Best of HBO Episodes

by gabegodoi | created - 29 Jul 2016 | updated - 29 Jul 2016 | Public

List compiling all the top rated episodes of HBO shows with at least 1 season under their belt and an IMDB user rating of 7.9 or higher.

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1. Angels in America (2003)
Episode: Perestroika: Beyond Nelly (2003)

TV-MA | 63 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Joe's mother, Hannah Pitt, has come all the way from Utah to see her son, who revealed the truth to her in a phone call days earlier. Having gotten lost in the homeless person riddled ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Al Pacino, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Justin Kirk

Votes: 107

2. Band of Brothers (2001)
Episode: Why We Fight (2001)

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

As the Allies move into Germany and the war comes closer to an end, disillusionment and anger set in for Easy Company - until they stumble onto a concentration camp abandoned by the German military.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Doug Allen, Nicholas Aaron, Eion Bailey, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 5,124

3. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Two Imposters (2012)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

After Owen's dead body is delivered in a crate and Margaret leaves him, Nucky spends the next day with a seriously wounded Eddie and Gyp's thugs trying to kill him.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,904

4. Bored to Death (2009–2011)
Episode: The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer (2009)

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

Jonathan is enlisted to retrieve a sex tape that a female escort is using to extort money from a married New Jersey man. With Ray and George in tow, Jonathan ends up in a motel room with ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson, Geoffrey Cantor

Votes: 359

5. Carnivàle (2003–2005)
Episode: New Canaan, CA (2005)

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

In the cliff-hanging season finale, Samson devises a grand plan by scheming with Ben, Jones, and the entire troupe to lure Brother Justin to Carnivale for his confrontation with Ben. ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Winant | Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 482

6. The Comeback (2005– )
Episode: Valerie Gets What She Really Wants (2014)

TV-MA | 54 min | Comedy

In the lead up to Emmy night, Valerie attends Juna's annual party, where she receives an unexpected proposal. As the ceremony approaches, she must deal with a crisis at home and a massive bombshell.

Director: Michael Patrick King | Stars: Lisa Kudrow, Lance Barber, Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman

Votes: 326

7. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )
Episode: The Doll (2001)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

As part of a deal with ABC, Larry agrees to attend a screening of a new miniseries. At the after-party, Larry finds that the bathroom doors have no locks, so he goes to use the upstairs ... See full summary »

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 1,328

8. Deadwood (2004–2006)
Episode: Sold Under Sin (2004)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, History

General Crook rolls into Deadwood with his troops, known as "Custer's avengers," and the Yankton magistrate, Clagett, prompting a parade and business solicitations from E.B. Farnum and Cy ... See full summary »

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Jim Beaver

Votes: 1,372

9. Eastbound & Down (2009–2013)
Episode: Chapter 29 (2013)

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

Kenny Powers is on the verge of achieving his dream - hosting his own talk show, but when a vicious head of the network asks him to emotionally finish off unbalanced Guy Young on-air in order to seal the deal, his moment of truth arrives.

Director: Jody Hill | Stars: Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon, Michael Beasley

Votes: 418

10. Entourage (2004–2011)
Episode: Give a Little Bit (2009)

TV-MA | 38 min | Comedy, Drama

Vince prepares to film in Italy. Eric's luncheon date with Sloan doesn't go as planned. Drama considers leaving the business, and Turtle tries to win back Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Ari and his wife debate on whether or not to buy his old company.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 976

11. Extras (2005–2007)
Episode: The Extra Special Series Finale (2007)

TV-14 | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

Andy is unhappy with the fame he has achieved. When a new agent approaches him, Andy fires Darren and quits 'When The Whistle Blows'. Meanwhile, Maggie has hit rock bottom, having given up ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,110

12. Flight of the Conchords (2007–2009)
Episode: Mugged (2007)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Bret loses Jemaine's trust by abandoning him to a 'gang' of two, and fears the worst when Jemaine doesn't come home.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal

Votes: 629

13. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Winds of Winter (2016)

TV-MA | 68 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Cersei and Loras Tyrell stand trial by the gods. Daenerys prepares to set sail for Westeros. Davos confronts Melisandre. Sam and Gilly arrive in the Citadel. Bran discovers a long-kept secret. Lord Frey has an uninvited guest.

Director: Miguel Sapochnik | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Kit Harington

Votes: 125,653

14. Generation Kill (2008)
Episode: Bomb in the Garden (2008)

TV-MA | 68 min | Drama, War

Bravo reaches Baghdad, where the men are shocked by the sheer size and scope of the city. As their time there comes to an end, the Marines take inventory and reflect--even as tensions boil over and disaster strikes.

Director: Susanna White | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Jon Huertas

Votes: 518

15. How to Make It in America (2010–2011)
Episode: I'm Good (2011)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Ben and Cam return to NYC from a successful trip to Tokyo full of optimism - and with duffle bags of hoodies for a CRISP pop-up store event. Back from her soul-searching globe-trot, Rachel ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Farino | Stars: Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Lake Bell, Eddie Kaye Thomas

Votes: 133

16. In Treatment (2008–2010)
Episode: Sophie: Week Nine (2008)

TV-MA | 29 min | Drama

Sophie comes to terms with her father's accountability, and asserts her own independence.

Director: Melanie Mayron | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Mia Wasikowska, Peter Horton, Mae Whitman

Votes: 156

17. John Adams (2008)
Episode: Independence (2008)

TV-MA | 92 min | Biography, Drama, History

After the Battles of Lexington and Concord Adams becomes the voice for independence at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Stephen Dillane, David Morse

Votes: 545

18. The Leftovers (2014–2017)
Episode: I Live Here Now (2015)

TV-MA | 73 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

The tensions between Kevin and John reach a climax, as the fourth anniversary of the Departure brings an unsettling threat to Miracle.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 5,495

19. Looking (2014–2015)
Episode: Looking for a Plot (2015)

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

After Doris' father dies, Patrick and Dom accompany her on a trip to his funeral.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, Lauren Weedman

Votes: 442

20. Lucky Louie (2006–2007)
Episode: Flowers for Kim (2006)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy

With Lucy away, Louie thinks he's in for a weekend of sex with Kim until a memory lapse derails his plans.

Director: Andrew D. Weyman | Stars: Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon, Mike Hagerty, Laura Kightlinger

Votes: 148

21. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Oh Shenandoah (2014)

TV-MA | 56 min | Drama

Shocking information regarding the source comes to light in the fight for Will's freedom.

Director: Paul Lieberstein | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,594

22. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008–2009)
Episode: The Boy with an African Heart (2009)

TV-PG | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

An American woman asks for Precious's help to trace her son who vanished a decade before.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, Desmond Dube

Votes: 101

23. Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Episode: Security (2014)

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama

Olive goes to see Christopher and his second wife in New York, but soon returns to Maine, where she receives some bad news about Henry.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Frances McDormand, SerahRose Roth, Sean Vincent, Patrick French

Votes: 455

24. Oz (1997–2003)
Episode: A Town Without Pity (2000)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

With things wild in Em City, O'Reily begins a surprising affair. Zabitz asks Schillinger for protection from Keller--who tries to get into the rehab program to make amends with Sister Pete.... See full summary »

Director: J. Miller Tobin | Stars: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney, Rita Moreno

Votes: 664

25. The Pacific (2010)
Episode: Okinawa (2010)

TV-MA | 58 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The 1st Marine Division fight a determined Japanese force on Okinawa who prefer death to surrender and are indifferent to the lives of Okinawan civilians.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Noel Fisher

Votes: 1,198

26. Rome (2005–2007)
Episode: Kalends of February (2005)

TV-MA | 47 min | Action, Drama, History

Vorenus' defense of Caesar lands him in an unexpected position of power within Rome. Meanwhile, Servilia hurls the final obstacle in her ambitious and complex revenge plan against Atia.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Kevin McKidd, Polly Walker, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 1,618

27. Silicon Valley (2014– )
Episode: Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency (2014)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Pied Piper makes it to the next stage of Disrupt but runs into trouble with Hooli's presentation. The guys break out into a ridiculous argument and Richard tries to pull Pied Piper together before the big presentation.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr

Votes: 2,761

28. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
Episode: Everyone's Waiting (2005)

TV-MA | 73 min | Comedy, Drama

Nate and Brenda's daughter Willa is born, but 2 months early and at only 2 lb. 4 oz., requiring a prolonged hospital stay. Nate is convinced she won't make it and insists that he can't ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Ball | Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 6,636

29. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Pine Barrens (2001)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

While Silvio has the flu, Chris and Paulie run his collections for him, which results in the pair getting lost in the woods and nearly freezing to death while Tony's affair with Gloria goes sour as does Meadow's relationship with Jackie Jr.

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 5,294

30. Todd McFarlane's Spawn (1997–1999)
Episode: Endgame (1997)

TV-MA | 27 min | Animation, Action, Crime

The Season One finale of this adults-only animated series about a superhero who battles the forces of evil on Earth--and in himself--to uncover the truth about his identity and fulfill his destiny.

Stars: Keith David, Richard Dysart, Michael Nicolosi, Dominique Jennings

Votes: 163

31. Treme (2010–2013)
Episode: Do Watcha Wanna (2011)

TV-MA | 86 min | Drama, Music

In the Season 2 finale, Jazz Fest takes center stage in New Orleans, giving Treme residents a welcome respite from a challenging year.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, India Ennenga

Votes: 159

32. True Blood (2008–2014)
Episode: Timebomb (2009)

TV-MA | 53 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Having saved Sookie, Godric orders Eric to leave the premises with her - and to do so peacefully. Unfortunately, Steve Newlin and his followers are waiting for them in the Church and he ... See full summary »

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 1,526

33. True Detective (2014– )
Episode: Who Goes There (2014)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Martin is faced with marital problems. The search for Reggie Ledoux leads the detectives to a motorcycle gang called the Iron Crusaders, which Rust worked undercover in the past.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts

Votes: 20,303

34. Veep (2012–2019)
Episode: Kissing Your Sister (2016)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

As Catherine's documentary is completed, Congress decides who will be President.

Director: David Mandel | Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott

Votes: 840

35. Vinyl (2016)
Episode: Alibi (2016)

TV-MA | 49 min | Drama, Music

Richie becomes an informant for the FBI to watch over Corrado Galasso, Zak tries to get Richie out of the company and Kip gets high on drugs and quits the band.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P.J. Byrne, Max Casella

Votes: 556

36. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: -30- (2008)

TV-MA | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario with the police brass in the wake of a startling revelation from Pearlman and Daniels. Their choice: clean up the mess...or hide the dirt.

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Dominic West, Reg E. Cathey, John Doman, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 3,375

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