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The Best HBO Series of the 2010s 

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Updated November 20, 2019 1.7k votes 375 voters 4.3k views 55 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite HBO shows that aired in the 2010s

These are the best 2010s HBO series, ranked by user votes. Throughout the 2010s, HBO released award-winning programs that redefined the network to a new generation of audiences. Some of the best 2010s HBO series were hugely respected dramas, and other top 2010s HBO shows were groundbreaking comedies. But between the Emmy winning Game of Thrones and Veep were smaller HBO series that brought something fresh and new to a TV landscape drowning in content. What is the greatest 2010s HBO series? Vote on your favorites!

While some HBO series of the decade feel less essential and more forgotten then ever - True Blood comes to mind despite its seven season run - like Eastbound & Down and Girls have maintained their cult status long since the final episode aired. And new hits keep getting churned out, as Watchmen, His Dark Materials, and Westworld look to try to capture the zeitgeist in the same way that Thrones did until mid-way through 2019.

Which HBO show do you think is the best of the 2010s? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them up this list!

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Period drama, Crime drama

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Horror, Drama

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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

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Last Week Tonight with J... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal

Premiered: 2014

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 2014) is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by comedian John Oliver. The half-hour-long show takes a satirical look at ...more

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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Political satire, Comedy

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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama

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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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Ballers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington

Premiered: HBO

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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Barry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Barry Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Thriller

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama, Superhero, Action, Mystery

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Big Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Treme is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Drama

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The Deuce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Bored to Death is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Crime, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Neo-noir, Detective fiction

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Succession is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Vice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best HBO Series of the 2010s
Shane Smith

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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