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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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's ...more

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano, the show portrays the ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the ...more

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Deadwood 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
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams True Detective is an American crime drama television series created and written by author Nic Pizzolatto. The series is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States, and ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime 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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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Six Feet Under 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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Oz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Oz 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) 9 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Band of Brothers Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war 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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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
True Blood 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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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Tales from the Crypt 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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Rome is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Rome 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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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Entourage 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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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
The Newsroom 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 Carnivàle 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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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis Sex and the City 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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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
LanaYoshii added Silicon Valley 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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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Eastbound & Down 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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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm 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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Veep is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Veep 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
Big Love 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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Real Sex is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Real Sex Real Sex is a documentary television series broadcast on and a production of HBO. As its name implies, Real Sex is a sexually explicit "magazine" which "explores sex '90s ...more

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The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
LanaYoshii added The Leftovers 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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Flight of the Conchords is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Flight of the Conchords 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
The Chris Rock Show 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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Girls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Girls 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
Hung 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
Bored to Death Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson Bored to Death 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 ...more

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Dream On is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Dream On 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) 30 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
RichardBeecher added Lucky Louie 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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Luck is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Luck 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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Angels in America is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Angels in America 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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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 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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Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
RichardBeecher added Mr. Show with Bob and David 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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America Undercover is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
America Undercover 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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Treme is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
Treme 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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In Treatment is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
hideo1212 added In Treatment Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial In Treatment is an American HBO drama, produced and developed by Rodrigo Garcia, about a psychologist, 50-something Dr. Paul Weston, and his weekly sessions with patients, as well as those with ...more

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The Life & Times of Tim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best HBO Original Series
hideo1212 added The Life & Times of Tim Steve Dildarian, M.J. Otto, Nick Kroll The Life & Times of Tim is an HBO comedy animated television series, which premiered on September 28, 2008. The series was created by Steve Dildarian, and is about a hapless man in his ...more