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The Best Current HBO Shows

Updated May 21, 2021 8.3k votes 7.1k voters 345.1k views24 items

List RulesVote up your favorite HBO TV series that are currently airing new episodes.

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 HBO series and programs that have been running for years. Some of the best shows on TV right now are on HBO, including Westworld and Last Week Tonight.

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 Curb Your Enthusiasm, Real Time with Bill Maher, Euphoria and other great HBO shows of the past decade. HBO is even known for great documentary series, proving they aren't just limited to scripted content.

Which are your favorite current shows on HBO? 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. 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. 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.Along with channels like Showtime and Starz, cable networks like HBO feature some of the best shows on TV right now.  

With all that in mind, which are the best shows on HBO right now? Are all of these good HBO shows? Well, no. VVote your favorite current HBO shows to the top of the list, or vote down the shows you wish would just get canceled already. Then see what new shows are on HBO in 2021.

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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction

    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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    Succession

    Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong

    PremieredJune 3, 2018

    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 struggle...  more

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    PremieredApril 27, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Talk, Comedy

    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

    Larry David, Cheryl Hines

    PremieredOctober 15, 2000

    Genres (Tv)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 of...  more

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    Barry

    Bill Hader, Stephen Root

    PremieredMarch 25, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Dark comedy

    Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American crime comedy drama 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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    His Dark Materials

    Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson

    PremieredNovember 3, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Fantasy, Drama

    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 young...  more

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    Euphoria

    Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney

    PremieredJune 16, 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 violence....  more

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    The Righteous Gemstones

    Danny McBride, John Goodman

    PremieredAugust 18, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 work,...  more

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    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Jay Ellis

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 Orji)...  more

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    Hard Knocks

    Liev Schreiber

    PremieredAugust 1, 2001

    Genres (Tv)Football

    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 follows a...  more

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    Gentleman Jack

    Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle

    PremieredApril 22, 2019

    Genres (Tv)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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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington

    PremieredFebruary 21, 2003

    Genres (Tv)Talk, 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....  more

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    The Nevers

    Laura Donnelly, Olivia Williams

    PremieredApril 11, 2021

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction

    The Nevers (HBO, 2021) is an American historical science fiction drama created by Joss Whedon. The series is about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless...  more

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    My Brilliant Friend

    Elisa Del Genio, Ludovica Nasti

    PremieredJanuary 6, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Docudrama

    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 Mazzucc)...  more

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    Premiered2021

    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Variety

    Pause With Sam Jay (HBO, 2021) is an American late night talk show variety series created by Sam Jay. Hosted by Sam Jay she and her guests explore current topics and expand on them throughout the...  more

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    Perry Mason

    Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany

    PremieredJune 21, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Perry Mason (HBO, 2020) is an American drama television series, based on the Perry Mason series of short stories and novels written by Erle Stanley Gardner. In booming 1932 Los Angeles, a...  more

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    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

    Bryant Gumbel, Jon Frankel

    PremieredApril 2, 1995

    Genres (Tv)Sports talk

    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 longer just...  more

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    Q: Into the Storm

    Cullen Hoback, Fredrick Brennan

    PremieredMarch 21, 2021

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Politics

    Q: Into the Storm (HBO, 2021) is an American documentary series. The six part series digs into the origins of QAnon, a conspiracy theory that’s grown from an obscure online community to a massive...  more

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    Beartown

    Ulf Stenberg, Miriam Ingrid

    PremieredMarch 22, 2021

    Genres (Tv)Special

    Beartown (HBO, 2021) is a Swedish drama series created by Linn Gottfridsson, Antonia Pyk, Peter Grönlund, and Anders Weidemann. Hockey is the last beacon of hope for the citizens of Björnstad, so...  more

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    Avenue 5

    Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad

    PremieredJanuary 19, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Science fiction

    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 tourism...  more

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    Los Espookys

    Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherotti

    PremieredNovember 3, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Basketball, Documentary

    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 City....  more

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    We're Here

    Christopher Caldwell, Eureka O'Hara

    PremieredApril 23, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality, LGBTQ, Documentary, Drama

    We're Here (HBO, 2020) is a six-part television reality series and a spin-off of RuPaul's Drag Race. The show follows former contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara, and Shangela....  more
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    PremieredAugust 3, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Variety

    Random Acts of Flyness (HBO, 2018) is an American late-night sketch comedy television series created by Terence Nance. Each episode features interconnected vignettes blending vérité documentary,...  more

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    Betty

    Dede Lovelace, Kabrina "Moonbear" Adams

    PremieredMay 1, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Skateboarding, Comedy drama

    Betty (HBO, 2020) is an American comedy television series from “Skate Kitchen” director Crystal Moselle and “Love” co-creator Lesley Arfin. Inspired by Moselle’s critically-acclaimed 2018 Sundance...  more

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