We’re nearly into February now, which means the Showtime subscribers among us have a fresh set of film and television offerings to look forward to in the coming month. Does painstakingly outlining the pay-cable channel’s slate of incoming additions make us heroes? Sure it does, but we’re not in it for the glory.
We’re in it for the love of the movies, for one thing, and Showtime is adding plenty of those in February. A pair of Quentin Tarantino crime dramas lead the way: the writer-director’s most acclaimed film, 1994 Oscar winner Pulp Fiction, and perhaps his most underrated, 1997’s Oscar-nominated Jackie Brown. Both those films hit Showtime on Feb. 1, as do many more, including Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Oscar-nominated 21 Grams, cult Kevin Smith comedy Clerks, Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning war thriller Black Hawk Down, Elle Fanning-starring biopic Mary Shelley, Oscar-winning Stephen Daldry drama The Hours, Heath Ledger-led medieval crowd-pleaser A Knight’s Tale, Nancy Meyers’ Oscar-nominated Something’s Gotta Give, 2007 Khaled Hosseini adaptation The Kite Runner, Golden Globe-nominated action-comedy Midnight Run, post-apocalyptic Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road, and films from the American Pie, Naked Gun and Scary Movie franchises. Movies to follow later in the month include true-life 2018 hijacking thriller 7 Days in Entebbe (Feb. 2), Paulina Lagudi’s memorably titled Mail Order Monster (Feb. 6), Kevin Costner’s 2003 Western Open Range (Feb. 6), Claire Danes-starring family drama A Kid Like Jake (Feb. 15), critically derided 2018 teen romance Midnight Sun (Feb. 16) and time-loop horror-thriller Haunter (Feb. 21), among others.
Don’t think we forgot about TV, either—Showtime is airing new episodes of four original shows in February, in addition the premiere of a brand-new series. We’ll begin with the latter: Desus & Mero, the talk show hosted by TV, podcast and Twitter personalities Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez (aka Desus Nice and The Kid Mero), formerly of Viceland, becomes Showtime’s first weekly late-night talk show on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11 p.m. ET. The half-hour show airs new episodes from New York City weekly, with its eponymous duo “speaking off the cuff and chatting with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more,” per Showtime. The pay-cable channel’s next-newest title is stock-market comedy Black Monday, which made its debut on Jan. 20 and airs new episodes on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET. We praised the series as “a solid sitcom” in our review, singling out “its high-caliber cast” (including Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall and Paul Scheer) and “trendy subject matter” (the most disastrous stock market crash in Wall Street’s history) in particular. And where more established programming is concerned, Showtime airs new episodes of political docuseries The Circus, long-running family dramedy Shameless and half-hour single-motherhood comedy SMILF on Sundays at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, respectively.
Last but not least are Showtime’s documentaries, comedy specials and streaming collections. The sole entries in those first two categories are Teddy Pendergrass doc Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me (Feb. 8) and Tone Bell special Tone Bell: Can’t Cancel This (Feb. 22), respectively, while Showtime’s streaming collections include curated film sets themed to Black History Month, black excellence, rescue missions and period pieces.
Find Showtime’s complete February slate below.
DESUS & MERO (Series Premiere: Thursday, February 21 at 11 p.m. ET/PT)
BLACK MONDAY (New Episodes: Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT)
SMILF (New Episodes: Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
SHAMELESS (New Episodes: Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
THE CIRCUS (New Episodes: Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
NEW MOVIES STREAMING ON SHOWTIME IN FEBRUARY:
ABOUT A BOY
AGE OF SUMMER
AMERICAN PIE 2
BLACK HAWK DOWN
THE BOYS ARE BACK
BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON
CARTER & JUNE
A DEMON WITHIN
GET THE GRINGO
HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS
IT’S A PARTY
THE KITE RUNNER
A KNIGHT’S TALE
THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2: THE SMELL OF FEAR
NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT
THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD!
SCARY MOVIE 2
THE SHAGGY DOG
SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE
7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE
DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN
MAIL ORDER MONSTER
BETTER START RUNNING
A KID LIKE JAKE
DOCUMENTARIES & COMEDY SPECIALS:
TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME
TONE BELL: CAN’T CANCEL THIS
Black History Month Documentary Collection: Whitney. “Can I Be Me,” Word is Bond, Kobe Bryant’s Muse, I Am Giant: Victor Cruz, Prince: Sign ‘o’ the Times and more (Available 2/1 – 2/28)
Black Excellence Collection: Monster’s Ball, Remember the Titans, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, He Got Game, What’s Love Got To Do With It and more (Available 2/1 – 2/28)
Save The Day Collection: 7 Days in Entebbe, Black Hawk Down, The Hurt Locker, Patriots Day and more (Available 2/2 – 3/1)
Bodices & Bowties: The Cider House Rules, The Hours, A Knight’s Tale, Mary Shelley, Pride & Prejudice and more (Available 2/1 – 2/28)