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The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time 

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Now that HBOGo is accessible to everyone, there's no excuse for not keeping up with the best HBO TV shows!  This list of the top current and cancelled HBO TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best HBO TV programs 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 is sorted 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 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.   

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

The Wire (HBO, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created and written by David Simon. The series features the Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and ...more
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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deals with personal and professional issues in ...more
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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Action/Adventure, Drama, Military, Adventure film, + more

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more
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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Elise Hennigan added Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.
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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Western, Period drama

Deadwood (HBO, 2004) is an American Western television series created by David Milch. In 1870s South Dakota, residents of Deadwood are involved in all sorts of corruption, crime, and secrets.
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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Period drama, Crime drama

Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 2010) is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter, based on the non-fiction book by Nelson Johnson. During the 1920s Prohibition era, a ...more
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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Drama, Comedy-drama

Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001) is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. A dysfunctional family attempts to run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles who has a ...more
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Oz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Suspense, Drama, + more

Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced ...more
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Rome is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
IriaPantazi added Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Rome (HBO, 2005) is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by John Milius, William J. MacDonald, and Bruno Heller. A down-to-earth account of the lives of both ...more
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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004 and concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons. The series was created and largely ...more
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

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

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 ...more
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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO, which premiered on October 15, 2000. It has aired 80 episodes over eight seasons, the last ...more
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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Newsroom is an American television political drama series created and principally written by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012, and concluded on December 14, 2014, ...more
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Horror, Drama

True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan Ball, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Telepathic ...more
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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Eastbound & Down is an American sports comedy television series that was broadcast on HBO, starring Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball pitcher, who after an up and ...more
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Last Week Tonight with J... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
adam110586 added John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal

Premiered: April 2014

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 2014) is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by comedian John Oliver. The half-hour-long show takes a satirical look at ...more
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The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, War film, Drama

The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies, Playtone and DreamWorks that premiered in the United States on 14 March 2010. The series is a ...more
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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
RodrigoJavierNuñez added Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Silicon Valley is an American television sitcom created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on six young men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley. The ...more
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Veep is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Political satire, Comedy

Veep (HBO, 2012) is an American political satire comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci, based on the British sitcom The Thick of It. Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia ...more
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The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Leftovers (HBO, 2014) is an American supernatural mystery television drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, and based on Perrotta's novel of the same name. After the ...more
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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Drama, Historical drama

John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams' political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Paul Giamatti portrays John ...more
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Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fantasy

Carnivàle is an American television series set in the United States during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching ...more
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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror Film, Comedy, Fantasy

Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel ...more
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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest HBO TV Shows of All Time
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by Craig Mazin. In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes ...more