Last Updated: July 12th
There are a number of great television series on HBO, both past and present. If you’re trying to figure out what to watch next on HBO Now or HBO Go, here’s a great place to start with a look at 30 of the best shows to on HBO of all time, ranked.
2 seasons, 16 episodes | IMDb: 7.5/10
The Duplass brothers comedy-drama series about a family trying to rediscover their joy for life remains some of the brotherly duo’s best work. Starring Mark Duplass as a 40-something sound designer going through a mid-life crises and Melanie Lynskey as his wife Michelle, a woman looking to reinvent herself, the show follows the couple as they try to inject a bit of spark back into their marriage with the help of an out-of-work actor friend and Michelle’s sister, a bouncy castle entrepreneur.
3 seasons, 30 episodes | IMDb: 7.6/10
There’s a reason Senator Elizabeth Warren stans this sports dramedy series starring Dwayne Johnson. Not only is the action star at his comedic best play Spencer Strasmore, a former NFL player who embarks on a new career as a financial manager to pro athletes in the show’s premiere, the whole vibe of this show is Entourage on steroids. In other words, get ready to laugh your a** off at some raunchy, physical humor and witty one-liners while ogling expensive suits, fast cars, million-dollar mansions, and a yacht or two.
2 seasons, 18 episodes | IMDb: 7.5/10
Laura Dern has starred in two fantastic series for HBO but her best work remains as Amy Jellicoe, a middle-aged woman going through a nervous breakthrough on Enlightened. The dramedy follows Amy as she recovers from a mental break that happened after being fired by the shady company she’d been working for — to be fair, her heavy drinking and the affair she was having with her married boss didn’t scream longevity. After a two-month rehab stint and a bipolar diagnosis, Amy tries to get her life back on track and ends up uncovering a damning secret about the people she works for. Dern in anything is worthy of a watch but when the actress plays messy, “unlikeable” female characters intent on self-destruction, she’s truly at her best.
27. Eastbound and Down
4 seasons, 29 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
Danny McBride plays Kenny Powers, a brash, profane washed-up major league relief pitcher who returns his North Carolina hometown and ends up living with his brother and teaching P.E. at the local middle school. The show, like Kenny Powers, is loud, obnoxious, and grating, and yet still capable of delivering some of the funniest lines on television. It’s completely absurd, but it works because of how far Danny McBride is willing to take it. The show only seems to have one joke, but Eastbound and Down manages to find new ways to poke and prod that joke into life. In fact, the series gets better as it progresses through its fourth season, especially after it figures out how to combine emotional heft with the crude, bombastic humor.