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The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years 

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Updated June 29, 2020 1.5k votes 328 voters 10.5k views 50 items

List Rules Vote up the best HBO series that have premiered on or after January 1, 2017.

Continuing in the spirit of innovation that began with The Sopranos, the best new HBO shows are edgy stories filled with complex characters. Since 2017, many new HBO shows have premiered that have garnered both cult followings and critical acclaim. What are the best TV shows on HBO right now? Vote below to help decide.

 

What shows will you find here? Chernobyl is a hit due to its combination of horror, drama, and history. Sharp Objects, based on the bestselling novel of the same name, is a thrilling murder/mystery series. There are multiple newer shows on HBO that have already made an impression with just a few seasons. This list includes amazing HBO shows like Watchmen, Euphoria, and A Black Lady Sketch Show, all of which have received great amounts of positive critical buzz. HBO miniseries like The Outsider add to the quality content from the original Home Box Office.

Do you have a favorite out of these top new HBO shows? Give the best series a thumbs up and please add any good shows we may have missed.

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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) ...more

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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
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

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The Deuce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is an American television drama series created by George Pelecanos and David Simon. The series centers around the legalization and the ensuing rise of the adult industry in ...more

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The Outsider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Horror

The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. A police procedural that shifts to a horror novel, the story follows multiple characters ...more

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Succession is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin

Genres (Tv): Drama

Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When the aging patriarch (Brian Cox) of a global-media conglomerate decides to not retire, a power ...more

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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama

Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and

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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

Genres (Tv): Thriller

Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Fresh out of a psych hospital for her years of self-harm, crime reporter Camille ...more

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Barry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Barry Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg. An ex-marine (Bill Hader) who is working as a low-rent hitman moves to Los Angeles and joins an ...more

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His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Adventure, Fantasy

His Dark Materials (HBO, 2019) is a British fantasy adventure series based on the novel series by Philip Pullman. In an alternate world where all humans have animal companions called daemons, a ...more

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama, Superhero, Action, Mystery

Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.

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Gunpowder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Kit Harington, Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Period Drama, Action Thriller

Gunpowder (HBO, 2017) is a British historical period drama television series developed by Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington, and Daniel West. British activist Guy Fawkes (Tom Cullen) and a group of ...more

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Years and Years is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear, T'Nia Miller

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama

Years and Years (BBC One/HBO, 2019) is a British television drama series created and written by Russell T Davies. Vivienne Rook (Emma Thompson) is an outspoken celebrity-turned-political figure ...more

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The Defiant Ones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Ice Cube

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Biography, Crime

The Defiant Ones (HBO, 2017) is an American documentary miniseries directed by Allen Hughes. Examining the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, and their leading roles in a chain of ...more
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Room 104 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
James Van Der Beek, Clark Duke, Nat Wolff

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Comedy, Horror, Thriller, Dark comedy

Room 104 (HBO, 2017) is an American television anthology series created by Jay and Mark Duplass. Set in a single room of an American hotel, each episode features a different genre, following new ...more
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My Brilliant Friend is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Elisa Del Genio, Ludovica Nasti, Gaia Girace

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama

My Brilliant Friend (HBO, 2018) is an Italian-American drama television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante. The show is framed by an older Elena (Margherita ...more
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Crashing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Pete Holmes, Lauren Lapkus

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Crashing (HBO, 2017) is an American television comedy series created by and starring Pete Holmes. The pilot episode was written by Holmes and directed by Judd Apatow. The show revolves around a ...more

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Camping is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Vince Horner added Jennifer Garner, David Tennant, Janicza Bravo

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Camping (HBO, 2018) is an American comedy television series based on the British series created by Julia Davis. During a birthday camping trip, a husband (David Tennant) and wife (Jennifer ...more
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The New Pope is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Jude Law, John Malkovich, Mark Ivanir

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama

The New Pope (Sky Atlantic/HBO, 2020) is an Italian and Spanish drama television miniseries created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The limited series continues the story of 2016's The Young ...more

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Avenue 5 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Hugh Laurie, Suzy Nakamura, Rebecca Front

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Comedy

Avenue 5 (HBO, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci. Space captain Ryan Clark of the Avenue 5 tries to get along with others in the space ...more

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Any Given Wednesday with... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons Bill Simmons

Genres (Tv): Talks

Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons (HBO, 2016) is an American talk show hosted by Bill Simmons.
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Wyatt Cenac's Problem Ar... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Wyatt Cenac

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas (HBO, 2018) is an American documentary television series. Host Wyatt Cenac takes a satirical look at social and cultural issues.
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Esme & Roy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Patrick McKenna, Millie Davis, Abigail Oliver

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Fantasy, Animation

Esme & Roy (HBO, 2018) is an animated children's television series created by Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg. The show follows a young girl named Esme (Millie Davis) and her best monster ...more
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Mosaic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Frederick Weller

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Drama, Crime

Mosaic (HBO, 2018) is an American television murder mystery series directed by Steven Soderbergh. In conjunction with the interactive app that lets users investigate the mystery, the show ...more

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Here and Now is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins, Jerrika Hinton

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Here and Now (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Alan Ball. A multi-racial family made up of husband (Tim Robbins), wife (Holly Hunter), three adopted children from ...more

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Random Acts of Flyness ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years
Terence Nance

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy

Random Acts of Flyness (HBO, 2018) is an American late-night sketch comedy television series created by Terence Nance. Each episode features interconnected vignettes blending ...more