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The best ever HBO series

Total Film Logo By Michael Balderston of Total Film | Slide 1 of 23:            With its tagline “It’s not TV. It’s HBO,” HBO reimagined the medium and ushered in the Golden Age of television we live in today. The premium network pioneered the idea of airing episodes without commercial interruptions and pushed aside the restrictions on sex, language and violence that network shows had to obey.                                        Now that model is ubiquitous and HBO has effectively become one of many streaming service options with the launch of HBO Max. While it faces strong competition from the likes of Netflix and Hulu, HBO’s focus on high quality, big budget original shows gives it an exceptional library of programs that are perfect for binging.                                        This is the network that established the foundations of prestige drama with The Sopranos and The Wire. Game of Thrones, its ludicrously expensive adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, captured the pop culture zeitgeist in a way that hadn’t been done since Dallas and is unlikely to happen again any time soon. While some skeptics predicted HBO might collapse in a flurry of cancelled subscriptions when the epic series ended, the network has continued to deliver with the likes Watchmen, Succession, White Lotus and more.                                        If you’re considering subscribing or have already joined and are looking for some viewing inspiration, we’ve put together a list of the best HBO shows, including HBO Max originals. The wide range of genres ensures there’s something you’ll love regardless of your mood or preferences.

HBO, the inventor of prestige television, still has some of the best shows ever

With its tagline “It’s not TV. It’s HBO,” HBO reimagined the medium and ushered in the Golden Age of television we live in today. The premium network pioneered the idea of airing episodes without commercial interruptions and pushed aside the restrictions on sex, language and violence that network shows had to obey.

Now that model is ubiquitous and HBO has effectively become one of many streaming service options with the launch of HBO Max. While it faces strong competition from the likes of Netflix and Hulu, HBO’s focus on high quality, big budget original shows gives it an exceptional library of programs that are perfect for binging.

This is the network that established the foundations of prestige drama with The Sopranos and The Wire. Game of Thrones, its ludicrously expensive adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, captured the pop culture zeitgeist in a way that hadn’t been done since Dallas and is unlikely to happen again any time soon. While some skeptics predicted HBO might collapse in a flurry of cancelled subscriptions when the epic series ended, the network has continued to deliver with the likes Watchmen, Succession, White Lotus and more.

If you’re considering subscribing or have already joined and are looking for some viewing inspiration, we’ve put together a list of the best HBO shows, including HBO Max originals. The wide range of genres ensures there’s something you’ll love regardless of your mood or preferences.

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