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The 85 Best HBO Series Ranked

Updated: March 13, 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 current season at 74%), 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%) and Western period drama Deadwood (95%) and newer comedy Insecure (97%).

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.

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

Recently added: Watchmen, Gentleman Jack, Euphoria, His Dark Materials, Los Espookys, The Righteous Gemstones, Avenue 5, A Black Lady Sketch Show, McMillions, The Outsider, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Animals, Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas, Vinyl, Our Boys, The New Pope, Years and Years, Little Britain USA, Funny or Die Presents.

HBO SERIES

Arli$$ (1996)
62%

#85
Synopsis: Satire about an `ethically challenged' sports superagent with an A-list clientele of professional athletes. The series is packed with cameos.... [More]

#84
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)
65%

#83
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%

#82
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%

#81
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%

#80
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%

#79
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%

#78
Synopsis: Ex-NFL professional, Spencer Strasmore, is on the lookout for a new career. He plans to become a financial manager and... [More]

Vinyl (2016)
74%

#77
Synopsis: From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride... [More]

#76
Synopsis: This comedy series tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable... [More]

Divorce (2016)
77%

#75
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%

#74
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%

#73
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%

#72
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%

#71
Synopsis: An eight-part miniseries following the reign of Pope Pius XIII, the first American pontiff.... [More]

Mildred Pierce (2011)
80%

#70
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

His Dark Materials (2019)
80%

#69
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%

#68
Synopsis: The complicated life of Bill Henrickson, a Utah businessman who also happens to be a polygamist with three wives and... [More]

John Adams (2008)
81%

#67
Synopsis: A seven-part adaptation of David McCullough's biography of Founding Father and second U.S. president, John Adams.... [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]

Luck (2011)
82%

#65
Synopsis: A drama set in the world of horse racing focuses on the owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers.... [More]

The Outsider (2020)
82%

#64
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%

#63
Synopsis: Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma... [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. An overly... [More]

Six Feet Under (2001)
81%

#61
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]

Animals. (2016)
84%

#60
Synopsis: The anthropomorphic adventures of feathered, furry and feral populations of New York City are featured in this animated comedy series.... [More]

Rome (2005)
85%

#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]

Westworld (2015)
86%

#58
Synopsis: A sci-fi drama set in an Old West theme park where guests interact with automatons in scenarios that are developed,... [More]

Generation Kill (2008)
86%

#57
Synopsis: A seven-part miniseries about an elite Marine unit in the first weeks of the Iraq War, based on the book... [More]
Directed By: Susanna White

McMillions (2020)
87%

#56
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

Enlightened (0)
87%

#55
Synopsis: A woman returns from a mental-health retreat with a new outlook on life, and hopes to get her corporate job... [More]

In Treatment (2008)
87%

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

The New Pope (2020)
89%

#53
Synopsis: Sequel to 'The Young Pope' follows Pope John Paul III as he takes over the papal throne from Pope Pius... [More]

Room 104 (2017)
88%

#52
Synopsis: Set in a single room of an average American motel, ROOM 104 tells a different story of the assorted characters... [More]

Extras (2005)
88%

#51
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

Oz (1997)
89%

#50
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%

#49
Synopsis: A series that follows a family from Manchester whose lives converge on one crucial night in 2019.... [More]

Girls (2012)
89%

#48
Synopsis: A comedy about twentysomething women navigating their way through life in New York.... [More]

Big Little Lies (2017)
89%

#47
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%

#46
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%

#45
Synopsis: Brilliant adaptation of Tony Kushner's award-winning play about the dawn of AIDS in the 1980s, focusing on a powerful lawyer,... [More]

Looking (2014)
90%

#44
Synopsis: A dramedy following the personal and professional lives of a trio of gay men in San Francisco.... [More]

Gentleman Jack (2019)
90%

#43
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%

#42
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

The Pacific (2010)
91%

#41
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%

#40
Synopsis: Kenny Powers is a former baseball pitcher who aimed for the Big Leagues. However, his intolerable attitude and fading fastballs... [More]

The Leftovers (2014)
91%

#39
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%

#38
Synopsis: An American version of the British comedy series features Ali G, a white wannabe rap star and hip-hop journalist in... [More]

Getting On (2013)
92%

#37
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%

#36
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%

#35
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%

#34
Synopsis: A series chronicles the life of a New Jersey mobster, Tony Soprano, on his home front. There are other mobster... [More]

Succession (2018)
92%

#33
Synopsis: The Roy family -- Logan Roy and his four children -- controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates... [More]

#32
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%

#31
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%

#30
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%

#29
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%

#28
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%

#27
Synopsis: Taped before a live audience at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre, the show features these fun, fearless queens dishing on Cocoa Khaleesis,... [More]

Band of Brothers (2001)
94%

#26
Synopsis: A 10-part miniseries based on Stephen Ambrose's bestseller about a World War II unit called Easy Company, 2nd Battalion of... [More]

#25
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%

#24
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

The Wire (2002)
94%

#23
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%

#22
Synopsis: A series on the evolution of the Northern California high-tech mecca.... [More]

#21
Synopsis: Tracey Ullman portrays characters from all backgrounds in this sketch-comedy show set in England.... [More]

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]

My Brilliant Friend (2018)
96%

#18
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%

#17
Synopsis: A new mandate approved by law over public housing divides public opinion in a white middle-class community of Yonkers City... [More]

Treme (2010)
96%

#16
Synopsis: A drama set in New Orleans three months after Hurricane Katrina follows musicians and residents as they try to put... [More]

Sally4Ever (2018)
97%

#15
Synopsis: A woman about to marry her boyfriend falls for another woman.... [More]

Insecure (2016)
97%

#14
Synopsis: Two black women who are best friends navigate the pitfalls of their personal and professional lives in south Los Angeles.... [More]

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

High Maintenance (2016)
98%

#12
Synopsis: Comedy about a New York cannabis dealer who slips in and out of the lives of his clients.... [More]

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]

Tenacious D (1997)
100%

#10
Synopsis: A comic series of improvised songs by acoustic guitarists.... [More]
Directed By: Troy Miller

Funny Or Die Presents (2010)
100%

#9
Synopsis: The sketch-comedy Web site "Funny or Die" makes the transition to TV series, with a list of comic actors that... [More]

Synopsis: Late-night docu-series WYATT CENAC'S PROBLEM AREAS, which follows the Emmy® and WGA Award-winning comedian and writer as he explores America's... [More]
Starring:

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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