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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 Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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249 124
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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256 102
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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238 111
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

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151 71
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

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142 84
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

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135 93
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Six Feet Under Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

8
169 47
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

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126 79
Oz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Oz Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

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80 77
Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Carnivàle Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

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124 96
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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120 57
Rome is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Rome Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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55 62
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.

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60 82
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Entourage Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

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69 61
The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Pacific Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

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69 64
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
John Adams Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

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51 82
Big Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Big Love Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny

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29 71
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

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41 59
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

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16 15
Angels in America is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time

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47 66
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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20 80
Luck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Luck Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz

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28 64
Treme is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Treme Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens

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22 48
Looking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
DonPhillips added Looking Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett

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23 61
The Corner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Corner Khandi Alexander, Lance Reddick, Tasha Smith

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16 63
K Street is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
K Street John Slattery, James Carville, Mary McCormack

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24 34
The Killing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
claudio-ruffini-castiglione added The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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18 64
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

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23 65
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

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12 35
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

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14 66
John from Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
John from Cincinnati Rebecca De Mornay, Greyson Fletcher, Willie Garson

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15 58
From the Earth to the Moon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
From the Earth to the Moon Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith

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8 55
Enlightened is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Enlightened Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns

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8 48
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

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7 54
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time

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4 39
The Mind of the Married Man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
The Mind of the Married Man Kate Walsh, Sonya Walger, M. Emmet Walsh

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3 46
Laurel Avenue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Laurel Avenue Mary Alice, Mel Winkler

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5 59
Parade's End is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Parade's End Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Rupert Everett

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2 45
Unscripted is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best HBO Dramas of All Time
Unscripted Krista Allen, Frank Langella, Bryan Greenberg