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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

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 86

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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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

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 60

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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Costume drama

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

Premiered: 2001

Number of Episodes: 10

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

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 56

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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Genres (Tv): Western, Drama, Historical fiction

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 Blood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008 - 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 63

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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

Premiered: 2013 - present

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

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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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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 63

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

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) 11 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

Premiered: 2005 - 2007

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 22

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Historical drama, Action

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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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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 93

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

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 96

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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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000 - present

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 70

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

Premiered: 1996 - 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Genres (Tv): Drama

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

Premiered: 2009 - 2013

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 4

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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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

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
LanaYoshii added Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 24

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fantasy

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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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

Premiered: 1998 - 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 94

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Black comedy, Blue comedy, Sitcom, Romantic comedy, + more

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The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
LanaYoshii added Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Veep is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

Premiered: 2012 - present

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 65

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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

Premiered: 1990 - 2009

Number of Episodes: 33

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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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 53

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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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

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 22

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Musical, Comedy

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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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

Number of Seasons: 2

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

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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