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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 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 Kidding: Mental Health Dramadies

One way of reducing the stigma around mental illness is by laughing at it, or at least that's the premise of these comedies and dramedies where mental health issues play a central role.

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 After Life: Coping with Grief TV

These dramas and dramedies offer sympathetic and realistic portrayals of people coping with the loss of a loved one.

Shows like Fleabag: Dark Comedy Roundup

A long list of comedies and dramadies that find humor in subjects that are typically not considered funny--like murder, grief, and mental health issues.

On Death and Dying--the Comedy

Terminal illness, grief, tragic death are not the obvious ingredients for a televised comedy, but these series find the lighter side of some very dark material.

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