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The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time

Updated December 29, 2020 67.9k votes 16.1k voters 726.2k views105 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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  • Game of Thrones1
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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  • The Sopranos2
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    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

    Premiered1999

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  • The Wire3
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    The Wire

    Dominic West, Lance Reddick

    Premiered2002

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  • Band of Brothers4
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    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2001

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  • True Detective5
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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

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  • Deadwood6
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    Deadwood

    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane

    Premiered2004

  • Boardwalk Empire7
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    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010

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  • Westworld8
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

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  • Chernobyl9
    405
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    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Premiered2019

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  • Oz10
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    Oz

    Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons

    Premiered1997

  • Rome11
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    Rome

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson

    Premiered2005

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm12
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    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Larry David, Cheryl Hines

    Premiered2000

  • Six Feet Under13
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    Six Feet Under

    Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall

    Premiered2001

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  • Silicon Valley14
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    Silicon Valley

    Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller

    Premiered2014

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  • The Leftovers15
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    The Leftovers

    Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman

    Premiered2014

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  • Entourage16
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    Entourage

    Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier

    Premiered2004

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  • Eastbound & Down17
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    Eastbound & Down

    Danny McBride, Steve Little

    Premiered2009

  • The Pacific18
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    The Pacific

    Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

    Premiered2010

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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver19
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    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    John Oliver, David Kaye

    PremieredApril 2014

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  • The Newsroom20
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    The Newsroom

    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

    Premiered2012

  • True Blood21
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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

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  • Big Little Lies22
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    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    Premiered2017

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  • Veep23
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    Veep

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky

    Premiered2012

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  • John Adams24
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    John Adams

    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney

    Premiered2008

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  • Tales from the Crypt25
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    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

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