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Showtime specials happen throughout the year. The 2013 batch featured comedians, musicians and documentaries. Bob Saget presented a fun special called "That's What I'm Talking About" featuring his comedy act. Spoiler alert, it gets pretty blue--funny coming from a guy who made his career on family friendly "Full House."

"Kingdom Come" was a reality-based special detailing the quest by first-time director Daniel Gillies to finance a movie called "Broken Kingdom." Indie cinema giants from Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Smith to Morgan Spurlock and Ileana Douglas chronicled a wild ride through independent moviemaking. "Last Days Here" portrayed cult musical legend Bobby Liebling and his band Pentagram.

A Richard Pryor documentary appeared in 2013. It featured iconic comedians like Bob Newhart and Mike Epps reflecting on Pryor's comedy. Marina Zenovich directed the film that was produced by Pryor's widow, Jennifer Pryor, along with Roy Ackerman.

Other Showtime specials included "Knuckleball!" about the art and science of throwing the wacky pitch. Dave Foley hosted a comedic special. So, too, did Shaquille O'Neal who presented an all-star comedy jam from Atlanta. NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor was the subject of a special. Controversial director Roman Polanski was examined in another documentary.

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May 10, 2013
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  • A documentary that covers the true crime story involving a Russian Mobster, a Miami playboy, and a Cuban spy. The Cuban spy sold a Soviet submarine to the Colombian cartel for a cool $35million. A crime story that bounces from Brooklyn to Miami, to Cali to Moscow, and three friends who try to hustle them all.

  • This shocking documentary dives into the details of the battle of the intentions of a collection over the corporate dollar.

  • This documentary covers the story of Julian Assange and the determination of Wikileaks to express the truth.

  • A story come from poverty, loss and rise to fame the story of the life of Cary Grant.

  • Filmmaker Silas Howard takes a closer look at the lives of seven transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.

  • Dive into a deeper look into the healthcare of three women in the deep south where women's clinics are sparse.

  • A provocative documentary that tells the tale of the '92 LA riots and the tensions that had been building for years.

  • Showtime's original documentary takes an in depth look into the murder scandal that rocked Baylor University's basketball team and sports program.

  • A documentary that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of the album Pet Sounds. Brian Williams, and the surviving Beach Boys spend time reflecting on the creation of this groundbreaking album.

  • A documentary that follows the story of the American Jihadist, how the extremists recruit those susceptible in society and how it can be stopped.

  • A documentary that follows the amazing journey of '76s Indiana Hoosiers and their coach Bobby Knight.

  • Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, and Mark McKinnon document the greatest political upset in recent US history.

  • A documentary following two Thai prisoners in the Thai Fighters program. The program allows talented fighters to fight their way to freedom.

  • This is the story of a brother that brings his sister, born with Down Syndrome, to Hollywood to pursue her dreams. Life begins to get complicated when he finds the love of his life and his sister is jealous.

  • A documentary that follows the life of Lawrence Phillips, a life of tragedy and talent.

  • This concert special follows Madonna around the globe.

  • A sequel documentary that highlights the lives of many of the industries stars that have lasted the test of time.

  • Showtime Sports follows the life and career of Ben Simmons. From his beginnings in Australia to his college days in America to the start of his NBA career.

  • Take a closer look at the bizarre and scandalous life of John McAfee. From creating the anti virus software to moving to Belize, building a compound, going off the grid, creating a harem, becoming a drug lord, and gathering an armed security force to ward off local police.

  • This documentary follows the UK street dance crew Entity. This fly-on-the-wall view into the controversial and successful crew from training to competition.

  • A fascinating documentary that shows the complicated relationship of a single parent home. This documentary is told by the film maker's solo-parented son.

  • Pras Michel of the Fugees returns to Haiti to prepare a political campaign for Sweet Micky to become President and change to course of Haiti.

  • A documentary that takes a close look at the identity of persons and the name they share. Follow some of those who share the Hitler name and the way they feel about that name.

  • A short documentary that goes behind the scenes to follow the amazing journey of the roadies who put the musicians on the stage.

  • A documentary that follows the unique radio host duo Stretch and Bobbit that introduced the world to such music greats as Jay-Z, Eminen, and the Fugees.

  • A documentary that follows Lenny Kravitz's 6 month tour from Paris to New York.

  • A documentary showing the journey of comedian Russel Brand from a troubled youth Essex to troubled star in Hollywood to political activist.

  • The story of the incredible birth of The Drew League. Follow the amazing beginnings from crime infested streets to the nation's best pro-am basketball league.

  • The rise of spring break in Daytona that began in the 60's and steadily rose until the 80's. Now thousands and thousands of kids flock to Daytona to for sun, skin, booze and the hope to make it on MTV.

  • Follow the making of a big screen western period drama as talented disabled actors take to the screen.

  • This documentary follows the life of an overweight kid who rose from domestic violence, and rejection to fame.

  • Tal Zimerman takes a journey around the world to discover why there is such a fan base for blood and gore.

  • Spike Lee dives deep into the the life and journey of The King of Pop, that began with his first solo album Off The Wall.

  • From the early start as a magazine to a major launch of some ofthe best of comedies, see the rise that made National Lampoon.

  • Enjoy rare footage and interviews that unmasks the mysterious music of French artists Daft Punk.

  • Take a detailed look into the workings of the CIA with interviews with past CIA directors. Revealing information regarding covert operations of all types all over the world.

  • This documentary covers The Who's live 50th anniversary concert in Hyde Park.

  • Find out what happened to the Warner Bros film "Superman Lives" that made it never made it to the big screen.

  • This documentary brings an intimate look at Hollywood star Marlon Brando from personal archives of interviews and film footage.

  • The powerful and emotional story of NFL star Tony Gonzalez and his brother Chris.

  • This documentary cover the journey of Victor Cruz's rise to football stardom, his fall with the career ending injury and his attempt at a comeback, revealing the man behind the mask, as he faces the biggest challenge of his life.

  • A documentary that dives into the life of the outspoken, on the edge politician Barney Frank.

  • A musical documentary about the background and beginnings of the British pop group The Jam.

  • This festival crowd favorite documentary follows the lives of several basketball buddies who grew up in the 1950's and '60s Brighton Beach, New York become complicated adulthoods as the '70s introduced them to drugs, war and rocky relationships.

  • Never before seen footage of Jimi Hendrix's performance at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival. Documentary includes interviews with stars such as Mitch Mitchell and Paul McCartney.

  • A small town in Oklahoma has an 88 year old tradition of staging the passion play with 100 cast members. The play is having a hard time finding an audience these days. The play has bizarre backdrop of Jerusalem, and the actor who plays Jesus has a big secret.

  • Kitty Hart-Moxon, an 89 yr old Holocaust survivor returns for one day to Auschwitz. She recalls the threat of death, friendship, and human resilience.

  • A closer look at the rise of Adam West as he gained fame as the masked crusader. At 85 years of age his fans work hard to get him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  • Rap legends of Public Enemy gather 25 years after the release of their hit album, Fear of a Black Planet. They perform again on stage from Metropolis Studios in London.

  • Filmakers follow the story of the birth, death and literal burial of the Atari Corporation. The film crew unearths hundreds of thousands of E.T. game cartridges buried in a small New Mexico town.

  • This documentary follows Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea, his friendship with Kim Jong-un and his efforts to stage a friendly basketball game.

  • The second documentary of two exploring the journey of transgendered individuals and sex reassignment surgery.

  • The first documentary of two exploring the journey of transgendered individuals and sex reassignment surgery.

  • Cynical comedian Bill Maher takes apart all religions and leaves no ones faith untouched.

  • An interesting look at the town of Trinidad Colorado which has become the sex change capital of America. Meet the doctor and the clinic that has perfected genital reassignment.

  • A film that covers a two night concert from San Siro Stadium featuring the pop sensation band One Direction.

  • A film that follows the rocky road of Allan Iverson and his rise to fame as he changed the NBA.

  • This film travels through time with interviews with actors that span the career of Richard Linklater's films.

  • Follow the fascinating career of Elvis Costello from his beginnings under the influence of his musician father, his rise to fame, his hiatus from fame and his reinvention of himself.

  • One of most talked about documentaries ever made regarding climate change. Filmaker Guggenheim films Al Gore's lecture regarding the human effect on the planet.

  • Neil Young performs his classics and new pieces at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and directory Jonathan Demme captures the experience is a masterful concert film.

  • This documentary takes an uncensored look into the careers, legacy, and courage of female comedians. See what it takes for these women to take the stage in a male dominated world.

  • The life and legacy of Dean Smith as coach of North Carolina's basketball team. His former colleagues and players come together to discuss his life as coach, mentor and social activist.

  • A former Chicago prostitute puts her past behind and dedicates her future to save young girls and help them break the chains of abuse.

  • Take a closer look at the journey from the classroom to the basketball court in the last month conference play.

  • The escape artist Mark Defriest comes up for parole after 30 years. In order for parole to be granted, he must overcome his infamous past.

  • Follow the life and career of Kobe as he has navigated 18 years in the NBA.

  • This documentary follows 8 actresses through the journey that is Hollywood.

  • Follow Roberta Flack's non-typical rise to fame with the backdrop of the civil rights movement.

  • A documentary that covers clips from 32 of the best adult films of all time.

  • This documentary shows the rise, fall and come back of 80's rock band Quiet Riot. Things hit an all time low when the band's drummer died in 2007. Banali finally realizes that he must move forward and start again.

  • This eye popping documentary follows those who surf anywhere and in anyway.

  • A documentary taking a deeper look into the life of Vivian Maier. After her death storage lockers filled with a total of 100,000 photographs was discovered. This collection makes her one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. This documentary tries to get to know her better through her work and those that knew her.

  • A documentary about the 1960's softcore porn film makers Joe and Peggy Sarno. Follow their private life and career in the industry.

  • A documentary about the 70's Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis. Follow his fascinating career on the field and controversial life off the field.

  • This documentary follows artist Nas as he returns to his childhood home to tell stories of his life. Take a closer look at his groundbreaking album Illmatic.

  • This documentary tells the journey of the talented pioneer of freesking and ski-BASE jumping, Shane McConkey.

  • A rare behind-the-scenes look at the tour, the life,the man that is Pauly Shore. Follow the comedian on tour and see a funny and touching journey.

  • An exploration of the origins of the AIDS Memorial Quilt that became a symbol against bigotry and the banner of a cure. Follow the remarkable story as the quest to sew the final panel, the last death and an end to this devestating disease.

  • This documentary takes a closer look at the lives, loves, and losses at the world's most popular male strip club.

  • This full length documentary takes a deeper look at the behind-the-scenes preparation of the Division 1 football game between the U.S. Military Academy of West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy of Annapolis. See the intense military training, rigorous academic programs and athletic conditioning that all precedes the yearly Army-Navy Football Game.

  • Director Sam Jones brings a behind-the-scenes look as the industries top songwriters compose new music for Bob Dylan's lost lyrics from his Basement Tapes sessions. T-Bone Burnett brings Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford for a two week recording session in the Capital Records basement.

  • Songs from Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes" sessions are recorded by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford.

  • A detailed look at the story of Lance Armstrong and his explosive journey in the pursuit of money, fame, and success.

  • The story of a middle aged father from the Bronx who bares a remarkable resemblance to Barack Obama. This starts a new career that takes him all over the world as an impersonator.

  • Follow the dramatic final tour of Swedish House Mafia and the behind the scenes drama of three friends.

  • Join the legendary group Genesis as they tell their story from start to finish with all the highs and lows over the years.

  • A documentary that is both poignant and funny, this film follows The National. Filmed from the inside of the tour, the film captures the ups and downs of siblings on tour.

  • This documentary follows the amazing story of a single mom turned cage fighter and her fight for the top.

  • This documentary has been re-released with additional footage and stories telling how Miami has become the cash, drug and murder capital of the US.

  • Tim Allen narrates the journey of Rex and his adventures as he returns home to Antarctica.

  • Filmmaker John Waters takes a look at the life of Divine, an internationally recognized drag superstar.

  • A gripping documentary that recounts the horrifying days of the siege of a Russian school.

  • A behind-the-scenes look at with the cofounders and artists that make this magical events and the people it affects.

  • A documentary produced by Kevin Spacey that follows a group of California high school students that compete in a Shakespearean festival.

  • An enchanting documentary that tells the story of 5th grade students from all over the New York public school systems compete in ballroom dance.

  • A daring documentary that covers the struggles of gay women in the deep religious south.

  • A documentary that takes a close look at critical five years of David Bowie's career. See never before released footage of what has made David Bowie one of our pop icons.

  • A young evangelical filmmaker takes her cameras into a Christian boarding school for rebellious US teens. What she finds is shocking.

  • Follow the story of how the bartender and the cocktail have come back to life. Take a look into two bartenders work in exclusive bars in New York.

  • Take a close look into the life of 70's songwriter Paul Williams.

  • Follow David Beckham and his friends as the travel into the remote Amazon rain forest of Brazil. Experience the Amazon guided by locals and visit small villages and isolated tribes.

  • Lofty Nathan's dynamic documentary captures the antics of Baltimore's dirt bike pack all through the view of a young man named Pug.

  • This documentary about the fall of Manhattan attorney, Marc Dreier, who was arrested just day prior to Bernie Madoff.

  • An award winning documentary that explores the world behind the 1980's Drag scene of the African-American and Latino gay and transgender communities.

  • There has always been a fascination with two men fighting, and it has always been a fascination on the edge of civility. In the past 10 years Mixed Martial Arts fighting has grown into a billion dollar industry. In small gyms across the country the dream of the big lights of Vegas burns brightly.

  • Follow the electrifying journey of Billie Joe Armstrong as he transforms a mega hit album into a Broadway musical.

  • A man of absolute power, no other dictator had his charm, power, or threat. Learn of his cunning ways that makes him unlike any other modern dictator.

  • This documentary takes a look at medical marijuana and the battles that surround its use.

  • Watch the story of sixteen actors whose up and down struggle to make a name for themselves in Hollywood.

  • Take an intimate look at Gucci's creative director Frida Giannini.

  • Take an in depth look at the emotional journey of Chely Wright, the first openly gay country music star.

  • David La Chapelle documents the growth of South Los Angeles' dance craze called "krumping".

  • This documentary follows the wonderful life and career of Carol Channing.

  • The inspirational story of Emily Tay, a Burmese immigrant and Harvard basketball star.

  • Director Deborah Anderson takes a close look into the lives of 16 successful ladies in adult films. See them bare an intimate portrait of themselves.

  • Filmmakers follow the Wilson family that founders of the Purity Ball. The children of the Wilson family pursue a pure life that waits till the alter for the first kiss.

  • An in-depth look into the controversial career of David Steinberg, from Second City to becoming a director.

  • Spike Lee takes a new approach to the bohemiam Broadway musical about a journey of selfhood.

  • A closer look at the history and popularity of Poker.Footage of interviews with poker celebrities and commentators.

  • A documentary that follows Billy Joel's historic concert in the Soviet Union 26 years ago.

  • A close look at the intriguing street of dreams in Los Angeles, the Sunset Strip. Interviews with legends such as Dan Ankroyd, Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and others.

  • This thought provoking documentary takes a look at how pornography, social media and pop culture have affected women. Follow three women, an ex-adult film star, a 12 year old girl, and a 22yr old as they navigate this jungle of sex.

  • Travel with one train, across thousands of miles as it carries three bands into six cities.

  • A closer look at Dick Cheney, a controversial and powerful political figure.

  • The Rolling Stones return to Hyde Park 44 years later. This show includes the bands greatest hits spanning a 50 year career.

  • This film takes an honest look at the business of fame. What does this multi-billion dollar business say about our culture? Candid interviews regarding celebrity, pop culture, and media, with Jennifer Aniston, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, and more.

  • A concert inspired by the film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' by the Coen brothers. Live performances from the Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Dave Rawlings Machine, Rhiannon Giddens, Lake Street Dive, and much more.

  • The Oscar-winning Coen Brothers bring an inside look at the film "Inside Llewyn Davis".

  • This documentary takes a closer look at his working class background, his successful musical career, and his long battle with substance abuse.

  • Take a closer look into the lives of punk rock and hard rock musicians as they trade in groupies and gigs for fatherhood.

  • This detailed archive of home movies and intimate videos documents this journey of the band The Eagles.

  • This concert film captures two sold out shows of the popular folk rock band Mumford & Sons.

  • Follow Patrick Moote as he explores a very difficult chapter of his life. From the day his public proposal was rejected due to his penis size, he travels the globe to investigate if size matters.

  • This documentary follows five wounded Iraq/Afghanistan veterans and the road to healing through the humor of Lewis Black, Zach Galifianakas, BJ Novak, and Bog Saget.

  • This documentary follows the production of the rap album and concert film of Jay-Z's "The Black Album".

  • A mockumentary about the journey of Joaquin Phoenix from Actor to hip hop star.

  • A documentary that takes a closer look at the historic 1970, Alabama vs USC football game. Interviews with key players and coaches examine the affect college football had on integration.

  • This documentary follows swimming great Diana Nyad and her challenge of swimming 103 miles from Cuba to Florida with the storms and dangers.

  • This documentary follows the self-professed outlaw White family of West Virginia. Follow this family and their lives filled with tattoos, guns, spousal stabbings, and prescription drug abuse.

  • A documentary that celebrates Bruce Springsteen and his 40 years in rock-n-roll. This unique film is a collection of stories, personal experiences, and insights of his fans.

  • This is the rag-to-riches story Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman that started the website "govWorks.com". This acclaimed documentary follows the high school friends from start to the dot.com bubble burst.

  • Leslie Zemeckis turns back the clock to take a look into pre-pornography America and the subculture of burlesque shows.

  • Five Americans win the opportunity to travel to South Africa with Alicia Keys as she visits "Keep a Child Alive" sites. Thesefive winners are overwhelmed and transformed by the children they meet.

  • This funny and inspiring documentary takes a look at the Arab culture in the hopes of removing the misconceptions that exist from culture to culture.

  • Jean Carlomusto, an AIDS activist, takes a close look at how America reacted socially, sexually, and politically to the disease.

  • A powerful documentary about the work of Betty Makoni in Zimababwe. This story follows Betty and her Girl Child Network that works to educate against the wide spread rape of women, children and infants. Betty and her volunteers shelter, feed and educate these battered women and children.

  • Hear about the true story about the Cowsills, a 60's pop chart topping band. This family is thereal life inspiration for the Partridge Family. Unlike a TV show, this family has struggles balancing public life with private life.

  • A closer look at the life of rock-n-rolll monster, Ginger Baker. The cameras enter the drummer's home to listen to him tell his own story.

  • Nick Cannon doesn't care what the haters think, and that's what gives him his edge. The comic-actor-musician-host responds to anyone who's ever said: 'F#ck Nick Cannon.'

  • A backstage pass to the 2012 debut of the "Made in America" music festival. Produced by JAY Z and directed by Ron Howard.

  • Lawyers used Marina Zenovich's first documentary, 'Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired,' as evidence to reopen the 30 year old case. But did that film also elicit Polanski's dramatic arrest and ten-month detention in Switzerland?

  • Frankie is in her forties, ambitious, unmarried, and successful. But her life changes forever when she engages in a passionate affair with Kahil, a French/Algerian aerospace student twenty years her junior. Things take an unexpected course when Kahil becomes a person of interest for MI5.

  • The story of Lawrence Taylor, his career as an NFL Hall of Fame linebacker, as well as his tumultuous personal life.

  • A coming-of-age documentary-musical that captures the drama during one school year at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), also known as Fame High.

  • Funnyman Faizon Love hosts the 'All Star Comedy Jam'. This time around, NBA All Star and celebrity personality, Shaquille O'Neal has handpicked some of stand-up comedy's funniest up-and-coming talent and paired them with veterans of the comedy stage. The line-up includes Red Grant, Finesse Mitchell, Gina Yashere, Robert Powell, and 2012 Miller Lite stand-up champion Lavar Walker. Filmed at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in front of a live audience during the 2013 NCAA Final Four weekend.

  • Comedian Dave Foley's struggle to survive in a world that is determined to crush common sense - featuring people who don't believe in science, and his ex-wife.

  • Photographer Bob Gruen has captured half a century of music through the eye of a lens, including Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, John Lennon and Johnny Rotten.

  • Following Tim Wakefield and Mets pitcher RA Dickey through the 2011 Major League baseball season as they face struggles unique to the knuckleballer alone, and defy conventional wisdom.

  • The undisputed "Queen of Comedy", brings her sexy brand of humor to Miami. No topic is off limits and Sommore cuts no corners in her hilarious descriptions of the fast moving world of celebrity life, body alterations and gift giving. It's a show that will definitely leave you wanting "Sommore!"

  • George Lopez, Bob Newhart, Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. and others discuss the culture-defining influence of Richard Pryor - one of America's most brilliant, iconic comic minds - in this new documentary. Directed by Emmy(R)-winning filmmaker Marina Zenovich and executive produced by Roy Ackerman and Pryor's widow, Jennifer Pryor.

  • Cult rock legend Bobby Liebling has been producing genre-defining hard rock for over 36 years as the lead singer of the band Pentagram, but a life filled with self destruction, multiple band break-ups and botched record deals have condemned his music to obscurity.

  • Chronicling first-time director Daniel Gillies in his effort to raise a million dollars to finance his first film, 'Broken Kingdom'. This emotionally-charged journey is interwoven with over 30 rare interviews from acclaimed indie darlings.

  • Bob Saget shares off color jokes and stories about his dad.

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