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The 103 Best HBO Series Ranked

Updated: March 1, 2021

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 premium cable network offers plenty of new, buzzworthy series on its current lineup, including dark comedy Barry, the sci-fi mystery of Westworld, and award-winning drama Big Little Lies. And that’s not to mention HBO’s signature prestige dramas including The Sopranos, Chernobyl, and Western period drama Deadwood.

The highly-anticipated first season of horror-fantasy Lovecraft Country and troubling docuseries The Vow joined those classics in our list of HBO’s best shows in 2020, along with the latest additions: Tiger Woods documentary series Tiger, Painting with John, and J.K. Rowling’s crime series C.B. Strike, whose new season gave it the number of reviews needed to join the list.

We’ve rounded up Tomatometer scores for the best HBO series and miniseries to make a list 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: Docuseries Allen v. Farrow and The Investigation

Arli$$ (1996)
62%

#103
Synopsis: Satire about an `ethically challenged' sports superagent with an A-list clientele of professional athletes. The series is packed with cameos.... [More]

#102
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

Entourage (2004)
66%

#101
Synopsis: A young movie star from Queens lives the good life in Hollywood surrounded by his boyhood pals, who shamelessly milk... [More]

Avenue 5 (2020)
67%

#100
Synopsis: A sci-fi comedy following the passengers and crew onboard a space cruise ship that experiences technical difficulties during its eight-week... [More]

True Blood (2008)
70%

#99
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%

#98
Synopsis: The story revolves around four sassy New-York based women, Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha who are in search of love,... [More]

Ballers (2015)
72%

#97
Synopsis: The lives of current and former NFL players aren't as glamorous as they seem in this comedy-drama that focuses on... [More]

Tiger (2020)
74%

#96
Synopsis: From HBO Sports and Jigsaw Productions in association with Our Time Projects comes TIGER, a two-part documentary illuminating in sweeping... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Matthew Heineman

The Comeback (2005)
73%

#95
Synopsis: Valerie, a veteran celebrity who once upon a time a famous star from the sitcom "I'm It", has to embark... [More]

#94
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%

#93
Synopsis: From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride... [More]

Industry (2020)
75%

#92
Synopsis: Starring Myha'la Herrold, Marisa Abela, Harry Lawtey, David Jonsson and Nabhaan Rizwan as "The Graduates" and Conor MacNeill, Freya Mavor,... [More]

#91
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)
76%

#90
Synopsis: 1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic... [More]

The Undoing (2020)
76%

#89
Synopsis: A successful therapist about to release her first book has her life turned upside down following a violent death and... [More]

The Vow (2020)
78%

#88
Synopsis: A look at NXIVM, a self-improvement group and multi-level marketing company that disintegrated with criminal charges brought against its highest... [More]
Directed By: Karim Amer

Mosaic (2018)
78%

#87
Synopsis: Explores the psychological underpinnings of love and murder in a small town, blurring the line between reality and memory. ... [More]

The Third Day (2020)
78%

#86
Synopsis: Created by Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly, limited series THE THIRD DAY debuts MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively... [More]
Directed By: Marc Munden

Divorce (2016)
78%

#85
Synopsis: A suburban middle-aged couple with two kids struggle to come to terms with their failing marriage in this comedy.... [More]

True Detective (2014)
78%

#84
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%

#83
Synopsis: A struggling Brooklyn writer lives out his detective fantasies by moonlighting as a private eye after his girlfriend leaves him... [More]

The Young Pope (2017)
79%

#82
Synopsis: An eight-part miniseries following the reign of Pope Pius XIII, the first American pontiff.... [More]

Big Love (2006)
80%

#81
Synopsis: The complicated life of Bill Henrickson, a Utah businessman who also happens to be a polygamist with three wives and... [More]

Agents of Chaos (2020)
81%

#80
Synopsis: A report on Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election includes a look at troll farms that used... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Alex Gibney

John Adams (2008)
81%

#79
Synopsis: The series chronicles the life of John Adams's political and personal life. The events covered include the Boston massacre, Declaration... [More]

Mildred Pierce (2011)
81%

#78
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%

#77
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]

His Dark Materials (2019)
81%

#76
Synopsis: An adaptation of Philip Pullman's acclaimed trilogy that follows a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world whose... [More]

C.B. Strike (0)
82%

#75
Synopsis: Drama series based on the novel by Robert Galbraith. Cormoran Strike, an injured war veteran turned PI, and secretary Robin... [More]
Directed By: Sue Tully

#74
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%

#73
Synopsis: A drama set in the world of horse racing focuses on the owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers.... [More]

Westworld (2015)
82%

#72
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%

#71
Synopsis: Comedy about a power struggle between two high-school administrators who are vying for the top job of principal. An overly... [More]

Animals. (2016)
84%

#70
Synopsis: The anthropomorphic adventures of feathered, furry and feral populations of New York City are featured in this animated comedy series.... [More]

#69
Synopsis: Based on the internationally followed "submarine case," THE INVESTIGATION closely follows Jens Møller (Søren Malling), the Head of Homicide, and... [More]

Generation Kill (2008)
86%

#68
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%

#67
Synopsis: The Roman Empire's rise gets a royal treatment in this sprawling drama, which begins in 52 B.C., when Julius Caesar... [More]

Allen v. Farrow (2021)
86%

#66
Synopsis: HBO Documentary Film's ALLEN v. FARROW, from award-winning investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy, is a... [More]
Directed By: Kirby Dick

Enlightened (0)
87%

#65
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%

#64
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%

#63
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%

#62
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

Lovecraft Country (2020)
88%

#61
Synopsis: Atticus Black, a young black man, joins his friend and uncle on a road trip in the 1950s to find... [More]

McMillions (2020)
89%

#60
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

We Are Who We Are (2020)
89%

#59
Synopsis: A story about two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy, We Are Who We Are... [More]

Years and Years (2019)
89%

#58
Synopsis: A series that follows a family from Manchester whose lives converge on one crucial night in 2019.... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Mulcahy

Girls (2012)
89%

#57
Synopsis: A comedy about twentysomething women navigating their way through life in New York.... [More]

Big Little Lies (2017)
89%

#56
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: Andrea Arnold

Game of Thrones (2011)
89%

#55
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%

#54
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%

#53
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%

#52
Synopsis: A dramedy following the personal and professional lives of a trio of gay men in San Francisco.... [More]

Gentleman Jack (2019)
90%

#51
Synopsis: A series set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, focuses on landowner Anne Lister, who is... [More]
Directed By: Sally Wainwright

Togetherness (2015)
90%

#50
Synopsis: A couple's sputtering marriage becomes more complicated when they get new housemates in the husband's friend and the wife's older... [More]
Directed By: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Euphoria (2019)
90%

#49
Synopsis: Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma... [More]

The Pacific (2010)
91%

#48
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%

#47
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 Outsider (2020)
91%

#46
Synopsis: Adaptation of Stephen King's novel about the investigation of the gruesome murder of a boy in the Georgia woods and... [More]

The Leftovers (2014)
91%

#45
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%

#44
Synopsis: An American version of the British comedy series featuring Ali G.... [More]

Oz (1997)
92%

#43
Synopsis: A grim and graphically raw drama about life (and often death) in an experimental prison ward called Emerald City at... [More]

Getting On (2013)
92%

#42
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]

Deadwood (2004)
92%

#41
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%

#40
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%

#39
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%

#38
Synopsis: The Roy family -- Logan Roy and his four children -- controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates... [More]

#37
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%

#36
Synopsis: Political boss Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson runs Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition in this drama inspired by Nelson Johnson's... [More]

Our Boys (2019)
93%

#35
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%

#34
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%

#33
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%

#32
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]

Band of Brothers (2001)
94%

#30
Synopsis: A 10-part miniseries based on Stephen Ambrose's bestseller about a World War II unit called Easy Company, 2nd Battalion of... [More]

#29
Synopsis: Guitar-playing troubadours from New Zealand try to kick-start their careers in New York City while also on the lookout for... [More]

Olive Kitteridge (2014)
94%

#28
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

The Night Of (2016)
94%

#27
Synopsis: An eight-part drama series following a murder case in New York City.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Zaillian

The Wire (2002)
94%

#26
Synopsis: A complex, impeccably acted crime drama set in Baltimore that follows the thread of a single police investigation, from the... [More]

Silicon Valley (2014)
94%

#25
Synopsis: A series on the evolution of the Northern California high-tech mecca.... [More]

#24
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: Ted Bessell, Nick Collett

#23
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:

Show Me a Hero (2015)
96%

#22
Synopsis: A new mandate approved by law over public housing divides public opinion in a white middle-class community of Yonkers City... [More]

My Brilliant Friend (2018)
96%

#21
Synopsis: When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman... [More]
Directed By: Saverio Costanzo

Chernobyl (2019)
96%

#20
Synopsis: CHERNOBYL dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the... [More]

Watchmen (2019)
96%

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

Insecure (2016)
96%

#18
Synopsis: Two black women who are best friends navigate the pitfalls of their personal and professional lives in south Los Angeles.... [More]

Betty (2020)
97%

#17
Synopsis: Opinionated and loyal, Janay (Dede Lovelace) is strong willed and stubborn in ways that both help and hurt her. Honeybear... [More]

Sally4Ever (2018)
97%

#16
Synopsis: A woman about to marry her boyfriend falls for another woman.... [More]

Treme (2010)
97%

#15
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%

#13
Synopsis: Comedy about a New York cannabis dealer who slips in and out of the lives of his clients.... [More]

I May Destroy You (2020)
98%

#12
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

Barry (2018)
99%

#11
Synopsis: A comedy about a former marine working as a hit man in the Midwest who goes to the West Coast... [More]

We're Here (2020)
100%

#10
Synopsis: Small-town residents across America are recruited to participate in a one-night only drag show.... [More]

The Corner (2000)
100%

#9
Synopsis: A tough Emmy-winning series about a drug-infested neighborhood in 1990s Baltimore and the broken, battered families who struggle every day... [More]

Painting With John (2021)
100%

#8
Synopsis: Actor-musician-artist John Lurie shares reflections on what he's learned about life while honing his watercolor techniques from his home on... [More]
Starring:

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

#6
Synopsis: In a uniquely hilarious odyssey of self-discovery and cultural observation, Wilson covertly and obsessively films the lives of his fellow... [More]
Starring: John Wilson
Directed By: John Wilson

#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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