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What Are Some of The Best Shows Available on Starz?
Nudity, gore, sex, and some high-voltage drama - if you are watching a Starz original, you're guaranteed to come across most, if not all, of these elements. Granted, Starz doesn't have the reputation or backing the likes of HBO and Netflix possess, but it still has some shows you'd want to binge on. Without any further ado, let's take a look at some of the best Starz TV shows on offer.
The Girlfriend Experience
One of its strongest suit is that you won't find anything even remotely similar to the kind of experience this show offers. That's why talking about it or reviewing it can prove to be difficult since there isn't anything else to compare it with.
The plot revolves around the life of a New York girl, who leads a double life - one as a high-end sex worker and other as a young attorney. The first few of her 'engagements' go quite well, but has she bitten off ore than she can chew? Captivated by all its perks, though, she decides to risk everything and continue her double life.
It's fun to see how she manipulates her boss and clients to get what she wants. Our main character might be cold and manipulating, but you'd still sympathize with her. If you're looking for a good Starz series, The Girlfriend Experience should be your best bet.
Spartacus - One of the best Starz Originals
Spartacus is the story of a Thracian warrior turned gladiator on a quest to find his captured wife and lead an uprising against the Roman elites. With just a right mix of facts and fiction, Spartacus makes for a gripping story that would have you hooked up until the very end.
Being a historical period drama, it was a matter of time before people started comparing it with shows like HBO's Game of Thrones and Rome. If you don't take its first season into consideration - a time when Starz was just beginning to find its footing - rest of its seasons topple the likes of GOT with ease. I know that I might infuriate a lot of Game of Thrones here, but most of them would share my opinion after they churn through all the 4 seasons of Spartacus.
Ash Vs. Evil Dead
Ash vs. Evil Dead is a direct sequel to the 1981's The Evil Dead. Ash, our chainsaw-wielding protagonist, is back in business after 30 years. He might be old, but he's still one of the best when it comes to demon-hunting. All these years, he has managed to avoid the evil souls, but they have finally found him. What would he do? Can he save himself and those dear to him from the evil lurking around?
We might have had to wait for all these years, but it was well worth it. When I heard that they're making a TV series instead of a follow-up movie, I was skeptical at best. Judging by the 2 seasons that has aired so far, though, I can testify to its sheer brilliance. A coherent mix of horror and humor makes for an intriguing storyline; one that would keep you hooked to your screen.
It's not going to take much of your time. Each season comprises of only 10 episodes, which is 5 hours long in its entirely. And you'd enjoy every moment of it. If you're looking for some good Starz originals, Ash Vs. Evil Dead should be right up your alley.
We've come to accept the fact that there is going to be some unnecessary filler drama in every TV show. If you often feel bogged down by the fluff, Power should be a pleasant surprise..
The plot revolves around the struggles of a mobster to keep his grip on power. He wants to get out of this business and pay more attention to his legal endeavors, but his wife and partner won't have it any other way, making things a little trickier for him. Would his follow his heart?
The first season had potential to be truly epic, but it ended up short of its mark. It could have easily been trapped in its own web of storylines, but they delivered a darker and more gripping 2nd season with a clear focus on telling a good story.
It's a shame that Power was canceled just after its third season. The good thing is, you still have three amazing seasons to binge upon.
Flesh & Bone
Ballerinas don't live an easy life. Sure, there performances might look pretty on stage, but it demands devotion, persistence and passion and certain sacrifices in return. Created by Moira Beckett, Flesh & Bone aims to delve deep in cutthroat world of ballerinas in an attempt to remind us that everything is not as flawless as it looks on stage.
Like any other drama on TV, it has its ups and downs. While a strong storyline keeps this mini-series from derailing, the overdose of nudity and sex makes it impossible to take seriously. If you're looking for a light-hearted show with a gripping storyline, Flesh & Bone won't disappoint you. As long as you're not expecting another "Black Swan", you should go ahead with this show.
Black Sails - A good Starz TV show revolving around pirates
The story takes place 20 years prior to the events of "Treasure Island", revolving around Captain Flint, one of the most feared pirates in the Carrebian sea, and his notorious adventures.
It's not surprising how a lot of people haven't even heard about Black Sails. Those who have, gave up on it a long time ago. If I won't blame you just watched the first couple of episodes of this pirate drama and moved on to another show. Granted, the first couple of episodes were a bit flashy, the latter half is where things heat up.
The first season was somewhat good, but the second and third ensured that it ranks amongst one of the best Starz shows on TV right now. Even if it seems like a monotonous dud at the beginning, I urge you to stick with it.
Written by Kouta Hirano, Hellsing is a Japanese anime revolving around a Britsh taskforce with a mission to battle all sorts of supernatural forces in town.
Anime is usually not my cup of tea. I am not too fond of the big eyed teenage folks who talk and move in unnatural ways. Every once in a while, though, series like Hellsing comes along, hooking you with its dark, twisted story and keeping you invested in its storyline until the very end. Don't miss out on it.
When a British newscaster moves to Los Angeles in hopes of conquering the world with his talk show, he runs into a lot of troubles because of his actions. He has to deal with snobby network bosses, an incompetent team and his ex-wives on his own. The only person standing by his side is his alcoholic manservant who doesn't seem to care much about his boss's hardships.
TV is laden with sitcoms these days. From The Big Bang Theory to HBO's Veep; there is no dearth of good shows with a lot of humor and wit. Since I hadn't heard about Blunt Talk before, I wasn't too sure about it when I came across it. And a low IMDB rating didn't help the matters either. To my surprise, it turned out to be pretty addictive. There is always a lot going on in with dialogues and scenes, so you need to pay close attention. It has to be one of the most underrated Starz TV show ever.
Party Down is the story of a group of wannabe actors who move to LA in the hopes of making it big. Instead, they find themselves working as caterers until they figure something out. Though it's not going to be easy, they know how to stand by each other's side. Would they ever make it out of there?
There is a strange sense of hope amongst these people. And that's what would make you watch their weekly miseries.
It's a shame that a show of such caliber and potential had to be cancelled just after 2 seasons. Nevertheless, you still have 2 consistent, fascinating seasons to binge upon.
This is acting at its finest form. James Nesbitt shines in his role of a broken devastated father who'd not give up. Rest of the cast has done an amazing job as well, bringing a lot of authenticity with their mesmerizing performances.
The plot revolves around Tony, a man who refuses to come to terms that his 5-year-old son is abducted and is never coming back. Fast forward a few years, he becomes obsessed with the abduction, jeopardizing his marriage and destroying his life. Told in multiple timelines simultaneously, it's a story of a devastating father who'd do anything to find his long-lost child. Aiding him in his mission is Julien, a French police officer, who also believes that there is more to it than meets the eye. What really happened? How did his Oliver dissapear? A couple of episodes in, you'd get most, if not all, the answers.
If not for anything else, Magic City will be remembered for its dirty, awesome quotes. With agreat direction, fascinating storyline and an authenticating depiction of 1950's, Magic City certainly deserved a place in this list.
While it takes some time to get going, slowly building up the plot and developing its characters, once it changes gears, it never looks back. I'd recommend you to binge watch a few episodes at once in order for everything to sink in. If you dig business drama, Magic City should prove to be a treat.
Da Vinci's Demons
Created by David S. Goyer, Da Vinci's Demons takes place in Renaissance Florence, revolving around da Vinci, a 25-year old genius with a gift for creating unique, futuristic inventions. With his photographic memory, he remembers every little thing except for the face of his mother. A mysterious man promises to hep them reunite, but da Vinci must find the 'Book of Leaves' first - a book that holds all the answers to his perplexing questions.
When he find himself caught in the midst of a power struggle between two royal families, he must decide what is more important to him - saving the city of Florence and its people or continuing his quest in the search of his mother?
You'll hear a lot of things about this show. Many write it off as historically inaccurate whole others think that it's a bit too flashy and lacks a serious tone. Well, they're right, for the most part. If you love an action packed show with no fluff, though, you'd fall in love with Da Vinci's Demons.
Outlander - One of the best Starz series
Based upon a series of novels written by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is the story of Claire Randall, a combat nurse from 1945, who finds herself begin thrown back nearly 200 year in time after she touches a mysterious stone. In a strange land with no one to help, she has to rely on her wits and knowledge to make it out alive. Things take a different turn when she meets Jamie Fraser, a young Scottish warrior, who soon marries her. They both fall head over heels in love with each other. Would she go back or stay with Jamie?
The bond between them grows deeper and more complex as they spend time with each other. You'd soon be rooting for them to emerge victorious against all odds. Having read the series, I was pleased to see that they have stayed true to the novels for the most part. Even if you know their story beforehand, give Outlander a shot. It's one of the best Starz TV series airing right now.
The White Queen
Amidst the war between the House of York and House of Lancaster over the throne in 15th century England, the king Edward from the former house find himself falling in love with a Lancaster commoner, further complicating the matters. The struggle for power ensues amongst three relentlessness and manipulative women from different houses, which would decide the fate of the country.
The first few episodes are a tad underwhelming, but things soon heat up as plot thickens. Since it's a mini-series with only 10 episodes, it's not going to take much of your time. Give it a shot.
Jay Mitchell from Bay Area, CA on June 05, 2018:
Was surprised that I actually liked and loved Davinci. Wasn't the ordinary type of show I usually watch. Power is the next best thing since the wire went off TV. Spartacus was a show to remember always, the fights were insane.
Ryan from Louisiana, USA on July 12, 2017:
Boss and Magic City are pretty good shows. I want to see Black Sails because it looked very intriguing. I also hear the Power is a really good series.
Movie Whisperer from Moreton Bay, Queensland on July 11, 2017:
We don't have Starz channel here in Australia but I have seen The Girlfriend Experience as it aired on Netflix and I watched it late at night over a few weeks. It is a really great gritty show. I wonder if they are doing any more - I would certainly watch it.
Yong Kuan Leong from Singapore on February 06, 2017:
Ash vs Evil Dead is worth waiting for everything.