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The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time

Updated May 10, 2021 68.4k votes 16.4k voters 731.2k views115 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on HBO.

Now that HBOGo is accessible to everyone, there's no excuse for not keeping up with the best HBO series!  This list of the top current and canceled HBO TV shows includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. These best HBO shows of all time include the most viewed shows on HBO, as this list covers the entire history of the network including the best HBO series of the past decade and the best HBO miniseries. This list of HBO shows is ranked by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

What are some of your favorite TV shows on HBO? For millennials, the answer to that question is definitely Girls. Lena Dunham wrote, produced, and starred in this hit classic among twenty-something viewers. It was the first ultra-relatable show of it's kind, and some say that she was the voice of our generation. Perhaps you'd prefer to watch Game of Thrones, the Leftovers, or Looking. No matter what your favorite show is, we can all agree - HBO has some awesome original series.

Vote up the best HBO TV shows below and check out the top HBO shows!

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    The Sopranos

    Drea de Matteo, Federico Castelluccio

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    Game of Thrones

    Tom Wlaschiha, John Bradley

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    The Wire

    Domenick Lombardozzi, Clarke Peters

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    Band of Brothers

    Philip Barantini, Matthew Leitch

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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Tory Kittles

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    The Best Seasons of True Detective#7 of 37 Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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    Deadwood

    Anna Gunn, Brent Sexton

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    Boardwalk Empire

    Domenick Lombardozzi, Stephen Graham

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    Oz

    Kirk Acevedo, Rita Moreno

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    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

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    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines

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    Rome

    Zuleikha Robinson, Lyndsey Marshal

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    Six Feet Under

    Rainn Wilson, Michael C. Hall

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    #40 of 111 The Best Dramedy TV Series#4 of 12 The Most Emotional Final Scenes In TV Dramas

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    Entourage

    Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier

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    Silicon Valley

    Christopher Evan Welch, Matt Ross

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    Eastbound & Down

    Michael Peña, Efren Ramirez

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    The Pacific

    James Badge Dale, Jon Seda

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    True Blood

    Michael McMillian, Kelly Overton

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    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    John Oliver, David Kaye

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    #24 of 122 The Best Shows Currently On The Air#10 of 64 The Funniest Shows On TV Right Now

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    The Newsroom

    John Gallagher, Sam Waterston

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    Veep

    Tony Hale, Reid Scott

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    The Leftovers

    Michael Gaston, Kevin Carroll

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    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

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    John Adams

    Danny Huston, David Morse

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