Despite being around since the early '80s, Showtime is not necessarily the go-to premium pay cable network - HBO still reigns supreme. But it has created its own niche in TV history with shows that are more out-there and eccentric. Here is a list of the best Showtime series of all time.
Ever curious what will happen if some of the most terrifying villains in literature appear in one TV series? That's what you'll expect in Penny Dreadful. This British-American psychological thriller created by John Logan centers on some of the scariest fictional characters like Frankenstein from Mary Shelly's novel, Count Dracula, Abraham Van Helsing, John Seward, Mina Harker, and more from Bram Stoker's Dracula, Henry Jekyll from Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, and so on. And these villains are no ordinary villains since they'll be coming together and lurk around in Victorian London.
Showtime launched back in 1976? In 2 years after launch, it was already in various cable systems like cable boxes nationwide. Cable entertainment was much smaller back then with only a few channels to choose from. Cable provided a huge improvement over older systems. This is because it did not rely on antennas for reception. You can't talk about Showtime without talking about it's biggest rival, HBO. It launched earlier than Showtime in 1972. It was also the first cable network that gained national distribution in 1975. Both networks were experimenting with original programming as early as the 80s. Then, in the early 2000s, both had released their big original TV shows. HBO had The Sopranos and Showtime launched Queer as Folk.
After that, both networks have been competing with each other ever since. As time went on, it was becoming clear that HBO was gaining more market share than Showtime. There were many factors to this like better shows and a wider distribution among others. Then, online streaming and subscription-based services became popular. The ailing Showtime network was starting to show signs of growth. The network had a steady influx of subscribers coming in. Add to this their push toward establishing more partnership deals. Showtime Original Series was in the pipeline in the coming years. Things are looking great for the once-dominant network.
|1||Queer as Folk||TV Shows||18||Paid|
|2||Twin Peaks: The Return||TV Shows||15||Paid|
|7||Penny Dreadful||TV Shows||2||Paid|
|8||United States of Tara||TV Shows||1||Paid|
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