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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: April 22, 2018, renewed for a third season.

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 West-themed amusement park populated by android hosts known as Westworld, high-paying guests are encouraged to indulge in whatever they wish within the park, without fear of retaliation from the hosts. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, + more

Premiered: 2016

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

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Third season premiered: August 12, 2019, renewed for a fourth season.

Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) navigate through life while dealing with friendships, love, and careers. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce, Natasha Rothwell, + more

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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Barry
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Second season premiered: March 31, 2019, renewed for a third season.

Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg. An ex-marine (Bill Hader) who is working as a low-rent hitman moves to Los Angeles and joins an accepting community of theater actors. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler, Anthony Carrigan, + more

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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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