The BEST HBO Shows

The top 50 shows on HBO

George Carlin HBO Specials

#1 - George Carlin HBO Specials

Spanning 31 years (1977-2008), George Carlin performed 14 original standup performances for Home Box Office. Beginning with 1977's 'On Location: George Carlin at USC' and ending with 2008's 'It's Bad for Ya', Carlin's sometimes taboo material entertained millions of people.

star 9.60
196 votes
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The Wire

#2 - The Wire

Unlike most television crime dramas, which neatly introduce and then solve a case all in the space of one hour, HBO's THE WIRE follows one single drug and homicide investigation throughout the length of an entire season. Centered on the drug culture of inner-city Baltimore, the series' storyline unfolds from the points of view of both the criminals lording the streets and the police officers determined to bring them down.

star 9.35
20,916 votes
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Band of Brothers

#3 - Band of Brothers

The story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Based on interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers' journals and letters, this 10-part series chronicles the experiences of these young men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear.

star 9.28
23,136 votes
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HBO Documentary Film Series

#4 - HBO Documentary Film Series

HBO presents a full spectrum of non-fiction programming by leading documentary filmmakers. Taking viewers from the hidden corners of America to the shocking reality of global issues, these powerful, uncompromising and award-winning films never fail to leave an impact. Now, with HBO Podcast, listen to interviews with many of our award-winning filmmakers - and even some of their documentary subjects!

star 9.20
252 votes
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Game of Thrones

#5 - Game of Thrones

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and the icy horrors beyond.

star 9.18
171,619 votes
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The Sopranos

#6 - The Sopranos

Modern day morality tale about New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, as he deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life.

star 9.12
17,303 votes
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Chernobyl

#7 - Chernobyl

Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident — one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

star 9.10
13,400 votes
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Hard Knocks (2001)

#8 - Hard Knocks (2001)

“The first sports-based reality series” in television history presents viewers with an inside look at NFL training camps. From the top coaches to the rookies trying to make the team, Hard Knocks will showcase what it takes to be in the NFL.

star 9.02
499 votes
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Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

#9 - Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

In this new series, Foo Fighters commemorate their 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album. Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl directs the series, which taps into the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight cities: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York. The band based themselves at a legendary recording studio integral to the unique history and character of each location. One song was recorded in each city, and every track features local legends. Even the lyrics were developed in an experimental, unprecedented way: Grohl held off on writing them until the last day of each session, letting himself be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.

star 8.92
378 votes
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The Life & Times of Tim

#10 - The Life & Times of Tim

Everybody makes mistakes, but for Tim - a self-conscious young guy living in New York - just getting out of bed in the morning could be the worst decision he makes all day. No matter the situation, life's little challenges always manage to demand the most offensive solutions, which wouldn't be such a problem if he weren't continually caught red-handed. From the mind of Steve Dildarian - the Clio-winning ad man behind Budweiser's famous 'Lizards' campaign - 'The Life and Times of Tim' follows this everyday working guy from one scandalous crisis to the next.

star 8.89
836 votes
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Deadwood

#11 - Deadwood

In the Black Hills Indian Cession, the town of Deadwood is a settlement violating treaty obligations; a violent and uncivilized outpost that attracts outlaws and entrepreneurs, ex-soldiers and racketeers, Chinese laborers, prostitutes, city slickers and gunfighters.

star 8.86
7,693 votes
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

#12 - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is an American late-night talk and news satire television program. L.W.T draws its comedy and satire from recent news stories, political figures, media organizations, pop culture and often aspects of the show itself.

star 8.85
7,669 votes
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Rome

#13 - Rome

Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world. The Republic was founded on principals of shared power, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling...and two soldiers unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome. A drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, husbands and wives, Rome chronicles a turbulent era that saw the death of a republic and the birth of an empire.

star 8.78
10,636 votes
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Six Feet Under

#14 - Six Feet Under

When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as challenging as--and far less predictable than--the one inside. Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball's breakout series that takes a darkly comic look at members of a dysfunctional L.A. family that run a funeral business.

star 8.78
7,762 votes
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True Detective

#15 - True Detective

An anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

star 8.74
25,702 votes
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Oz

#16 - Oz

OZ is set deep inside the Oswald Maximum Security Prison, in an experimental unit known as Emerald City. Em City focuses on prisoner rehabilitation over public retribution. There's one set of rules from the outside looking in, and another once you're inside. Every group - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.

star 8.66
4,872 votes
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VICE News Tonight

#17 - VICE News Tonight

VICE News Tonight will feature in-studio interviews and on-the-ground field packages, and also draw on the news capabilities of its bureaus in Brooklyn, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and London in a new hour-long live format. The show will feature Vice News’ correspondents including Krishna Andavolu, Michael Anthony Adams, Charlet Duboc, Roberto Ferdman, Hind Hassan, Josh Hersh, Liz Landers, Chris Moody, Michael Moynihan, David Noriega, Paola Ramos, Alzo Slade, Dexter Thomas, Seb Walker, and Isobel Yeung.

star 8.66
130 votes
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Boardwalk Empire

#18 - Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky acts with historical characters in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who look up to him. The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky's lifestyle—expensive and lavish for a county political figure. The final season jumps ahead seven years, to 1931, as Prohibition nears its end.

star 8.66
14,996 votes
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Dream On

#19 - Dream On

Dream On is an American adult-themed situation comedy about the family life, romantic life, and career of Martin Tupper, a divorced New York City book editor played by Brian Benben. The show centered on Martin's life in an apartment in New York City with his teenage son, and relating to his ex-wife, while trying to date other women and succeed as an editor for a small book publisher. The show was notable for its frequent use of clips from old movies and TV shows to express Martin's inner life and feelings, which lent it much of its quirky appeal, reminding viewers about the impact of TV on their consciousness. The show was also significant for being one of the first American sitcoms to use uncensored profanity and nudity.

star 8.65
150 votes
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Curb Your Enthusiasm

#20 - Curb Your Enthusiasm

The unscripted Curb Your Enthusiasm brings the off-kilter comic vision of Larry David, who plays himself in a parallel universe in which he can't seem to do anything right, and, by his standards, neither can anyone else.

star 8.65
6,778 votes
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Westworld

#21 - Westworld

Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

star 8.62
25,476 votes
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From the Earth to the Moon

#22 - From the Earth to the Moon

The story of the United States' space program, from its beginnings in 1961 to the final moon mission in 1972.

star 8.61
896 votes
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The Newsroom (2012)

#23 - The Newsroom (2012)

The Newsroom is an American drama television series created and primarily written by Aaron Sorkin. The series chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel. It features an ensemble cast including Jeff Daniels as anchor Will McAvoy, who, together with his staff set out to put on a news show "in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements."

star 8.61
10,191 votes
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VICE

#24 - VICE

VICE is unlike any TV news program you’ve ever seen, and it’s not even remotely like anything you’ll see on the 24/7 cable news channels. Its area of interest is the world — the entire world, not just the suburb beyond where you live — and the emphasis is on international news.

star 8.61
1,190 votes
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Treme

#25 - Treme

Tremé takes its name from a neighborhood of New Orleans and portrays life in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. Beginning three months after Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and other New Orleanians struggle to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture.

star 8.60
1,837 votes
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Generation Kill

#26 - Generation Kill

Get ready to see the new face of American war. This seven-part HBO miniseries focuses on the first 40 days of the war in Iraq as seen through the eyes of an elite group of U.S. Marines who spearheaded the invasion. The result is a vivid account of the soldiers and of the forces that guided them in an often-improvised initiative.

star 8.53
4,064 votes
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Entourage

#27 - Entourage

Vincent Chase is a young actor whose career is on the rise. Joining him on his journey to stardom are his childhood buddies Eric, Turtle, his brother Johnny Drama and his hot-tempered agent Ari Gold. Together, they'll navigate the highs and lows of Hollywood's fast lane, where the stakes are higher -- and the money and temptations greater -- than ever before.

star 8.52
11,949 votes
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John Adams

#28 - John Adams

U.S. history buffs won't want to miss this epic miniseries about one of America's greatest founding fathers John Adams. The mini-series is based on the 2002 book, John Adams, written by David McCullough, and stars three Academy Award nominated actors: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson.

star 8.50
1,540 votes
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Silicon Valley

#29 - Silicon Valley

In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge's own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.

star 8.50
15,445 votes
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The Ricky Gervais Show

#30 - The Ricky Gervais Show

Based on the series of podcasts that Gervais did with longtime partner Stephen Merchant, this comedy team convenes to bring HBO an animated series about their hilarious friend Karl Pilkington.

star 8.49
1,514 votes
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Euphoria (US)

#31 - Euphoria (US)

Follows a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media.

star 8.49
4,406 votes
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The Pacific

#32 - The Pacific

A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers", The Pacific focuses on the United States Marine Corps' actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations within the wider Pacific War. Whereas Band of Brothers followed one Army infantry company through the European Theater, The Pacific follows three Marines (Eugene Sledge, Robert Leckie and John Basilone) in separate combat actions.

star 8.46
9,733 votes
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Carnivàle

#33 - Carnivàle

Set in the 1930s Dust Bowl, 18-year old Ben Hawkins finds himself all alone in this world when his mother passes on. But a travelling Carnivàle takes him in. We also see the story of Brother Justin, a priest who is trying to find his way in the world. Little do Ben and Justin know, but they are to fight in a biblical battle. With help on the side (Ben with the carnie folk (Sofie, Libby, Apollonia, Ruthie, Samson, Lila, Lodz, Management) and Justin with his sister, Iris) they find out which side each are on and try to battle with the other for what they believe.

star 8.44
3,996 votes
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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

#34 - The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

A groundbreaking six-part documentary directed and produced by Andrew Jarecki and produced and shot by Marc Smerling (the Oscar nominees behind "Capturing the Friedmans") delves into the strange history of real estate heir Robert Durst, long suspected in the still-unsolved 1982 disappearance of his wife as well as the subsequent murders of family friend Susan Berman and neighbor Morris Black. It features an extended, revealing interview with Durst himself, with whom Jarecki developed a unique relationship following the release of "All Good Things," Jarecki's 2010 feature about Durst's life starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. "The Jinx" results from nearly a decade of research by the filmmakers, who expose police files, key witnesses, never-before-seen footage, private prison recordings, and thousands of pages of hidden documents

star 8.43
1,494 votes
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Flight of the Conchords

#35 - Flight of the Conchords

Bret and Jemaine are Flight of the Conchords, a folk-rock band from New Zealand living in New York City in search of stardom.

star 8.42
4,458 votes
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Tales from the Crypt

#36 - Tales from the Crypt

Based on the legendary and gruesome EC Comics from publisher William Gaines, this horror anthology featured stories of murder, the super natural, gore and humor and always had a twist ending of sorts. Some of Hollywood's biggest names took part, either working in front or behind the camera. Hosting duties fell to everyone's favorite decaying corpse, the Crypt Keeper. The success of this series spawned a Saturday morning cartoon series (Tales From the Cryptkeeper), a short lived Saturday morning gameshow on CBS (Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House) and lots of merchandise. Two feature films (Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood) were also produced. Two other movies based on the EC Comics (Tales From the Crypt and The Vault of Horror) were released back in 1972 and 1973 respectively. But they are not connected to this series and will not be listed here! Tales from the Crypt has aired on HBO, Fox, in syndication and the Sci-Fi Channel. Most recently, the series has bee

star 8.40
1,857 votes
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Olive Kitteridge

#37 - Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive , whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. The story, which spans 25 years over the four parts, focuses on Olive, a middle-school math teacher, and her relationships with Henry, the good-hearted town pharmacist, their son Christopher, who chafes at his mother's parenting style, and other denizens of their community.

star 8.38
846 votes
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Big Little Lies

#38 - Big Little Lies

Based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book, and featuring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, this darkly comedic series tells the tale of three mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

star 8.38
5,992 votes
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The Corner

#39 - The Corner

Based on the nonfiction book "The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood", by journalists David Simon and Edward Burns, The Corner presents the world of Fayette Street using real names and real events. The Corner tells the true story of men, women and children living amid the open-air drug markets of West Baltimore. It chronicles a year in the lives of 15-year old DeAndre McCullough (Sean Nelson, "THE WOOD"), his mother Fran Boyd (Khandi Alexander), and his father Gary McCullough (T.K. Carter), as well as other addicts and low-level drug dealers caught up in the twin-engine economy of heroin and cocaine.

star 8.36
535 votes
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The Night Of

#40 - The Night Of

After a night of partying with a female stranger, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.

star 8.36
5,252 votes
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The Leftovers

#41 - The Leftovers

Three years after the disappearance of 2% of the global population, a group of people from New York struggle to continue their lives, while they cope with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

star 8.33
9,452 votes
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Daniel Sloss: Live Shows

#42 - Daniel Sloss: Live Shows

Comedian Daniel Sloss is ready to find the funny in some very dark and taboo topics, from the deeply personal to the truly irreverent.

star 8.31
96 votes
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My Brilliant Friend

#43 - My Brilliant Friend

A woman recounts the lifelong friendship and conflicts with a girl she met at primary school in Naples during the early 1950s.

star 8.31
299 votes
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Gentleman Jack

#44 - Gentleman Jack

Halifax, 1832. Rejected by aristocratic Vere Hobart, Anne Lister returns to her shabby ancestral home, Shibden Hall, determined to restore its fortunes and find herself a wife.

star 8.28
361 votes
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The Defiant Ones

#45 - The Defiant Ones

A four-part documentary series that tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre -- one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton -- their improbable partnership and surprising leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture.

star 8.27
373 votes
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Eastbound & Down

#46 - Eastbound & Down

Relief Pitcher Kenny Powers was poised to rule the Big Leagues, but two things got in his way: his fading fastball and his insufferable personality. After a spectacular career flame-out, Kenny came home to Shelby, NC and picked up a job as a substitute gym teacher (mostly so his brother Dustin would stop threatening to kick him out). He's spent every moment since then cashing in the last of his dying fame while plotting his inevitable comeback...one beer at a time.

star 8.26
4,302 votes
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In Treatment

#47 - In Treatment

A therapist (Gabriel Byrne) is the picture of insightful perfection when dealing with his patients, but he becomes a raging ball of issues during his own therapy sessions. In Treatment is based on a successful Israeli television series and is produced by Closest to the Hole Productions and Leverage Management.

star 8.21
1,252 votes
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Veep

#48 - Veep

A look into American politics, revolving around former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about.

star 8.21
5,520 votes
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Looking

#49 - Looking

The series revolves around three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men.

star 8.19
2,025 votes
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The Deuce

#50 - The Deuce

This drama series follows the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world of midtown Manhattan. James Franco stars as real-life twin brothers who were players in the Times Square world and became fronts for mob control of the volatile and lucrative sex industry from its beginnings.

star 8.16
1,643 votes
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