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The 112 Best HBO Series, Ranked by Tomatometer

Updated: January 3, 2022

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


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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.

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

Updated: Landscapers

Arli$$ (1996)
62%

#113
Synopsis: Arliss Michaels is the super athlete's super-agent, wheeling and dealing in the higher echelons of the sports world - an... [More]

Little Britain USA (2008)
64%

#112
Synopsis: British comedy stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas transplant some of their most popular "Little Britain" characters -- including Fat... [More]

Entourage (2004)
66%

#111
Synopsis: Led by Vince, an actor deemed the next big thing, four buddies migrate west from Queens, N.Y. Usually within his... [More]

Avenue 5 (2020)
67%

#110
Synopsis: A confident, controlled and personable space cruise ship captain tries to get along with everyone.... [More]

Sex and the City (1998)
70%

#109
Synopsis: A sex columnist, Carrie Bradshaw, and her three friends -- Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda -- explore Manhattan's dating scene, chronicling... [More]

True Blood (2008)
70%

#108
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

Ballers (2015)
72%

#107
Synopsis: A superstar during his football playing days, Spencer Strasmore tries to find the same success as a financial manager for... [More]

The Comeback (2005)
73%

#106
Synopsis: "The Comeback" tells the story of a B-list sitcom star so desperate to revive her career that she agrees to... [More]

Tiger (2021)
74%

#105
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

#104
Synopsis: Following the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in a story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness.... [More]

Vinyl (2016)
74%

#103
Synopsis: The music scene in 1970s New York is still awash in sex and drugs, but rock 'n' roll is giving... [More]

The Vow (2020)
75%

#102
Synopsis: Following the experiences of people deeply involved in the self-improvement group NXIVM, an organization under siege with charges including sex... [More]
Starring:

#101
Synopsis: Well into the second generation of a grand televangelist tradition, the world-famous Gemstone family is living proof that worship pays... [More]

Perry Mason (2020)
75%

#100
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

The Undoing (2020)
75%

#99
Synopsis: A therapist's life unravels after she learns that her husband might be responsible for a widespread disaster.... [More]
Directed By: Susanne Bier

Industry (2020)
76%

#98
Synopsis: Young graduates compete for permanent positions at a top investment bank in London, but the boundaries between colleague, friend, lover... [More]

Divorce (2016)
78%

#97
Synopsis: Raising two children together and sharing more than 10 years of marriage have taken a toll on Frances, who is... [More]

True Detective (2014)
78%

#96
Synopsis: Law enforcement officers navigate a web of conspiracy to deal with a bizarre murder.... [More]

Mosaic (2018)
79%

#95
Synopsis: Exploring the psychological underpinnings of love and murder in a small town, the six-part series "Mosaic" -- directed by Oscar... [More]

The Third Day (2020)
79%

#94
Synopsis: A man and a woman make separate journeys to a mysterious island off the British coast.... [More]

Bored to Death (2009)
79%

#93
Synopsis: This offbeat comedy series stars Jason Schwartzman as young writer Jonathan Ames, who turns his fantasies culled from reading suspense... [More]

The Young Pope (2016)
80%

#92
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

Big Love (2006)
80%

#91
Synopsis: Bill Henrickson seems like a typical suburban husband and father, except for the fact that he has three wives, nine... [More]

Agents of Chaos (2020)
81%

#90
Synopsis: Alex Gibney examines Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.... [More]
Starring: Andrew Weissmann

John Adams (2008)
81%

#89
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]

Mildred Pierce (2011)
81%

#88
Synopsis: Based on the title character introduced in James M. Cain's classic 1941 novel, the five-part miniseries stars Kate Winslet as... [More]

#87
Synopsis: An adaptation of Ingar Bergmann's 1973 Swedish TV miniseries about a marriage falling apart.... [More]

Six Feet Under (2001)
81%

#86
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

His Dark Materials (2019)
81%

#85
Synopsis: During her search for a kidnapped friend, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world uncovers a sinister... [More]

Westworld (2016)
81%

#84
Synopsis: Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park -- which is looked after by robotic... [More]

C.B. Strike (2017)
82%

#83
Synopsis: Based on the best-selling novels by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), Tom Burke ("The Musketeers") stars as private detective Cormoran... [More]

#82
Synopsis: Based on the EC Comics series of the same name, this campy and stylized anthology series recounts a string of... [More]

Luck (2011)
82%

#81
Synopsis: A three-year stay in federal prison has given Chester "Ace" Bernstein plenty of time to think, and what he devises... [More]

Allen v. Farrow (2021)
82%

#80
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:

Vice Principals (2016)
83%

#79
Synopsis: "Eastbound & Down" creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill team again for a dark comedy series -- no surprise there!... [More]

The Investigation (2020)
84%

#78
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%

#77
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

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

Generation Kill (2008)
86%

#75
Synopsis: Highly trained young Marines of the First Reconnaissance Battalion struggle with inadequate supplies, bureaucratic snafus and poor communication as they... [More]

Rome (2005)
86%

#74
Synopsis: Two Roman soldiers are caught up in the historical events of an era that included the death of a republic... [More]

Enlightened (2011)
87%

#73
Synopsis: An ambitious corporate executive, Amy Jellicoe has succeeded despite the fact she can be her own worst enemy. After a... [More]

Synopsis: Ronan Farrow brings to life his interviews with whistle blowers, journalists, private investigators and other sources, conducted for his podcast... [More]
Starring: Ronan Farrow

Room 104 (2017)
88%

#71
Synopsis: Fascinated by what really happens at that corporate chain hotel near the airport -- from the funny and weird to... [More]

Extras (2005)
88%

#70
Synopsis: Andy Millman is a British fellow who quits his day job to pursue fame and fortune in the film industry.... [More]

Lovecraft Country (2020)
88%

#69
Synopsis: Atticus Black joins his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow... [More]

McMillion$ (2020)
89%

#68
Synopsis: The story of an ex-cop turned security officer who rigs the McDonald's Monopoly game promotion for a decade, stealing millions... [More]

Years and Years (2019)
89%

#67
Synopsis: An ordinary British family contends with the hopes, anxieties and joys of an uncertain future in this six-part limited series... [More]

Music Box (2021)

#66
Synopsis: Concentrating on pivotal moments or stretches for a popular artist or band, an iconic album or the music business as... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Bill Simmons

The White Lotus (2021)
89%

#65
Synopsis: The exploits of various guests and employees at a tropical resort over the span of a week.... [More]

Girls (2012)
89%

#64
Synopsis: An aspiring writer and her three friends, all in their early 20s, together try to make sense of what life... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow, Jenni Konner

Big Little Lies (2017)
89%

#63
Synopsis: Based on the same-titled bestseller by Liane Moriarty, "Big Little Lies" weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief... [More]

Game of Thrones (2011)
89%

#62
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

Angels in America (2003)
90%

#61
Synopsis: Adapted from Tony Kushner's award-winning plays about social, sexual, religious and other issues facing 1980s America as the AIDS crisis... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#60
Synopsis: Two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy explore friendship, first love, identity, and all the... [More]

The New Pope (2020)
90%

#59
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

Looking (2014)
90%

#58
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

Gentleman Jack (2019)
90%

#57
Synopsis: It's 1832 in West Yorkshire, England -- the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution -- where landowner Anne Lister is... [More]

Togetherness (2015)
90%

#56
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]

In Treatment (2008)
90%

#55
Synopsis: Based on an Israeli Academy Award-winning TV drama series, "In Treatment" features a psychologist confronting some uneasy personal truths. For... [More]

Euphoria (2019)
86%

#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]

Synopsis: The journey of Barack Obama, from his early upbringing to his time as the 44th U.S. president, set against the... [More]
Starring:

The Pacific (2010)
91%

#52
Synopsis: Based on the accounts of Marines in World War II, this 10-part miniseries follows the intertwined journeys of three U.S.... [More]

Eastbound & Down (2009)
91%

#51
Synopsis: After substance abuse and insanely self-destructive and obnoxious behavior throw a knuckle ball at his Major League Baseball career, former... [More]

The Outsider (2020)
91%

#50
Synopsis: Based on Stephen King's best-selling novel of the same name, "The Outsider" begins by following an investigation which at first... [More]

The Leftovers (2014)
91%

#49
Synopsis: In a global cataclysm, "The Sudden Departure," 140 million people disappeared without a trace. Three years later, residents of Mapleton,... [More]


Oz (1997)
92%

#47
Synopsis: Inmates and correctional officers inside the Oswald State Correctional Facility, nicknamed "Oz," battle for power and survival amid warring factions... [More]

Getting On (2013)

#46
Synopsis: Based on the BBC series of the same name, "Getting On" follows the daily lives of overworked nurses and doctors... [More]

Deadwood (2004)
92%

#45
Synopsis: "Deadwood" is set in a mining town that was not part of any U.S. state or territory in the post-Civil... [More]

Sharp Objects (2018)
92%

#44
Synopsis: Based on the debut novel of the same name by writer Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl"), the eight-episode series "Sharp Objects"... [More]

The Sopranos (1999)
92%

#43
Synopsis: Tony Soprano juggles the problems of his fractious family with those of a "Family" of a different sort - the... [More]

Boardwalk Empire (2010)
92%

#42
Synopsis: Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition is a place where the rules don't apply. And the man who runs... [More]

#41
Synopsis: "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David plays a version of himself on the improvised series. He faces a constant barrage of life's... [More]

Our Boys (2019)
94%

#40
Synopsis: Set in the summer of 2014, the series is based on the true events which led to the outbreak of... [More]

The Deuce (2017)
93%

#39
Synopsis: Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, who also collaborated on HBO's "The Wire" and "Treme," the semifictional drama series... [More]

Veep (2012)
93%

#38
Synopsis: "Politics is about people," former Sen. Selina Meyer is fond of saying. Unfortunately, the people Meyer, a charismatic leader and... [More]

2 Dope Queens (2018)
94%

#37
Synopsis: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson -- described as hilarious and socially aware at the same time -- bring their hit... [More]

Synopsis: New evidence comes to light in the abduction and murder of approximately 30 African American children and young adults occurring... [More]
Starring:

#35
Synopsis: Cutting edge musical comics Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement travel from their native New Zealand to New York in search... [More]

Olive Kitteridge (2014)
94%

#34
Synopsis: Oscar-winner Frances McDormand ("Fargo") and Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") star in the four-part drama "Olive Kitteridge," adapted from Elizabeth... [More]

The Night Of (2016)
94%

#33
Synopsis: Based on the BBC series "Criminal Justice," HBO's eight-part production "The Night Of" stars John Turturro ("O Brother, Where Art... [More]

The Wire (2002)
94%

#32
Synopsis: This series looks at the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcers as well as the drug... [More]

Silicon Valley (2014)
94%

#31
Synopsis: Partially inspired by co-creator Mike Judge's experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the 1980s, this comedy series follows the... [More]

Succession (2018)
94%

#30
Synopsis: Although he has no plans to step aside as the head of Waystar Royco, the international media conglomerate controlled by... [More]

#29
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:

#28
Synopsis: Acclaimed actress, writer and producer Tracey Ullman, a longtime HBO favorite, returns to the network to front another sketch comedy... [More]

Mare of Easttown (2021)
95%

#27
Synopsis: Small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan investigates a murder as life crumbles around her.... [More]

#26
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


My Brilliant Friend (2018)
96%

#24
Synopsis: Pseudonymous author Elena Ferrante has written four mega-popular Neapolitan novels that explore the complicated intensity of female friendship. "My Brilliant... [More]

Chernobyl (2019)
96%

#23
Synopsis: Brave men and women act heroically to mitigate catastrophic damage when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant suffers a nuclear accident... [More]

Watchmen (2019)
96%

#22
Synopsis: Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the exciting and dark "Watchmen" takes place in... [More]

Sally4Ever (2018)
97%

#21
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

Band of Brothers (2001)
97%

#20
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

Landscapers (2021)
98%

#19
Synopsis: A seemingly ordinary British couple become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when two dead bodies are discovered in the... [More]

Treme (2010)
96%

#18
Synopsis: Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, this hourlong drama series, from "The Wire" executive producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer, follows... [More]

Insecure (2016)
97%

#17
Synopsis: Modern-day black women might be described as strong and confident; in other words, just the opposite of Issa and Molly.... [More]

Betty (2020)
98%

#16
Synopsis: Young women navigate the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding in New York City.... [More]

Synopsis: John Oliver won an Emmy for his work as a writer on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," but it... [More]
Starring: John Oliver

High Maintenance (2016)
98%

#14
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

I May Destroy You (2020)
98%

#13
Synopsis: After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, Arabella's life changes irreversibly and she is forced to reassess everything, including her... [More]

Barry (2018)
99%

#12
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

We're Here (2020)
100%

#11
Synopsis: An American reality television series featuring former "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara and Shangela Laquifa... [More]

The Corner (2000)
100%

#10
Synopsis: The life of a family living in poverty in West Baltimore.... [More]

Synopsis: This series is composed of surreal sketch comedy pieces dealing with everything from politics and religion to popular culture. The... [More]

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]

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:

Synopsis: Documentary filmmaker John Wilson embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery and cultural observation by covertly filming the lives of fellow... [More]
Starring: John Wilson

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]

#4
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

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]

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

#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]


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This week at the movies, we’ve got heroic miners (The 33, starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche), yuletide revelers (Love the Coopers, starring Olivia Wilde and Diane Keaton), and a gridiron underdog (My All American, starring Aaron Eckhart and Sarah Bolger). What do the critics have to say?


The 33 (2015) 48%

The story of the brave Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped more than 2,000 feet underground is the kind of real-life inspirational tale that practically begs for a big-screen adaptation. Unfortunately, critics say The 33 shoehorns its inherently dramatic tale into a formulaic disaster movie template. If you watched the news in 2010, you know the basic outline: a cave-in traps a group of mine workers for nearly two months, and the film follows events both below and above ground, as the miners’ families and supporters try to stay strong while a rescue team goes to work. The pundits say the cast of The 33 does well with its limited characters, but the film is ultimately too predictable and surface-level to fully resonate.


Love the Coopers (2015) 18%

The holidays can turn even the staunchest Scrooge into a gooey sentimentalist, so there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with a film that follows an age-old seasonal recipe. Too bad, then, that critics say that despite its all-star guest list, Love the Coopers is louder — and less funny — than a bad Christmas sweater. Diane Keaton stars as the matriarch of the Cooper clan, the members of which are all on shaky ground in their personal lives as they gather for presumed seasonal merriment. Will everyone hit some sort of low point before banding together in celebration? The pundits say Love the Coopers might jerk a tear or two, but mostly, it’s alternately too gloomy and too contrived to achieve any kind of festive goodwill.


My All American (2015) 31%

With so many inspirational sports films in the world, it takes something truly special to rise above the competition. Unfortunately, critics say My All American, the directorial debut of Rudy and Hoosiers scribe Angelo Pizzo, fails to distinguish itself from the pack, even if it’s earnest and well-acted. Based on the true story of college football player Freddie Steinmark, the film stars Aaron Eckhart as University of Texas coach Darrell Royal, who spots talent in the undersized Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) and offers him a full scholarship. Upbeat and dedicated, Steinmark leads the 1969 Longhorns through a legendary season even as he is struck with tragic news. The pundits say My All American is uplifting and heartfelt with strong performances from its cast, but it’s predictable and far from subtle, and viewers with an aversion to schmaltz should steer clear.


 

What’s Hot on TV

w/Bob & David: Season 1 (2015) 89%

W/Bob and David offers a long-overdue reunion between Mr. Show principals Odenkirk and Cross — and a suitably hilarious reminder of the reasons for their subsequent individual successes.


Into the Badlands: Season 1 (2015) 64%

Into the Badlands is loaded with off-kilter potential that’s left largely unfulfilled — although its well-choreographed action sequences should satisfy martial arts fans.


Donny!: Season 1 (2015) 23%

Often unfunny and occasionally creepy, Donny! draws unfavorable comparisons to any number of superior improvisational comedies.


 

Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Kajaki (2014) , a fact-based war film about a troop of British soldiers in Afghanistan who become trapped in the middle of a minefield, is at 100 percent.
  • Song of Lahore (2015) , a documentary about a group of Pakistani musicians using sitars and tablas to play jazz standards, is at 100 percent.
  • Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015) , a documentary featuring home movies and remembrances of the legendary actress, is at 100 percent.
  • James White (2015) , starring Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon in a drama about a party-hearty man who must get himself together when his mother suffers from a serious illness, is at 91 percent.
  • Entertainment (2015) , starring Gregg Turkington (as his alter ego, anti-comedian Neil Hamburger) in the story of a a standup comic who performs third rate venues before hostile crowds, is at 84 percent.
  • Man Up (2015) , starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell in a romantic comedy about two mismatched people who end up on a date together after a case of mistaken identity, is at 83 percent.
  • Casa Grande (2014) , a Brazilian drama about a privileged high school student who’s blissfully unaware of his family’s financial troubles, is at 80 percent.
  • Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015) , a documentary about the making of the ill-fated auto-racing drama, is at 33 percent.
  • Shelter (2014) , starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie in a drama about the circumstances that led two people to homelessness, is at 33 percent.
  • Heist (2015) , starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Robert De Niro in a thriller about a man on the run from the cops and the mob after pulling off a daring casino robbery, is at 33 percent.
  • By the Sea (2015) , starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in a drama about a couple struggling to keep their marriage together while vacationing in France, is at 24 percent.

November’s not only turkey time, but it also marks the start of the holiday shopping season — which means some exciting new titles will be heading to DVD and Blu-ray this month. Check out Rotten Tomatoes picks’ for what to binge-watch in November, whether you’re trying to catch up on a show in time for the next season, looking for a new series to stream over a long weekend, or giving something a try before you re-gift it as a stocking stuffer next month!


Better Call Saul: Season 1 (2015) 97%

What it is: Before he was Saul Goodman, Albuquerque’s shadiest (and funniest) lawyer was Jimmy McGill aka “Slipping Jimmy” (Bob Odenkirk) in AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel.

Why you should watch it: Essential viewing for Breaking Bad fans, Better Call Saul is also a stand-alone drama, engrossing and darkly comic, with knock-out performances by Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. The complete first season hits DVD on Nov. 10, so you better binge Saul!

Where to watch: All ten episodes of season one are also available on Amazon, Google PlayiTunes, PlayStation VideoVudu, and Xbox Video.

Commitment: About nine hours.


The Man in the High Castle: Season 1 (2015) 95%

What it is: Based on a Philip K. Dick novel, this show of the same name tells an alternate history of the Axis Powers winning World War II and the resistance movement growing throughout America in the early 1960s.

Why you should watch it: By executive producer Ridley Scott, The Man in the High Castle is unlike anything else on TV, with an immediately engrossing plot driven by quickly developed characters. Part of Amazon’s fourth “pilot season,” this fully realized post-war dystopia was the best-reviewed show of the lot in 2014.

Where to watch: The complete first season will be available on Amazon Prime on Friday, Nov. 20.

Commitment: 10 hours.


Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3 (2015) 100%

What it is: Comedy Central’s half-hour sketch show features a series of vignettes — many of which feature the comic’s biting feminist commentary — strung together by Schumer’s hilarious woman-on-the-street interviews.

Why you should watch it: Three seasons in, Trainwreck star Schumer is finally a household name, thanks in large part to a handful of sketches that went viral this year, including her parody of 12 Angry Men starring Paul Giamatti and the show’s musical spoof of One Direction’s “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful.”

Where to watch: All three season are available on Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, PlayStation Video, and Vudu. The DVD of season three hits the streets on Nov. 24.

Commitment: 15 hours.


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What it is: Based on the award-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall recounts the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn, as observed by Thomas Cromwell during his own ascension within the court of Henry VIII.

Why you should watch it: Mark Rylance‘s performance as Cromwell is enough reason to watch, but Damian Lewis and Claire Foy are also not to be missed. An exceptional supporting cast brings this cutthroat Tudor world to vivid life.

Where to watch: Season one is currently available on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, and Xbox Video, as well as DVD and Blu-ray. It will also arrive on Amazon Prime on Nov. 11.

Commitment: Six hours.


Master of None: Season 1 (2015) 100%

Master of None

What it is: Aziz Ansari is the creator of Master of None, a new show on Netflix that is loosely based on his life. We follow Dev as he makes his way in NYC as an actor who, along with his friends, discovers what 30-something means today.

Why you should watch it: For all those that fell in love with Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, you will see a more nuanced, intimate kind of Ansari love here. Master of None’s cultural commentary is on-point, the weirdness of today’s romantic struggles are highlighted in all their awkward glory, and the cast is a talented bunch. Binge your hearts out; it’s a funny, sweet, neurotic ride.

Where to watch: Season one will be available on Nov. 6 exclusively on Netflix.

Commitment: Five hours.


Mr. Show With Bob and David: Season 1 () 100%

What it is: Before Bob Odenkirk and David Cross broke through with Breaking Bad and Arrested Development, respectively, they were the oddball duo behind Mr. Show, an anarchic sketch comedy that blended goofiness and edginess in a way that resembles Chappelle’s Show for the indie rock set.

Why you should watch it: Since W/ Bob & David is premiering on Netflix on Nov. 13, now’s as good a time as any to dive into one of the weirdest programs of the mid to late 1990s. For inspired randomness, absurdist satire, and some of the best segues in television history, you can’t beat Mr. Show. In addition to its leading men, the show served as an incubator for a number of the brightest lights of alt-comedy, including Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, and Scott Aukerman.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, and DVD.

Commitment: 15 hours.


Black Sails: Season 2 (2015) 100%

What it is: Starz’s Black Sails is a period drama that follows the trials and triumphs of the most notorious men to sail the seven seas during piracy’s golden age.

Why you should watch it: This prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island offers a grittier take on the usual swashbuckling fare we’ve come to expect from our famous pirates.  So you can count on the action to build as the intrigue deepens.  With two seasons under its belt, there is already plenty of adventure to be had before Black Sails comes back for a third season in January 2016.

Where to watch: Both seasons are on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation Video, Starz Play (with cable subscription), VuduXbox Video, and Xfinity (with cable subscription), and season two hits DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 3.

Commitment: 18 hours.


Getting On: Season 2 (2010) 100%

What it is: The adaptation of the UK BBC comedy series of the same name showcases the careers and personal lives of doctors and nurses in a Long Beach hospital extended-care wing.

Why you should watch it: Folks who like their brilliant slapstick comedy to suddenly jolt you with empathy and smash your heart against the wall — and watch it slither to the floor where it gets rolled over by a squeaky, old wheelchair occupied by a vibrant but terminally-ill senior citizen who screams something naughty as she begins to dance naked in the hallways of the hospital wing, bringing you to tears of laughter once again — will love Getting On.

Where to watch: Season three premieres Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. on HBO. The first two seasons are streaming on Amazon, Google PlayHBO Go (with subscription), iTunes, Playstation Video, Vudu, and Xfinity (with cable subscription).

Commitment: Six hours.


Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season 1 (2014) 82%

What it is: In this animated series, Mike Tyson (voiced by Tyson himself) embarks on a series of hilarious investigations with his adopted Korean daughter, an irritable ghost, and a vulgar talking pigeon in tow. Their shenanigans take them everywhere from Cormac McCarthy’s ranch to outer space.

Why you should watch it: Mike Tyson appears to have embraced his newly reformed public persona as a big, unpredictable teddy bear with a knack for self-parody and just a touch of insanity. Mike Tyson Mysteries takes full advantage of this, and the result is an absurd comedy that alternates between high concept Scooby-Doo-esque hijinks and upended sitcom tropes. In other words, if you’re an Adult Swim fan, this will fit right into your schedule, and since the second season premieres on Sunday, it’s the perfect time to catch up.

Where to watch: The Adult Swim website has the first four episodes and the season finale of season one available to watch, and you can get the rest on AmazonGoogle PlayiTunes, or Vudu. You can also purchase the first season (uncensored) on DVD.

Commitment: Each episode is only 11 or 12 minutes long, so you should be able to finish the whole season in two hours.


Last Tango in Halifax: Season 3 (2014) 100%

What it is: In this touching British comedy-drama, Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid play school-day sweethearts who fall in love 60 years later, after the spouses of each have passed.

Why you should watch it: It’s a series about maturation, relationships, mistakes, forgiveness, and the metamorphoses that accompany such change, for those directly involved and for their often dysfunctional families. Influenced by writer Sally Wainwright’s mother’s second marriage, the life-changing events play out fervidly with understated realism. In a time when sensationalism and special effects can dominate the airwaves, Halifax brings an invigorating genuineness to relationships with subtle profundity.

Where to watch: Seasons one through three two are available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu. Seasons one and two are also on Netflix.

Commitment: 18 hours. 

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