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HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium paid cable and satellite TV service that has produced a number of well-known original series, as well as kid’s and adult programming, documentaries, sports programs, stand up comedy specials, and original miniseries. HBO is a subsidiary of Time Warner Cable and has over 32 million subscribers. What are the best HBO original shows of all time? Vote up the ones you think are the best below and see how your favorites rank!

Launched in 1972, HBO has been going steadily strong ever since, raking in award after award for best original television shows and miniseries and also grabbing the attention of major Hollywood actors along the way. HBO series have featured some well-known actors and kickstarted the careers of other, lesser known actors. HBO produces dark, brooding dramas, as well as some of television's most iconic comedies - and is known for creating shows that can become cult favorites in just a couple of seasons.

This list features the best HBO original series, ranked as the best by the community, including, True Blood, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Weeds, and True Detective. Vote up the HBO original series you think is the best and or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Premiered: 1999 - 2007

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deals with personal and professional issues in ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011 - current

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

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) 3 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

Premiered: 2002 - 2008

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

The Wire (HBO, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created and written by David Simon. The series features the Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

Premiered: 2010 - 2014

Genres (Tv): Period drama, Crime drama

Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 2010) is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter, based on the non-fiction book by Nelson Johnson. During the 1920s Prohibition era, a ...more

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Action/Adventure, Drama, Military, Adventure film, + more

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII 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) 6 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

Premiered: 1997 - 2003

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Suspense, Drama, + more

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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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

Premiered: 2004 - 2006

Genres (Tv): Western, Period drama

Deadwood (HBO, 2004) is an American Western television series created by David Milch. In 1870s South Dakota, residents of Deadwood are involved in all sorts of corruption, crime, and secrets.

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Premiered: 2013 - present

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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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008 - 2014

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Horror, Drama

True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan Ball, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Telepathic ...more

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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

Premiered: 2001 - 2005

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Drama, Comedy-drama

Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001) is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. A dysfunctional family attempts to run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles who has a ...more

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

Premiered: 2005 - 2007

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989 - 1996

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror Film, Comedy, Fantasy

Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel ...more

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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

Premiered: 2004 - 2011

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

Premiered: 1996 - 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000 - present

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

Premiered: 2009 - 2013

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
LanaYoshii added Thomas Middleditch, Aly Mawji, T.J. Miller

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

Premiered: 2012 - present

Genres (Tv): Political satire, Comedy

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Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
LanaYoshii added Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fantasy

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

Premiered: 1998 - 2004

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy

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The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
LanaYoshii added Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Leftovers (HBO, 2014) is an American supernatural mystery television drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, and based on Perrotta's novel of the same name. After the ...more

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Real Sex is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best HBO Original Series

Premiered: 1990 - 2009

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Big Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny

Premiered: 2006 - 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama

Big Love (HBO, 2006) is an American television drama series created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. The patriarch (Bill Paxton) of a Fundamentalist Mormon family tries to balance his ...more

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Flight of the Conchords ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby

Premiered: 2007 - 2009

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Musical, Comedy

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Samantha Jenkins added Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 10/19/2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

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