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The Best HBO Series of the 1990s

Updated November 5, 2020 3.6k votes 631 voters 34.1k views31 items

List RulesVote 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.

Do you have a favorite HBO show from the 1990s? Take a look at this list and vote up your favorites!
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  • The Sopranos1
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    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

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  • Oz2
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    Oz

    Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons

    Premiered1997

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

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  • Tales from the Crypt3
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    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

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

    Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror... more on Wikipedia

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  • Real Sex4
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    Real Sex

    Susan Block, Barbara Carrellas

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

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  • Sex and the City5
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    Sex and the City

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Romantic comedy

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  • Dream On6
    86
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    Dream On

    Brian Benben, Chris Demetral

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Dream On is an American adult-themed situation comedy about the family life, romantic life,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Kids in the Hall7
    35
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    The Kids in the Hall

    Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy

    The Kids in the Hall (HBO, 1989) is a Canadian sketch comedy TV series starring the comedy... more on Wikipedia
  • The Chris Rock Show8
    72
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    The Chris Rock Show

    Chris Rock, Grandmaster Flash

    Premiered1997

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Spawn9
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    Spawn

    Keith David, Richard Dysart

    Premiered1997

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

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  • Taxicab Confessions10
    73
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    Taxicab Confessions

    Chris Moriarty, Rita Scott

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

    Taxicab Confessions (HBO, 1995) is an American hidden camera reality television series. When... more on Wikipedia
  • Def Comedy Jam11
    62
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    Def Comedy Jam

    Kid Capri, D.L. Hughley

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Stand-up comedy

    Def Comedy Jam is a HBO television series produced by Russell Simmons. The series had its... more on Wikipedia
  • The Larry Sanders Show12
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    The Larry Sanders Show

    Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

    The Larry Sanders Show is an American television sitcom set in the office and studio of a... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mr. Show with Bob and David13
    23
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    Mr. Show with Bob and David

    Bob Odenkirk, David Cross

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Sketch, Comedy

    Mr. Show with Bob and David, also known as Mr. Show, is an American sketch comedy series... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Neverending Story14
    51
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    The Neverending Story

    Noah Hathaway, Len Carlson

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series

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  • Tracey Takes On...15
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    Tracey Takes On...

    Tracey Ullman, Alastair Duncan

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Comedy

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  • The Adventures of Tintin16
    48
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    The Adventures of Tintin

    John Stocker, Wayne Robson

    Premiered1991

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

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  • Crashbox17
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    Crashbox

    Jerry Stiller, Edie McClurg

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series

    Crashbox is a Canadian-American educational children's television game show that airs on the... more on Wikipedia
  • Autopsy18
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  • Tenacious D19
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    Tenacious D

    Jack Black, David Cross

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, Comedy

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  • Dennis Miller Live20
    39
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    Dennis Miller Live

    Dennis Miller, Jon Stewart

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Comedy

    Dennis Miller Live was a weekly talk show on HBO, hosted by comedian Dennis Miller. The show... more on Wikipedia

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  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child21
    34
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    Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

    Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series

    Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child is an American anthology animated television... more on Wikipedia
  • Arliss22
    35
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    Arliss

    Robert Wuhl, Sandra Oh

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sports, Sitcom, Comedy

    Arliss is an American situation comedy about a sports agent and his group of associates. The... more on Wikipedia
  • George and Martha23
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    George and Martha

    Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

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  • The Little Lulu Show24
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    The Little Lulu Show

    Vanessa Lengies, Tracey Ullman

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

    The Little Lulu Show is an animated television series, based on the Marjorie Henderson Buell... more on Wikipedia
  • The Mr. Men Show25
    18
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    The Mr. Men Show

    Godfrey, Jeff Stewart

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series, Thriller, Comedy

    The Mr. Men Show is a British/American animated television series based on the original Mr.... more on Wikipedia