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The 15 best Starz TV shows you can stream in 2022
While Starz is known for getting first dibs on many new movies before other rival pay channels, it provides plenty of original programming too. Here, we list the 15 best Starz TV shows you can stream right now, including hits like American Gods, gory-but-fun Ash vs Evil Dead, and the recent wrestling drama Heels.
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Best Starz TV shows:
Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best Starz TV shows frequently as new ones launch.
American Gods (3 seasons)
Shadow Moon gets out of prison early to manage his wife’s funeral. On the way home, Moon meets Mr. Wednesday who wants to hire him for a job. Moon initially refuses but eventually accepts the offer following Mr. Wednesday’s continued persistence. Moon quickly discovers that not only is Mr. Wednesday the Norse God Odin, but that other Old Gods still exist. Mr. Wednesday seeks to round up these Old Gods to battle against the New Gods, such as Drugs and Technology.
This series is based on the American Gods fantasy novel written by Neil Gaiman in 2001. You can watch all three seasons of this show now.
Ash vs Evil Dead (3 seasons)
Thirty years after returning from 1300 AD, Ash Williams leads a simple life: Drinking, working retail, and shmoozing women. Tucked away in his trailer is the Necronomicon, aka The Book of the Dead. In an attempt to impress a sex worker while stoned on Marijuana, he reads from the book, releasing the Deadites once again. Ash reluctantly reattaches his beloved chainsaw to defeat these demons, destroys the book for good, and retires in Jacksonville, Florida. Joining his Deadite-dicing quest are Value Shop co-workers Pablo and Kelly.
Like the Evil Dead trilogy, Starz ended this three-season run open-ended.
Black Sails (4 seasons)
The setting is 1715: The Golden Age of Piracy and 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. New Providence Island, once an English colony, is now controlled by pirates. The British Empire seeks to reclaim this island, fearing that the pesky pirates will disrupt the region’s maritime trade routes. But the British fleet must first contend with former Navy officer Captain Flint — now the most feared of all pirates — and his crew.
The first two seasons focus on treasure pulled from the Urca de Lima. The third and fourth seasons shift to the British-Pirate war.
Heels (ongoing, 1 season)
Set in the world of independent professional wrestling, Heels is a family drama. The show centers on brothers Jack and Ace Spade, played by Amell and Ludwig respectively. Throughout, the two compete as opposing wrestlers in the Georgia wrestling scene. It follows the family-owned wrestling promotion as Jack and Ace fight over their late father’s legacy. The show also follows how the brothers relate to their fellow wrestlers, their spouses and significant others, and their business partners.
Much like Netflix’s Glow, the series plays on the notion of “faces” (heroes) and “heels” (villains) in the ring. We see how characters are made and how audiences root for or against them.
Outlander (ongoing, 6 seasons)
This show is based on the Outlander novels written by Diana Gabaldon. Each season stems from a specific book, such as season two, which adapts the second book, Dragonfly in Amber. The overall story focuses on British combat nurse Claire Randall who — while on her honeymoon in 1946 — travels back in time to 1743. She finds herself in 18th-century Scotland and held hostage by a group of rebel Highlanders. There she helps injured Highland warrior Jamie Fraser and becomes involved with the Jacobite uprisings.
You can watch the first six seasons, and a seventh season is already planned.
Gaslit (Limited series)
Based on the first season of the podcast Slow Burn, Gaslit explores the infamous Watergate scandal from the perspectives of key players largely forgotten or overshadowed in history. The series mostly centers on Martha Mitchell, a celebrity Arkansas socialite and wife to Nixon’s Attorney General, John N. Mitchell. Despite her marriage and party affiliation, Mitchell was among the first to publicly denounce Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate break-ins. The series stars Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Dan Stevens, Betty Gilpin, Shea Whigham, Darby Camp, and Aleksandar Filimonović.
While Gaslit has been largely marketed as a limited series, Starz could potentially adapt other seasons of Slow Burn and make this the first season of an ongoing anthology series.
Party Down (2 seasons)
This cult favorite comedy series follows a struggling actor as he returns to the party and catering service he used to work for as he tries to make ends meet. The crew of mostly failed performers taking on service industry work includes Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Lizzy Caplan, and more. The team can’t be bothered to take the work seriously, much to their boss’ frustration.
Although it was cancelled after two seasons, Starz has a reunion series in the works.
Now Apocalypse (1 season)
Produced by Steven Soderbergh and directed by Greg Araki, Now Apocalypse is an outrageously surreal queer comedy about a group of friends in LA navigating love, sex, and fame, all while managing what could be very real demons. Unless they’re just drug-fuelled delusions.
Despite being cancelled after one season, Now Apocalypse has earned a cult following and is worth watching.
Power franchise (4 shows)
James “Ghost” St. Patrick is a wealthy drug dealer in New York City, supplying the city’s elite. But that’s a life he no longer wants to live. Instead, he opens a nightclub in hopes of building a Fortune 500 business and shedding his illegal trade. However, for now, he must balance these two contrasting worlds while dealing with personal and marital issues. To make the breakaway even harder, business partner Tommy Egan doesn’t want to leave the drug business. Moreover, Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Valdes — St. Patrick’s first love and ex-girlfriend — must investigate his drug empire, not knowing he’s the kingpin. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson serves as the show’s executive producer, composer, and stars as rival Kanan Stark. You can watch all six seasons of the original show now.
Spartacus (3 seasons, miniseries)
As the name implies, this is a fictional series based on the Thracian gladiator who led slave rebellions against the Romans from 73 to 70 BCE. The show focuses on the last of these rebellions — the third Servile War — which saw Italy and the surrounding territories directly threatened and incapable of suppressing the slave-gladiator revolt. Andy Whitfield, the actor playing Spartacus in the first season, died of cancer in 2011. Liam McIntyre assumed the role in the second and third seasons.
The miniseries Gods of the Arena, released between seasons one and two, serves as a six-episode prequel. It’s set five years before Sparticus arrives, focusing on the first gladiator representing Lentulus Batiatus.
The Missing (2 seasons)
You’ve seen a similar plot before. A British family of three takes a trip to northern France. The car breaks down and the threesome must find shelter in a nearby town. Later Tony Hughes (husband/father) manages to lose his five-year-old son Oliver in a crowded local bar. Eight years later, he’s divorced and still looking for the boy, though by now Oliver is 13.
The second season focuses on a different family whose daughter Alice reappeared but claimed she was held captive with another girl. Both seasons center on retired detective Julien Baptiste.
The Pillars of the Earth (Miniseries)
Based on the historical novel written by Welsh author Ken Follett, this miniseries takes place in a fictional 12th century town called Kingsbridge. War surrounds this little town as England and Normandy clash during The Anarchy. Tom Builder, a mason who lost his wife and child, comes to Kingsbridge seeking work. He’s directed to rebuild a local cathedral requiring land and resources granted by King Stephen.
Overall, the story spans roughly 32 years across eight episodes, with the glass windows finally installed in the cathedral at the end. This is definitely one of the best Starz TV shows to watch.
The White Queen (Miniseries)
This miniseries is based on the second, third, and fourth novels from The Cousins’ War novels written by Philippa Gregory. The setting spans from 1464 to 1485 during the War of the Roses, a period when the House of Lancaster (red rose) fought the House of York (white rose) for the throne of England. The series focuses on three women as they each seduce and manipulate men to gain power and the throne.
A sequel miniseries currently available on Starz, The White Princess, is based on the fifth Cousins’ War book. Another miniseries, The Spanish Princess, is based on the sixth book, The King’s Curse, and another related novel written by Gregory called The Constant Princess.
Blindspotting (Ongoing, 1 season)
Created and executive produced by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting follows a young woman and her son moving in with her boyfriend’s mother when he’s incarcerated. The show provides a heartfelt and comedic look at the existential crisis she faces in her new living situation.
Blindspotting is a televised sequel and spin-off of the 2019 film of the same name and takes place six months after the events of the film.
The Girlfriend Experience (Ongoing, 3 seasons)
The Girlfriend Experience is an anthology series created by Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan. Each season follows a different young woman, all high-end escorts navigating different conflicts and life events. In season three, Anja Marquardt stepped in as writer and director, replacing Seimetz and Kerrigan.
The series is very loosely based on Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 film of the same name. Soderbergh serves as executive producer on the Starz series, though all three seasons are very different from his film.
These are the best Starz TV shows currently available. We’ll be sure to update this post once new ones launch.