The 20 Greatest HBO Series of All Time (Part 1)

Posted 2017/07/26 2371 0

Game of Thrones only ranks 19th on the list, so it seems like there are so many other great shows for you to check out!

 

20. Fraggle Rock

The fertile imagination of Jim Henson spawned this colorful puppet program that was not only an international hit during the 1980s, but remains a much-loved favorite of viewers to this day. This series for both the young and young at heart follows the adventures of the Fraggles, a race of short, furry creatures living a carefree existence in a complex network of magical caves. When they're not filling their time playing games, singing songs or dancing their cares away, Gobo, Mokey, Red, Wembley and Boober Fraggle seek the sage advice of Marjory the Trash Heap, nosh on the confectionary constructions of the industrious Doozers, and attempt to stay clear of the giant beings known as Gorgs.

 

19. Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" is brought to the screen as HBO sinks its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic. It's the depiction of two powerful families, kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men, playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne.

 

18. Last Week Tonight

John Oliver won an Emmy for his work as a writer on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," but it wasn't until he guest-hosted that show in the summer of 2013 that HBO took notice of his "singular perspective and distinct voice." Thanks to that memorable gig, Oliver gets to show off his talent in front of HBO's camera on "Last Week Tonight." The late-night series sees the British comic review what happened the past seven days in news, politics and current events, all with a heavy dose of satire, of course. Oliver hosted a stand-up show for four seasons on Comedy Central, and he was also responsible for co-writing and co-presenting the popular weekly satirical podcast "The Bugle."

 

17. The Jinx

A groundbreaking six-part documentary that delves into the history of real estate heir Robert Durst, suspected in the unsolved 1982 disappearance of his wife as well as the murders of family friend Susan Berman and neighbour Morris Black. It features an extended, revealing interview with Durst himself. `The Jinx' results from nearly a decade of research exposing police files, key witnesses, never-before-seen footage, private prison recordings, and thousands of pages of formerly hidden documents.

 

16. Big Little Lies

Based on the same-titled best-seller by Liane Moriarty, "Big Little Lies" weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Told through the eyes of three mothers, Madeline, Celeste and Jane, the series' narrative explores society's myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship.

 

15. Real Sports

Bryant Gumbel hosts this investigative sports newsmagazine series that features in-depth reports from "Real Sports" correspondents Mary Carillo, Bernard Goldberg, Soledad O'Brien, Andrea Kremer, Jon Frankel and Gumbel himself. The series airs monthly, and each hourlong edition contains four segments. "Real Sports" has won multiple Sports Emmy Awards and in 2006 became the first sports program honored with the duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism by Columbia University.

 

14. Six Feet Under

Laced with irony and dark situational humor, the show approaches the subject of death through the eyes of the Fisher family, who owns and operates a funeral home in Los Angeles. Peter Krause stars as Nate, who reluctantly becomes a partner in the funeral home after his father's death.

 

13. Looking

Three best friends living in San Francisco share the nuances and complexities of contemporary gay relationships as they explore a variety of options, both in love and in life. They are unified by their close bond, but their search for happiness and intimacy has taken them on separate paths. Patrick is a 29-year-old video game designer who is dating again after his ex's engagement; Agustin, 31, is apprehensive about choosing monogamy and domesticity instead of the excitement of city life; and longtime waiter Dom is at a crossroads, as middle age approaches and his romantic and professional goals remain unfulfilled. The trio's lives unfold against the backdrop of San Francisco's progressive, unpredictable, almost-anything-goes culture, and "Looking" makes full use of the city's unique character, with filming taking place in more than 40 locations and in various neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area.

 

12. The Comeback

"The Comeback" tells the story of a B-list sitcom star so desperate to revive her career that she agrees to star in a reality television show called, appropriately enough, "The Comeback." Cameras follow Valerie Cherish's every move as she angles to keep her head above the Hollywood fray, even as she's woefully out of touch with modern show business. And in the madness that is network television, there is nothing braver than a 40-year-old ingenue who's not quite ready to give up the spotlight.

 

11. Mr. Show with Bob and David

This series is composed of surreal sketch comedy pieces dealing with everything from politics and religion to popular culture. The show, starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, features a cast of comics that includes Jack Black, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Sarah Silverman.

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