These are the best HBO Originals based on ratings, reviews, and popularity. Game of Thrones is a TV series that follows a war for the Iron Throne. It was nominated for 63 Primetime Emmy Awards, 39 Golden Globe Awards, and has been named the best TV series of all time by several publications.
Best HBO Originals
- Game of Thrones, 2011
Game of Thrones was created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss in 2011 on HBO with a budget of $60 million per episode. It is said to have become the most-watched scripted series in the history of HBO since its debut in 2011 and aired its final season in 2019.
- The Sopranos, 1999
The Sopranos is one of the most influential and popular American television series, which was created by David Chase and premiered on HBO in 1999. This series won numerous awards and became a cornerstone of the company’s success.
- The Wire, 2002
The Wire is a crime drama series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. It aired on the American cable television network HBO from 2002 to 2008. It tells the story of Baltimore, Maryland from its initial industrialization in the mid-to-late 1800s to its troubled modern-day state.
- Band of Brothers, 2001
The Band of Brothers is an American television series that originally aired on HBO. It is based on the true story of the Easy Company, 506th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army Airborne during World War II.
- True Detective, 2014
HBO’s True Detective is a series that depicts a fictional, American city of Vinci, California. The story revolves around three law enforcement officers and one criminal. It was nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Matthew McConaughey) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Nic Pizzolatto).
- Boardwalk Empire, 2010
Boardwalk Empire is a crime drama series that follows the life of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who becomes the treasurer of Atlantic County in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the early 20th century. It was created by Terence Winter and premiered on September 19, 2009 on HBO with Steve Buscemi starring as Nucky Thompson. In 2010, Boardwak Empire was awarded two Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Drama and Best Actor – Drama (Steve Buscemi).
- Deadwood, 2004
Deadwood was one of the most popular HBO Originals in 2004 and is often considered as one of the best shows in the network’s history. It was nominated for 22 Primetime Emmy Awards and won 11 including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Timothy Olyphant), and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
- True Blood, 2008
True Blood is an American supernatural drama television series that centers on the trials of protagonist Bill Compton, a vampire.
- Oz, 1997
Oz, a psychological drama starring Dwayne Johnson, is a great HBO Original that was created in 1997. It has been aired 10 times since then and has been nominated for 16 Emmy Awards.
- Rome, 2005
Rome is one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed HBO Originals. It tells the story of a family that moves from New York to Rome in order to protect their son, who is a high-ranking Vatican official. Many think that this show may be the beginning of an epic journey for HBO Originals.
- Six Feet Under, 2001
“Six Feet Under” is a television show that explored the life and death of a family in the fictional town of Fisher’s Landing. It premiered on HBO in 2001 and ran for five seasons, ending in 2005.
- Curb Your Enthusiasm, 2000
Curb Your Enthusiasm, aired its final episode in 2011 after ten seasons. It was nominated for sixteen Emmy Awards and won five Primetime Emmys.
- Entourage, 2004
Entourage is an American television series created and primarily written by Doug Ellin. It is an adaptation of his own experiences, and it chronicles the lives of Vincent Chase, a Hollywood movie star who starts a fictionalized version of his life in New York City.
- Tales from the Crypt, 1989
HBO’s Tales from the Crypt came with a package of prestige and horror that made it a cult hit that lasted for half a decade. The HBO show was focused on the macabre and the uneasy with its dark tone and themes.
- Silicon Valley, 2014
Silicon Valley was released on HBO in 2014 and received critical acclaim for its originality. The series is the story of the titular Silicon Valley, a place where people come to make it big, whether they are brilliant engineers or visionary entrepreneurs. It’s also about how that happens, through networks of friends looking out for each other and intense rivalry between companies.