Discover the Best of HBO: Top TV Shows for the Ultimate Viewing Experience

From gripping dramas to hilarious comedies, HBO has captivated audiences with its diverse range of top TV shows. Whether you're a fan of intense crime thrillers like "The Staircase" or prefer heartwarming tales like "The Flight Attendant," HBO has something for everyone. With an impressive lineup that includes highly anticipated series such as "Gossip Girl" and "Sex and the City/And Just Like That...," there's no shortage of binge-worthy content to keep you entertained. Join us as we delve into the world of HBO's best shows, uncovering the hidden gems and must-watch classics that have solidified its reputation as a powerhouse in the television industry.

 

Industry

 

For fans of: Corporate drama and young people dramaNumber of seasons: 2

 

Myha'la Herrold, Industry

 

Myha'la Herrold as seen on Industry. (Simon Ridgway/HBO)

Industry is an outstanding finance series that strikes the perfect balance between "Succession for Instagram influencers" and "Euphoria for business majors." Set in a prestigious London investment bank, the show revolves around a group of young bankers striving to secure their dream jobs. It skillfully weaves together their career drama and interpersonal relationships, capturing the ever-changing landscape of the finance world. With its captivating plotlines and compelling performances, Industry stands out as a must-watch series. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

 

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

 

For fans of: Pretty Little LiarsNumber of seasons: 1

 

Malia Pyles, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

 

Malia Pyles as seen on Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. (Karolina Wojtasik/HBO Max)

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is an exciting reboot that both captures the essence of the original series and introduces a fresh storyline. The show follows a new group of teen girls who find themselves targeted by an anonymous figure seeking revenge for the sins committed by their parents twenty years ago. Set in a different town, the series explores the dark secrets and mysteries within the Pretty Little Liars universe. For fans of the original series, this reboot is a no-brainer. And even for those unfamiliar with the franchise, the solid reviews it has received make it worth checking out. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

 

Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal

 

For fans of: Prehistoric times, stunning animation, unlikely friendshipsNumber of seasons: 2

 

Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal

 

Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal serves as a testament to the power of animation. This Emmy-winning series takes viewers on a captivating journey through prehistoric times. Through stunning visuals and minimal dialogue, the show follows the unlikely friendship between a caveman named Spear and a Tyrannosaurus named Fang. Together, they navigate a brutal world inhabited by man-eating dinosaurs, savage primates, and eerie supernatural beings. Each episode of this masterfully directed and animated series is a visual feast, making it a standout among both animated and live-action shows. Episodes air first on Adult Swim and stream on HBO Max the next day. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

 

The Rehearsal

 

For fans of: Nathan for You and challenging the parameters of realityNumber of seasons: 1

 

Nathan Fielder, The Rehearsal

 

Nathan Fielder as seen on The Rehearsal. (HBO)

Nathan Fielder, known for creating socially-oriented TV shows like Nathan for You, brings his unique style to The Rehearsal. In this series, Fielder assists people in planning significant moments in their lives through meticulously crafted rehearsals. However, as the series progresses, it delves into deeper themes and unexpected twists. The Rehearsal combines deadpan humor with thought-provoking commentary on human behavior. If you appreciate Fielder's dry wit and can embrace the intricacies of his storytelling, then this show is a perfect match for you. -Allison Picurro [Trailer | Review]

 

Irma Vep

 

For fans of: When TV shows feel like very cool movies and meta commentaryNumber of seasons: 1

 

Alicia Vikander, Irma Vep

 

Alicia Vikander as seen on Irma Vep. (Carole Bethuel/HBO)

Irma Vep stands out as one of the coolest shows of 2022. This stylish and layered limited series is based on Olivier Assayas' 1996 film of the same name. Alicia Vikander shines as a disillusioned actress filming a remake of the classic French silent film Les Vampires in France. The series expertly weaves in meta commentary on the film industry, accompanied by great music and fashionable aesthetics. As you watch Irma Vep, you'll be reminded of Vikander's undeniable talent, cementing her status as an Academy Award-winning actress. C'est tres chic. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

 

Hacks

 

For fans of: JEAN SMART, odd couple pairings, and comedyNumber of seasons: 2

 

Jean Smart, Hacks

 

Jean Smart as seen on Hacks. (Jake Giles Netter/HBO Max)

Jean Smart is a true legend, and her exceptional talent shines in Hacks, HBO Max's finest original comedy. Smart portrays Deborah Vance, an aging Las Vegas comedian whose career peak is approaching its end. Circumstances lead her to team up with an entitled young comedian, played by Hannah Einbinder, who has recently faced cancelation for a controversial joke. This series also features outstanding performances by Kaitlin Olson and co-creator Paul W. Downs. Hacks explores the unlikely bond between two contrasting individuals while delivering hilarious moments that will leave you wanting more. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

 

The Staircase

 

For fans of: Murder mysteries, great performances, and owlsNumber of seasons: 1

 

Colin Firth and Toni Collette, The Staircase

 

Colin Firth and Toni Collette as seen on The Staircase. (HBO Max)

True crime enthusiasts will find themselves captivated by The Staircase. This limited series, which seamlessly blends fiction with real events, joins the ranks of scripted miniseries based on compelling true crime cases. Colin Firth delivers a remarkable performance as Michael Peterson, a man accused of killing his wife under mysterious circumstances. The star-studded cast includes Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Sophie Turner, and Michael Stuhlbarg. This adaptation adds new dimensions to the story, including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original documentary, making it a must-watch for both newcomers and fans familiar with the case. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

 

We Own This City

 

For fans of: The Wire, corrupt cops, and Jon BernthalNumber of seasons: 1

 

Jon Bernthal and Jamie Hector, We Own This City

 

Jon Bernthal and Jamie Hector as seen on We Own This City. (Paul Schiraldi/HBO)

The creators of The Wire, David Simon and George Pelecanos, return to Baltimore with We Own This City. This limited series delves into the real rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force, exposing corruption within the police department as a symptom of institutional decay. Jon Bernthal, Jamie Hector, and Josh Charles deliver powerful performances that bring this gripping crime story to life. Bernthal, especially, encapsulates the complexity of his character, making him a compelling presence on screen. If you were a fan of The Wire, this series is an absolute must-watch. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

 

The Flight Attendant

 

For fans of: Questioning reality, communicating with the dead, and the spirit of Alfred HitchcockNumber of seasons: 2

 

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

 

Kaley Cuoco as seen on The Flight Attendant. (Phil Caruso)

Sometimes, indulging in characters making bad choices makes for highly entertaining television. The Flight Attendant provides just that. This darkly comedic thriller features a standout performance by Kaley Cuoco, who portrays Cassie, a flight attendant with a penchant for finding herself in compromising situations. After waking up next to a murdered fling, Cassie embarks on a journey to clear her name, facing repressed memories and questioning her own sanity along the way. The Flight Attendant combines elements of mystery, psychological drama, and a touch of the Hitchcockian, with Cuoco's magnetic presence driving the series forward. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer | Season 2 Review]

 

Tokyo Vice

 

For fans of: Moody crime thrillers and gorgeous visualsNumber of seasons: 1

 

Ansel Elgort, Tokyo Vice

 

Ansel Elgort as seen on Tokyo Vice. (Eros Hoagland/HBO Max)

Tokyo Vice is a crime drama series that brings together the exceptional talents of renowned filmmaker Michael Mann and rising star Ansel Elgort. Based on the memoir by Jake Adelstein, it offers an immersive look into the gritty world of crime and corruption in Tokyo. Elgort delivers a compelling portrayal of Jake Adelstein, an American journalist covering the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. The series beautifully captures the stunning visuals of Tokyo while unraveling a web of deep-rooted corruption. With its moody atmosphere and gripping storytelling, Tokyo Vice is a must-watch for fans of crime thrillers. -Allison Picurro [Trailer | Review]

 

Julia

 

For fans of: Julia Child, French food, and women succeeding despite the oddsNumber of seasons: 1

 

Sarah Lancashire, Julia

 

Sarah Lancashire as seen on Julia. (Seacia Pavao/HBO Max)

Julia is a delightful half-hour comedy that pays homage to the beloved celebrity chef, Julia Child. Set in 1960s Boston, the series chronicles Child's journey to becoming a culinary icon and introduces viewers to the joys and challenges she faced along the way. Sarah Lancashire shines in the role of Julia Child, portraying both her determination and her resilience in the face of rampant sexism and ageism. David Hyde Pierce co-stars as Paul Child, Julia's supportive husband. Julia not only entertains with its humor and heartwarming moments but also sheds light on the lasting impact of Julia Child's contributions to the culinary world. Bon appétit! -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

 

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

 

Recommended for: Fans who enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the late '70s/early '80s, basketball enthusiasts, followers of Michael CooperNumber of seasons: 1

Quincy Isaiah, Winning Time

Quincy Isaiah, Winning Time

Warrick Page/HBO

Los Angeles Lakers fans have enjoyed the privilege of witnessing multiple NBA championships and witnessing the rise of Hall of Fame players over the past four decades. Now, they can indulge in an HBO series that celebrates the success of their beloved team. The first season delves into the Lakers' iconic Showtime era, showcasing pivotal moments such as the drafting of Magic Johnson (played by Quincy Isaiah) and the team's acquisition by Jerry Buss (portrayed by John C. Reilly). The series brilliantly captures the essence of that era through its nostalgic filters, making it a treat for viewers. Some may find it reminiscent of Boogie Nights, only with basketball instead of the adult film industry. -Tim Surette [Watch the Trailer | Read the Review]

 

The Tourist

 

Recommended for: Fans of suspenseful thrillers, stylish crime dramas, those intrigued by Australia's allureNumber of seasons: 1

Jamie Dornan, The Tourist

Jamie Dornan, The Tourist

Ian Routledge/Two Brothers Pictures

The Tourist may have flown under the radar for many viewers due to its release overseas, but don't miss out on this gem. Renowned actor Jamie Dornan continues to prove his versatility in this gripping mystery thriller. He portrays a British man who finds himself at the center of a puzzling case after an "accident" leaves him with amnesia. As he delves deeper into the truth, he discovers that his life is in danger and must uncover the secrets of his time in Australia. The series is expertly directed, providing a slick viewing experience. It also offers subtle moments of comedy and outstanding performances from Dornan and Danielle Macdonald (known for her role in Unbelievable) as the endearing cop involved in the investigation. Macdonald's performance is truly extraordinary, and she deserves more recognition. -Tim Surette [Watch the Trailer]

 

Our Flag Means Death

 

Recommended for: Admirers of pirate tales with a humorous twistNumber of seasons: 1

Rhys Darby and Nathan Foad, Our Flag Means Death

Rhys Darby and Nathan Foad, Our Flag Means Death

Jake Giles Netter/HBO Max

Imagine a show akin to What We Do in the Shadows, but set on the high seas. Our Flag Means Death, produced and starring Taika Waititi, known for his remarkable work, offers a hilarious pirate comedy experience. The series, created by David Jenkins (People of Earth), stars Rhys Darby as an aristocrat who abandons his family to pursue a life of adventure as a seafaring bandit. However, his kind-hearted nature proves to be a hindrance to his pirating skills. While it may not reach the same heights as What We Do in the Shadows, it has managed to capture the attention of a vast audience with its unexpected pirate romance. -Tim Surette [Watch the Trailer

 

The Gilded Age

 

Recommended for: Enthusiasts of period dramas, especially fans of Downton Abbey, lovers of extravagant fashionNumber of seasons: 1

Carrie Coon, The Gilded Age

Carrie Coon, The Gilded Age

Alison Rosa/HBO

If you're a fan of period dramas, particularly Downton Abbey, you won't want to miss The Gilded Age. This new HBO series, created by Julian Fellowes, the mastermind behind Downton Abbey, promises to captivate viewers. Even if you aren't typically drawn to this genre, the incredible cast will surely change your mind. The series features the talented Carrie Coon, Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, and a lineup of recurring and guest stars that reads like a who's who of Broadway, including Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara, Donna Murphy, and Michael Cerveris. Set in 1880s New York City, the show revolves around a clash between two affluent sisters from old-money families (played by Baranski and Nixon) and their new-money neighbor (portrayed by Coon). Prepare to be transported to a lavish world filled with luxury and intrigue. -Kelly Connolly [Watch the Trailer]

 

Somebody Somewhere

 

Recommended for: Individuals on a journey of self-discovery, those seeking a heartwarming seriesNumber of seasons: 1

Bridget Everett, Somebody Somewhere

Bridget Everett, Somebody Somewhere

HBO

Comedian Bridget Everett takes the lead in this indie-com series that explores the journey of a woman named Sam finding herself in Kansas after the tragic loss of her sister. Despite its subject matter, Somebody Somewhere is far from a somber show. Instead, it embraces the joys of friendship, self-expression, and embracing one's unique qualities. The series encapsulates the spirit of high school choir clubs, complete with cheeky moments such as fart jokes and party invitations written on ketchup packets. It's a delightful combination that is sure to leave you entertained. What's not to love? -Tim Surette [Watch the Trailer]

 

Peacemaker

 

Recommended for: Fans of action-packed shows, aficionados of muscle-bound heroes, enthusiasts of dark humorNumber of seasons: 1

John Cena, Peacemaker

HBO MaxJohn Cena brings his character Peacemaker from DC Comics' The Suicide Squad to the small screen in this action-packed series. James Gunn, known for his exceptional work, serves as the writer and director for several episodes. If you enjoyed the surprisingly great The Suicide Squad, not to be confused with the disappointing Suicide Squad, you'll appreciate the tone of Peacemaker. Gunn effortlessly blends gross-out humor with an origin story involving one of the film's standout characters. Cena's magnetic star power shines as he portrays a doofus meathead who is determined to maintain peace through extreme violence. Superhero enthusiasts who appreciate muscles, violence, and perverted jokes will thoroughly enjoy this series. -Tim Surette [Watch the Trailer]

 

Euphoria

 

Recommended for: Fans of compelling dramas, admirers of twentysomething actors portraying complex teen characters, lovers of glamorous makeup, followers of ZendayaNumber of seasons: 2

Zendaya, Euphoria

HBOEuphoria is one of those shows that will make you think twice about having kids. Sam Levinson's captivating and semi-autobiographical series revolves around Rue (played by Zendaya), a high school student fresh out of rehab who has no intention of maintaining her sobriety. The toxic friendship between Rue and Jules (played by Hunter Schafer) becomes a focal point of the story. The series delves into the lives and struggles of these characters as they navigate partying, drug use, and various forms of debauchery while attempting to discover their true selves. Euphoria is masterfully crafted, seamlessly blending a loving portrayal of teenage despair alongside stunning cinematography. -Allison Picurro [Watch the Trailer

 

Search Party

 

Recommended for: Those who enjoy satirical comedies that poke fun at millennials, fans of crime stories featuring incompetent individuals, viewers who appreciate genre-bending narrativesNumber of seasons: 5

Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds, and Meredith Hagner, Search Party

Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds, and Meredith Hagner, Search Party

Mark Schafer/HBO MaxSearch Party initially went unnoticed during its time on TBS for the first two seasons. Thankfully, HBO Max rescued this gem from being overshadowed by cable TV. This satirical comedy, starring Alia Shawkat as Dory, follows the journey of an aimless twenty-something living in Brooklyn. Determined to find purpose, Dory embarks on a quest to locate a missing college classmate. However, the series takes audacious and dark turns, seamlessly blending genres such as crime thrillers and court dramas. The stakes continually rise, all while maintaining its sharp sense of humor. Prepare for a wild ride, for Search Party never fails to entertain. -Allison Picurro [Watch the Trailer

 

The Righteous Gemstones

 

Recommended for: Fans of Danny McBride's unique brand of comedy, individuals who enjoyed Succession with a Christian twistNumber of seasons: 2

Adam Devine, Edi Patterson, and Danny McBride, The Righteous Gemstones

Adam Devine, Edi Patterson, and Danny McBride, The Righteous Gemstones

Ryan Green/HBO MaxDanny McBride has a knack for creating shows centered around obnoxious and deplorable characters. The Righteous Gemstones, a dark comedy, revolves around a world-famous televangelist family led by patriarch Eli (portrayed by John Goodman). Eli has amassed his wealth by preaching the word of the Lord and establishing a chain of megachurches, often at the expense of smaller congregations. McBride, Edi Patterson, and Adam DeVine portray Eli's three despicable adult children, each vying for their father's favor and control over the family empire (reminiscent of Succession). Walton Goggins delivers a brilliant performance as Eli's detestable brother-in-law. The Righteous Gemstones succeeds in blending comedy with drama, leaving audiences in stitches while witnessing the characters ultimately say and do reprehensible things. -Allison Picurro [Watch the Trailer

 

Station Eleven

 

Recommended for: Enthusiasts of dystopian settings, lovers of pandemic narratives, fans of Chicago's urban landscapeNumber of seasons: 1

Himesh Patel and Matilda Lawler, Station Eleven

Himesh Patel and Matilda Lawler, Station Eleven

Parrish Lewis/HBO Max

Numerous shows have already tackled the subject of pandemics, but Station Eleven stands out due to its unique approach. Based on a novel by Emily St. John Mandel, which predated the COVID-19 era, this miniseries explores the lives of a group of survivors in the aftermath of a global pandemic that has devastated society. The story expertly navigates between the past and present, giving viewers glimpses into the world before the virus outbreak. The series boasts a stunning cast, including Gael García Bernal, Mackenzie Davis, and Himesh Patel. Prepare to be moved by this beautifully realized series. -Allison Picurro [Watch the Trailer

 

Insecure

 

For fans of: Talking to yourself in the mirror, the complexities of female friendships, navigating relationships with emotionally messy menNumber of seasons: 5

Insecure

Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae, Insecure

Merie W. Wallace/HBOIssa Rae's masterpiece revolves around her alter-ego Issa Dee and her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji). Both women are juggling their careers, relationships, and personal lives with utmost effort and determination. Insecure expertly captures the complexities of friendship among Black women, while seamlessly blending humor and heartbreak as it portrays the everyday challenges of life. And of course, let's not forget the parade of attractive male characters that continuously grace the screen. This series stands out as one of the most exceptional, hilarious, and intelligent comedies of recent years. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

 

Succession

 

For fans of: Cruelty, razor-sharp insults, the cutthroat world of business, exploring the depths of sad and pathetic menNumber of seasons: 3

Jeremy Strong, Succession

Jeremy Strong, Succession

David Russell/HBO

What other show can rival Succession? Jesse Armstrong's masterpiece delves into the power struggles within the exorbitantly wealthy Roy family, headed by their father, the CEO of a billion-dollar media conglomerate. It's hard to resist the allure of this series, which skillfully balances business intrigue (though, I must admit, I don't know anyone who watches it solely for their passion for business) with the twisted dynamics of a highly dysfunctional family. Succession adeptly explores the corrosive effects of wealth and power on individuals, highlighting the clash of personalities among its complex characters. From the brooding Kendall (Jeremy Strong) to the slimy and immature Roman (Kieran Culkin) to the cold and calculating Shiv (Sarah Snook), the characters of Succession captivate viewers, inspiring countless memes and endless fascination. Sometimes, it's just pure entertainment to watch morally questionable individuals wallow in their own depravity, especially within the realm of a fictional television series. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

 

Sex and the City/And Just Like That...

 

For fans of: Classic, beloved shows and the inevitable revivals that followNumber of seasons: 6 (of Sex and the City), 1 (of And Just Like That...)

And Just Like That...

HBO Max

Even if you haven't watched Sex and the City, you're undoubtedly familiar with its cultural impact. Four best friends navigating love, life, and the ever-changing fashion trends from the late '90s to early 2000s in the bustling streets of New York City. While the show may not always receive the recognition it deserves as a significant production, especially for its "for women" audience, it remains a truly great series despite its flaws. The revival series, And Just Like That..., catches up with three out of the four women as they navigate their lives in their 50s. While it may not capture the same magic as its predecessor, fans of the original cannot resist coming back for more. -Allison Picurro [Trailer] 

 

Ten Year Old Tom

 

For fans of: Animation catered towards adults, the juxtaposition of adult voices portraying childrenNumber of seasons: 1

Ten Year Old Tom

HBO

While not many may remember The Life & Times of Tim, an animated series characterized by its unique and delightfully awkward art style, fans are thrilled to welcome creator Steve Dildarian back to the screen with his newest creation. Ten-Year-Old Tom preserves the distinctive animation style and perspective of Dildarian's previous work, albeit with a few updates. Expect less involvement of adult themes in this series, although I must admit that I was mistaken in this assumption. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

 

Landscapers

 

For fans of: Polite British people who commit murder, genre-bending thrillersNumber of seasons: 1

Olivia Colman, Landscapers

Olivia Colman, Landscapers

Stefania Rosini/HBO

If you're in search of a prestige miniseries inspired by real-life crime cases, Landscapers is the one for you. The series centers around the true story of Christopher and Susan Edwards, who were convicted of the murder of Susan's parents and burying them in their own backyard. Olivia Colman and David Thewlis bring their immense talents to portray this married couple sentenced to life in prison. Landscapers delves into the dark underbelly of the human psyche, exploring the consequences of their actions. And really, who could resist watching Olivia Colman deliver an exceptional performance, even if it means reading a particularly long CVS receipt? HBO's crime series rarely disappoints. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

 

Curb Your Enthusiasm

 

For fans of: Larry David and the trials and tribulations of curmudgeonly individualsNumber of seasons: 11

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

John P. Johnson/HBO

Curb Your Enthusiasm is a show that requires no introduction, as it has established itself as an iconic series in its own right. However, for the uninitiated, it follows the fictionalized version of Larry David, co-creator of Seinfeld, as he navigates the often absurd and frustrating aspects of everyday life. In 11 seasons, the show remains true to its original concept and does not stray too far from its roots. It's a testament to its brilliance that it continues to deliver laughs after all these years. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

 

Gossip Girl

 

For fans of: The captivating voice of Kristen Bell narrating the scandalous lives of the elite, nostalgic flip phonesNumber of seasons: 6

Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl

Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl

The CW

Gossip Girl, the crown jewel of late 2000s TV, revolves around the lives of a group of wealthy teenagers attending an elite private school in Manhattan. Their scandalous secrets and inner lives are tirelessly chronicled and exposed by the omniscient voice of Gossip Girl. While the show may be considered silly and superficial by some, it remains perfect in its own right and served as a launching pad for the careers of actors such as Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and Penn Badgley. HBO Max also released a revival in 2021 that focuses on a brand-new cast, proving that the allure of Gossip Girl continues to captivate audiences. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]  

 

David Makes Man

 

For fans of: Coming-of-age narratives, magical realism that blurs the lines between reality and imaginationNumber of seasons: 2

Isaiah Johnson and Akili McDowell, David Makes Man

Isaiah Johnson and Akili McDowell, David Makes Man

Rod Millington/OWN & Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Nothing compares to the moving narrative of David Makes Man, a tender coming-of-age drama from Tarell Alvin McCraney, the co-writer of Moonlight. The first season presents the story through the eyes of 14-year-old David, who struggles to reconcile his life in a magnet school with his challenging home environment in the projects. Academic pressure, financial hardships, and the allure of the drug trade all shape David's journey as he grapples with his identity. Season 2 fast-forwards to David's adulthood, portrayed powerfully by Kwame Patterson, and explores how one's past continues to influence their present. David Makes Man leaves an indelible impression with its magical realism, vibrant portrayal of South Florida, and its exploration of the human spirit. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

 

Mare of Easttown

 

For fans of: Wawa, authentic Philadelphia accents, family tension intertwined with a gripping murder mysteryNumber of seasons: 1

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Michele K. Short/HBO

At first glance, Mare of Easttown may appear to be just another crime drama featuring a seasoned detective solving a murder case. However, this series offers so much more. It follows the life of Mare, a Pennsylvania detective portrayed brilliantly by Kate Winslet, as she investigates the killing of a local teenage girl while grappling with her own personal traumas. Mare of Easttown is a show that defies expectations. It weaves an enthralling mystery while delving into complex character studies of individuals coping with pain and damaged relationships. At times, it even exhibits the comedic dynamics of a mother-daughter sitcom. From start to finish, this series will captivate you until the final scene, where Mare finally confronts her most difficult past experiences. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

 

Scenes From a Marriage

 

For fans of: Exploring the complexities of unhappy relationships, the power of emotional monologuesNumber of seasons: 1

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage

Jojo Whilden/HBO

Witness the poignant portrayal of an unhappily married couple in this remake of Ingmar Bergman's 1973 miniseries. Academy Award-nominated actors Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain take on the roles of a husband and wife, unraveling the complexities of their relationship. Scenes from a Marriage captures the essence of human emotions as it navigates the highs and lows of love, hate, and everything in between. Isaac and Chastain's remarkable chemistry breathes life into each moment of the characters' shared history. Together, they illuminate the perpetual tug-of-war between breaking up and staying together that characterizes this profound and authentic series. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

 

The Other Two

 

For fans of: Molly Shannon, satirical takes on the entertainment industryNumber of seasons: 2

Drew Tarver and Helene York, The Other Two

Drew Tarver and Helene York, The Other Two

Greg Endries/HBO MaxChris Kelly and Sarah Schneider bring you one of the funniest shows on TV. The Other Two revolves around the lives of forgotten older siblings Cary (Drew Tarver) and Brooke (Heléne Yorke) as they navigate the challenges of forging their own paths in the shadow of their world-famous teen brother. While their brother's star rises, they persistently strive to find their own success despite the relentless obstacles thrown their way. This satire strikes a perfect balance, avoiding cynicism or smugness, while focusing on making its audience laugh. Prepare to have the catchy tune of "My Brother's Gay (And That's Okay)" stuck in your head. And trust me, that's perfectly okay. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

 

The Way Down

 

For fans of: True crime narratives, the psychological dynamics of cult leaders, outrageous hairstylesNumber of seasons: 1

The Way Down

HBO Max

This true crime series delves into the story of Gwen Shamblin Lara, the founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church. The church combined the worship of Jesus Christ with a weight-loss program and faced accusations of being a cult. Lara's best-selling book, The Weigh Down Diet, paved the way for her to become the leader of the church, which she established in 1999 and led until May of 2021 (spoiler alert!!!). The church drew criticism for its heavy focus on appearance and creating a community of women reminiscent of the Stepford Wives, all while exploiting religious beliefs for business gain. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer

 

Starstruck

 

For fans of: Notting Hill, charming characters falling in loveNumber of seasons: 2

Rose Matafeo, Starstruck

Mark Johnson/HBO Max

The romantic comedy genre is alive and well, as proven by the delightful series Starstruck. Created and starring Rose Matafeo, the show follows Jessie, a New Zealander living in London who has a chance encounter with Tom, a famous movie star, on a boozy New Year's Eve. Their unexpected connection develops into a whirlwind romance that plays out like a classic screwball comedy. Each season consists of six half-hour episodes, making for a charming and easily bingeable experience. Starstruck is a must-watch for fans of Notting Hill and anyone who enjoys falling in love with endearing characters. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

 

Frayed

 

For fans of: Difficult women, complicated family dynamicsNumber of seasons: 2

Sarah Kendall, Frayed

HBO Max

Set in the late '80s, the spiky dramedy Frayed centers around Sarah Kendall's character, a woman who is forced to return to her Australian hometown of Newcastle with her two children following the death of her husband and their ensuing financial struggles. Moving back in with her alcoholic mother, she must confront unresolved issues from her past, including the revelation that she has been pretending to have a British accent. With a perfect blend of humor and drama, Frayed captivates its viewers with complex characters and sharp writing. It's a show that will leave you wanting more than just its two seasons. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

 

Warrior

 

For fans of: Bruce Lee, Peaky Blinders by way of Gangs of New YorkNumber of seasons: 2

Andrew Koji, Warrior

David Bloomer/CinemaxWarrior is a groundbreaking action drama series that not only showcases impressive martial arts but also offers much-needed representation for Asian talent. Inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee and brought to life by his daughter Shannon, the show takes place in late 1800s San Francisco and delves into the violent Tong Wars. With the grit and intensity reminiscent of Peaky Blinders and the historical backdrop of Gangs of New York, Warrior stands out as a unique and original piece of storytelling. It explores the struggles and triumphs of immigrants in a country that barely tolerated them while highlighting the racial tensions of the era. Brace yourself for thrilling fight sequences and a riveting narrative that goes beyond expectations. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

 

Perry Mason

 

For fans of: Grizzled, hard-drinking detectives, rebootsNumber of seasons: 1

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

HBO

Perry Mason, known for his defense attorney prowess in the imposing courtroom, gets a gritty reboot in this HBO series. Starring Matthew Rhys in a brilliant performance, the show portrays Perry Mason as a disheveled, grumpy, and morally ambiguous private investigator in 1930s Los Angeles. A case involving the murder of a baby leads Mason down a dark and dangerous path, uncovering the city's underbelly. Accompanied by a stellar cast, including Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, and Stephen Root, Perry Mason expertly captures the atmospheric and complex world of Depression-era L.A. with a blend of noir storytelling and stunning visuals. Even though the story might have its flaws, the captivating performances and immersive cinematography make it a must-watch. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

 

Lovecraft Country

 

For fans of: The horrors of real life mixed with Lovecraftian monster horrorsNumber of seasons: 1

Lovecraft Country (HBO)

Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, and Courtney B. Vance, Lovecraft Country

Eli Joshua Ade/HBO

Based on Matt Ruff's novel, Lovecraft Country follows a young Black man's search for his missing father in 1950s America, where he encounters both the horrors of racism and Lovecraftian monsters. Blending different genres, including sci-fi horror and social justice drama, the series delivers a gripping and thought-provoking adventure that explores the realities of an unjust society and the fantastical creatures that lurk within it. Although it only lasted for one season, Lovecraft Country left a lasting impact with its powerful storytelling and standout performances. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

 

Six Feet Under

 

For fans of: Feeling the full spectrum of human emotion, family dramasNumber of seasons: 6

Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, and Freddy Rodriguez, Six Feet Under

Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, and Freddy Rodriguez, Six Feet Under

HBO

Alan Ball's critically acclaimed series, Six Feet Under, delves into the lives of the Fisher family as they navigate the complexities of running a funeral home in Los Angeles. This family drama is known for its emotional depth and willingness to explore the multifaceted aspects of death and grief. While each episode begins with the death of a different individual, it is the rich character development and honest discussions of life and mortality that truly make this show stand out. Despite its dark subject matter, Six Feet Under is a special and moving experience that captivates viewers from start to finish. -Allison Picurro[Trailer]

 

The Leftovers

 

For fans of: Confronting the unknown, purposely mysterious mythologyNumber of seasons: 3

Carrie Coon and Justin Theroux, The Leftovers

Carrie Coon and Justin Theroux, The Leftovers

Van Redin/HBO

Co-created by Damon Lindelof, one of the minds behind Lost, and author Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers offers a unique and thought-provoking exploration of loss, grief, and the mysteries of life. Set in a world where 2 percent of the population vanishes inexplicably, the series delves into the aftermath and how it affects the lives of those left behind. It is a deliberately mysterious and sometimes unsettling experience, challenging viewers to confront the unknown and navigate the complex emotions that arise from tragedy. As the show progresses, it defies expectations and breaks its own rules, resulting in a truly captivating and transformative journey. The Leftovers captures the essence of a chaotic decade and leaves a lasting impression on its audience. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

 

The Wire

 

For fans of: Gritty stories about America, classic TV, participating in the argument about the best TV show everNumber of seasons: 5

Wendell Pierce and Dominic West, The Wire

Wendell Pierce and Dominic West, The Wire

HBO

Widely regarded as one of the greatest shows of all time, The Wire is a crime drama that offers an unflinching and honest portrayal of Baltimore and its interconnected institutions. Created by David Simon, the series explores the city's drug trade as a lens to examine larger societal issues, ranging from political corruption to the education system. Its immersive storytelling and deep character development make it a masterpiece of television. The Wire captures the gritty reality of America and continues to be a topic of discussion and debate among fans as one of the most significant and influential TV shows ever made. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

 

Enlightened

 

For fans of: Canceled-too-soon greats, the genius of Laura DernNumber of seasons: 2

Laura Dern, Enlightened

HBO

Enlightened, one of HBO's finest series, showcases the immense talent of Laura Dern in what can be considered her greatest television performance. Created by Mike White, the half-hour dramedy follows the journey of Amy, a former corporate executive who, after a mental breakdown, attends a spiritual retreat. Upon returning to her job, she becomes determined to take down the corporation she once worked for, all while trying to navigate her personal relationships. Enlightened is a touching and hilarious exploration of self-discovery, making it a gem ahead of its time. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

 

Watchmen

 

For fans of: Superheroes but not the Marvel kindNumber of seasons: 1

Regina King, Watchmen

HBO

Damon Lindelof's Watchmen offers a fresh and unique take on the superhero genre, captivating both fans and skeptics alike. Set in an alternate version of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where masked police officers protect their identities, the show picks up decades after the events of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel. Regina King delivers a powerhouse performance as Angela Abar, a detective drawn into a dangerous conspiracy following the murder of a colleague. Watchmen is a remarkable combination of superb acting, intricate storytelling, and socio-political commentary. It not only serves as a captivating exploration of complex characters but also sheds light on the often overlooked history of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. From start to finish, Watchmen masterfully engages its audience with its expert craftsmanship. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

 

I May Destroy You

 

For fans of: The genius of Michaela Coel, mixing sly humor with tragedyNumber of seasons: 1

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

HBO

Michaela Coel's powerful and unflinching drama, I May Destroy You, explores themes of consent, trauma, and identity with a rare blend of sly humor and tragic storytelling. Coel portrays Arabella, an author who is drugged and sexually assaulted in a bar, leading to fragmented memories of the event and a quest to uncover the truth. As she navigates the aftermath, Arabella must balance personal relationships and her career. The series tackles heavy subjects with grace and nuance, always maintaining a sharp edge and unexpected moments of levity. I May Destroy You is a poignant and essential viewing experience. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

 

Rick & Morty

 

For fans of: Dimension-hopping, idiot men, shows too smart for normiesNumber of seasons: 5

Rick and Morty

Adult Swim

Rick and Morty, the animated series from Adult Swim, takes viewers on a sci-fi comedic adventure as the brilliant yet unhinged scientist Rick drags his naive grandson Morty through interdimensional escapades. With its blend of humor, wit, and clever storytelling, the show goes beyond being a mere gross-out cartoon filled with aliens. It delves into the histories and complexities of its characters, creating an engrossing and multidimensional viewing experience. Rick and Morty is fun, irreverent, and guaranteed to keep audiences entertained for many seasons to come. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

From cult classics like "The Wire" and "Six Feet Under" to recent hits like "Succession" and "I May Destroy You," HBO has consistently delivered some of the most compelling and thought-provoking television shows of our time. With their upcoming lineup featuring highly anticipated series such as "Industry" and "Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin," HBO continues to redefine the boundaries of storytelling and captivate audiences around the world. With a diverse range of genres, from crime dramas to dark comedies, HBO guarantees a viewing experience that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. So, whether you're a fan of gripping mysteries, intense character studies, or mind-bending fantasy adventures, HBO has something for everyone. Get ready to immerse yourself in the exciting world of top-notch TV shows, where storytelling reaches new heights and every episode leaves you craving for more.

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