Long before online streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu came into picture, there was one channel that used to produce ad-less quality content with surprising consistency. Even today, HBO is known to be a benchmark in small screen space. With the advent of Netflix, HBO has got real competition at their hands. You only have to look at number of Emmy nominations to understand which way the wind is blowing. But I am sure, HBO is going to up its game to match Netflix’s growing clout. The good thing about this whole pseudo war among the TV channels is that the end winner is always going to be us, viewers.
Over the years, HBO has produced some of the greatest shows ever to have graced the small screen. It has an enviable resume of vibrant shows from different genres, all donning their respective cloak and standing on their own feet without much visible interference from the studio. You can find all of these shows from HBO’s suite of services quite easily. With that said, here’s the list of top HBO shows ever made.
16. Girls (2012-17)
Lena Dunham’s brilliant characterization of a young, independent, and a somewhat lost girl took ‘Girls’ to unprecedented heights. In an otherwise uninspiring story-line, which is languid at best, the characters breathe new life onto the screen. It is their brilliance, especially Dunham’s, which keeps the show alive and running. In a sense, the nudity is representative of the free spirit that younger generations have, or crave for, to lead their lives in an extraordinary fashion. Also, a huge shout-out to Adam Driver, one of my personal favorites currently in the business, who was a phenomenon and a delight in the show.
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15. Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014)
‘Boardwalk Empire’ is a periodical drama centering around the prohibition era of the 1920s and early 30s. An excellent Steve Buscemi leads the show as Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson, who was inspired from historical criminal Enoch L. Thompson. The show chronicles the rise of Nucky to a political figure controlling the Atlantic City, New Jersey. With each seasons, we witness him handling political tensions, nosey federal government agencies all the while being the Messiah of the commoners. The show is noticed for its authentic portrayal of historical milieu and characters.