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The Best New HBO Shows of the Last Few Years

Updated December 3, 2020 1.5k votes 392 voters 13.0k views56 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Chernobyl1
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    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Big Little Lies2
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    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Barry3
    24
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    Barry

    Bill Hader, Stephen Root

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Succession4
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    Succession

    Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Deuce5
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    The Deuce

    James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is an American television drama series created by George Pelecanos and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Sharp Objects6
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    Sharp Objects

    Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Thriller

    Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Watchmen7
    24
    20

    Watchmen

    Regina King, Don Johnson

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Superhero, Action, Mystery

    Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Lovecraft Country8
    14
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    Lovecraft Country

    Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Drama

    Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • His Dark Materials9
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    His Dark Materials

    Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Fantasy

    His Dark Materials (HBO, 2019) is a British fantasy adventure series based on the novel series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Euphoria10
    15
    12

    Euphoria

    Zendaya, Storm Reid

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Undoing11
    11
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    The Undoing

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Undoing (HBO, 2020) is an American drama miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Outsider12
    18
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    The Outsider

    Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Horror

    The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • I Know This Much Is True13

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Miniseries

    I Know This Much Is True (HBO) is an American TV drama based on the novel of the same name by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark14
    I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO, 2020) is a true crime docudrama television series directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Perry Mason15
    7
    10

    Perry Mason

    Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Perry Mason (HBO, 2020) is an American drama television series, based on the Perry Mason... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • McMillions16
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    McMillions

    Michael C. Pizzuto, Michael A. Pina

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime

    McMillions (HBO, 2020) is a crime documentary series directed by James Lee Hernandez and Brian... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Righteous Gemstones17
    8
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    The Righteous Gemstones

    Danny McBride, John Goodman

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Danny... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Avenue 518
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    Avenue 5

    Hugh Laurie, Suzy Nakamura

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Comedy

    Avenue 5 (HBO, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Catherine the Great19
    4
    8

    Catherine the Great

    Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Catherine the Great (HBO, 2019) is a British-American miniseries directed by Philip Martin.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Case Against Adnan Syed20
    4
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    The Case Against Adnan Syed

    Luke Brindle-Khym, Rabia Chaudry

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Miniseries, True crime

    The Case Against Adnan Syed (HBO, 2019) is an American documentary television miniseries.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Defiant Ones21
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    The Defiant Ones

    Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Biography, Crime

    The Defiant Ones (HBO, 2017) is an American documentary miniseries directed by Allen Hughes.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Run22
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    Run

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Domhnall Gleeson

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Thriller, Drama

    Run (HBO, 2020) is a comedy drama thriller television series created by Vicky Jones. Ruby... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Third Day23
    2
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    The Third Day

    Jude Law, Katherine Waterston

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery

    The Third Day (HBO, 2020) is a drama television miniseries written by Dennis Kelly. The line... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Years and Years24
    5
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    Years and Years

    Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Years and Years (BBC One/HBO, 2019) is a British television drama series created and written... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Gentleman Jack25
    2
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    Gentleman Jack

    Suranne Jones

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Gentleman Jack (HBO, 2019) is a British-American historical drama series created by Sally... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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