrera, Chelsea Rendon

Two Mexican-American sisters return to their Eastside Los Angeles home to be confronted by the truth about their mother’s identity.

6. Power Season 5

Release Date: July 1, 2018
Starring: Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora

Ghost forms dangerous alliances to withstand the fury coming from both his rivals and the government. Thankfully we have another season to look forward to in 50 Cent’s street epic.

5. Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3

Release Date: February 25, 2018
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo

Ash can never catch a break and just live a normal life. Instead he’s constantly besieged by demons in this final season of the popular storyline.

4. Counterpart Season 2

Release Date: December 9, 2018
Starring: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Nazanin Boniadi

Howard Silk and his counterpart from a parallel Earth oversee a portal between the two worlds, making for an interesting look at alternate dimensions.

3. Sweetbitter Season 1

Release Date: May 6, 2018
Starring: Jimmie Saito, Gabriel Gutierrez, Ella Purnell

Twenty-one-year-old Tess moves from Ohio to New York to stumble her way through big city life as a waitress in a well-known restaurant.

2. Howards End

Release Date: April 8, 2018 U.S. (November 12, 2017 BBC One U.K.)
Starring: Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Philippa Coulthard

Social and class divides are ever-present in our world, and Starz makes the subject palatable using a turn-of-the-century English novel for source material.

1. Outlander Season 2

Release Date: April 9, 2018
Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Same Heughan, Duncan Lacroix

Claire Randall’s trip back in time to 1742 is wrought with danger, and things heat up in the second season.


Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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