The very best reveals and films to observe at no cost on Showtime
It’s the free content season. To celebrate the holidays, Showtime is making a number of its shows and films available for free on streaming platforms and upon request. The list is a mix of old favorites (if you want to revisit Ray Donovan’s season 1 again, now’s your chance!) And new hits, like the premiere of the true crime series Love Fraud. Most are already available, but on December 6th, they add the premiere of Shameless Season 11 – the final season – as well as the premiere of Bryan Cranston’s TV comeback Your Honor. All free Showtime content is available through January 11th on YouTube and Sho.com and on all Showtime partner platforms.
If you love the shows you’ve tried, new subscribers who sign up for Showtime before January 11th will receive a free 30-day trial and receive a lifetime price of $ 8.99 per month. The offer is available on Showtime.com as well as on selected platforms with the stand-alone Showtime app.
But which of the free shows and films are worth your precious vacation time? If you’re having trouble deciding what to stream, we recommend six of the best things to check out on Showtime’s free deals. Below is the full list of all the items available.
Work in Progress is one of the best and most underrated queer shows on television and the semi-autobiographical story of Abby (played by series co-creator Abby McEneny), a self-described “fat, queer dike” who lives with depression and depression OCD finding a new life when she starts a relationship with a cute young trans man, Chris (Theo Germaine). It’s a radical exploration of topics like sexuality, mental illness, and body image that might not sound as funny, but work in progress is absolutely fun. It even has Weird Al. The series was renewed for season 2.
Desus & Mero (selected episodes available)
Spend the vacation with the late night kings of television. Desus Nice and The Kid Mero not only have the best kicks on TV, they also have their finger on the pulse. You know what people actually want from late night talk shows. (Who else could book Lil Nas X’s first TV show of “Old Town Road”?) Her Showtime series is effortlessly cool, very funny, and always well-informed. They’re also the only late night hosts who keep bringing their guests something new, just like they were when they solved an escape room with Elizabeth Warren.
Lauren Greenfield’s clever documentary The Kingmaker follows the political career of Imelda Marcos, the flamboyant former First Lady of the Philippines. She was famous for leaving thousands of pairs of shoes when her family fled into exile in 1986. The film seems like a chance to marvel at her obscene wealth, but it turns into a terribly relevant story about corruption and privilege, how Imelda works to rehabilitate the family image and regain power.
City on a hill
Kevin Bacon enjoys City on a Hill and plays his role as the basic premium cable antihero. Bacon plays a racist, sexist, crooked FBI agent in Boston in the early 1990s (yes, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck produce) who forges an unlikely alliance with an assistant district attorney (Aldis Hodge) who tries to crack down on illegal cops. It’s not a bad original, but why mess with the classics? The series was renewed for season 2.
Love Fraud (premiere episode available)
If you’re still thinking of The Jinx, don’t sleep on Love Fraud, a true crime documentary that takes the horrors of online dating to a new level. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of Jesus Camp, the four-part series focuses on a number of women who have been betrayed by a man they met online, Richard Scott Smith – and these women want revenge. The finale is when it gets really Jinx-ian, but the whole series is a wild, yet refreshingly non-exploitative ride.
Moonbase 8 (premiere episode available)
This fun, low-key comedy stars Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly, and Tim Heidecker as a trio of incompetent astronauts working at a NASA training facility in hopes of qualifying for a trip to the moon. The stakes are literally astronomical and they couldn’t be less prepared. Of all the space comedies premiering this year – and there have been many – Moonbase 8 has the greatest potential to actually take off.
Check out the full list of Showtime shows available to stream for free.
These shows are available through January 11, 2021. Unless otherwise stated, all shows will be available starting Friday December 4th.
Premiere of your honorary series (available from December 6th)
Shameless Season 11 Premiere (available December 6)
City on a Hill Season 1
The L-Word: Generation Q Season 1
Work in Progress Season 1
Ray Donovan Season 1
The Affair Season 1
Murder in the bayou
Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee
Love Fraud Premiere
The Reagan premiere
Moonbase 8 premiere
Desus & Mero, select episodes