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The Best HBO Series of the 1990s 

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Updated October 4, 2019 2.9k votes 547 voters 27.1k views 31 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite HBO shows that aired in the '90s

These are the best 1990s HBO series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Throughout the 1990s, HBO released award-winning programs for a variety of audiences... including a few shows that would go on to be some of the greatest TV shows of all time. Some of the best 1990s HBO series were unforgettable dramas and some other top 1990s HBO shows were fringe-comedies. The point is, HBO had a little something for everybody in the 90s. So, what are the greatest 90s HBO series? Vote up your favorites!

What are some of the shows that appear on this best 1990s HBO series list? The Sopranos is one of the all-time greats. As soon as this good 90s HBO show premiered in 1999, it was clear that it was going to be a hit. The Sopranos took home over 20 Emmy Awards during its six-season run. Oz was another good show that aired on HBO during the 1990s.

In 1998, America fell in love with Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in the HBO hit Sex and the City. Other great shows that are featured on this top 1990s HBO shows list include The Larry Sanders Show, The Adventures of Tintin and Arliss.

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 86

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 56

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Suspense, Drama, + more

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Real Sex is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s

Premiered: 1990

Number of Episodes: 33

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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 93

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror Film, Comedy, Fantasy

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Dream On is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Brian Benben, Chris Demetral, Denny Dillon

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 120

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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 ...more

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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Keith David, Richard Dysart, Dominique Jennings

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 18

Genres (Tv): Animation, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Superhero fiction, + more

Todd McFarlane's Spawn was an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999. It was based on the Spawn comic series from Image Comics. was nominated for and won an Emmy in ...more

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 94

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Black comedy, Blue comedy, Sitcom, Romantic comedy, + more

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Taxicab Confessions is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Chris Moriarty, Rita Scott, Eddie Ramey

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 19

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

Taxicab Confessions is a television series of hidden camera documentaries that have aired on HBO since January 1995. In segments taped in New York City and Las Vegas, the taxi drivers are also ...more
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The Chris Rock Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Chris Rock, Grandmaster Flash, Monteria Ivey

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 5

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Talk show, Variety show, Comedy

The Chris Rock Show is a late night comedy talk show featured on HBO. It was created by Chris Rock and featured various guests. The show won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or ...more
10
The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 111

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Satire, Comedy

The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy group formed in 1984, consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. Their eponymous ...more

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Def Comedy Jam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Kid Capri, D.L. Hughley, Adele Givens

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Stand-up comedy

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The Larry Sanders Show ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 89

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

The Larry Sanders Show is an American television sitcom set in the office and studio of a fictional late-night talk show. The show was created by Garry Shandling and Dennis Klein and aired from ...more

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13
Mr. Show with Bob and Da... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
CHag added Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 4

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Sketch, Comedy

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The Neverending Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Noah Hathaway, Len Carlson, Jayne Eastwood

Premiered: 1995

Number of Episodes: 26

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

The Neverending Story: The Animated Adventures of Bastian Balthazar Bux is an animated television series, produced by CineVox, Ellipse, and Nelvana, aired for one season on HBO, ran for 26 ...more
15
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Jack Black, David Cross, Laura Kightlinger

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Comedy

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16
Tracey Takes On... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Tracey Ullman, Alastair Duncan, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1996

Number of Episodes: 65

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Comedy

Tracey Takes On... is an HBO sketch comedy series starring actress-comedian Tracey Ullman. The show ran for four seasons, and won multiple awards. Each week, each episode would focus on, or ...more
17
Crashbox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Jerry Stiller, Edie McClurg, Ritchie Montgomery

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 41

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

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18
Happily Ever After: Fair... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Pam Grier

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child is an American anthology animated television series that premiered March 12, 1995 on HBO. Narrated by Robert Guillaume, the series aired 39 ...more
19
Autopsy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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20
Dennis Miller Live is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Dennis Miller, Jon Stewart, David Spade

Premiered: 1994

Number of Episodes: 215

Genres (Tv): Talk show, Comedy

Dennis Miller Live was a weekly talk show on HBO, hosted by comedian Dennis Miller. The show ran 215 episodes from 1994 to 2002, and received five Emmy awards, plus an additional 11 Emmy ...more
21
The Little Lulu Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Vanessa Lengies, Tracey Ullman, Ian James Corlett

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 52

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

The Little Lulu Show is an animated television series, based on the Marjorie Henderson Buell comic book character Little Lulu. The show was produced by CINAR Animation after Buell's death in ...more
22
Arliss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Robert Wuhl, Sandra Oh, Jim Turner

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 80

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sitcom, Comedy

Arliss is an American situation comedy about a sports agent and his group of associates. The series premiered on HBO in 1996 and ended in 2002.
23
George and Martha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
George and Martha Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin, Robin Duke

Premiered: 1999

Number of Episodes: 26

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

George and Martha is an animated children's television show which comprises 26 episodes made in 1999. The program revolves around the lives of two hippos: George and Martha. Produced by Nelvana ...more
24
The Adventures of Tintin... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
John Stocker, Wayne Robson, Susan Roman

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery, Adventure film, + more

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Perversions of Science ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 1990s
Maureen Teefy

Premiered: 1997

Number of Episodes: 10

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror Film, Science Fiction

Perversions of Science is a science fiction/horror television series that ran on the cable channel HBO for one season in 1997. It is a spin-off of popular horror series Tales from the Crypt also ...more