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Allanah Faherty

With so many different networks and options for what to watch next, it's easy to become overwhelmed and settle on reruns of an old favorite. It's a big choice deciding which show you're going to commit to next — after all it's not uncommon that a relationship with a favorite TV series will even outlast a relationship with a partner!

To make the choice a little easier, I've gone ahead and taken a look at all the current series that the network has to offer. Take a peek below and read all about their best series which might soon become your new favorite:

1. Shameless

The cast of Shameless [Credit: Showtime]
The cast of Shameless [Credit: Showtime]

How many seasons? 7 (with Season 8 expected to air in 2017)

The Gallagher family are either your worst nightmare or a scarily accurate portrayal of your own family. Whichever it is, they've also been a delight to watch on Shameless over the last seven seasons. follows the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher (William H Macy), the alcoholic deadbeat dad of six. While Frank drifts in and out of the family's life, concerned only with his own misadventures, the kids have dragged themselves up, and it's now been left to eldest child, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) to try and keep the family on track.

Showtime's Shameless is actually a US adaption of the UK series of the same name, however don't go thinking this is another poor adaption from the US, because this version leaves the UK one in the dust. While some of the storylines might be somewhat exaggerated, what sets Shameless apart is its real and gritty look at the issues working-class family's deal with. While Frank is a comedic character, the show also shows how much his alcoholism and absence has screwed the family over, and while the series is laugh-out-loud funny at times, before the scene is over it'll also bring you crashing back to reality.

2. Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan [Credit: Showtime]
Ray Donovan [Credit: Showtime]

How many seasons? 4 (with Season 5 expected to air in 2017)

Liv Schreiber stars as Ray Donovan, a man who made his money working for law firm Goldman & Drexler, doing the dirty work for LA's rich and famous. Donovan arranges bribes and payoffs, as well as issuing threats all in the name of securing the desired outcome for Goldman & Drexler's clients. But outside of his work life there's drama in Ray's family when his father, Mickey (Jon Voight) is released from prison unexpectedly, setting of a chain of events which rock the Donovan family to their core.

After premiering in 2013, broke records, becoming Showtime's most-watched premiere of all time. The achievement was almost unsurprisingly considering the amazing cast, and gripping story about the seedy underbelly of LA mixed in with the drama of a family with some deep, dark secrets. The fourth season of the series finished up in September 2016, and Season 5 is expected to premiere later this year in June.

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3. Homeland

Clane Danes in Homeland [Credit: Showtime]
Clane Danes in Homeland [Credit: Showtime]

How many seasons? 6 (with renewals through to Season 8)

Following Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes in her first TV role since My So-Called Life) a CIA officer at the top of her field despite hiding the fact that she suffers from bipolar disorder, Homeland is a series which will have you firmly glued to the edge of your seat. In the first season U.S. Marine Nicholas Brody is discovered alive in Afghanistan years after he was thought to have been killed. While Brody is welcomed back as a hero, Mathison believes that Brody was turned by the enemy over his years in captivity and now poses a massive threat to the country.

With a brilliant cast (Mandy Patinkin also stars in addition to Danes and Lewis), and fantastic storylines, is the TV series thriller you've been missing from your TV lineup. The events the show covers feel so timely that it can honestly be stressful to watch at times, but a show that pulls at your emotions and reactions as much as Homeland does is rare, and that makes it a must-see series.

4. Billions

[Credit: Showtime]
[Credit: Showtime]

How many seasons? 2

It may be a business we thought we had no interest in, but Billions somehow takes us inside the world of New York high finance and makes it some of the most entertaining television on TV. follows U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) as he embarks on a mission to take down hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Damien Lewis) whom he believes is corrupt, though masquerades as a generous philanthropist. The pair face off, using their power, influence and intelligence as their best weapons to keep each other at bay.

After his stint on Homeland it seems like Showtime couldn't get enough of Damien Lewis, and now audiences have fallen in love with him as ambitious hedge fund manager, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod. Billions is sure to surprise you with how gripping a show about hedge fund managers could be, but perhaps that has something to do with the fact that some of the storylines are taken from real life events. I guess it's true that sometimes life writes the best scripts.

5. Episodes

[Credit: Showtime]
[Credit: Showtime]

How many seasons? 4 (with a renewal for a fifth and final season)

After husband-and-wife comedy writing duo Sean and Beverly have success in their native UK, they head to Hollywood to adapt their show for an American audience. But when the network starts to get involved the couple finds themselves pressured into turfing out their original lead actor and replacing him with demanding Friends actor, Matt LeBlanc.

A clever take on the idea of US adaptions of UK show never really living up to the original (though as mentioned above, Shameless may be the exception!), is made even better by Matt LeBlanc's hilarious portrayal of an exaggerated version of himself. With four seasons, 10 Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win for LeBlanc under its belt, Episodes will air its final seven episodes in 2017, with the series coming to an end with Season 5.

6. Twin Peaks

The opening card for the original Twin Peaks series [Credit: ABC]
The opening card for the original Twin Peaks series [Credit: ABC]

How many seasons? 3 (plus a prequel film).

Created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, mysterious and quirky Twin Peaks may have ended in 1991 after just two seasons and a film, but soon enough it became a firm cult classic and has now returned for a limited third season on Showtime.

followed an investigation by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper following the murder of local girl, Laura Palmer in the strange small town of Twin Peaks, Washington. The series delved into the lives of Twin Peaks citizens revealing a dark and supernatural side to the picturesque town.

The series is filled with mystery, quirky characters and brilliant performances. It might be more slow moving than a show a 21st Century viewer would normally invest their time in, but it's a worthwhile watch considering the cultural impact the series had, and continues to have, on television and film, over two decades later. As an indication of the fondness the original cast have for the series, the majority of the original cast have returned for Season 3, complete with Lynch and Frost back at the helm.


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