ALL HBO TV Series Ranked

by hitherto92 | created - 10 Feb 2014 | updated - 26 Jan 2017 | Public

Just started. Added most TV shows & I did mini-series as well. Debating whether to add HBO made movies, but there are quite a few. May have 2 do separate list. Still ranking, but the top 20+ is basically done

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1. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 244,376

Arguably best TV series of all time. "Corner Boys", "Burner Phones", "OMAR", Injected themselves into the lexicon of American language. Did an amazing job of addressing the failed drug war from all angles: Po-lice, Drug-Dealers, Drug Addicts, Goverment Officials, Press.

2. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 251,357

Tony Soprano is maybe the biggest character in TV history. This show took HBO to next level, and made them must see TV on Sunday night. Ralphie played by Joe Pantoliano was my fav. WHO-AH.

3. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,523,280

Must see TV every Sunday night. For people like me growing up loving The Hobbit, feels like 21st century Tolkien. And goes with the "Oz" HBO tactic of not afraid of killing important characters. Which only leads to the suspense.

4. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself into with his friends and complete strangers.

Stars: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman

Votes: 84,952

If you are having a bad day, just watch any episode of this fantastic series. Sure to put a smile on your face. Arguably best comedy series ever.

5. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 82,315

Shakespeare with more cursing. Al Swearengen one of greatest characters of all time. Just heard, HBO in serious talks to make a movie to wrap up storylines after abruptly cancelled after 3 seasons!

6. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 81,297

The first "It's not TV, It"s HBO" show. This show was the spark I think that set HBO off to dominate TV as We know it. Great drama. Incredibly large talented cast. Hollywood has used actors from this show to fuel talent on Movies & TV shows too many to count. Hell, Schillinger, head of the Nazis, might win Oscar this year for that drummer movie

7. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 317,280

8. The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.

Stars: Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham, Rip Torn

Votes: 6,903

HEY NOW! Just re-watched whole series. Holds up well. Still funny. One of my fav comedy series of all time. Now available on HBO On Demand, after being mysteriously absent for years. You can buy entire series for $20, totally worth it. RIP Gary.

9. True Detective (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 439,777

Just finished watching. Awesome acting, Rust is one memorable character. Had this eeriness to it. This ranking based on season one ONLY. Can't recommend season 2. Vince Vaughn was awful.

10. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.

Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 110,254

11. Veep (2012–2019)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

Former Senator Selina Meyer finds that being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she hoped and everything that everyone ever warned her about.

Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott

Votes: 36,951

A fun series. Julia Lois-Dreyfus does almost the impossible and follows Seinfeld with a quality series. The quality of supporting cast pushes this up the list.

12. Real Time with Bill Maher (2003– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds.

Stars: Bill Maher, Andrew Sullivan, Arianna Huffington, Michael Moore

Votes: 11,448

Bill has done political humor better than almost anybody in last 20 years. And He always tries to have a republican on to keep things somewhat balanced.

13. Westworld (2016– )

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton

Votes: 342,562

14. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Former Daily Show host and correspondent John Oliver brings his persona to this new weekly news satire program.

Stars: John Oliver, David Kaye, Ryan Barger, Noel MacNeal

Votes: 67,039

Has taken the torch from Jon Stewart and ran with it. Has addressed some real serious issues, some very under reported. And made them entertaining. A very difficult task. At least watch His clips on YouTube, 10 min you wont regret.

15. Silicon Valley (2014– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

Follows the struggle of Richard Hendricks, a Silicon Valley engineer trying to build his own company called Pied Piper.

Stars: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr

Votes: 102,752

16. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

An Atlantic City, New Jersey politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 159,267

I thought Micheal Shanon's storyline was what kept series interesting. Though maybe never overcame Scorsese's step into TV.

17. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 140,321

Loved first season. But watched before Game of Thrones. Might hold you over till GoT season 7.

18. Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995–1998)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy

This is a sketch-comedy show. The twist here is that all of the sketches (even the monologue) are connected in some strange way.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis, Jay Johnston

Votes: 8,162

Ellis D. Trails, the Taint skit LOL

19. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 87,096

20. Eastbound & Down (2009–2013)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Many years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach Physical Education at his old middle school.

Stars: Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon, Elizabeth De Razzo

Votes: 47,293

21. In Treatment (2008–2010)

TV-MA | 25 min | Drama

A psychotherapist questions his abilities and gets help by reuniting with his old therapist, whom he has not seen for ten years.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes, Blair Underwood

Votes: 14,383

I remember Robin Quivers recommending this on Stern show. So i started watching and got sucked in. Gabriel Byrne was fantastic. But some cant handle the pacing. If you liked the Transformer movies, this show is not for you.

22. Hard Knocks (2001– )

55 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport

Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary produced by the NFL and HBO. Each season the show follows an NFL team during training camp in preparation for the upcoming season.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Todd Heap, Carson Palmer, Vontaze Burfict

Votes: 1,313

23. Vice (2013– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, News

Documentary series featuring startling, groundbreaking stories from around the world.

Stars: Shane Smith, Gianna Toboni, Thomas Morton, Isobel Yeung

Votes: 3,920

60 minutes for the next generation. Shane Smith has done a fantastic job with this. Really looking forward 2 new season

24. Entourage (2004–2011)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent.

Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 151,626

I remeber watching the Gatti-Ward fights in my parents basement, high AF, and it was awesome

26. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (1995– )

TV-PG | 60 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

A monthly sports magazine that follows what happens on and, more importantly, off the field.

Stars: Bryant Gumbel, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg, Frank Deford

Votes: 281

Doing great sports journalism for over 20 years.

27. Sex and the City (1998–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the 1990s.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 95,809

A very innovative show for HBO at the time. Women talking honestly about their sex lives, Unheard of. First couple seasons were must watch, then dragged out Mr. Big storyline. If I remember correctly.

28. Lucky Louie (2006–2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

A working class family and their oddball friends.

Stars: Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon, Mike Hagerty, Laura Kightlinger

Votes: 9,231

29. Girls (2012–2017)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

A comedy about the experiences of a group of girls in their early 20s.

Stars: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver

Votes: 60,947

Gained national acclaim when Brian Williams daughter ate a dudes ass on TV.

30. Da Ali G Show (2003–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen appears as Ali G, a rapper-wannabe from Staines. Ali G has his own TV show, where he interviews people on serious subjects. They're not aware that Ali G is just a... See full summary »

Votes: 12,483

My cousin from England told me about this Sacha Baron Cohen before He hit America. His impersonation of a white guy acting black is hilarious. The guy is a comedic genius.

31. Inside the NFL (1977– )

TV-PG | 60 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

Weekly program offering recaps and in-depth analysis on the NFL.

Stars: Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth, Warren Sapp, Jenn Brown

Votes: 301

For many years was best, in-depth coverage of NFL games

32. True Blood (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 218,859

33. The Corner (2000– )

376 min | Crime, Drama

Chronicles West Baltimore family living in poverty on the front lines of America's drug war.

Stars: T.K. Carter, Khandi Alexander, Sean Nelson, Clarke Peters

Votes: 4,070

34. The Newsroom (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor.

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 95,564

Started pretty strong. But by mid season 2 started to lose me.

35. Fraggle Rock (1983–1987)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The adventures of the various inhabitants of an underground civilization.

Stars: Karen Prell, Gerard Parkes, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 6,127

Can still sing theme. "Down in Fraggle Rock"

36. The Night Of (2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

After a night of partying with a woman he picked up, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.

Stars: Riz Ahmed, John Turturro, Bill Camp, Amara Karan

Votes: 98,618

37. Extras (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

Votes: 48,344

Moved up list after Storm Halloway's recommendation. Has some real funny bits.

38. Generation Kill (2008)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, War

A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.

Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Jon Huertas

Votes: 42,723

39. John Adams (2008)

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 24,907

40. Angels in America (2003)

TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-1980s and centers the story around a group of separate but connected individuals.

Stars: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 24,360

41. Sonic Highways (2014– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

Sonic Highways commemorates the Foo Fighters 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.

Stars: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel

Votes: 3,145

42. Carnivàle (2003–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 40,129

43. Family Tree (2013)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Tom Bennett, Nina Conti, Carrie Aizley

Votes: 2,994

44. Treme (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Music

Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA.

Stars: Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo

Votes: 12,475

45. Big Love (2006–2011)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A polygamist and his relationship with his three wives.

Stars: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin

Votes: 19,075

46. From the Earth to the Moon (1998)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, History

Dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith, David Andrews

Votes: 9,551

47. Real Sex (1990– )

TV-MA | Documentary

Documentary series that explores sex in the '90s. Each episode has several segments about current trends in sexuality as well as street interviews with common people.

Stars: Susan Block, Barbara Carrellas, Samantha Jones, Nely Galan

Votes: 299

48. Mildred Pierce (2011)

TV-MA | 336 min | Drama

Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.

Stars: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Brían F. O'Byrne

Votes: 17,381

49. Flight of the Conchords (2007–2009)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Music, Musical