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The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time

Updated November 9, 2020 64.6k votes 15.9k voters 723.1k views103 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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  • 1
    Game of Thrones
    4,918
    1,285

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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  • 2
    The Wire
    2,691
    699

    The Wire

    Dominic West, Lance Reddick

    Premiered2002

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  • 3
    The Sopranos
    2,902
    768

    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

    Premiered1999

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  • 4
    Band of Brothers
    2,009
    575

    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2001

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  • 5
    True Detective
    2,231
    888

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

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  • 6
    Deadwood
    1,310
    497

    Deadwood

    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane

    Premiered2004

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  • 7
    Boardwalk Empire
    1,446
    579

    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010

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  • 8
    Westworld
    868
    243

    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

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  • 9
    Chernobyl
    322
    43

    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Premiered2019

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  • 10
    Oz
    952
    479

    Oz

    Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons

    Premiered1997

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  • 11
    Rome
    839
    322

    Rome

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson

    Premiered2005

  • 12
    Six Feet Under
    1,171
    658

    Six Feet Under

    Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall

    Premiered2001

  • 13
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    1,145
    654

    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Larry David, Cheryl Hines

    Premiered2000

  • 14
    Silicon Valley
    588
    292

    Silicon Valley

    Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller

    Premiered2014

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  • 15
    The Leftovers
    521
    304

    The Leftovers

    Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman

    Premiered2014

  • 16
    Entourage
    1,319
    849

    Entourage

    Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier

    Premiered2004

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  • 17
    Eastbound & Down
    798
    504

    Eastbound & Down

    Danny McBride, Steve Little

    Premiered2009

  • 18
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
    725
    454

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    John Oliver, David Kaye

    PremieredApril 2014

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  • 19
    The Pacific
    627
    406

    The Pacific

    Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

    Premiered2010

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  • 20
    The Newsroom
    877
    587

    The Newsroom

    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

    Premiered2012

  • 21
    True Blood
    1,220
    818

    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

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  • 22
    Big Little Lies
    189
    49

    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    Premiered2017

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  • 23
    Veep
    738
    502

    Veep

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky

    Premiered2012

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  • 24
    John Adams
    509
    310

    John Adams

    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney

    Premiered2008

  • 25
    Tales from the Crypt
    441
    322

    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

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