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The 104 Best HBO Series, Ranked by Tomatometer

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?

Well, the short answer is no.

The longer answer is that the premium cable network offers plenty of new, buzzworthy series on its current lineup with higher scores than the drama, 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.

In 2020, 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, along with a few more new additions in 2021: docuseries The Lady and the DaleAllen v. Farrow, and Tiger Woods–focused Tiger; series 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. And then there was the zeitgeist-capturing duo of crime drama Mare of Easttown and biting comedy The White Lotus.

2022 saw the majorly anticipated return of Game of Thrones with prequel series House of the Dragon. Other major HBO projects include cringe epic The Rehearsal, Julian Fellowes’ historic The Gilded Age, and Lakers drama Winning Time


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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.

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#1
Synopsis: Hey now! This series offers a behind-the-scenes look at late-night talk show host Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling) and the production... [More]

#2
Synopsis: Seeking to address the failures of the comedy landscape and entertainment industry to include vital voices, this narrative series set... [More]

Los Espookys (2019)
100%

#3
Synopsis: A primarily Spanish-language comedy (with English subtitles), the series follows the adventures of Renaldo, a horror and gore enthusiast who... [More]

Somebody Somewhere (2022)
100%

#4
Synopsis: Sam, a true Kansan on the surface, struggles to fit her hometown's mold; grappling with loss and acceptance, singing is... [More]

The Defiant Ones (2017)
100%

#5
Synopsis: "The Defiant Ones" tells of the unbreakable bond of trust and friendship between music legends Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre,... [More]

#6
Synopsis: Writer/director/producer Terence Nance is the mastermind behind this project, a "show about the beauty and ugliness of contemporary American life,"... [More]
Starring: Terence Nance

The Lady and the Dale (2021)
100%

#7
Synopsis: The story of Elizabeth Carmichael, who released a fuel-efficient vehicle during the 1970s gas crisis; as she wins over major... [More]
Starring:

Painting With John (2021)
100%

#8
Synopsis: Filmed at his worktable, artist John Lurie hones his intricate watercolor techniques and shares reflections on what he has learned... [More]

Barry (2018)
99%

#9
Synopsis: Disillusioned at the thought of taking down another "mark," depressed, low-level hit man Barry Berkman seeks a way out. When... [More]
Directed By: Alec Berg, Bill Hader

I May Destroy You (2020)
98%

#10
Synopsis: After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, Arabella's life changes irreversibly and she is forced to reassess everything, including her... [More]

High Maintenance (2016)
98%

#11
Synopsis: The Guy is a nameless marijuana dealer in Brooklyn who delivers his goods via bicycle to stressed-out clients across New... [More]
Starring: Ben Sinclair

Betty (2020)
98%

#12
Synopsis: Young women navigate the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding in New York City.... [More]

Insecure (2016)
97%

#13
Synopsis: Modern-day black women might be described as strong and confident; in other words, just the opposite of Issa and Molly.... [More]

My Brilliant Friend (2018)
97%

#14
Synopsis: Pseudonymous author Elena Ferrante has written four mega-popular Neapolitan novels that explore the complicated intensity of female friendship. "My Brilliant... [More]

Band of Brothers (2001)
97%

#15
Synopsis: This series, originally broadcast on HBO, tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S.... [More]
Directed By: Phil Alden Robinson

Sally4Ever (2018)
97%

#16
Synopsis: Written, directed by and starring Julia Davis (creator of the original British series "Camping"), "Sally4Ever" is an HBO/Sky Atlantic co-production... [More]
Directed By: Julia Davis

Treme (2010)
96%

#17
Synopsis: Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, this hourlong drama series, from "The Wire" executive producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer, follows... [More]

Watchmen (2019)
96%

#18
Synopsis: Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the exciting and dark "Watchmen" takes place in... [More]

Irma Vep (2022)
96%

#19
Synopsis: Based on the movie of the same title, the series follows Mira, an American movie star disillusioned by her career... [More]

#20
Synopsis: An exploration of the case of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s, committing 50... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Liz Garbus

Mare of Easttown (2021)
95%

#21
Synopsis: Small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan investigates a murder as life crumbles around her.... [More]

Chernobyl (2019)
95%

#22
Synopsis: Brave men and women act heroically to mitigate catastrophic damage when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant suffers a nuclear accident... [More]

#23
Synopsis: Acclaimed actress, writer and producer Tracey Ullman, a longtime HBO favorite, returns to the network to front another sketch comedy... [More]

#24
Synopsis: Whistleblowers, insiders, newly leaked documents, behind-the-scenes access to investigations and exclusive interviews offer insights into Big Pharma, political operatives and... [More]
Starring:

Succession (2018)
94%

#25
Synopsis: Although he has no plans to step aside as the head of Waystar Royco, the international media conglomerate controlled by... [More]

Silicon Valley (2014)
94%

#26
Synopsis: Partially inspired by co-creator Mike Judge's experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the 1980s, this comedy series follows the... [More]

The Wire (2002)
94%

#27
Synopsis: This series looks at the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcers as well as the drug... [More]

#28
Synopsis: Cutting edge musical comics Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement travel from their native New Zealand to New York in search... [More]

Veep (2012)
93%

#29
Synopsis: "Politics is about people," former Sen. Selina Meyer is fond of saying. Unfortunately, the people Meyer, a charismatic leader and... [More]

The Deuce (2017)
93%

#30
Synopsis: Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, who also collaborated on HBO's "The Wire" and "Treme," the semifictional drama series... [More]

We Own This City (2022)
93%

#31
Synopsis: Based on the book "We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption" by Baltimore Sun reporter... [More]

The Rehearsal (2022)
94%

#32
Synopsis: Nathan Fielder returns to television to explore the lengths one person will go to reduce the uncertainties of everyday life.... [More]
Starring: Nathan Fielder

#33
Synopsis: "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David plays a version of himself on the improvised series. He faces a constant barrage of life's... [More]

Boardwalk Empire (2010)
92%

#34
Synopsis: Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition is a place where the rules don't apply. And the man who runs... [More]

The Sopranos (1999)
92%

#35
Synopsis: Tony Soprano juggles the problems of his fractious family with those of a "Family" of a different sort - the... [More]

Sharp Objects (2018)
92%

#36
Synopsis: Based on the debut novel of the same name by writer Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl"), the eight-episode series "Sharp Objects"... [More]

Deadwood (2004)
92%

#37
Synopsis: "Deadwood" is set in a mining town that was not part of any U.S. state or territory in the post-Civil... [More]

Gentleman Jack (2019)
92%

#38
Synopsis: It's 1832 in West Yorkshire, England -- the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution -- where landowner Anne Lister is... [More]

Oz (1997)
92%

#39
Synopsis: Inmates and correctional officers inside the Oswald State Correctional Facility, nicknamed "Oz," battle for power and survival amid warring factions... [More]

Da Ali G Show (2000)
92%

#40

The Leftovers (2014)
91%

#41
Synopsis: In a global cataclysm, "The Sudden Departure," 140 million people disappeared without a trace. Three years later, residents of Mapleton,... [More]

Eastbound & Down (2009)
91%

#42
Synopsis: After substance abuse and insanely self-destructive and obnoxious behavior throw a knuckle ball at his Major League Baseball career, former... [More]

The Pacific (2010)
91%

#43
Synopsis: Based on the accounts of Marines in World War II, this 10-part miniseries follows the intertwined journeys of three U.S.... [More]

In Treatment (2008)
90%

#44
Synopsis: Based on an Israeli Academy Award-winning TV drama series, "In Treatment" features a psychologist confronting some uneasy personal truths. For... [More]

Togetherness (2015)
90%

#45
Synopsis: The spark in parents Brett and Michelle Pierson's marriage is all but extinguished. When his best friend, out-of-work actor Alex,... [More]

Looking (2014)
90%

#46
Synopsis: Three best friends living in San Francisco share the nuances and complexities of contemporary gay relationships as they explore a... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh, Sarah Condon

The New Pope (2020)
90%

#47
Synopsis: As Pope Pius XIII hangs between life and death in a coma, charming and sophisticated moderate English aristocrat Sir John... [More]
Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

We Are Who We Are (2020)
90%

#48
Synopsis: Two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy explore friendship, first love, identity, and all the... [More]

Game of Thrones (2011)
89%

#49
Synopsis: George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" is brought to the screen as HBO sinks... [More]
Directed By: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Big Little Lies (2017)
89%

#50
Synopsis: Based on the same-titled bestseller by Liane Moriarty, "Big Little Lies" weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief... [More]

The White Lotus (2021)
89%

#51
Synopsis: The exploits of various guests and employees at a tropical resort over the span of a week.... [More]

Years and Years (2019)
89%

#52
Synopsis: An ordinary British family contends with the hopes, anxieties and joys of an uncertain future in this six-part limited series... [More]

McMillion$ (2020)
89%

#53
Synopsis: The story of an ex-cop turned security officer who rigs the McDonald's Monopoly game promotion for a decade, stealing millions... [More]

Euphoria (2019)
89%

#54
Synopsis: An American adaptation of the Israeli show of the same name, "Euphoria" follows the troubled life of 17-year-old Rue, a... [More]

Lovecraft Country (2020)
88%

#55
Synopsis: Atticus Black joins his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow... [More]

Extras (2005)
88%

#56
Synopsis: Andy Millman is a British fellow who quits his day job to pursue fame and fortune in the film industry.... [More]

Industry (2020)
86%

#57
Synopsis: Graduates from all walks of life compete for a limited number of available full-time employment opportunities at Pierpoint, a top... [More]

Room 104 (2017)
88%

#58
Synopsis: Fascinated by what really happens at that corporate chain hotel near the airport -- from the funny and weird to... [More]

Enlightened (2011)
87%

#59
Synopsis: An ambitious corporate executive, Amy Jellicoe has succeeded despite the fact she can be her own worst enemy. After a... [More]

Getting On (2013)
%

#60
Synopsis: Based on the BBC series of the same name, "Getting On" follows the daily lives of overworked nurses and doctors... [More]

Rome (2005)
86%

#61
Synopsis: Two Roman soldiers are caught up in the historical events of an era that included the death of a republic... [More]

Generation Kill (2008)
86%

#62
Synopsis: Highly trained young Marines of the First Reconnaissance Battalion struggle with inadequate supplies, bureaucratic snafus and poor communication as they... [More]

Synopsis: An exploration of the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism, from America to Africa, and its impact on society... [More]
Starring: Josh Hartnett
Directed By: Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety

Synopsis: A fast-break drama series that goes back in time to chronicle the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los... [More]

Efterforskningen (2020)
84%

#65
Synopsis: Head of the Copenhagen Police's Homicide unit Jens Møller investigates the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.... [More]
Directed By: Tobias Lindholm

Animals. (2016)
84%

#66
Synopsis: HBO's decidedly adult animated comedy series ventures into the nether regions of Earth's least inhabitable environment, New York City, which... [More]
Directed By: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

House of the Dragon (2022)
86%

#67
Synopsis: The story of house Targaryen, set 200 years before events portrayed in "Game of Thrones."... [More]

#68
Synopsis: An adaptation of Ingar Bergmann's 1973 Swedish TV miniseries about a marriage falling apart.... [More]

Vice Principals (2016)
83%

#69
Synopsis: "Eastbound & Down" creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill team again for a dark comedy series -- no surprise there!... [More]

#70
Synopsis: Well into the second generation of a grand televangelist tradition, the world-famous Gemstone family is living proof that worship pays... [More]

Allen v. Farrow (2021)
82%

#71
Synopsis: A four-part series documenting the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then 7-year-old daughter with Mia... [More]
Starring:

Luck (2011)
82%

#72
Synopsis: A three-year stay in federal prison has given Chester "Ace" Bernstein plenty of time to think, and what he devises... [More]

John Adams (2008)
82%

#73
Synopsis: Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting... [More]

C.B. Strike (2017)
82%

#74
Synopsis: Based on the best-selling novels by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), Tom Burke ("The Musketeers") stars as private detective Cormoran... [More]

#75
Synopsis: Based on the EC Comics series of the same name, this campy and stylized anthology series recounts a string of... [More]

His Dark Materials (2019)
81%

#76
Synopsis: During her search for a kidnapped friend, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world uncovers a sinister... [More]

Six Feet Under (2001)
81%

#77
Synopsis: Laced with irony and dark situational humor, the show approaches the subject of death through the eyes of the Fisher... [More]
Directed By: Alan Ball

Westworld (2016)
80%

#78
Synopsis: Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park -- which is looked after by robotic... [More]

Big Love (2006)
80%

#79
Synopsis: Bill Henrickson seems like a typical suburban husband and father, except for the fact that he has three wives, nine... [More]

The Young Pope (2016)
80%

#80
Synopsis: Young and charming, newly elected Pius XIII, aka Lenny Belardo, is the first American Pope in history. His ascension appears... [More]
Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

The Gilded Age (2022)
79%

#81
Synopsis: The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, great conflict between the old ways and brand new... [More]

Bored to Death (2009)
79%

#82
Synopsis: This offbeat comedy series stars Jason Schwartzman as young writer Jonathan Ames, who turns his fantasies culled from reading suspense... [More]

The Third Day (2020)
79%

#83
Synopsis: A man and a woman make separate journeys to a mysterious island off the British coast.... [More]

True Detective (2014)
78%

#84
Synopsis: Law enforcement officers navigate a web of conspiracy to deal with a bizarre murder.... [More]

Divorce (2016)
78%

#85
Synopsis: Raising two children together and sharing more than 10 years of marriage have taken a toll on Frances, who is... [More]

The Undoing (2020)
75%

#86
Synopsis: A therapist's life unravels after she learns that her husband might be responsible for a widespread disaster.... [More]
Directed By: Susanne Bier

Perry Mason (2020)
75%

#87
Synopsis: Legal drama set in 1932 Los Angeles and based on novels and short stories penned by Erle Stanley Gardner.... [More]
Directed By: Tim Van Patten

Vinyl (2016)
74%

#88
Synopsis: The music scene in 1970s New York is still awash in sex and drugs, but rock 'n' roll is giving... [More]

#89
Synopsis: Following the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in a story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness.... [More]

Tiger (2021)
74%

#90
Synopsis: Tiger Woods' dedication and obsession with the game of golf takes him not only to the heights of international fame... [More]
Starring: Tiger Woods

The Comeback (2005)
73%

#91
Synopsis: "The Comeback" tells the story of a B-list sitcom star so desperate to revive her career that she agrees to... [More]

Ballers (2015)
72%

#92
Synopsis: A superstar during his football playing days, Spencer Strasmore tries to find the same success as a financial manager for... [More]

The Baby (2022)
72%

#93
Synopsis: Natasha is furious that her closest friends are all having babies, but her life implodes when she unexpectedly ends up... [More]

The Vow (2020)
%

#94
Synopsis: Following the experiences of people deeply involved in the self-improvement group NXIVM, an organization under siege with charges including sex... [More]
Starring:

Sex and the City (1998)
70%

#95
Synopsis: A sex columnist, Carrie Bradshaw, and her three friends -- Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda -- explore Manhattan's dating scene, chronicling... [More]

True Blood (2008)
68%

#96
Synopsis: Small-town Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse already is viewed as an oddball by her friends and neighbors, since she can read... [More]
Directed By: Alan Ball

Avenue 5 (2020)
%

#97
Synopsis: A confident, controlled and personable space cruise ship captain tries to get along with everyone.... [More]

Entourage (2004)
65%

#98
Synopsis: Led by Vince, an actor deemed the next big thing, four buddies migrate west from Queens, N.Y. Usually within his... [More]

Little Britain USA (2008)
64%

#99
Synopsis: British comedy stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas transplant some of their most popular "Little Britain" characters -- including Fat... [More]

Arli$$ (1996)
62%

#100
Synopsis: Arliss Michaels is the super athlete's super-agent, wheeling and dealing in the higher echelons of the sports world - an... [More]

The Newsroom (2012)
%

#101
Synopsis: Aaron Sorkin once chronicled the daily work of the federal government in "The West Wing." In "The Newsroom," the Emmy-winning... [More]

#102

Coastal Elites (2020)
55%

#102
Adjusted Score: 54663%
Critics Consensus: The top-shelf cast gives Coastal Elites a passionate pulse, but redundant speechifying and the stilted format result in a repetitive preaching to the choir.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Jay Roach

The Nevers (2021)
48%

#103
Synopsis: Victorian women find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that may change the world.... [More]

#104
Synopsis: Clare and Henry's love story involves a marriage with a problem -- time travel.... [More]


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