31 greatest hbo dramas of all time

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1. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 260,420

2. Treme (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Music

Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA.

Stars: Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo

Votes: 12,881

3. The Deuce (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A look at life in New York City during the 1970s and '80s when porn and prostitution were rampant in Manhattan.

Stars: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Margarita Levieva

Votes: 21,982

4. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 89,184

5. My Brilliant Friend (2018– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Family, Romance

A woman recounts the lifelong friendship and conflicts with a girl she met at primary school in Naples during the early 1950s.

Stars: Valentina Acca, Antonio Buonanno, Annarita Vitolo, Luca Gallone

Votes: 6,047

6. Big Little Lies (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 132,516

7. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,642,396

8. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 270,276

9. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 164,797

10. The Leftovers (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 70,402

11. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 84,388

12. Gentleman Jack (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A dramatization of the life of LGBTQ+ trailblazer, voracious learner and cryptic diarist Anne Lister, who returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Rosie Cavaliero, Albane Courtois

Votes: 7,045

13. Westworld (2016– )

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton

Votes: 376,388

14. Succession (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

Succession follows a dysfunctional American global-media family.

Stars: Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin

Votes: 23,143

15. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Drama, History

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 146,695

16. In Treatment (2008–2010)

TV-MA | 25 min | Drama

A psychotherapist questions his abilities and gets help by reuniting with his old therapist, whom he has not seen for ten years.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes, Blair Underwood

Votes: 14,718

17. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.

Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 114,422

18. Vinyl (2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Music

A New York music executive in the 1970s hustles to make a career out of the city's diverse music scene.

Stars: Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P.J. Byrne, Max Casella

Votes: 20,437

19. Luck (2011–2012)

52 min | Drama, Sport

A television series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse racing track.

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind

Votes: 5,279

20. Euphoria (2019– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex, and violence.

Stars: Zendaya, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane

Votes: 36,440

21. Big Love (2006–2011)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A polygamist and his relationship with his three wives.

Stars: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin

Votes: 19,493

22. True Blood (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 222,828

23. Tell Me You Love Me (2007)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Romance

A drama about three couples and the therapist they share.

Stars: Michelle Borth, Tim DeKay, Aislinn Paul, Adam Scott

Votes: 3,275

24. The Newsroom (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor.

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 99,013

25. K Street (2003– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

A semi-improvised lobbyist satire.

Stars: Mary McCormack, John Slattery, Roger Guenveur Smith, James Carville

Votes: 248

26. Carnivàle (2003–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 41,237

27. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Private detective Philip Marlowe solves many crimes in Los Angeles during the 1930s.

Stars: Powers Boothe, Billy Kearns, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Ken Pogue

Votes: 337

28. Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1992–1996)

30 min | Short, Drama, Family

Based on true stories, this series depicts a variety of important and critical events that can happen in the lives of teenagers.

Stars: Craig Wasson, Calista Flockhart, Adam LaVorgna, Benari Poulten

Votes: 146

29. John from Cincinnati (2007)

55 min | Drama

In Imperial Beach, California, the dysfunctional Yost family intersects with two new arrivals to the community: a dim-but-wealthy surfing enthusiast, and a man spurned by the Yosts years ago.

Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Greyson Fletcher, Willie Garson, Bruce Greenwood

Votes: 4,552

30. Here and Now (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A dark dramedy about a progressive Portlandian family made up of husband, wife, three adopted children from Liberia, Vietnam and Colombia and one biological daughter who find their sanity tested and values challenged in 2018 America.

Stars: Tim Robbins, Holly Hunter, Daniel Zovatto, Jerrika Hinton

Votes: 4,173

31. Maximum Security (1984– )

60 min | Drama

Prisoners and a prison psychiatrist struggle with life in maximum security.

Stars: Robert Desiderio, Geoffrey Lewis, Jean Smart, Stan Shaw

Votes: 18



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