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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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Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) - Breaking Bad _Season 5 - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

(Photo by Frank Ockenfels/AMC)

FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: TV Shows That Defined the 2000s

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

Ah, the aughts. Will we one day look back on the decade as a simpler time, when a school teacher becoming a meth dealer was the height of entertainment?

Probably, yes, according to Rotten Tomatoes users, who voted Breaking Bad the show that defined the decade’s television entertainment with 61% of the vote. The Bryan Cranston–led series was followed by The Office with 47% of the vote, and The Sopranos with 45%.

Which TV star ruled in the decade? Fans bestowed that honor on the late, great James Gandolfini for his role as Tony in The Sopranos. Gandolfini received 18% of the vote. Steve Carell followed with 17% of the vote, and Tina Fey grabbed third position away from Jon Stewart 7.96 percent to 7.56 percent.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Family Guy (1999)

#20
Synopsis: Animated series "Family Guy" features the adventures of the Griffin family. Endearingly ignorant Peter and his stay-at-home wife, Lois, reside... [More]

#19
Synopsis: Live from New York for more than four decades, celebrity hosts join an award-winning ensemble cast to perform comedic sketches,... [More]
Directed By: Lorne Michaels

#18
Synopsis: Michael Bluth finds himself forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father,... [More]

House (2004)
90%

#17
Synopsis: At fictional Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey, prickly genius Dr. Gregory House tackles health mysteries as would a... [More]

#16
Synopsis: Behind the facade of a postcard-perfect subdivision live four women whose lives are anything but idyllic. Klutzy Susan is divorced... [More]

Synopsis: Accused by some of misinforming its core audience of young adults about international news, this series doesn't hide the fact... [More]

Synopsis: A dedicated group of forensic investigators at the Las Vegas Crime Lab works to solve often-grisly crimes in Sin City.... [More]

Dexter (2006)
71%

#13
Synopsis: Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who doesn't just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he's... [More]

Grey's Anatomy (2005)
84%

#12
Synopsis: The medical drama series focuses on a group of doctors at a hospital in Seattle, including several who began their... [More]

30 Rock (2006)
78%

#11
Synopsis: Based more-than-loosely on backstage shenanigans at "Saturday Night Live," "30 Rock" centers on young Liz Lemon, currently head writer for... [More]

The West Wing (1999)
75%

#10
Synopsis: Cutthroat presidential advisers get their personal lives hopelessly tangled up with professional duties as they try to conduct the business... [More]
Directed By: John Wells

#9
Synopsis: Ted has fallen in love. It all started when his best friend, Marshall, drops the bombshell that he plans to... [More]

Sex and the City (1998)
70%

#8
Synopsis: A sex columnist, Carrie Bradshaw, and her three friends -- Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda -- explore Manhattan's dating scene, chronicling... [More]

Mad Men (2007)
94%

#7
Synopsis: In 1960s New York, alpha male Don Draper struggles to stay on top of the heap in the high-pressure world... [More]

24 (2001)
87%

#6
Synopsis: Counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer fights the bad guys of the world, a day at a time. With each week's episode... [More]

American Idol (2003)
68%

#5
Synopsis: Singers with dreams of super stardom audition and compete in a series of challenging rounds in the hope of living... [More]

Lost (2004)
85%

#4
Synopsis: The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 were 1,000 miles off course when they crashed on a lush, mysterious island. Each... [More]

The Sopranos (1999)
92%

#3
Synopsis: Tony Soprano juggles the problems of his fractious family with those of a "Family" of a different sort - the... [More]

The Office (2005)
81%

#2
Synopsis: This U.S. adaptation -- set at a paper company based in Scranton, Pa. -- has a similar documentary style to... [More]

Breaking Bad (2008)
96%

#1
Synopsis: Mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White thinks his life can't get much worse. His salary barely makes ends meet,... [More]


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Have you revealed what you would do #FortheThrone yet? HBO’s marketing campaign for the final season of Game of Thrones is in full swing. Next up: beer #ForTheThrone. The series is also getting a “making of” documentary as a digestif for its final season. Plus, Killing Eve slays the BAFTA TV nominations, but some argue that the BBC America original doesn’t meet the criteria to be eligible for all 14 of its nominations. And another Sex and the City? Really?


TOP STORY

Game of Thrones Season 8 Is Getting a Documentary

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones season 8 (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

HBO will offer a behind-the-scenes-look at filming of the final season of Game of Thrones with a two-hour documentary later this year, titled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch. The film traces the making of the series’ upcoming eighth season, and is set to air May 26, one week after the series’ final season finishes airing. Directed by British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay, The Last Watch promises “unprecedented access” while the cast and crew “contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers,” according to HBO. Game of Thrones showrunner D. B. Weiss, producer Bernadette Caulfield, and writer David Benioff are executive producers on the documentary. The Last Watch will be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, and HBO On Demand on May 26.

In other Thrones brand-extension news, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Licensing & Retail will release the latest Game of Thrones beer nationwide in early April. Called “For the Throne,” the 9.5% ABV golden ale is co-fermented with pinot grigio and viognier grape juices and then bottle conditioned with Champagne yeast. For the Throne joins the four other Game of Thrones beers Ommegang has available, including Queen of the Seven Kingdoms (a blend of sour and blonde ales), Mother of Dragons (smoked porter and kriek ale blend), King in the North (a barrel-aged imperial stout), and Hand of the Queen (a barleywine ale). Find out where to purchase on the brewery’s site. Let the #HoldMyBeer #ForTheThrone memes begin.

The beer is just one part of HBO’s #ForTheThrone campaign, which includes outdoor events, social media emojis, a “Quest for the Throne” worldwide hunt for Iron Throne locations, a partnership with the American Red Cross to “Bleed for the Throne,” and an art collection of inspired by props, from swords to fashion, from the show.

And, as Tyrion might remind us, don’t forget the wine


Killing Eve Tops BAFTA TV Nominations — But With a Hitch

Killing Eve Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve (Sandra Oh) (BBC America)

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Killing Eve and A Very English Scandal led the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2019 awards nominations with 14 and 12 nominations, respectively. Patrick Melrose received six, while Bodyguard and The Little Drummer Girl each received five, BAFTA announced on Thursday. See all of the nominees on BAFTA’s site here.

British media reports note, however, that the spy comedy from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which stars Jodie Comer as assassin Villanelle and Sandra Oh as MI5 officer Eve Posner, violates the awards’ rules that state that to be eligible, a series must have had the worldwide premiere in the UK and a UK broadcaster must have primary control over it. Killing Eve was commissioned by BBC America, however, which is co-owned by the BBC and U.S. cable network AMC. Killing Eve should only be eligible in the international series category, according to one interpretation of the rules.

The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, May 12, with the British Academy Television Craft Awards taking place two weeks earlier on Sunday, April 18 at The Brewery, London.


Another Sex and the City Sequel?

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There might be another Sex and the City sequel after all — but it’s headed to the small screen. According to Deadline, Paramount Television has acquired the rights to SATC author Candace Bushnell’s latest book, Is There Still Sex in the City?, that examines love and dating after 50. Bushnell will write a pilot script and executive produce alongside Liza Chasin and Robyn Meisinger. The most recent effort in the franchise, CW series The Carrie Diaries, starred AnnaSophia Robb, focused on a teenage Carrie Bradshaw, and was canceled after two seasons.


Pose Picks Patti

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Pose executive Producer Ryan Murphy announced at PaleyFest last weekend that there will be a “time leap” between seasons 1 and 2 of the FX series about the New York City ball scene. While season 1 is set in the 1980s, season 2 will pick up in the 1990s on “the day Madonna releases ‘Vogue,’” Murphy teased.

After the success of Pose producer Janet Mock’s directorial debut, the Billy Porter–fronted episode “Love is the Message,” the writer will return to direct this coming season (and, of course, will continue to write throughout the season as well).

Murphy teased that Tony Award winner Patti LuPone would be “coming to play with us in a couple weeks,” when she will share several scenes with Blanca (MJ Rodriguez). Season 1 guest star Sandra Bernhard has been promoted to series regular for season 2.


Jussie Smollett Update

All charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett were dropped after the actor was accused of faking a hate crime he reported in January. According to reports, the charges were dropped as a part of a settlement that included the actor participating in community service and the forfeiture of his $10,000 bond.

The actor’s troubles aren’t over, however, as the prosecution’s decision to a deal with the actor has sparked widespread criticism about special treatment for a celebrity. The FBI and Department of Justice were even called upon to review the matter. One insider tied to Empire told Deadline, “Things are so unclear and there is a feeling that this isn’t over, that there’s more to come.” The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is also reportedly working with law enforcement to investigate a hate-filled letter that the actor received on the set of the Fox drama. If it is discovered that the letter was sent by the actor to himself, he could face 5-20 years of jail time.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has been critical of the deal prosecutors agreed to in the attack, is sending Smollett a bill for $130,000 for police overtime.

In the meantime, the actor is nominated for the “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” NAACP Image Award to be presented on Saturday. The ceremony will air live on TV One at 9 p.m. EDT.


Homeland’s Family Reunion and More Casting News

Showtime

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Hugh Dancy is set to join real-life wife Claire Danes for the eighth and final season of Danes’ award-winning series Homeland. He’ll play John Zabel, a savvy Washington consultant who joins the White House as a new foreign-policy advisor to the president and a formidable opponent to Saul (Mandy Patinkin). Per Showtime, the final season of the series will find Carrie (Danes) recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured – which is a problem for Saul, now National Security Advisor to the newly ascendant President Warner (Beau Bridges). The top priority of Warner’s young administration is an end to the “forever war” in Afghanistan, and Saul has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations. But Kabul teems with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies – and Saul needs the relationships and expertise that only his protégé can provide. Against medical advice, Saul asks Carrie to walk with him into the lion’s den one last time.

Russian Doll star Charlie Barnett will guest star on season 2 of Lifetime series-turned-Netflix original You. He’ll play the best friend of female lead Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti). Gabe is Love’s oldest friend and closest confidant, a successful acupuncturist and psychedelics aficionado living his L.A. life to the fullest.

Netflix’s newest in-the-works holiday movie is called Holiday Rush, and will star Romany Malco, LaLa Anthony, Darlene Love, and Deon Cole.


More TV News…

Sony Pictures Television has sold its stake in Crackle to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Variety reports.

Isn’t It Romantic writer Dana Fox signed a deal with Paramount TV and Anonymous content, THR reports. Fox is showrunner for upcoming Apple TV+ series Home Before Dark. Read RT’s coverage of Apple TV+ here.

Producer Nora Smith (Bob’s Burgers) makes deal at 20th Century Fox, according to Variety.

Netflix announces that Jordan Fisher joins its To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel as John Ambrose McClaren.

Notable upcoming TV: the series finale of Broad City, the season 9 finale of The Walking Dead, the season 3 finale of This Is Us; premieres include season 1 of Amazon Prime Video original Hanna (based on the film), the final season of Veep, Barry season 2, Certified Fresh season 1 of Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 4 winter premiere, and season 2 of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger on Freeform.

Read about more upcoming premieres and finales and find out whether your favorite show is renewed or cancelled.


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Sam Loudermilk (Ron Livingston) is the kind of guy you love to hate. You’d avoid if you saw him on the street, but when he’s telling off a millennial holding up the coffee line, you quietly cheer. He is also the central figure of the new Audience Network comedy Loudermilk, from director Peter Farrelly.

A recovering alcoholic, Loudermilk has an impeccable reputation in his AA group for helping others get clean. The process isn’t pretty, but now Loudermilk turns his attention to Claire Wilkes (Anja Savcic), who may be his toughest case yet.

Livingston spoke with Rotten Tomatoes before the premiere of Loudermilk. Here are six things you might hate, but you’ve got to love him for it.


1. BEING RIGHT ONLY MAKES HIM MORE OBNOXIOUS

What’s worse than an obnoxious loudmouth? An obnoxious loudmouth who has a point. Loudermilk is past worrying about making people happy. They found the right actor to play him because Livingston is about 20 years beyond wanting to make his characters likable.

“Honestly, I learned a lot on Swingers by watching Vince [Vaughn] do his thing,” Livingston said. “He’s such a d— in that movie, in a lot of the movies he does, but that’s the guy that everybody wants to hang out with. It’s not that he’s likable. It’s that he’s confident enough that he doesn’t give a f—. He says what he thinks.”

That lesson has served Livingston in a lot of roles he’s played, from Office Space to Sex and the City.

“I think there’s something that people [respond to],” he continued. “It’s not like they want to like him. They want to imagine themselves being able to do that and then they like themselves, imagining they can do that. After that, I felt a lot more free about Jack Berger doesn’t have to be likable. He just has to be trying his best.”

It works for acting, but in real life even Livingston still wants to be liked.

“I know that feeling well and wouldn’t it be great to be free of that?” he said. “We all want to be liked but there’s something about I think we all sort of envy that guy that doesn’t give a f—.”


2. HE TELLS PEOPLE WHAT OTHERS ARE AFRAID TO SAY

When an addict is spiraling out of control, it does them no good for a friend to say, “Hang in there. You’re doing your best.” That’s enabling.

“There’s all kinds of people trying to pat them on the head and say it’s going to be OK, it’s not your fault,” Livingston said. “There comes a time when sometimes people just need to be told, ‘Look, you f—ing —hole, this is what’s going down. Do you see what’s going down? This is what’s going on. You can do something about it or not but it’s not doing you a service in hiding it.’”


3. HE CAN MOCK AA MEETINGS BECAUSE HE LOVES THEM

Loudermilk certainly isn’t making fun of 12-step programs. These meetings provide a vital resource for people in need. Still, there’s a good-natured comedy in Loudermilk’s frustration with his own attendees.

“It’s a world that we haven’t really looked at, at least in a comedy way, because it’s been sort of either a dirty little secret or a sacred cow,” Livingston said. “We’re poking fun at it, but we’re doing it lovingly. We’re doing it with love.”

Even at its most comical, the AA meeting is still a support group. Any group of well-meaning people trying to help, but maybe screwing up just as much, can be dysfunctional.

“It’s a community of people who are wrestling with many of the same demons and sharing war stories, mostly just being there for each other,” Livingston said. “There’s a certain brand of gallows humor. There are some great anecdotes. There’s something kind of magical about when a new person walks in and everybody knows exactly where that person is because they’ve all been there.”


4. IT MAY NOT BE THE BEST MEETING, BUT IT’S THE ONE HE’S GOT

Creating Loudermilk’s AA group didn’t have to mimic an actual support group too strictly. That’s because every meeting is as unique as the individuals who show up for that meeting. Loudermilk just has to make do with what he’s got.

“They’re all so different but there is a common theme,” Livingston said. “They’re not only different from program to program, just from room to room and group to group, it’s a different animal. But they all have a component that ties them together which is it’s people who are in a very humbling position having to admit that something is out of their control and taking over their life. And yet, not only coming together to try to change that in themselves but to try to be of support to other people.”


5. LOUDERMILK HAS HIT BOTTOM SO THIS IS AN IMPROVEMENT

In AA, rock bottom is the lowest point where an addict decides it’s time to change. Sometimes it can be catastrophic but not always. It was pretty damaging for Loudermilk. So just imagine how much worse he was before then.

“I think his bottom was when he got in a car accident with his wife,” Livingston said. “I think that’s the thing that haunts him, and I don’t even think that’s when he turned around. I think it probably took him another year or so after that to turn around. This is all actor bullsh– backstory. Maybe it’ll come out in season 2. If there’s a ghost that’s haunting him, that’s the one that he still has to work with.”

That’s not the end of the story of Loudermilk’s wife. Look for her to factor into later episodes of the series.

“I think in his head that something changed in that moment,” Livingston said. “It factors back in later in the season, so I don’t want to spoil it too much. I think in many ways, he’s more torn up about that accident than his ex-wife is. She’s put it behind her.”


6. LOUDERMILK GIVES LIVINGSTON A HEALTHY OUTLET

This is a bit of a more healthy obsession than substance addiction since he can use it to better his work. Livingston admitted to obsessing over character details, and Loudermilk lets him go wild.

“You’re trying to crack the character and do all this work of what would he do, what would you do?” Livingston said. “Ultimately, you don’t have any idea. You really only know what you think you would do. To get all that, not only in your head but sort of in the body so that it’s happening without thinking about it, it just never ends. How would he pick up the bottle? How would he open the car door? There’s something about that process.”

Livingston hopes Loudermilk doesn’t pick up any bottles, but the car door applies. “I think probably his favorite way is to reach inside and open it from the inside,” Livingston said. “The car door’s broken, and he’s too lazy to fix it.”

No matter how much prep he puts into it, Livingston ultimately has to just stop and do the scene.

“Now the beauty of it is, there’s something about being an actor, having a deadline,” he said. “They turn the camera on and then after a little bit they turn the camera off. That’s it. That’s all you got. You’ve got that much time to do it, you hope it’s good.”


Loudermilk premieres October 17 at 10:30 p.m. on Audience Network.

 

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