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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

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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The Best Seasons of True Detective #30 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #14 of 91 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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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

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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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
MichaelChoi added Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

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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Everything That Happened In 'Westworld' Season 3, Episode 1, 'Parce Domine' #25 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #38 of 302 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000

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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The Best Seasons of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' #149 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #85 of 291 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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Succession is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Best Characters On HBO's 'Succession' #383 of 388 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate #50 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018

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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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The Best Characters On 'Barry' #342 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #56 of 90 The Best Dramedy TV Series

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His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Room 104 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
MichaelChoi added Melonie Diaz, Karan Soni, Ethan Kent

Premiered: 2017

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

Room 104 (HBO, 2017) is an American television anthology series created by Jay and Mark Duplass. Set in a single room of an American hotel, each episode features a different genre, following new ...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

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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#233 of 302 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #79 of 167 The Best Documentary Series & TV Shows #7 of 36 The Best Sports Documentary Series

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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
chantellebelle added Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

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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#600 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #20 of 160 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans #53 of 267 The Best TV Shows You Can Watch On HBO Max

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Real Time with Bill Mahe... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Sullivan

Premiered: 2003

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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#297 of 388 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate #77 of 267 The Best TV Shows You Can Watch On HBO Max #1,245 of 1,320 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 12 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 Best Characters on HBO's 'Euphoria' #357 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #3 of 267 The Best TV Shows You Can Watch On HBO Max

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The Righteous Gemstones ... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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High Maintenance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
MichaelChoi added Ben Sinclair

Premiered: 2016

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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#108 of 267 The Best TV Shows You Can Watch On HBO Max #1,019 of 1,320 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows #101 of 139 The Funniest Shows To Watch When You're Stoned

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Gentleman Jack is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

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

Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more

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Real Sports with Bryant ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Bryant Gumbel, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg

Premiered: 1995

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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The Outsider is listed (or ranked) 18 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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My Brilliant Friend is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Avenue 5 is listed (or ranked) 20 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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#204 of 302 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time #83 of 267 The Best TV Shows You Can Watch On HBO Max #10 of 34 The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows On HBO Max

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Los Espookys is listed (or ranked) 21 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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A Black Lady Sketch Show... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Esme & Roy is listed (or ranked) 23 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
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We're Here is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara, Shangela

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Reality

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.

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Random Acts of Flyness ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current HBO Shows
Terence Nance

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy

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 ...more

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