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What’s Streaming on Showtime in September 2021: ‘Billions’ Season 5 Returns and More

After a long hiatus, ‘Billions’ Season 5 returns to Showtime in September 2021. The new series ‘American Rust’ with Jeff Daniels also premiers, along with a new documentary about Rick James. Dozens of new movies are also streaming on Showtime this September.

The Axelrod family is back. Billions Season 5 returns with new episodes after an extended break due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s just one of several shows premiering in September 2021 on Showtime. The premium cable channel’s lineup for next month includes the debut of a new drama starring Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney, fresh episodes of The L Word: Generation Q, and the return of Back to Life. Here are the highlights of the new movies and shows streaming on Showtime in September 2021. 

What to stream on Showtime in September 2021 

Damian Lewis as Bobby Axelrod in 'Billions' Season 5
Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in ‘Billions’ | Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME

Several shows return to Showtime in September. In addition to the much-anticipated Billions, viewers can also look forward to the debut of American Rust, as well as new episodes of The L Word: Generation Q and Work in Progress, both of which returned for new seasons in August. 

New movies to stream in September 2021 on Showtime include The Mauritanian, The War With Grandpa, and Blithe Spirit.  

‘Billions’ Season 5 returns, plus the premiere of ‘American Rust’  

September 5 marks the return of Billions. In the second half of season 5, Chuck Rhoades’ (Paul Giamatti) fight against Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) continues. Chuck has a potential ally in the form of billionaire Mike Prince (Corey Stoll), whose presence sends ripples through Axe Capital. Alliances will form and shift throughout the rest of the season as the conflict comes close to destroying everyone involved. 

Jeff Daniels wearing a sheriff's uniform in 'American Rust'
Jeff Daniels as Del Harris in ‘American Rust’ Dennis Mong/SHOWTIME

American Rust premieres September 12. Based on a novel by Philipp Meyer, Daniels stars as the chief of police in a Pennsylvania rust belt town. When the son of the woman he loves (Tierney) is accused of murder, he has to decide what lengths he’s willing to go to in order to protect her. 

Back to Life Season 2 premieres September 13. The British comedy-drama picks up three weeks after the season 1 finale and six weeks after Miri’s (Daisy Haggard) release from prison. She’s optimistic about her future, but when a grieving mother shows up in town, it’s clear that Miri won’t be able to escape her past.   

Political docuseries The Circus returns September 19. New episodes offer a behind-the-scenes look at American politics during the first year of the Biden presidency. 

New Showtime documentary about Rick James premieres next month 

Labor Day weekend brings the premiere of a new documentary about Rick James. Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James “is an intimate yet propulsive look at Rick James, one of rock, funk and R&B’s most legendary and often underappreciated figures.” Through rare live footage, never-before-seen videos, interviews, and recorded conversations with James (who died in 2004), this movie presents a picture of James’ dramatic rise and subsequent fall. It premieres September 3.  

New movies on Showtime in September 2021 

Dozens of new movies will also be available to stream on Showtime this September. That includes the premieres of The Mauritanian, about a suspected 9/11 terrorist who was held for 14 years in Guantanamo Bay, and Blithe Spirit, an adaptation of the Noël Coward play staring Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens. 

Showtime is also highlighting a collection of movies featuring Latinx performers for Hispanic Heritage Month, including A Most Violent Year, Out of Sight, Hustlers, and Children of Men. 

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