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The Best Recent HBO Series You Can Still Catch Up On 

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Updated November 19, 2019 31 votes 9 voters 13 items

List Rules Currently running shows with fewer than 3 seasons to watch.

Given that HBO lost the biggest hit it had ever had in 2019 with Game of Thones, the cable network is still doing pretty strong. Post-Thrones has seen the launch of some massive hits for HBO that have gotten audiences talking like never before. These recent HBO shows, that are still in their infancy and thus easy enough to catch up on, are the ones to keep an eye out for and start watching before it's too late; because the bandwagon is already moving and it's due to get full real soon.

These new HBO shows you need to watch are as diverse and varied as anything HBO has had before them, and there's something for everyone in their current slate. Sure, main character deaths and dragons were a pretty big deal, but the way Euphoria was dissected by audiences of all ages this past summer made it must-watch-TV. Meanwhile, the twists and turns of Succession seemed to be all anyone was gushing over on Sunday nights, and the modern day family drama seems poised to clean up at the Emmys in 2020. And don't forget Watchmen and His Dark Materials, which are just kicking off and attempting to lure Game of Thrones fans back to HBO. 

From comedy to drama to ridiculously funny dramas and darkly dramatic comedies, there's a recent HBO series on this list for everyone. Whether you binge them in a day or take your time until next season, it's a good bet that at least some of these shows will become your next big obsession once you catch up.

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Second season premiered: August 11, 2019, renewed for a third season.

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 struggle forms within the dysfunctional family. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun, + more

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Watchmen
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First season premiered: October 20, 2019

Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, + more

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama, Superhero, Action, Mystery

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First season premiered: August 4, 2019, renewed for a second season.

Random Acts of Flyness (HBO, 2018) is an American late-night sketch comedy television series created by Terence Nance that features a mix of vérité documentary, musical performances, surrealist melodrama, and humorous animation as a stream-of-consciousness response to the contemporary American mediascape. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Terence Nance

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy

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First season premiered: August 18, 2019, renewed for a second season.

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 work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Danny McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam DeVine, Cassidy Freeman, + more

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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