Some of the most popular shows on Showtime include "Homeland," "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex." Other popular shows that formerly aired on the network include "Dexter," "Californication" and "Weeds."
As a network, Showtime is known for edgy, controversial dramas, many of which have received critical acclaim. These include "Homeland," a show about counter-terrorist activities starring Clare Danes, Damien Lewis and Mandy Patinkin; and "Ray Donovan," starring Liev Schreiber, a show about a criminal "fixer" who solves problems for the rich and famous. These shows are notable for their violence, but some shows, such as "Masters of Sex," starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, are notable for their strong sexual content. Other popular Showtime shows include "Penny Dreadful," "The Affair" and "Shameless."
Showtimes has also produced a number of shows that have remained popular, despite no longer airing new episodes. One of these shows is "Dexter," starring Michael C. Hall as the eponymous serial killer, which ran for eight seasons from 2006 to 2013. Other popular Showtime shows that have concluded are "Californication," a comedy-drama about a sex addict and writer, played by David Duchovny, and "Weeds," starring Mary-Louise Parker, which follows a mother who starts her own business selling marijuana.