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Shows like Homeland: Best Showtime Shows

Over 500 scripted TV series were produced in the US in 2019, but quantity does not guarantee high quality. Showtime, like HBO, has consistently produced outstanding television for years. This list rounds up some of the network's greatest hits (and a few misses).

Shows like Fleabag: Best Dramedies

The ancient Greeks divided their plays into comedies and tragedies, but the smiling and frowning masks are more extremes of a spectrum than binary variables, and some of the best TV shows of the past two decades, like Fleabag, Atlanta, Succession, and Shameless, find humor in deep pain and poignancy in funny situations.

Best Comedy TV

A round-up of the best live action comedies, ranked by ratings, popularity, awards, and influence on other comedies--including the full range of RomComs, dark comedies, sitcoms, and more.

Shows like Deadwood: Soaring Dialogue

At first glance West Wing, Deadwood, Gilmore Girls, and Justified have little in common, but these dramas are united by outstanding dialogue, and even the occasional monologue.

Shows Like Fleabag: Anti-Sitcoms for the Cynical

Let's face it, traditional sitcoms can get cloying quick; that's why you need these shows, to bring some dark, sarcastic, alcoholic balance to your life. You can't have the Yin of Friends without the Yang of Fleabag.

Shows Like Flaked: In Recovery Dramedies

These dramedies highlight the comic side of getting sober, finding spirituality, or just getting your life on back on track.

Shows like House: High-Functioning Addicts

These dramas trace the struggles of people facing the demands of high-powered careers (and the rest of their lives) while struggling with alcoholism and other addictions.

Best Showtime Comedies

Showtime has produced some of the funniest (and most cynical) anti-sitcoms including Californication, SMILF, Nurse Jackie and of course the US version of Shameless.

Shows like Californication: Addiction and Recovery Dramas

These dramas (and the occasional dramady) feature characters who are struggling with addiction or are in recovery.

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