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The 80 Best HBO Series Ranked

Game of Thrones final season might have debuted to major fanfare — audiences did have to wait multiple years between seasons, after all — but is the epic fantasy series HBO’s all-time best show?

Not necessarily. The cable network has plenty of buzzworthy series on its current lineup, including dark comedy Barry (two seasons are Certified Fresh in the high 90s on the Tomatometer), the mysterious technological mystery of Westworld (two seasons Certified Fresh in the high 80s), and award-winning drama Big Little Lies (the first season is Certified Fresh at 93%). And that’s not to mention HBO’s signature prestige dramas including The Sopranos (92%), Western period drama Deadwood (95%), and newer comedy Insecure (97%).

We’ve crunched the numbers on HBO series and miniseries with Tomatometer scores, as well as compared our ratings to other editorially curated lists to determine the most premium of the premium network’s series.

We also considered cultural impact, which is why some series that don’t have enough reviews for a series-level score made the list (they may have season-level scores, however). So while Sex and the City may not have the highest Tomatometer score, Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha were a collective phenomenon that spawned movies and inspired countless knockoffs of their female-fueled formula – and we’re better TV watchers for it.

Is your favorite HBO title missing? Tell us in the comments.

HBO SERIES

The Newsroom (2012)
59%

#80
Synopsis: A drama set at a fictional cable-news network re-creates actual events to show how they're covered by "News Night" anchor... [More]

Divorce (2016)
72%

#79
Synopsis: Frances and Robert endure each other and some of the lowest points of their extremely long divorce, in this comedy-drama... [More]

Synopsis: A talk show about current events.... [More]

Luck (2011)
82%

#77
Synopsis: A drama set in the world of horse racing focuses on the owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers.... [More]

Mosaic (2018)
80%

#76
Synopsis: Explores the psychological underpinnings of love and murder in a small town, blurring the line between reality and memory. ... [More]

Room 104 (2017)
88%

#75
Synopsis: Set in a single room of an average American motel, ROOM 104 tells a different story of the assorted characters... [More]

Synopsis: Comedy sketch show. Tracey Ullman's return to British screens brings with it her unique take on some extraordinary characters living... [More]
Directed By: Nick Collett, Ted Bessell

Dream On (1990)

#73
Synopsis: Old TV and movie clips punctuate the thoughts of a neurotic book editor in a risqué cable comedy that balances... [More]

Sally4Ever (2018)
97%

#72
Synopsis: A woman about to marry her boyfriend falls for another woman.... [More]

2 Dope Queens (2018)
94%

#71
Synopsis: Taped before a live audience at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre, the show features these fun, fearless queens dishing on Cocoa Khaleesis,... [More]

Da Ali G Show (2003)
92%

#70
Synopsis: An American version of the British comedy series featuring Ali G.... [More]

Ballers (2015)
69%

#69
Synopsis: The lives of current and former NFL players aren't as glamorous as they seem in this comedy-drama that focuses on... [More]

Arli$$ (1996)

#68
Synopsis: Satire about an `ethically challenged' sports superagent with an A-list clientele of professional athletes. The series is packed with cameos.... [More]

Vice Principals (2016)
83%

#67
Synopsis: Comedy about a power struggle between two high-school administrators who are vying for the top job of principal. An overly... [More]

#66
Synopsis: Horror tales based on the E.C. Comics of the 1940s and '50s, introduced by the Cryptkeeper, who was created by... [More]

#65
Synopsis: A popular anthology of suspense tales introduced by the titular character. Guest actors included Willem Dafoe, Kirstie Alley, Gary Busey... [More]

Synopsis: Journalists report on contemporary athletics in this prize-winning sports magazine.... [More]

Fraggle Rock (1983)

#63
Synopsis: 'Muppet' master Jim Henson's popular children's series about fun-loving creatures who live underground, along with the workaholic Doozers and the... [More]

#62
Synopsis: The edgy, bitingly funny, Emmy-winning series features a monologue and guests.... [More]

Sesame Street (1969)

#61
Synopsis: Muppets teach preschoolers basic educational and social concepts.... [More]

Synopsis: One of Canada's funniest exports has a number of wonderfully odd characters who take sharp, satiric jabs at social conventions... [More]

Vice (2013)

#59
Synopsis: A newsmagazine that investigates global current events, including political and cultural topics.... [More]

#58
Synopsis: The comedian discusses current events with celebrity guests.... [More]

#57
Synopsis: Tracey Ullman's considerable comic gifts are on full display in an Emmy-winning series in which each episode wittily explores a... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Schlamme

Tenacious D (1997)
100%

#56
Synopsis: A comic series of improvised songs by acoustic guitarists.... [More]
Directed By: Troy Miller

Synopsis: An animated version of the podcast discussing a variety of unusual topics, which includes a recurring segment called 'Monkey News.'... [More]
Directed By: Dan Fraga

In Treatment (2008)
84%

#54
Synopsis: A psychotherapist meets with his regular patients Monday through Thursday, and seeks help for himself with his former therapist on... [More]

Looking (2014)
90%

#53
Synopsis: A dramedy following the personal and professional lives of a trio of gay men in San Francisco.... [More]

Togetherness (2015)
90%

#52
Synopsis: Marriage does not work out for Michelle and Brett who live in an apartment in Los Angeles. As they stumble... [More]
Directed By: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

The Young Pope (2017)
78%

#51
Synopsis: A ten-part miniseries following the reign of Pope Pius XIII, the first American pontiff.... [More]

Show Me a Hero (2015)
97%

#50
Synopsis: A bitter dispute over federally mandated public housing divides Yonkers, N.Y., in the late 1980s in this six-part miniseries based... [More]

The Corner (2000)
100%

#49
Synopsis: A tough Emmy-winning series about a drug-infested neighborhood in 1990s Baltimore and the broken, battered families who struggle every day... [More]

Generation Kill (2008)
86%

#48
Synopsis: Generation Kill is a seven-part miniseries that follows the struggles of Marines fighting in the Iraq War. An elite unit... [More]
Directed By: Susanna White

Getting On (2013)
92%

#47
Synopsis: Set in a geriatric broadened mind wing of a down-at-the-heels hospital, Getting On takes after put-upon medical caretakers like nurses,... [More]

Succession (2018)
86%

#46
Synopsis: The Roy family -- Logan Roy and his four children -- controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates... [More]

The Defiant Ones (2017)
100%

#45
Synopsis: The unlikely partnership between music producer Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr. Dre is spotlighted in this documentary series.... [More]
Starring: Dr. Dre

#44
Synopsis: A late-night series from artist Terence Nance.... [More]
Directed By: Terence Nance

The Comeback (2005)
69%

#43
Synopsis: Former sitcom "It Girl" Valerie Cherish tries to jump-start her career with a series of ill-advised forays into reality TV.... [More]

Extras (2005)
89%

#42
Synopsis: A frustrated wannabe actor continually lands bit parts on major film projects with real stars (who play themselves). Fortysomething Englishman... [More]
Directed By: Ricky Gervais

Angels in America (2003)
92%

#41
Synopsis: Brilliant adaptation of Tony Kushner's award-winning play about the dawn of AIDS in the 1980s, focusing on a powerful lawyer,... [More]

Enlightened (0)
87%

#40
Synopsis: A woman returns from a mental-health retreat with a new outlook on life, and hopes to get her corporate job... [More]

Big Love (2006)
79%

#39
Synopsis: The complicated life of Bill Henrickson, a Utah businessman who also happens to be a polygamist with three wives and... [More]

High Maintenance (2016)
98%

#38
Synopsis: Comedy about a New York cannabis dealer who slips in and out of the lives of his clients.... [More]

Rome (2005)
84%

#37
Synopsis: The Roman Empire's rise gets a royal treatment in this sprawling drama, which begins in 52 B.C., when Julius Caesar... [More]

Bored to Death (2009)
79%

#36
Synopsis: A struggling Brooklyn writer lives out his detective fantasies by moonlighting as a private eye after his girlfriend leaves him... [More]

#35
Synopsis: Often inspired sketch lunacy with an absurdist, stream-of-consciousness style, this series found a cult following similar to that of `Monty... [More]

Eastbound & Down (2009)
91%

#34
Synopsis: Kenny Powers is a former baseball pitcher who aimed for the Big Leagues. However, his intolerable attitude and fading fastballs... [More]

My Brilliant Friend (2018)
94%

#33
Synopsis: When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman... [More]

Treme (2010)
96%

#32
Synopsis: A drama set in New Orleans three months after Hurricane Katrina follows musicians and residents as they try to put... [More]

Six Feet Under (2001)
83%

#31
Synopsis: Life---and death---at a family-owned funeral home in Los Angeles plays out in this provocative, at times macabre series created by... [More]

Entourage (2004)
66%

#30
Synopsis: A young movie star from Queens lives the good life in Hollywood surrounded by his boyhood pals, who shamelessly milk... [More]

Sharp Objects (2018)
92%

#29
Synopsis: Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects stars Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker,... [More]

Insecure (2016)
97%

#28
Synopsis: Two black women who are best friends navigate the pitfalls of their personal and professional lives in south Los Angeles.... [More]

#27
Synopsis: Flight of the Conchords are a New Zealand-based comedy pair composed of musicians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The duo's... [More]

Synopsis: John Oliver's satirical look at the previous week's news, politics and headlines.... [More]

John Adams (2008)
81%

#25
Synopsis: A seven-part adaptation of David McCullough's biography of Founding Father and second U.S. president, John Adams.... [More]

Mildred Pierce (2011)
80%

#24
Synopsis: A five-part adaptation of James M. Cain's 1941 novel about a Depression-era housewife whose husband leaves her with two young... [More]
Directed By: Todd Haynes

The Deuce (2017)
96%

#23
Synopsis: THE DEUCE chronicles that moment in time when sex went from being a back-alley, brown-paper-bag commodity to a billion-dollar universal... [More]

Olive Kitteridge (2014)
95%

#22
Synopsis: Adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pultizer Prize-winning novel about life in a small Maine town over the course of 25 years... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

Barry (2018)
99%

#21
Synopsis: A comedy about a former marine working as a hit man in the Midwest who goes to the West Coast... [More]

True Blood (2008)
70%

#20
Synopsis: HBO's hit drama series created by Alan Ball ('Six Feet Under') and based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by... [More]

The Leftovers (2014)
91%

#19
Synopsis: Adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel about life in a small town after many of its residents vanished in a Rapture-like... [More]

Oz (1997)
89%

#18
Synopsis: A grim and graphically raw drama about life (and often death) in an experimental prison ward called Emerald City at... [More]

True Detective (2014)
78%

#17
Synopsis: An anthology crime drama written by novelist Nic Pizzolatto. In the third season, a retired detective reexamines a 35-year-old case... [More]

The Pacific (2010)
91%

#16
Synopsis: A 10-part miniseries about U.S. Marines fighting the Japanese in the Pacific in World War II begins in the aftermath... [More]

Band of Brothers (2001)
94%

#15
Synopsis: A 10-part miniseries based on Stephen Ambrose's bestseller about a World War II unit called Easy Company, 2nd Battalion of... [More]

Westworld (2015)
86%

#14
Synopsis: A sci-fi drama set in an Old West theme park where guests interact with automatons in scenarios that are developed,... [More]

Girls (2012)
89%

#13
Synopsis: A comedy about twentysomething women navigating their way through life in New York.... [More]

Boardwalk Empire (2010)
92%

#12
Synopsis: Political boss Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson runs Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition in this drama inspired by Nelson Johnson's... [More]

The Night Of (2016)
94%

#11
Synopsis: Naz is a moralistic Pakistani-American student who is on his way to attend a party in Manhattan on Friday night.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Zaillian

Sex and the City (1998)
71%

#10
Synopsis: This series explores New York City's dating scene, where four sassy women, Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha are in search... [More]

#9
Synopsis: A neurotic TV writer copes with life in L.A. in a tart, hilarious and semi-improvised sitcom that follows him dealing... [More]

#8
Synopsis: Classic satire about late-night TV host Larry Sanders, a neurotic (when he's not being self-obsessive) performer. The show boasted celebrity... [More]

#7
Synopsis: Based on Liane Moriarty's best seller, Big Little Lies is a dark comedy set in a town by the seaside... [More]

Silicon Valley (2014)
95%

#6
Synopsis: A series on the evolution of the Northern California high-tech mecca.... [More]

Veep (2012)
93%

#5
Synopsis: A comedy following the public and private lives of U.S. vice president Selina Meyer and her staff.... [More]

Deadwood (2004)
95%

#4
Synopsis: A potent, unusually vivid (and profane) Western about a late-1870s South Dakota settlement in the aftermath of Little Big Horn.... [More]

Game of Thrones (2011)
89%

#3
Synopsis: An adaptation of author George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" medieval fantasies about power struggles among the... [More]

The Sopranos (1999)
92%

#2
Synopsis: A series chronicles the life of a New Jersey mobster, Tony Soprano, on his home front. There are other mobster... [More]

The Wire (2002)
96%

#1
Synopsis: A complex crime drama set in Baltimore that follows the thread of a single police investigation, from the perspectives of... [More]


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