Hbo Shows The Best HBO Dramas of All Time  

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List Rules Any drama that aired on HBO, including original HBO dramatic series

There's no denying it: HBO makes some of the best shows on TV. This list ranks the best HBO dramatic series, best to worst. With riveting storylines, grade-A acting, and high grade production value, the best HBO shows are popular favorites, even though the prime cable series costs a little extra. HBO's domination in the drama genre began in the late 1990s with prison series Oz (1997) and continued with fan-favorite mafia show The Sopranos (1999). The 2000s brought cult shows like Carnivale (2003) and Deadwood (2004) - both of which were canceled too soon - as well as long-running popular HBO dramas The Wire (2002), Big Love (2006), and True Blood (2008). More recently, fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011) has captured audiences all over the world, and the crime drama show True Detective (2014) became almost an overnight classic.

What is the best HBO drama show of all time? Vote up the series that grabbed up your attention fastest, held it the longest, and maybe even made you mad at the TV when a favorite character died.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the ...more

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano, the show portrays the ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
True Detective - Season 1 Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Alexandra Daddario True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent crimes.

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker Deadwood is an American western television series created, produced, and largely written by David Milch and aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, ...more

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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Six Feet Under Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy Six Feet Under is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. It premiered on the premium cable network HBO in the United States on June 3, 2001, and ended on August ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Band of Brothers Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Oz Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more

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Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Carnivàle Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown Carnivàle is an American television series set in the United States during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching ...more

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Rome Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker Rome is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by Bruno Heller, John Milius and William J. MacDonald. The show's two seasons were broadcast on HBO, BBC Two, and ...more

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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Newsroom Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr. The Newsroom is an American television political drama series created and principally written by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012, and concluded on December 14, 2014, ...more

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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Entourage Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon 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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Big Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Big Love Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny Big Love is an American television drama that aired on HBO between March 2006 and March 2011. The show is about a fictional fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah that practices polygamy. Big Love ...more

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The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Pacific Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies, Playtone and DreamWorks that premiered in the United States on 14 March 2010. The series is a ...more

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
John Adams Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams' political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Paul Giamatti portrays John ...more

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In Treatment is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
In Treatment Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes In Treatment is an American HBO drama, produced and developed by Rodrigo Garcia, about a psychologist, 50-something Dr. Paul Weston, and his weekly sessions with patients, as well as those with ...more

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Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Generation Kill Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen Generation Kill is a British-American seven-part television miniseries produced for HBO, based on the 2004 book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with ...more

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis Sex and the City is an American television romantic sitcom created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes. ...more

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Angels in America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Angels in America Angels in America is a 2003 HBO miniseries adapted from the play of the same name by Tony Kushner. Kushner adapted his original text for the screen, and Mike Nichols directed. Set in 1985, the ...more

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Luck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Luck Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz Luck is an American dramatic television series created by David Milch and starring Dustin Hoffman. The pilot episode was directed by Michael Mann. The series premiered on January 29, 2012. HBO ...more

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Treme is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Treme Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens Treme is an American television drama series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer that aired on HBO. The series premiered on April 11, 2010, and concluded on December 29, 2013, comprising ...more

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The Corner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Corner Khandi Alexander, Lance Reddick, Tasha Smith The Corner is a 2000 HBO drama television miniseries based on the nonfiction book The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood by David Simon and Ed Burns and adapted for ...more

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Looking is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
DonPhillips added Looking Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett Looking is an American comedy-drama television series about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco. It premiered on January 19, 2014, on HBO. The series' executive producers are David ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
claudio-ruffini-castiglione added The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell The Killing is an American crime drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena ...more

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K Street is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
K Street John Slattery, James Carville, Mary McCormack K Street is a 2003 HBO television series about lobbyists and politicians in Washington, D.C. It was named for a street that is home to many lobbying and legal firms.

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Harish Patel The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a television comedy-drama series, produced by the BBC in conjunction with HBO, and based on the novels of the same name by Alexander McCall Smith. The ...more

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Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Mildred Pierce Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce Mildred Pierce is a five-part miniseries that first aired on HBO on March 27, 2011. Adapted from James M. Cain's 1941 novel of the same name, it was directed by Todd Haynes, and starred Kate ...more

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The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
claudio-ruffini-castiglione added The Bridge Sofia Helin^! Rafael Pettersson^! Dag Malmberg The Bridge(FX, 2013) is an American crime drama television series developed by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid. Two police detectives try to capture a serial killer who is operating in both the ...more

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From the Earth to the Moon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
From the Earth to the Moon Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith From the Earth to the Moon is a twelve-part HBO television miniseries co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick, telling the story of the landmark Apollo ...more

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Enlightened is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Enlightened Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns Enlightened is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on October 10, 2011. The series was created by Mike White, who wrote every episode, and Laura Dern, who plays the ...more

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John from Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
John from Cincinnati Rebecca De Mornay, Greyson Fletcher, Willie Garson John from Cincinnati is an American television drama, set against the surfing community of Imperial Beach, California, that aired on HBO from June 10, 2007 to August 12, 2007.

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Tell Me You Love Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Tell Me You Love Me Ian Somerhalder, Ally Walker, Michelle Borth Tell Me You Love Me is an American cable television drama series that premiered on HBO and on The Movie Network on September 9, 2007. The series was created by Cynthia Mort and originally ...more

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Philip Marlowe, Private Eye is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Powers Boothe Philip Marlowe, Private Eye is an American mystery series that aired on HBO in the United States from April 16, 1983 through June 3, 1986, and on ITV in the United Kingdom. The series features ...more

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Parade's End is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Parade's End Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Rupert Everett Parade's End is a five-part BBC/HBO/VRT television serial, which is an adaptation of the tetralogy of novels of the same name by Ford Madox Ford. It premiered on BBC Two on 24 August 2012, and ...more

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The Mind of the Married Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Mind of the Married Man Kate Walsh, Sonya Walger, M. Emmet Walsh The Mind of the Married Man is a television series that ran on the HBO network for two seasons consisting of twenty episodes between September 2001 and November 2002. The story attempts to focus ...more

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Laurel Avenue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Laurel Avenue Mary Alice, Mel Winkler Laurel Avenue is an American three-hour television miniseries which aired on HBO on July 10 and 11, 1993. It is the story of an eventful weekend in the lives of an extended African American ...more

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Unscripted is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Unscripted Krista Allen, Frank Langella, Bryan Greenberg Unscripted is an American comedy-drama series that aired on HBO in early 2005. Its title referred to the fact that the series was largely improvised by its performers. The series was executive ...more