Top 10 Best Showtime Originals Released in 2018 If you're a Showtime subscriber, these are the reasons you get to brag...

Showtime has been consistently delivering premium content for decades. With new movie streaming sites popping up left and right, it needs to lean even more than ever on original content. After all, it’s a ~$10-per-month premium service.

If you haven’t already subscribed to Showtime, these ten shows will give you a reason to reconsider that decision.

10. Escape at Dannemora

Release Date: November 28, 2018
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano

The real-life prison break of two inmates who became sexually involved with a female guard is chronicled in this miniseries.

9. The Affair Season 4

Release Date: June 17, 2018
Starring: Dominic West, Joshua Jackson, Maura Tierney

After four seasons, The Affair drifted from Noah Solloway’s original source material a bit, but it’s still an enjoyable soap opera with a premium cable twist.

8. Our Cartoon President Season 1

Release Date: February 11, 2018
Starring: Jeff Bergman, Emily Lynne, William Sadler

Executive producer Stephen Colbert unfortunately left his political-leaning comedy show at the dawn of the Trump era. Fortunately, he blessed us with a satirical look at the most famous president in history.

7. Homeland Season 7

Release Date: February 11, 2018
Starring: Claire Danes, Elizabeth Marvel, Mandy Patinkin

Carrie left her job at the White House and is now butting heads with the Keane administration that once embraced her. She’s not happy about the order to arrest 200 members of the intelligence community in Showtime’s most suspenseful series.

6. The Chi Season 1

Release Date: January 7, 2018
Starring: Armando Riesco, Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

Chicago’s Southewide isn’t known as the most peaceful place, and when that peace is broken, Emmett, Brandon, Ronnie, and Kevin’s lives are connected in unexpected ways.

5. Who Is America? Season 1

Release Date: July 25, 2018
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gretchen Rossi, Corinne Olympios

Cohen puts a lot of high-ranking politicians and public figures in the hot seat, pretending to be someone else and interviewing them in some very candid moments nobody was (although we all should have) expected.

4. Shameless Season 9

Release Date: September 9, 2018
Starring: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Shanola Hampton

The Gallagher clan never had it easy, and Showtime’s (arguably) most popular show continues bringing audiences on the slow struggle that is their lives.

3. Ray Donovan Season 6

Release Date: October 28, 2017
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson

Ray Donovan moves from L.A. to New York, and he doesn’t seem to be losing any steam along the way. This gritty, action-packed Showtime drama keeps upping the ante with every episode.

2. Kidding Season 1

Release Date: September 9, 2018
Starring: Jim Carrey, Judy Greer, Catherine Keener

Mr. Pickles is a beloved children’s show host, but his personal life is filled with a lot of darkness. In the aftermath of Robin Williams’ suicide, we hope this show is what Jim Carrey needs to find his inner peace.

1. Billions Season 3

Release Date: March 25, 2018
Starring: Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman

The cat-and-mouse game between Chuck and Bobby Axelrod continues to distract both men from problems bubbling up on all sides. A new protege is rising up the ranks while Axe fends off attacks from the government and competition. This show just keeps getting better.


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

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