15 Best TV Shows on HBO

Wanna watch the best TV shows on HBO Go? Here is a good place to find the right one.

When it comes to quality TV shows, HBO is a place to go. They are known for some of the best TV shows ever made. Whether it’s an older and completed show or a new ongoing show, their selection is impressive. The list below should help you narrow them down to the absolute best.

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Without further ado, these are the best TV shows on HBO Go (ordered by release date):

1. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

Genre: Crime, Drama
Creator: David Chase
Starring: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Described by many as one of the best tv shows, The Sopranos focuses on Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a mobster who turns to psychiatric counseling due to his overwhelming psychological issues. Throughout the series, we follow his attempts to balance his “professional” and family life, while trying to keep his shrink sessions a secret.

Critically praised, the series won plenty of awards, such as 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes.

2. The Wire (2002–2008)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Creator: David Simon
Starring: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

The Wire realistically portraits the drug scene and how it functions in the city of Baltimore, beginning with the lowest of the low – the junkies and ending high up in the political circles. An intriguing fact about the series is that at first, it didn’t gain any special notice or acclaim. The merits came later, marking it as one of the most outstanding TV shows ever.

3. Deadwood (2004–2006)

Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Creators: David Milch
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

Set in the town of Deadwood in the 1870s, the series focuses on its deep corruption, crime, and power struggle. The characters we will meet and whose lives will intertwine are Al Swearenger, a saloon owner and boss in the town, gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok and the future sheriff of Deadwood Seth Bullock.

4. Rome (2005–2007)

Genre: Action, Drama, History
Creators: Bruno Heller, William J. MacDonald, John Milius
Starring: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

Set in the last century BC, Rome tells a captivating and riveting story of a Republic becoming a world Empire seen from the perspective of both the aristocracy and the commoners – particularly the two soldiers, who get caught in a whirlpool of important historical as well as political events of that time.

5. Dexter (2006–2013)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Creator: James Manos Jr.
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

A modern Dr-Jekyll-and-Mr-Hide type of crime series set in Miami introduces us to Dexter Morgan who works as a forensic technician in the field of blood spatter during day time. At night, he becomes a fearsome serial killer on the hunt for other murderers who, in his view, have escaped justice, but only for a short while.

6. Californication (2007–2014)

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Creator: Tom Kapinos
Starring: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

This award-winning TV series (two Emmys and one Golden Globe) deals with the ever-interesting life of Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny), a former New Yorker who goes to Los Angeles in order to escape his writer’s block. What he can’t evade, apparently, are women, drugs, and alcohol, which only complicate the already-troubled relationship he has with his ex-wife and teenage daughter.

7. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Creators: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

This is an HBO series that gathered a record number of viewers and subsequent fans. The storyline follows a plethora of characters in the fantasy land of Westeros and Essos. Their plotlines intertwine as the game for power and the Iron Throne evolves in bloodshed and numerous intrigues.

The acting, production, cinematography, soundtrack, and story itself were critically acclaimed from the series’ beginning. However, the last season faced harsh criticism due to fewer episodes which hindered the story’s narrative logic and its outcome.

Nevertheless, the number of the awards it received still stands, with 161 Emmy nominations, and 58 of them won. A cast name worth mentioning here is Peter Dinklage, who won four Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister.

8. True Detective (2014–)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Creator: Nic Pizzolatto
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Mahershala Ali

The series consists of three seasons, each of them a separate story of its own.

The first one (top-rated and critically acclaimed with many accolades) is set in Louisiana where a pair of detectives (Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson) pursue a serial killer over a time span of 17 years.

The second season (equally viewed as the first one but with less favorable criticism) follows a group of investigators trying to link some criminal activities to a corrupt politician’s murder.
The third season (with fewer views but positive reactions) revolves around an investigation of a missing children case under gruesome circumstances.

9. Gomorrah (2014–)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Creator: Leonardo Fasoli, Stefano Bises, Roberto Saviano
Starring: Salvatore Esposito, Marco D’Amore, Cristiana Dell’Anna

It’s the story about a Napolitan crime organization through the eyes of one of the members Ciro Di Marzio. It shows a dangerous and ruthless criminal world and power struggles within it.

10. Mr. Robot (2015–2019)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Creator: Sam Esmail
Starring: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin

Rami Malek plays Elliot Alderson, a cyber-security programmer with unstable behavior, psychological issues, and a strong need for vigilantism which he fulfills by hacking. When he gets in touch with Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), a mysterious self-proclaimed anarchist and the leader of a hacker group called “fsociety”, Elliot will be given the chance to get back at his most hated hacker target – the company he works for.

Mr. Robot received a Golden Globe for Best TV Drama Series, a Peabody Award, and was nominated for Emmy six times, where Malek won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

11. Blindspot (2015–)

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Creators: Martin Gero
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza

A naked tattooed woman has been found inside a bag in Times Square by the FBI. She has no memories of her past. Among the cryptic tattoos, there is also the name of the FBI agent Kurt Weller. Her tattoos will turn out to be clues to crime prevention.

12. Westworld (2016–)

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Creators: Lisa Joy, Jonathan Nolan
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris

Based on the 1973 dystopian film, the series is set in a futuristic wild-west theme park inhabited by host androids, where the wealthy visitors can enjoy fulfilling all their fantasies. No matter how gruesome or vile their actions, there are no consequences to them…for a while. As the story progresses throughout the seasons, the plot heads into the 21st century where an artificial intelligence controls humans.

13. Knightfall (2017–)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Creators: Don Handfield, Richard Rayner
Starring: Tom Cullen, Pádraic Delaney, Simon Merrells

The plot focuses on the Knight Templar warrior Landry and the order’s efforts to find and protect the valuable Christian relics. Set in the 14th century, it is a story of the Middle Ages’ covert world of power, riches, and a secret military fraternity.

14. Krypton (2018–2019)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Creators: David S. Goyer, Damian Kindler
Starring: Action, Adventure, Drama

Krypton is a story about Superman’s grandfather Seg-El and his fight to redeem family honor and to save Krypton. It is set about 200 years before Superman is born.

15. Warrior (2019–)

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Creators: Jonathan Tropper
Starring: Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin

This is the story of a martial arts prodigy from China who immigrated to San Francisco in the late 1800s to find his sister. He will find himself in the middle of the Chinatown Tong wars.

10 Best TV Shows on HBO According to IMDb

According to IMDb, these are the 10 best TV Shows on HBO (from the list above):

  • Game of Thrones (2011–2019) – 9.3
  • The Wire (2002–2008) – 9.3
  • The Sopranos (1999–2007) – 9.2
  • True Detective (2014–) – 9.0
  • Westworld (2016–) – 8.7
  • Rome (2005–2007) – 8.7
  • Gomorrah (2014–) – 8.7
  • Dexter (2006–2013) – 8.6
  • Deadwood (2004–2006) – 8.6
  • Mr. Robot (2015–2019) – 8.5