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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 - 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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 Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
The Sopranos is an American drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American Tony Soprano, the show portrays the difficulties he ...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
The Wire is an American drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was ...more

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan
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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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
Boardwalk Empire is an American period 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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Oz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston
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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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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Rome is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer
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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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
LanaYoshii added 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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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin
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) 17 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
LanaYoshii added Thomas Middleditch, Aly Mawji, T.J. Miller
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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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
This show 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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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon
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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Veep is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale
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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Big Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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 Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
LanaYoshii added Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston
The Leftovers is an American television drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta airing on HBO. It is based on Perrotta's novel of the same name. The pilot was written by Lindelof ...more

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Real Sex is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
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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
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 Chris Rock Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Chris Rock, Grandmaster Flash, Monteria Ivey
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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