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The Best Current HBO Shows

Updated January 22, 2021 10.4k votes 7.0k voters 340.4k views30 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • Westworld1
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series... more on Wikipedia

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  • True Detective2
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    True Detective

    Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic... more on Wikipedia

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  • Succession3
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    Succession

    Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When... more on Wikipedia

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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver4

    Premiered2014

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 2014) is an American late-night talk and news satire... more on Wikipedia

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  • Curb Your Enthusiasm5
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    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Larry David, Cheryl Hines

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast... more on Wikipedia

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  • Barry6
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    Barry

    Bill Hader, Stephen Root

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg.... more on Wikipedia

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  • His Dark Materials7
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    His Dark Materials

    Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Fantasy

    His Dark Materials (HBO, 2019) is a British fantasy adventure series based on the novel series... more on Wikipedia
  • Euphoria8
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    Euphoria

    Zendaya, Storm Reid

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Righteous Gemstones9
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    The Righteous Gemstones

    Danny McBride, John Goodman

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Danny... more on Wikipedia

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  • Hard Knocks10
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    Hard Knocks

    Liev Schreiber

    Premiered2001

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

    Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL Films and HBO.... more on Wikipedia
  • Insecure11
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    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Jay Ellis

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Undoing12
    30
    4

    The Undoing

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Undoing (HBO, 2020) is an American drama miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sesame Street13
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    25

    Sesame Street

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1969

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

    Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz... more on Wikipedia

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  • Real Time with Bill Maher14
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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Satire, Talk show, Comedy

    Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO, 2003) is an American talk show series created by Bill Maher.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gentleman Jack15
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    Gentleman Jack

    Suranne Jones

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Gentleman Jack (HBO, 2019) is a British-American historical drama series created by Sally... more on Wikipedia

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  • High Maintenance16
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    High Maintenance

    Ben Sinclair

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Anthology

    High Maintenance (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy television and web series created by... more on Wikipedia

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    #71 of 94 The Best Comedies On HBO Max#111 of 141 The Funniest Shows To Watch When You're Stoned

  • The Outsider17
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    The Outsider

    Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Horror

    The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Painting with John18
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    Premiered2021

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Painting with John (HBO, 2021) is an American reality series created by John Lurie. The series... more on Wikipedia

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  • My Brilliant Friend19
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    My Brilliant Friend

    Elisa Del Genio, Ludovica Nasti

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    My Brilliant Friend (HBO, 2018) is an Italian-American drama television miniseries based on... more on Wikipedia

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  • Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel20
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    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

    Bryant Gumbel, Jon Frankel

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)News, News magazine

    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is a monthly sports newsmagazine on HBO that debuted on April... more on Wikipedia
  • How To with John Wilson21

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Comedy

    How To... with John Wilson (HBO, 2020) an American television docuseries created by filmmaker... more on Wikipedia
  • Axios22
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    Axios

    Mike Allen, Jim VandeHei

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)New, Talkshow, Documentary

    Axios (HBO, 2018) is an American documentary news talk show. Leading Axios journalists... more on Wikipedia

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  • Avenue 523
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    Avenue 5

    Hugh Laurie, Suzy Nakamura

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Comedy

    Avenue 5 (HBO, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Los Espookys24
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    Los Espookys

    Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherotti

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Fantasy

    Los Espookys (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series. The show follows a group of... more on Wikipedia
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show25
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    A Black Lady Sketch Show

    Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy

    A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO, 2019) is an American sketch comedy show created by Robin Thede.... more on Wikipedia

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