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The Best Current HBO Shows 

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List Rules Only series currently airing new episodes on HBO

It's official: HBO is one of the best TV channels on the air right now. This list of the best current HBO shows is ranked by fans of both brand new series and programs that have been running for years. Some of the best shows on TV right now are on HBO, including Silicon Valley, and Last Week Tonight. Ever since it began airing original series in 1977, the Home Box Office has been home to some of the most beloved shows in television history. While old favorites like The Sopranos and The Wire are long gone, some of the best HBO shows of all time are those still airing new episodes.

Which are your favorite current shows on HBO? When TV first came on the scene in the 1950s, there were only three channels: ABC, CBS, and NBC. Now, hundreds of additional broadcast networks are available, including paid cable networks. Along with channels like Showtime and Starz, cable networks like HBO feature some of the best shows on TV right now.  

HBO has long been known for its quality television series, but what is the best current HBO show? This list includes the funniest comedies, top dramas, and other shows like True Detective, Real Time with Bill Maher, Euphoria and other great HBO shows of the past decade.

Which are the best shows on HBO right now? Are all of these good HBO shows? Well, no. Vote up your favorite current HBO shows below, or vote down the shows you wish would just get canceled already. Then see what new shows are on HBO in 2020.

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Vince Vaughn

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 2

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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Last Week Tonight with J... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Elise Hennigan added John Oliver

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 4

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) 3 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 9

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO, which premiered on October 15, 2000. It has aired 80 episodes over eight seasons, the last ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
MichaelChoi added Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

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

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
chantellebelle added Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 2

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne ...more

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Barry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Barry Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg. An ex-marine (Bill Hader) who is working as a low-rent hitman moves to Los Angeles and joins an ...more

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Room 104 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
MichaelChoi added Melonie Diaz, Karan Soni, Ethan Kent

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Horror, Thriller, Dark comedy

Room 104 (HBO, 2017) is an American television anthology dark comedy, horror and thriller series created by Jay and Mark Duplass. Set in a single room of an American hotel, the series explores ...more

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Succession is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin

Genres (Tv): Drama

Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When the aging patriarch (Brian Cox) of a global-media conglomerate decides to not retire, a power ...more
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Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Hard Knocks Liev Schreiber

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 11

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sports film, Documentary, Reality television

Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL Films and HBO. The show was first broadcast in 2001, and the current 2014 season is the ninth. Each season, it ...more

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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama

Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and

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The Righteous Gemstones ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Danny McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy

The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Danny McBride. A world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable ...more

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Real Time with Bill Mahe... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Sullivan

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 15

Genres (Tv): Satire, Talk show, Comedy

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO, 2003) is an American talk show series created by Bill Maher. Bill Maher hosts a panel of guests who discuss current events in politics and the media.

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
voting closed at #21 Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson

Premiered: 2019

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

Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.

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High Maintenance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
MichaelChoi added Ben Sinclair

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Anthology

High Maintenance (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy television and web series created by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. The show follows a nameless marijuana deliveryman ...more

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His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Adventure, Fantasy

His Dark Materials (HBO, 2019) is a British fantasy adventure series based on the novel series by Philip Pullman. In an alternate world where all humans have animal companions called daemons, a ...more

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Avenue 5 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Hugh Laurie, Suzy Nakamura, Rebecca Front

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Comedy

Avenue 5 (HBO, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci. Space captain Ryan Clark of the Avenue 5 tries to get along with others in the space ...more

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Gentleman Jack is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Suranne Jones

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Gentleman Jack (HBO, 2019) is a British-American historical drama series created by Sally Wainwright.In 1832, Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) returns to Shibden Hall, her ancestral home in West ...more

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The Plot Against America... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector

Premiered: 2020

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Drama, Miniseries

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Real Sports with Bryant ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Bryant Gumbel, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 22

Genres (Tv): News, News magazine

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is a monthly sports newsmagazine on HBO that debuted on April 2, 1995. The show was "spawned by the fact that sports have changed dramatically, that it's no ...more

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 42

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Education, Animation, Children's television series, Live action, + more

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My Brilliant Friend is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Elisa Del Genio, Ludovica Nasti, Gaia Girace

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama

My Brilliant Friend (HBO, 2018) is an Italian-American drama television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante. The show is framed by an older Elena (Margherita ...more
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The Outsider is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
voting closed at #20 Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Horror

The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. A police procedural that shifts to a horror novel, the story follows multiple characters ...more

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A Black Lady Sketch Show... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy

A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO, 2019) is an American sketch comedy show created by Robin Thede. Each episode examines a single theme and features sketches, short vignettes, animated segments, and ...more

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Los Espookys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Ana Fabrega

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Fantasy

Los Espookys (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series. The show follows a group of friends as their turn their love of horror into a business, in a dreamy, strange version of Mexico

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Esme & Roy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Patrick McKenna, Millie Davis, Abigail Oliver

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Fantasy, Animation

Esme & Roy (HBO, 2018) is an animated children's television series created by Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg. The show follows a young girl named Esme (Millie Davis) and her best monster ...more