The 30 Best Shows On Paramount+ & Showtime Right Now (July 2024)

Streaming is a hopscotch game of services where the show you love will probably jump off the platform you pay for before you get a chance to finish it. Such is the horror of modernity. On the bright side, it also means that combining the right streaming services can act like a cheat code for gaining access to a bunch of cool, diverse series.

One of those cheat codes is getting Paramount+ with the Showtime add-on, ensuring you get prestige programming alongside reality series and network TV shows (thanks to CBS All Access). Here are the 30 best shows on Paramount Plus and the best shows on Showtime you can watch.

Last updated on June 25, 2024

TIE: 30. Penny Dreadful

Year: 2014
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green
Genre: Drama, Horror
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 3 seasons
Created By: John Logan
Trailer: Watch here
In the deliciously gothic drama, Penny Dreadful, characters from classic literature wage war with an eclectic team of strangers in Victorian London. Anchored by standout performances from Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, and Josh Hartnett, the series is a vastly entertaining mash-up of horror, mystery, and prestige TV firing on all cylinders. Oh, and also Patty LuPone delivers one of the greatest episodes of television in Season 2’s “The Cut Wife.”

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TIE: 30. Mayor Of Kingstown

Year: 2021
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Dianne West, Aidan Gillen
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Two seasons, 20 episodes
Created By: Hugh Dillon, Taylor Sheridan
Trailer: Watch here

Jeremy Renner plays the unofficial mayor of a corrupt, seemingly lawless town in this crime drama from Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon. Renner’s Mike is a member of the McLusky family who has been mediating peace between prison inmates, street gangs, cops, and guards for generations. When his brother dies, Mike takes up the family business and struggles to keep the town, and those closest to him, safe.

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29. Murder in the Bayou

Year: 2019
Cast: Documentary Subjects
Genre: Documentary
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1: 5 episodes
Created By: Matthew Galkin, Ethan Brown
Trailer: Watch here

This severe, five-part docuseries investigates the unsolved murders of 8 women whose bodies were discovered in a drainage ditch near Jennings, Louisiana. Beneath the true crime shock of the subject matter, the show delves deeply into the lives of the victims, simultaneously painting a detailed portrait of worthy lives while uncovering dark secrets, local corruption, and a toxic blend of apathy and incompetence.

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28. Evil

Year: 2019 –
Cast: Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi
Genre: Crime drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 3 seasons (45 episodes)
Created By: Michelle King, Robert King
Trailer: Watch here

Some The X-Files flavor is on display here, this time with a skeptical psychologist joining a Catholic priest-in-training while they dive into alleged demonic possessions and other such unexplained mysteries inside the church. Can logic or the supernatural eventually prevail as official explanations, or why not both? It’s a dynamic that never gets old.

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27. House Of Lies

Year: 2012
Cast: Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Josh Lawson, Ben Schwartz
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 5 seasons
Created By: Matthew Carnahan
Trailer: Watch here

In the razor sharp comedy, House of Lies, Don Cheadle stars as Marty Kaan, a fast-talking consultant who excels at getting wealthy clients to pay out the nose for his services. Aided by his team that includes Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, and Josh Lawson who use their respective strengths to smooth talk pompous fat cats, Marty is the best at the game, and that game is manipulation.

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26. The Stand

Year: 2020
Cast: James Marsden, Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgard, Greg Kinnear, Amber Heard, Jovan Adepo, Odessa Young, Owen Teague, Henrique Zaga, Brad William Henke, Nat Wolff, and Irene Bedard
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Disaster, Fantasy Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1: 9 episodes
Created By: Josh Boone, Benjamin Cavell
Trailer: Watch here

It’s just bad luck that this new adaptation of Stephen King‘s magnum opus doomsday novel landed in 2020. After almost a year of Covid, it hit a little too close to home, and maybe it does still, but for those brave enough, it’s an excellent version of the story. As with the seminal ’90s mini-series starring Gary Sinise, this version follows a group of survivors of a humanmade plague as they’re drawn either to a Godlike figure or the Devil himself, setting up the dominoes for an epic battle of good against evil for the soul of humanity. M-O-O-N: that spells pandemic horror.

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25. Detroiters

Year: 2017-2018
Cast: Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1-2: 20 episodes
Created By: Tim Robinson, Sam Richardson, Zach Kanin, Joe Kelly
Trailer: Watch here

Tim and Sam are both morons, but they’re the very specific brand of morons you’d expect Tim Robinson (I Think You Should Leave) and Sam Richardson (Veep) would play. It’s a crying shame this absurd comedy gem didn’t catch fire, but we were lucky enough to be blessed with two seasons where Tim and Sam run an ad agency for local businesses, designed heartfelt and strange commercials that would fit well in the Be Kind Rewind universe. That’s the loosest of concepts, meant to act solely as a vehicle for two of the brightest (and oddest) comedic minds of our era to run rampant through a world of normies.

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24. Æon Flux

Year: 1991-1995
Cast: Denise Poirier, John Rafter Lee, and Julia Fletcher
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Avant-Garde, Experimental Sci-Fi
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1-3: 21 episodes
Created By: Peter Chung
Trailer: Watch here

Part of the Liquid Television lineup back in the day, Aeon Flux was the show you watched before you knew what the F in WTF stood for. Æon Flux is a Barbarella-like secret agent who wears a black bikini and heavy weapons, hailing from a city of nihilism and anarchy in perpetual war with a rigid totalitarian city. Flux’s eternal mission is to bring the city down by targeting its ruler. A glorious cyberpunk ballet, the cartoon series was unique in its German Expressionistic look and its gutsy experimentalism. All of that was sanded down for a questionable live-action film starring Charlize Theron, which never stood a chance of bringing the gonzo world of this weirdo show to full fruition.

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23. Escape at Dannemora

Year: 2018
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 7 episodes
Created By: Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin
Trailer: Watch here

Directed by Ben Stiller, Escape at Dannemora centers on a real-life prison break that spawned a massive manhunt in upstate New York. The convicted murders were aided in their 2015 headline-grabbing escape by a female prison employee, who became romantically involved with both men leading to a gripping story that proves the old maxim that the truth can be stranger than fiction.

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22. Californication

Year: 2007-2014
Cast: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Madeleine Martin, Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon, and Madeline Zima
Genre: Comedy Drama, Sex Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1-7: 84 episodes
Created By: Tom Kapinos
Trailer: Watch here

Hank Moody is an alcoholic writer who is super sad that his trenchant niche novel has been converted into a wildly popular (and soulless) movie. He’s also having a rough time with his ex-girlfriend/love of his life marrying a fancy Los Angeles publisher and his teenage daughter pulling away from him because of his terminal inability to make good choices. Aided by his deplorable agent, Hank tries to clean up his life, but it’s not exactly a linear process. Sophisticated and filled to the brim with sex and excess, David Duchovny rocked the role with a constant stream of devil may care vibes and the wink of a possibility that this slime ball was somehow redeemable.

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21. Tulsa King

Year: 2022-present
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Andrea Savage, Martin Starr, Jay Will, Max Casella, Domenick Lombardozzi, Vincent Piazza, Garrett Hedlund, and Dana Delaney
Genre: Crime Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1: 9 episodes
Created By: Taylor Sheridan
Trailer: Watch here

Sylvester Stallone portrays a mafia capo who’s not swimming with the fishes. However, he might as well be on Mars in this Taylor Sheridan-created series that takes him to Route 66 and the land of the Golden Driller. Tulsa’s experiencing a hotspot-like effect these days in the midst of Reservation Dogs and following Watchmen, and it’s quite a joy to see Stallone as the mobster-straight-out-of-prison who’s dropping a “nice little place you got here” in a weed dispensary. Stallone has a blast here with 1980s-style one-liners that could put the Sly and Arnold movies of yesteryear to shame.

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20. Freaks and Geeks

Year: 1999-2000
Cast: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Becky Ann Baker, Joe Flaherty, and Busy Phillips
Genre: Coming-Of-Age, Comedy, Drama
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Season 1: 18 episodes
Created By: Paul Feig
Trailer: Watch here

In a kinder world, this series would have become the 1990s version of The Wonder Years and run for a dozen seasons. Instead, its single season launched most of the major comedy stars of the 2000s and remains a cult classic worshipped by Millennials who saw themselves and their disaffection reflected in the army surplus jacket-wearing Lindsay and the gawkish nerd Sam. The siblings struggled navigating their high school cliques, and the mortification that comes with either being at the bottom of the food chain or not quite fitting in anywhere. A previously underseen masterpiece that has thankfully not been forgotten.

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19. A Gentleman In Moscow

Year: 2024
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Genre: Drama, History
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season, 8 episodes
Created By: Ben Vanstone
Trailer: Watch here

Based on a novel by Amor Towles, this darkly funny drama sees Ewan McGregor playing a mustachioed Russian aristocrat under house arrest in a luxury hotel filled with an eclectic array of permanent and temporary guests. McGregor’s Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is banished to the hotel’s attic, witnessing the Bolshevik Revolution play out before him as he befriends a young girl and indulges in a bit of political scheming on the side.

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18. Star Trek: Picard

Year: 2020-present
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Allison Pill, Isa Briones, Harry Treadway, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Jeri Ryan, and Brent Spiner
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1-3: 30 episodes
Created By: Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer, Alex Kurtzman
Trailer: Watch here

Undoubtedly one of the best of the modern Star Trek spin-offs, Picard has gone through a serious evolution from dropping the old salt into a wild new adventure with artificial intelligence to leaning fully into the nostalgic possibilities for reuniting the crew of the USS Enterprise. Stewart is as compelling as ever, imbuing the legacy role with even more gravitas now that Picard is an elder statesman constantly considering his regrets and mortality. The rest of the cast is also running at full warp, and the third season is a pure gift to Next Generation fans. But you don’t have to take my word for it!

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17. Avatar: The Last Airbender

Year: 2005 – 2008
Cast: Dee Bradley Baker, Zach Tyler Eisen, Mae Whitman
Genre: Animation/Adventure
Rating: TV-Y7-FV
Seasons: 3 (62 episodes)
Created By: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Trailer: Watch here

This Nickelodeon series will appeal to many generations and revolves around the four nations that represent the four natural elements: water, earth, fire, and air. Special beings known as the Benders can control their own particular element, but all four elements can be mastered by the Avatar. In this series, a tribe discovers that the missing Avatar is among them, and now, Aang must use his abilities to truly become the master that he was intended to be.

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16. Halo

Year: 2022 –
Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray, Yerin Ha
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 2 seasons (20 episodes)
Created By: Steven Kane, Kyle Killen
Trailer: Watch here

Pablo Schreiber’s resumé can’t get enough variety, but he drops the villainous tendencies to be the key to saving humanity despite every thinkable odd in this gaming adaptation. The show pushes forward to the 26th century with a human-alien war, and Natasha McElhone portrays a pivotal leader while mankind goes up against “the Covenant.” Pablo’s Master Chief happens to be the deadliest weapon available to save us all, and this show brings the Xbox game to vivid life.

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15. The Curse

Year: 2023
Cast: Emma Stone, Nathan Fielder
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season, 10 episodes
Created By: Nathan Fielder, Benny Safdie
Trailer: Watch here

There are cringe comedies and then there’s Showtime’s The Curse, a limited series about a married pair of alt-HGTV home flippers gentrifying their New Mexico neighborhood via eco-friendly monstrosities and calling it philanthropy. Created by two masters of squirm – Benny Safdie and Nathan Fielder – the show is a voyeuristic exercise that tests fans’ capacity for second-hand embarrassment as its main characters, the affluent Asher (Fielder) and Whitney (a shockingly unlikable Emma Stone) bulldoze the soul of their small, impoverished community with just a few reality TV cameras and a staggering amount of white privilege. It’s the best, most uncomfortable TV show you’ll watch this year.

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14. 1923

Year: 2022-present
Cast: Helen Mirren, Harrison Ford, Brandon Sklenar, Julia Schlaepfer, Jerome Flynn, Darren Mann, Isabel May, Brian Geraghty, Aminah Nieves, Michelle Randolph, and Timothy Dalton
Genre: Western
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1: 8 episodes
Created By: Taylor Sheridan
Trailer: Watch here

It’s impossible to turn on Paramount+ while escaping Taylor Sheridan. He’s the Shonda Rhimes of the streaming channel, spinning off massive successes off his massive successes. 1923 is just one of them — a branch from the Yellowstone universe taking us back to bust decade Montana where the Dutton family weathers economic downturns, prohibition, conflicts at the local Catholic boarding school, and men who want to do them harm. If you want to understand how good this show is, just take a look at the cast list. Ford and Mirren are fantastic, and while it was meant to be a one-off, a second season was ordered because fan response was so strong.

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13. Twin Peaks

Year: 1990 – 1991 & 2017
Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn
Genre: Mystery/Crime drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 2 seasons (30 episodes) & 1 bonus season (18 episodes)
Created By: Mark Frost, David Lynch
Trailer: Watch here

The David Lynch creation’s long-lasting cult status and critical acclaim eventually sparked a third-season continuation/revival, but everything goes back to FBI Agent Dale Cooper’s ultra-quirky investigation of who, exactly, killed homecoming queen Laura Palmer. As it happens, everything about this Washington town is somehow even more quirky and f*cked up than Cooper himself. TV became a lot more experimental in the wake of this show, and even though Season 2 did not sit as well with fans, the revival more than made up for any shortcomings.

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12. Yellowjackets

Year: 2021-present
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Sophie Nelisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Christina Ricci, Sammi Hanratty, Juliette Lewis, and Sophie Thatcher
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1: 10 episodes
Created By: Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson
Trailer: Watch here

In 1972, the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 plane crashed in the remote Andes, and the survivors were forced to resort to cannibalism as a means to survive the inhospitable climes until they could be rescued. Yellowjackets asks what would happen if the plane had been filled with teenage soccer players. Jumping back and forth between the wilderness and the present day, the series is a taut thriller tinged with the unfolding mystery of what really happened out there when the girls’ plane went down. Is it as simple as they made it sound in the press, or does it get a lot stranger? (Hint: you already know the answer.) Anchored by rock-star performances by Lynskey and Lewis and Ricci and the young crew, it’s earned its spot as a TV phenomenon for good reason.

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11. Key & Peele

Year: 2012
Cast: Keegan Michael-Key, Jordan Peele
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 5 seasons
Created By: Keegan Michael-Key, Jordan Peele
Trailer: Watch here

In this Emmy-winning comedy series, Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele
deliver a non-stop parade of hilarious sketches that riff on everything from Hollywood movies, United States politics, racial stereotypes, to the most heavy-hitting topic of them all: the creative process behind Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Running for five seasons on Comedy Central, Key & Peele easily filled the void left by Chappelle’s Show, and launched the career of a brilliant writer/director in the process.

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10. Nathan For You

Year: 2013 – 2017
Cast: Nathan Fielder
Genre: Reality/Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 4 (25 episodes)
Created By: Nathan Fielder
Trailer: Watch here

Before Nathan Fielder truly unsettled the world with The Rehearsal‘s higher (and even more awkward) stakes full of manipulation, he warmed up with this assortment of satirical pranks. At times, this series is so cringeworthy to watch that, well, it is hard not to look away from the small-business scenarios. Yet Fielder keeps viewers hooked despite any discomfort, and it’s worth doubling back for a refresh of this deranged yet innovative series.

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9. Frasier

Year: 1993-2004
Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, and Moose The Dog and Enzo The Dog
Genre: Sitcom
Rating: TV-PG
Runtime: Season 1-11: 264 episodes
Created By: David Angell, Peter Casey, David Lee
Trailer: Watch here

Yes, you hear the blues a’callin’. It’s inevitable. The pull of one of the most successful sitcoms of all time was, inexplicably, about a posh psychiatrist doling out radio advice in Seattle. The Cheers spin-off found a winning formula in affably pompous Frasier butting heads Odd Couple style with his domestic beer-swilling, retired cop father. Naturally, his effete brother Niles and dad’s daffy line-in physio Daphne are key to the mix, as well as his deadpan genius producer Roz. It’s difficult to see the show working without any of them because they made up a bizarre family that squabbled, had each other’s backs, and occasionally got into vaudeville-esque hijinks. A welcome antidote after watching so much TV-MA.

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8. The Good Wife

Year: 2009-2016
Cast: Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega, Josh Charles, and Christine Baranski
Genre: Legal Drama, Political Drama
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Season 1-7: 156 episodes
Created By: Robert King, Michelle King
Trailer: Watch here

The Kings’ drama series is an institution ripe for a rewatch (or long overdue for you to see). Jumping off the cliched image of the humbling politician admitting to an affair to a packed press conference with his trapped doting wife holding his hand as a measure of public support, the show featured a woman who refused to play nice. After her husband is jailed for a sex scandal-tinged corruption charge, Alicia Florrick emerges from being a stay-at-home mother to rejoin the ranks of litigation to provide for her two children. The Good Wife deftly jumped between Florrick’s personal woes and the weekly courtroom challenges she faced with courage and smarts, all while touting an impressive list of guest stars and recurring actors.

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7. Shameless

Year: 2011 – 2021
Cast: Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Jeremy Allen White
Genre: Dramedy
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 12 (134 episodes)
Created By: Paul Abbott, John Wells
Trailer: Watch here

The U.S. version of the Gallagher family lasted one season longer than its U.K. predecessor, and we received laughter and tears and more laughter before all was said and done. Fiona left the building one season before her siblings, and the show never recovered. Yet viewers will always enjoy revisiting how Fiona held the group together even when they drove her nuts. Tragic Lip and chaotic Carl were only a few of the character highlights, and incredible guest stars like Dermot Mulroney and Katey Sagal were icing on the Chicago South Side cake.

6. Reno 911!

Year: 2003-2009
Cast: Cedric Yarbrough, Niecy Nash, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Mary Birdsong, Ian Roberts, and Joe Lo Truglio
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1-8: 124 episodes
Created By: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver
Trailer: Watch here

It’s a comedy miracle that this weird, wonderful parody of Cops exists. Throughout seasons of the most taboo jokes possible, the underlying philosophy of the series is that these Reno cops are profoundly inept. It’s the comic well from which all the funny stuff flows, and the cast nails it straight to the ground every time. It’s outrageous and singular, and fans of Party Down and I Think You Should Leave who, somehow, haven’t checked this out should spare some binge time to connect with their comedy ancestors. Beyond its peerless humor, this Comedy Central show pulls off the impossible of having every cast member be the MVP of every episode.

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5. The Chi

Year: 2017-present
Cast: Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Tiffany Boone, Yolonda Ross, and Armando Riesco
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1-5: 50 episodes
Created By: Lena Waithe
Trailer: Watch here

It’s easy to accidentally binge shows these days, but it’s genuinely difficult to stop watching The Chi. The series from Waithe and Common is a web of daily lives on the South Side of Chicago all affected in different ways by a dramatic series of events. It doesn’t feel quite right to call it a drama because it encompasses the totality of human experience through the eyes of its ensemble — from risky first loves to challenging jobs to the struggles of poverty and a lack of good choices. With fantastic performances throughout, the show is deeply humane and finds incredible joy in each of its vibrant, compelling characters.

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4. Dexter/Dexter: New Blood

Year: 2006-2013/2021-present
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Julie Benz, Erik King, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, James Remar, C.S. Lee, John Lithgow, Julia Stiles, and Jimmy Smits
Genre: Crime Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Dark Comedy, Police Procedural
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1-8: 96 episodes/Season 1: 10 episodes
Created By: James Manos Jr./Clyde Phillips
Trailer: Watch here

Dexter Morgan is a blood splatter technician/serial killer in Miami who loves his sister, excels at work, and kills people with decent regularity. The good news is that he was brought up with a moral code, so he sticks with murdering murderers. The police don’t seem too enthusiastic about that as an excuse, so he’s under constant threat of being discovered by the very people he shares a breakroom with. This series hit hard when it premiered, and it continues to shock, particularly because of its aggressive performances and ability to place Dexter in impossible situations that he juuuuuuuust manages to squeak out of. Most of the time. It eventually went delightfully off the rails, and the revival series New Blood clearly decided that staying grounded was overrated. It remains a guilty beach read in TV form.

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3. Billions

Year: 2016-present
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Asia Kate Dillon, Kelly AuCoin, and Corey Stoll
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1-6: 72 episodes
Created By: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin
Trailer: Watch here

What whip-smart series about prosecuting the super-rich for fraud just got a new injection of relevance? This one! Koppelman, Levien, and Sorkin’s original series offered a hip jab against the uber-wealthy, treading that balance beam that allows us to salivate in envy at the lifestyle while deeply, deeply wishing they would get taken down. Based on several real-world fraud cases, the inciting storyline focuses on U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades’ attempt to nail charming hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod for doing a bunch of illegal stuff in order to make and secure his billions. Unsurprisingly, the minds behind Ocean’s 13 and Rounders inject an incredible sense of cool alongside the twisting back stabs and reversals of massive fortune. Watch it for the clever drama, but be sure to take notes on some hot restaurants to check out for your next NYC visit.

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2. Chappelle’s Show

Year: 2003-2006
Cast: Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy, Donnell Rawlings, and Paul Mooney
Genre: Sketch Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1-3: 28 episodes
Created By: Dave Chappelle, Neal Brennan
Trailer: Watch here

The GOAT that was too good to last. At first glance, there’s nothing groundbreaking about the structure of the sketch series. Dave Chappelle would do some standup and introduced some pre-recorded sketches to a clapping audience — but that standup, and those sketches, changed television. From Charlie Murphy‘s hilarious tales of Hollywood life to the Racial Draft to a very different look for Wayne Brady, Chappelle’s Show dared to push boundaries and go where other shows simply weren’t even thinking about going.

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1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Year: 1993-1999
Cast: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Alexander Siddig, Nana Visitor, Michael Dorn, and Nicole de Boer
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Rating: TV-PG
Runtime: Season 1-7: 176 episodes
Created By: Rick Berman, Michael Piller
Trailer: Watch here

There’s no doubt that Star Trek is having another fantastic Renaissance with a handful of shows spanning styles and tones, and while you’re enjoying the haunting Picard and hilarious Lower Decks, you should make time to return to the greatest Star Trek series of all time. Set on a space station jointly administered by Starfleet and Bajorans — who were previously brutally occupied by Kardassians — the show took the typical Trek formula and cast of characters but had room to let their stories breathe because they weren’t constantly rocketing off to a new planet to meet new aliens. As such, it had a lot to say about Colonizing, freedom fighters and terrorists, religious faith, and duty, yet still found some time to play baseball, too.

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