Our Favorite HBO Shows Of All Time

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There's a reason everyone loves HBO. The premium cable network creates really awesome television. No conversation about the past, present, or future state of televised entertainment could be complete without mentioning HBO a few dozen times.
Because of this reigning ability to keep people hooked on its shows, HBO has been able to fund projects that would likely only ever work on HBO (Game of Thrones, Westworld, Boardwalk Empire).
But there's a lot of unchartered territory on HBO. It's a little nerve-racking to start watching a series that has already ended, because that's one hell of a commitment, but with the holidays coming up and more downtime in the near future, now is the time.
Here, I've compiled the best of the best from HBO throughout the years, to inspire your next binge.
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True Blood (2008-2014)

Imagine a world in which vampires have come out of the proverbial closet, thanks to the invention of V, an artificial blood substitute. Amidst an America torn by intolerance and prejudice (sound familiar?), Sookie Stackhouse, a psychic waitress, falls in love with her small Louisiana town's resident vampire. And so begins a crazy, wild Southern Gothic vampiric romp through werewolf dens, vampire sex clubs, maenad cults, Christian sects, and beyond.
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Big Love (2006-2011)

Move over, Sister Wives. HBO's drama about a polygamy-practicing Mormon family aired years before TLC's reality TV contribution to the genre. Like Six Feet Under, Big Love dives into the endlessly rich drama of family dynamics. Despite their unconventional setup, Bill Henrickson and his three wives had one of the most moving – and functional – families on TV.
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Game of Thrones (2011)
It's hard to imagine my life before Game of Thrones existed. From Jon Snow's curly locks to Arya Stark's vengeance, there's so much to love and theorize over on the show. Also — dragons.
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Girls (2012)
Oh, Girls. You urban-tale of millennial women's egos, friendships, and love lives. When the show first premiered on HBO, it was a refreshing breath of fresh air — a show featuring complex (and at time obnoxious) women figuring out their lives in a fast-paced urban world. At the center of it all is the frustrating Hannah Horvath who will go down in history as one of the least likable characters of all-time. And we kinda love her for it.
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Enlightened (2011)
Laura Dern plays a damaged corporate executive who, after a brutal firing, artfully (and vengefully) finesses her way back into her workplace after finding her calming center at a rehab center in Hawaii. Although the series had a short life with only two seasons, it's fondly remembered for its indie nods and quirky characters.
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The Sopranos (2007)
This show changed TV; it is frequently regarded as one of the best dramas of all time. If you haven't had the pleasure of diving deep into the world of Tony Soprano, then what are you waiting for?
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Sex and the City (2004)
Whether your relationship status is single, taken, looking, or complicated, everyone can glean something from this too-true look at dating in a metropolis.
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The Night Of (2016)
This crime thriller was the must-watch show of the summer. If you haven't already binged Naz's (Riz Ahmed's) heartbreaking and eye-opening journey from college student to tattooed criminal, it's time. If you did watch and are thirsty for more, check out Criminal Justice, the BBC series on which the HBO show was based.
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Silicon Valley (2014)
This is a must-watch for anyone who uses technology, i.e. everyone. The real-life world of Silicon Valley is perfectly spoofed in this comedy series about a group of geeky coders trying to launch an app (while battling their rivals at a fictionalized Google).
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Westworld (2016)
Sex, robots, mazes, mystery — this show checks all the boxes of a surefire HBO hit. The series is based on the 1973 film by the same name. Its confusing plot line will keep you on your toes as you waver back and forth between trusting the characters and quickly doubting everything you see. It's a wild ride.
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Six Feet Under (2005)
Before Michael C. Hall was the oddly endearing Dexter, he was David Fisher, the middle child of a quirky, fucked-up family who lives in and runs a funeral home. Plus, the series was created by Alan Ball, who is also the mastermind behind True Blood and Banshee.
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