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The Best HBO Original Series

Updated January 8, 2021 20.9k votes 3.1k voters 62.6k views96 items

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 Thrones1
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011 - current

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

    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Sopranos2
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    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

    Premiered1999 - 2007

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase.... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Wire3
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    The Wire

    Dominic West, Lance Reddick

    Premiered2002 - 2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

    The Wire (HBO, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created and written by David... more on Wikipedia

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  • Band of Brothers4
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    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2001

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

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  • Deadwood5
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    Deadwood

    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane

    Premiered2004 - 2006

    Genres (Tv)Western, Period drama

    Deadwood (HBO, 2004) is an American Western television series created by David Milch. In 1870s... more on Wikipedia
  • Boardwalk Empire6
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    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010 - 2014

    Genres (Tv)Period drama, Crime drama

    Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 2010) is an American period crime drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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  • True Detective7
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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013 - present

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rome8
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    Rome

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson

    Premiered2005 - 2007

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Rome (HBO, 2005) is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • Oz9
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    Oz

    Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons

    Premiered1997 - 2003

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

    Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote... more on Wikipedia
  • Six Feet Under10
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    Six Feet Under

    Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall

    Premiered2001 - 2005

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

    Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001) is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan... more on Wikipedia

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  • True Blood11
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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008 - 2014

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Horror, Drama

    True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan... more on Wikipedia

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  • Tales from the Crypt12
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    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989 - 1996

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

    Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror... more on Wikipedia

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  • Curb Your Enthusiasm13
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    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Larry David, Cheryl Hines

    Premiered2000 - present

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast... more on Wikipedia
  • Entourage14
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    Entourage

    Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier

    Premiered2004 - 2011

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

    Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004... more on Wikipedia

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  • Silicon Valley15
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    Silicon Valley

    Thomas Middleditch, Aly Mawji

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Silicon Valley is an American television sitcom created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Eastbound & Down16
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    Eastbound & Down

    Danny McBride, Steve Little

    Premiered2009 - 2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Eastbound & Down is an American sports comedy television series that was broadcast on HBO,... more on Wikipedia
  • Veep17
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    Veep

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky

    Premiered2012 - present

    Genres (Tv)Political satire, Comedy

    Veep (HBO, 2012) is an American political satire comedy television series created by Armando... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Newsroom18
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    The Newsroom

    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

    Premiered1996 - 2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Newsroom is an American television political drama series created and principally written... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carnivàle19
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    Carnivàle

    Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery, Fantasy

    Carnivàle is an American television series set in the United States during the Great... more on Wikipedia
  • The Leftovers20
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    The Leftovers

    Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Leftovers (HBO, 2014) is an American supernatural mystery television drama series created... more on Wikipedia
  • Sex and the City21
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    Sex and the City

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall

    Premiered1998 - 2004

    Genres (Tv)Romantic comedy

    Sex and the City (HBO, 1998) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • Chernobyl22
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    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Big Love23
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    Big Love

    Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn

    Premiered2006 - 2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Big Love (HBO, 2006) is an American television drama series created by Mark V. Olsen and Will... more on Wikipedia

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  • Westworld 24
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered10/19/2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series... more on Wikipedia

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  • Real Sex25
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    Real Sex

    Susan Block, Barbara Carrellas

    Premiered1990 - 2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    Real Sex (HBO, 1990) is a documentary television series. The docuseries explores human... more on Wikipedia

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