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The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time 

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List Rules Any comedy show that has ever aired on HBO, originally or in syndication

List of the best HBO comedies of all time as voted on by viewers. Since bursting into homes around the world in the 1950s, television has brought people together and played a vital role in society and pop culture. In the beginning, there were only three channels - ABC, CBS, and NBC. Now additional broadcast networks exists, in addition to a multitude of cable and paid television networks, like HBO.

Without having to worry about offending sponsors, HBO shows can be edgier and darker, as they have more freedom to use profanity, violence, sexual themes and nudity than network shows do. Top HBO comedies like Veep, Sex and the City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Real Time with Bill Maher, and even Kids in the Hall could only air on a channel like HBO. 

But what is the best HBO comedy of all time? Vote up your favorite HBO comedy, vote down the ones you can't stand, or find a show you missed during its original airing and "borrow" your parents' HBO Go password to get caught up.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 70

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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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
kirstie-vargas added Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Silicon Valley is an American television sitcom created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on six young men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley. The ...more

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 65

Veep is an HBO television comedy series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series ...more

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The Larry Sanders Show ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 89

The Larry Sanders Show is an American television sitcom set in the office and studio of a fictional late-night talk show. The show was created by Garry Shandling and Dennis Klein and aired from ...more

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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 4

Eastbound & Down is an American sports comedy television series that was broadcast on HBO, starring Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball pitcher, who after an up and ...more

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Da Ali G Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Sacha Baron Cohen, Buzz Aldrin, Arthur Danto

Premiered: 2000

Number of Episodes: 18

Da Ali G Show is the name of two related satirical TV series created by and starring English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and featuring the character Ali G. The first series originally aired on ...more

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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 96

Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004 and concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons. The series was created and largely ...more

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Flight of the Conchords ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 22

Flight of the Conchords is an American/New Zealand television comedy series that was first shown on HBO on June 17, 2007. The show follows the adventures of Flight of the Conchords, a two-man ...more

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The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 111

The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy group formed in 1984, consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. Their eponymous ...more

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Bored to Death is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 24

This series was an American comedy series that ran on HBO from September 20, 2009 to November 28, 2011. The show was created by author Jonathan Ames, and stars Jason Schwartzman as a fictional ...more

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Mr. Show with Bob and Da... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 4

Mr. Show with Bob and David, also known as Mr. Show, is an American sketch comedy series starring and hosted by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. It aired on HBO from November 3, 1995, to December ...more

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The Chris Rock Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Chris Rock, Grandmaster Flash, Monteria Ivey

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 5

The Chris Rock Show is a late night comedy talk show featured on HBO. It was created by Chris Rock and featured various guests. The show won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or ...more

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The Ricky Gervais Show ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington

Premiered: 2010

The Ricky Gervais Show was a comedy audio show in the UK starring Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington, later adapted into The Ricky Gervais show animated series debuting for HBO ...more

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Extras is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 13

Extras is a British sitcom about extras working in television and film sets and in theatre. The series was co-produced by the BBC and HBO, and was created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais ...more

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Barry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Barry Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg

Premiered: 2018

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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Lucky Louie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon, Mike Hagerty

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 1

Lucky Louie is an American television sitcom created by Louis C.K., which aired on HBO for one season in 2006. In addition to being the creator, writer and executive producer of the series, C.K. ...more
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Hello Ladies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Hello Ladies Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods, Nate Torrence

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 8

Hello Ladies is an American comedy television series created by Stephen Merchant, Lee Eisenberg, and Gene Stupnitsky. It stars Merchant as an Englishman looking for love in modern Los Angeles. ...more
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Real Time with Bill Mahe... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Sullivan

Premiered: 2003

Number of Episodes: 138

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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Dream On is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Brian Benben, Chris Demetral, Denny Dillon

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 120

Dream On is an American adult-themed situation comedy about the family life, romantic life, and career of Martin Tupper, a divorced New York City book editor played by Brian Benben. The show ...more

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 94

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Summer Heights High is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Chris Lilley, Asolima Tauati, Iro Utaifeau

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Summer Heights High is an Australian mockumentary television series written by and starring Chris Lilley. Set in the fictional Summer Heights High School in an outer suburb of Sydney, it is a ...more

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Crashing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Pete Holmes, Lauren Lapkus
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Tracey Takes On... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Tracey Ullman, Alastair Duncan, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1996

Number of Episodes: 65

Tracey Takes On... is an HBO sketch comedy series starring actress-comedian Tracey Ullman. The show ran for four seasons, and won multiple awards. Each week, each episode would focus on, or ...more

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Getting On is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Getting On is an American television comedy series based on the British series of the same name, and developed by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. The series premiered on HBO on November 24, ...more

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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best HBO Comedies Of All Time
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

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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