The Best Recent HBO Series You Can Still Catch Up On
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The Best Recent HBO Series You Can Still Catch Up On

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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.


  • Watchmen
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    Watchmen

    First season premiered: October 20, 2019

    Set in an alternate reality where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen deftly weaves together elements of drama, action, and mystery to create a thought-provoking narrative. The show, which has garnered numerous accolades including 26 Emmy nominations, is anchored by the compelling performance of Regina King as Angela Abar, a detective who dons a mask to protect both her identity and her city. With its rich character development and intricate plotlines, the series skillfully explores themes of racial tension, power dynamics, and the blurred lines between heroism and vigilantism. Watchmen invites viewers to confront societal issues while being thoroughly entertained by its captivating storytelling.
    • Actors: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson
    • Premiered: October 20, 2019
    • Genres: Action,Drama
    9 votes

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  • Insecure
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    7 VOTES

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

    Insecure, an HBO original series, offers a refreshing and authentic portrayal of the modern African-American woman's experience. Through its relatable storytelling, this comedy-drama has struck a chord with audiences and critics alike, earning numerous accolades including Emmy nominations. The show follows the lives of two best friends, Issa Dee (Issa Rae) and Molly Carter (Yvonne Orji), as they navigate the complexities of relationships, careers, and personal growth in Los Angeles. With its sharp wit and insightful commentary on contemporary social issues, Insecure shines a light on the often-overlooked perspectives of black women, all while delivering thought-provoking entertainment.
    • Actors: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales, Jay Ellis
    • Premiered: 2016
    • Genres: Comedy
    7 votes

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  • Barry
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    Barry

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

    The dark comedy Barry presents a compelling exploration of a hitman's unexpected journey into the world of acting. With its gripping narrative and skillful performances, the show has garnered critical acclaim, earning multiple Emmy nominations and wins. Bill Hader masterfully embodies the conflicted protagonist, Barry Berkman, showcasing his talent for both drama and comedy. As Barry navigates the complexities of his double life, viewers are treated to an engaging mix of suspense, humor, and raw emotion. The supporting cast, including Henry Winkler as eccentric acting coach Gene Cousineau, further enriches this distinctive series with their dynamic portrayals.
    • Actors: Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan
    • Premiered: 2018
    • Genres: Comedy
    10 votes

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  • Succession
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    11 VOTES

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

    In the realm of television drama, Succession has carved a niche for itself with its riveting portrayal of an affluent family's power struggle. The series follows the Roy family, headed by media tycoon Logan Roy (Brian Cox), as they grapple with corporate intrigue and shifting loyalties. With a slew of Emmy nominations under its belt, this critically acclaimed show has managed to captivate audiences with its well-crafted narrative and complex characters. The ensemble cast, including Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy and Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy, delivers stellar performances that breathe life into the intricate web of deceit and ambition.
    • Actors: Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Dagmara Domińczyk
    • Premiered: 2018
    • Genres: Drama
    11 votes

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  • Westworld
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    7 VOTES

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

    Set in a futuristic theme park, Westworld invites viewers to explore the complexities of artificial intelligence and human morality. As a critically acclaimed science fiction drama, the show has garnered numerous accolades, including multiple Emmy nominations. The series follows an ensemble cast of characters, such as Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), a self-aware android, and Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), the enigmatic park creator. Each episode unravels the intricate web of narratives that weave throughout the park, while simultaneously delving into the minds of both guests and hosts alike. With its thought-provoking themes and riveting storytelling, Westworld offers a captivating experience for its audience.
    • Actors: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson
    • Premiered: 2016
    • Genres: Drama,Science Fiction
    7 votes

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  • The Righteous Gemstones
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    First season premiered: August 18, 2019, renewed for a second season.

    In the realm of dark comedies, The Righteous Gemstones stands as a testament to the power of combining humor with thought-provoking themes. This HBO series delves into the world of a wealthy televangelist family, led by patriarch Eli Gemstone (John Goodman), who navigate the complexities of faith and family dynamics. With each member of the ensemble cast delivering compelling performances, the show has garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. Nominated for numerous awards, The Righteous Gemstones explores the often hypocritical nature of those in positions of religious authority and sheds light on the consequences of greed and corruption.
    • Actors: Danny McBride, John Goodman, Adam DeVine, Edi Patterson, Cassidy Freeman
    • Premiered: 2019
    • Genres: Comedy,Comedy,Drama
    7 votes

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