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The Best HBO Original Series  

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List Rules The best original series created by, which aired on, HBO. Vote up the best HBO original series.

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.

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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Girls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke
Girls is an American television series that premiered on HBO on April 15, 2012. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, Girls is a comedy-drama following a close group of twenty-somethings living ...more
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Hung is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Thomas Jane, Jane Adams, Charlie Saxton
Hung is a comedy-drama television series which ran on HBO from June 28, 2009 to December 4, 2011. It was created by Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson and stars Thomas Jane as Ray Drecker, a ...more
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Bored to Death is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson
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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West World is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Samantha Jenkins added West World

In this series set in a futuristic Wild West fantasy park, a group of android 'hosts' deviate from their programmers' carefully planned scripts in a disturbing pattern of aberrant behavior. With an exceptional cast headed by Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright, 'Westworld' was inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film.

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Dream On is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Brian Benben, Chris Demetral, Denny Dillon
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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Lucky Louie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
RichardBeecher added Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon, Mike Hagerty
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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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson
Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by Craig Mazin. In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes ...more
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Luck is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
RichardBeecher added Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis
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 No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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Barry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg
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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Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 2014) is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by comedian John Oliver. The half-hour-long show takes a satirical look at ...more
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Treme is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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America Undercover is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
America Undercover is a series of documentaries that airs on the cable television network HBO. Within the series are several sub-series, such as "Autopsy", "Real Sex" and ...more
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Ballers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington
Ballers (HBO, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Levinson. Former football superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) tries to find success as a financial ...more
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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow
Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and
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The Deuce is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe
The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is a television drama series set in and around Times Square, New York. It tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the adult industry in New York beginning ...more
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Succession is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin
Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When the aging patriarch (Brian Cox) of a global-media conglomerate decides to not retire, a power ...more
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Angels in America is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson
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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Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Zach Thomas, Darren Woodson, Eddie Kennison
Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL Films and HBO. The show was first broadcast in 2001, and the current 2014 season is the ninth. Each season, it ...more
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Divorce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon
Divorce (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy series created by Sharon Horgan. Married couple Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) goes through a long drawn-out divorce ...more
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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji
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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Vice is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Shane Smith
Vice is a documentary TV-series created and hosted by Shane Smith of Vice magazine. Produced by Bill Maher, it uses CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria as a consultant, and covers topics using an ...more
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Room 104 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Room 104 (HBO, 2017) is an American television anthology dark comedy, horror and thriller series created by Jay and Mark Duplass. Set in a single room of an American hotel, the series explores ...more
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The Righteous Gemstones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Danny McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson
The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Danny McBride. A world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable ...more