Michelle McNamara in HBO's I'll Be Gone In The Dark
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The 89 Best HBO Series Ranked

Updated: July 8, 2020

Game of Thrones may have been HBO’s most popular show ever— but is the epic fantasy series HBO’s all-time best-reviewed show?

No.

The cable network has plenty of buzzworthy series on its current lineup, including dark comedy Barry (two seasons are Certified Fresh — one with a perfect 100% score on the Tomatometer), the sci-fi mystery of Westworld (two seasons Certified Fresh in the high 80s and the most recent season finished at 76%), and award-winning drama Big Little Lies (both seasons are Certified Fresh with the first season at 93% and the second at 85%). And that’s not to mention HBO’s signature prestige dramas including The Sopranos (92%), Chernobyl (96%), and Western period drama Deadwood (92%), and newer comedy Insecure (96%).

We’ve rounded up Tomatometer scores for the best HBO series and miniseries to make this list of the top HBO shows to fill your binge-watch calendar into next year. To qualify for the list, a series must have at least 10 reviews counting toward its score.

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

Recently added: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.

HBO SERIES

Arli$$ (1996)
62%

#89
Synopsis: Satire about an `ethically challenged' sports superagent with an A-list clientele of professional athletes. The series is packed with cameos.... [More]

#88
Synopsis: Adaptation of the British sketch-comedy series, featuring some characters from the original, such as hospital receptionist Carol Beer and Prime... [More]
Directed By: Michael Patrick Jann

Avenue 5 (2020)
66%

#87
Synopsis: A sci-fi comedy following the passengers and crew onboard a space cruise ship that experiences technical difficulties during its eight-week... [More]

Entourage (2004)
66%

#86
Synopsis: A young movie star from Queens lives the good life in Hollywood surrounded by his boyhood pals, who shamelessly milk... [More]

True Blood (2008)
70%

#85
Synopsis: HBO's hit drama series created by Alan Ball ('Six Feet Under') and based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by... [More]

Sex and the City (1998)
71%

#84
Synopsis: The story revolves around four sassy New-York based women, Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha who are in search of love,... [More]

The Comeback (2005)
72%

#83
Synopsis: Valerie, a veteran celebrity who once upon a time a famous star from the sitcom "I'm It", has to embark... [More]

Ballers (2015)
72%

#82
Synopsis: The lives of current and former NFL players aren't as glamorous as they seem in this comedy-drama that focuses on... [More]

#81
Synopsis: Adaptation of Wally Lamb's novel about identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in a family saga that follows their... [More]

Vinyl (2016)
74%

#80
Synopsis: From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride... [More]

#79
Synopsis: This comedy series tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable... [More]

Perry Mason (2020)
77%

#78
Synopsis: 1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic... [More]
Directed By: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Divorce (2016)
77%

#77
Synopsis: Frances and Robert endure each other and some of the lowest points of their extremely long divorce, in this comedy-drama... [More]

Mosaic (2018)
78%

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

True Detective (2014)
78%

#75
Synopsis: An anthology crime drama written by novelist Nic Pizzolatto. In the third season, a retired detective reexamines a 35-year-old case... [More]

Bored to Death (2009)
79%

#74
Synopsis: A dejected Brooklyn writer chooses to dive deep into his detective fantasies as a private eye after his girlfriend breaks... [More]

The Young Pope (2017)
79%

#73
Synopsis: A ten-part miniseries following the reign of Pope Pius XIII, the first American pontiff.... [More]

His Dark Materials (2019)
80%

#72
Synopsis: An adaptation of Philip Pullman's acclaimed trilogy that follows a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world whose... [More]

Big Love (2006)
80%

#71
Synopsis: Utah businessman, Bill Paxton, is busy with his expanding home improvement business. But, what takes more of his time are... [More]

John Adams (2008)
81%

#70
Synopsis: A seven-part adaptation of David McCullough's biography of Founding Father and second U.S. president, John Adams.... [More]

Mildred Pierce (2011)
81%

#69
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

Six Feet Under (2001)
81%

#68
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]

#67
Synopsis: Horror tales based on the E.C. Comics of the 1940s and '50s, introduced by the Cryptkeeper, who was created by... [More]

Luck (2011)
82%

#66
Synopsis: A drama set in the world of horse racing focusses on the owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers. In this series,... [More]

The Outsider (2020)
82%

#65
Synopsis: Adaptation of Stephen King's novel about the investigation of the gruesome murder of a boy in the Georgia woods and... [More]

Euphoria (2019)
82%

#64
Synopsis: Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma... [More]

Westworld (2015)
82%

#63
Synopsis: A sci-fi drama set in an Old West theme park where guests interact with automatons in scenarios that are developed,... [More]

Vice Principals (2016)
83%

#62
Synopsis: Comedy about a power struggle between two high-school administrators who are vying for the top job of principal.... [More]

Animals. (2016)
84%

#61
Synopsis: The anthropomorphic adventures of feathered, furry and feral populations of New York City are featured in this animated comedy series.... [More]

Generation Kill (2008)
86%

#60
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

Rome (2005)
86%

#59
Synopsis: The Roman Empire's rise gets a royal treatment in this sprawling drama, which begins in 52 B.C., when Julius Caesar... [More]

Enlightened (0)
87%

#58
Synopsis: A woman returns from a mental-health retreat with a new outlook on life, and hopes to get her corporate job... [More]

Room 104 (2017)
88%

#57
Synopsis: Set in a single room of an average American motel, ROOM 104 tells a different story of the assorted characters... [More]

In Treatment (2008)
88%

#56
Synopsis: A psychotherapist meets with his regular patients Monday through Thursday, and seeks help for himself with his former therapist on... [More]

Extras (2005)
88%

#55
Synopsis: A frustrated wannabe actor continually lands bit parts on major film projects with real stars (who play themselves). Fortysomething Englishman... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Merchant

McMillions (2020)
89%

#54
Synopsis: The story of an ex-cop turned security auditor who rigged McDonald's Monopoly game promotion for a decade, stealing millions of... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: James Lee Hernandez

Oz (1997)
89%

#53
Synopsis: A grim and graphically raw drama about life (and often death) in an experimental prison ward called Emerald City at... [More]

Years and Years (2019)
89%

#52
Synopsis: A series that follows a family from Manchester whose lives converge on one crucial night in 2019.... [More]
Directed By: Simon Cellan Jones

Girls (2012)
89%

#51
Synopsis: A comedy about twentysomething women navigating their way through life in New York.... [More]

Big Little Lies (2017)
89%

#50
Synopsis: Based on Liane Moriarty's best seller, Big Little Lies is a dark comedy set in a town by the seaside... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée

Game of Thrones (2011)
89%

#49
Synopsis: An adaptation of author George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" medieval fantasies about power struggles among the... [More]

Angels in America (2003)
90%

#48
Synopsis: Brilliant adaptation of Tony Kushner's award-winning play about the dawn of AIDS in the 1980s, focusing on a powerful lawyer,... [More]

The New Pope (2020)
90%

#47
Synopsis: Sequel to 'The Young Pope' follows Pope John Paul III as he takes over the papal throne from Pope Pius... [More]

Looking (2014)
90%

#46
Synopsis: A dramedy following the personal and professional lives of a trio of gay men in San Francisco.... [More]

Gentleman Jack (2019)
90%

#45
Synopsis: A series set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, focuses on landowner Anne Lister, who is... [More]

Togetherness (2015)
90%

#44
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 Pacific (2010)
91%

#43
Synopsis: From the producers of Band of Brothers comes this epic 10-part miniseries that tells the true stories of three Marines... [More]

Eastbound & Down (2009)
91%

#42
Synopsis: Foul-mouthed, washed-up major-league pitcher Kenny Powers returns to his North Carolina hometown, where he moves in with his straitlaced older... [More]

The Leftovers (2014)
91%

#41
Synopsis: Adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel about life in a small town after many of its residents vanished in a Rapture-like... [More]

Da Ali G Show (2003)
92%

#40
Synopsis: An American version of the British comedy series featuring Ali G.... [More]

Getting On (2013)
92%

#39
Synopsis: A comedy set in an extended-care wing of a rundown hospital in Long Beach, Cal. Adapted from the BBC series... [More]

Deadwood (2004)
92%

#38
Synopsis: A potent, unusually vivid (and profane) Western about a late-1870s South Dakota settlement in the aftermath of Little Big Horn.... [More]

Sharp Objects (2018)
92%

#37
Synopsis: Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects stars Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker,... [More]

The Sopranos (1999)
92%

#36
Synopsis: A conflicted New Jersey crime boss seeks therapy to cope with mob and family pressures in this addictive, stunningly original... [More]

Succession (2018)
92%

#35
Synopsis: The Roy family -- Logan Roy and his four children -- controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates... [More]

#34
Synopsis: A neurotic TV writer copes with life in L.A. in a tart, hilarious and semi-improvised sitcom that follows him dealing... [More]

Boardwalk Empire (2010)
92%

#33
Synopsis: The TV series based on the popular book 'Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City'. The... [More]

Our Boys (2019)
93%

#32
Synopsis: Filmed in Israel, Our Boys is based on the true events which led to the outbreak of war in Gaza.... [More]
Directed By: Hagai Levi

The Deuce (2017)
93%

#31
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]

Veep (2012)
93%

#30
Synopsis: A comedy following the public and private lives of U.S. vice president Selina Meyer and her staff.... [More]

2 Dope Queens (2018)
94%

#29
Synopsis: Taped before a live audience at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre, the show features these fun, fearless queens dishing on Cocoa Khaleesis,... [More]

Synopsis: ATLANTA'S MISSING AND MURDERED: THE LOST CHILDREN offers a never-before-seen look at the abduction and murder of at least 30... [More]
Starring:

Band of Brothers (2001)
94%

#27
Synopsis: A 10-part miniseries based on Stephen Ambrose's bestseller about a World War II unit called Easy Company, 2nd Battalion of... [More]

#26
Synopsis: Guitar-playing troubadours from New Zealand try to kick-start their careers in New York City while also on the lookout for... [More]

The Night Of (2016)
94%

#25
Synopsis: An eight-part drama series following a murder case in New York City.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Zaillian

The Wire (2002)
94%

#24
Synopsis: A complex crime drama set in Baltimore that follows the thread of a single police investigation, from the perspectives of... [More]

Silicon Valley (2014)
94%

#23
Synopsis: A series on the evolution of the Northern California high-tech mecca.... [More]

#22
Synopsis: Tracey Ullman portrays characters from all backgrounds in this sketch-comedy show set in England.... [More]
Directed By: Ted Bessell, Nick Collett

#21
Synopsis: I'll Be Gone in the Dark is based on the book of the same name and explores writer Michelle McNamara's... [More]
Starring:

Olive Kitteridge (2014)
95%

#20
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

Watchmen (2019)
95%

#19
Synopsis: Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) creates a modern-day re-imagining of Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel about masked vigilantes.... [More]

Betty (2020)
96%

#18
Synopsis: Opinionated and loyal, Janay (Dede Lovelace) is strong willed and stubborn in ways that both help and hurt her. Honeybear... [More]

I May Destroy You (2020)
96%

#17
Synopsis: A drama that explores the question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating... [More]
Directed By: Sam Miller

My Brilliant Friend (2018)
96%

#16
Synopsis: When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman... [More]

Show Me a Hero (2015)
96%

#15
Synopsis: A new mandate approved by law over public housing divides public opinion in a white middle-class community of Yonkers City... [More]

Chernobyl (2019)
96%

#14
Synopsis: CHERNOBYL dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the... [More]

Insecure (2016)
96%

#13
Synopsis: Two black women who are best friends navigate the pitfalls of their personal and professional lives in south Los Angeles.... [More]

Sally4Ever (2018)
97%

#12
Synopsis: A woman about to marry her boyfriend falls for another woman.... [More]

Treme (2010)
97%

#11
Synopsis: A drama set in New Orleans three months after Hurricane Katrina follows musicians and residents as they try to put... [More]

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

High Maintenance (2016)
98%

#9
Synopsis: Comedy about a New York cannabis dealer who slips in and out of the lives of his clients.... [More]

Barry (2018)
99%

#8
Synopsis: A comedy about a former marine working as a hit man in the Midwest who goes to the West Coast... [More]

The Corner (2000)
100%

#7
Synopsis: A tough Emmy-winning series about a drug-infested neighborhood in 1990s Baltimore and the broken, battered families who struggle every day... [More]

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

#5
Synopsis: A Black Lady Sketch Show is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters... [More]

The Defiant Ones (2017)
100%

#4
Synopsis: The unlikely partnership between music producer Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr. Dre is spotlighted in this documentary series.... [More]
Starring: Dr. Dre

#3
Synopsis: A late-night series from artist Terence Nance.... [More]
Directed By: Terence Nance

Los Espookys (2019)
100%

#2
Synopsis: From Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels of "Saturday Night Live," the primarily Spanish-language show... [More]

#1
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]


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