Top 100 Original Shows on HBO
It’s always hard to find great shows, we’re luckily spoiled for choice. You can spend all night bombarded with options browsing HBO, but never end up watching anything!
This is why we’ve curated this top 100 list of the best original shows on HBO, using the power of Rivr and its users.
This list was last updated on Oct 26, 2020.
80. Agents of Chaos
This two-part documentary pulls back the curtain on Russian collusion in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
7.0 ⭐ | Documentary, War & Politics | Released: Sep 24, 2020
79. His Dark Materials
Lyra is an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. She is later joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds.
8.0 ⭐ | Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Released: Nov 8, 2020
78. Saving My Tomorrow
From the children who will inherit the planet, comes a collection of songs, activism, and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth. Kids share their thoughts on subjects ranging from endangered animals and pollution to climate change.
0.0 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Jan 1, 2017
77. The Leftovers
When 2% of the world's population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they're supposed to do about it. The drama series 'The Leftovers' is the story of the people who didn't make the cut.
Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, 'The Leftovers' follows Kevin Garvey, a father of two and the chief of police in a small New York suburb, as he tries to maintain some semblance of normalcy when the notion no longer applies.
7.7 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama | Released: Jun 4, 2017
76. I'll Be Gone in the Dark
An exploration of the case of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s, committing 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders, and true crime author Michelle McNamara's obsessive quest to find justice on behalf of his victims.
7.5 ⭐ | Documentary, Crime | Released: Aug 2, 2020
The true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history: the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
8.5 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Jun 3, 2019
74. Lovecraft Country
The anthology horror series follows 25-year-old Atticus Freeman, who joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father. They must survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.
7.2 ⭐ | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Released: Oct 18, 2020
73. I May Destroy You
Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centers on Arabella, a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.
8.1 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Jul 14, 2020
72. The Wire
Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between good and evil are routinely obliterated.
8.3 ⭐ | Drama, Crime | Released: Mar 9, 2008
71. Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children
This docuseries explores the period between 1979 and 1981 when at least 30 African-American children and young adults disappeared or were murdered in Atlanta, Georgia.
8.4 ⭐ | Documentary, Crime | Released: May 3, 2020
Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.
7.6 ⭐ | Comedy, Drama | Released: Jun 14, 2020
69. The Outsider
When an insidious supernatural force edges its way into a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in.
7.4 ⭐ | Mystery, Drama, Crime | Released: Mar 8, 2020
68. Curb Your Enthusiasm
The off-kilter, unscripted comic vision of Larry David, who plays himself in a parallel universe in which he can't seem to do anything right, and, by his standards, neither can anyone else.
8.1 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: Mar 22, 2020
67. The Plot Against America
An alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.
6.9 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama | Released: Apr 19, 2020
A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
8.2 ⭐ | Western, Science Fiction | Released: May 3, 2020
Ruby is living a humdrum existence when one day she gets a text inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact, promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame.
7.0 ⭐ | Comedy, Drama | Released: May 24, 2020
A detailed account of the McDonald's Monopoly game scam during the 1990s as told by the participants in the case, including the prizewinners and the FBI agents who caught the security officer who orchestrated the entire scheme.
7.8 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Mar 9, 2020
63. The Vow
The docuseries follows people deeply involved in the group NXIVM — which is faced with various charges, including sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy — over the course of several years.
5.3 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Oct 18, 2020
62. The Undoing
Grace Fraser is a successful therapist on the brink of publishing her first book with a devoted husband and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Weeks before her book is published, a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations.
6.0 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Oct 25, 2020
61. The Sopranos
The story of New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and the criminal organization he heads. Those difficulties are often highlighted through his ongoing professional relationship with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The show features Tony's family members and Mafia associates in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife Carmela and his cousin and protégé Christopher Moltisanti.
8.4 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Jun 10, 2007
60. I Know This Much Is True
The parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness set against the backdrop of 20th century America.
7.1 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Jun 13, 2020
59. The New Pope
As Pope Pius XIII hangs between life and death in a coma, charming and sophisticated moderate English aristocrat Sir John Brannox is placed on the papal throne and adopts the name John Paul III. A sequel series to “The Young Pope.”
7.8 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Feb 7, 2020
58. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
Teen Michelle Carter’s actions shocked a nation — but what really happened behind closed doors?
7.0 ⭐ | Documentary, Crime | Released: Jul 10, 2019
Leading Axios journalists highlight the week ahead in politics, business and technology – and the big topics shaping the future. Each edition features coverage of a timely big issue, followed by documentary shorts, illuminating interviews with major newsmakers and trustworthy insights delivered with Axios’ signature “Smart Brevity” in a succinct, shareable format.
8.0 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Sep 21, 2020
56. True Detective
An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
8.3 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Feb 24, 2019
55. How to Make It in America
Trying to make a name for themselves in New York's competitive fashion scene, Ben Epstein and his friend and business partner Cam Calderon use their street knowledge and connections to bring their ambitions to fruition. With the help of Cam's cousin Rene, who is trying to market his own high-energy drink, and their well-connected friend Domingo, the burgeoning entrepreneurs set out to make it big, encountering obstacles along the way that will require all their ingenuity to overcome.
7.4 ⭐ | Drama, Comedy | Released: Nov 20, 2011
54. Gentleman Jack
Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, 1832. Anne Lister attempts to revitalize her inherited home, Shibden Hall. Most notably for the time period, a part of her plan is to help the fate of her own family - by taking a wife.
7.8 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Jun 10, 2019
53. Leaving Neverland
Explores the experiences of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were both befriended and sexually abused by singer Michael Jackson, and the complicated feelings that led them both to confront their experiences.
6.1 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Mar 4, 2019
52. The Night Of
After a night of partying with a female stranger, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.
7.9 ⭐ | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Released: Aug 28, 2016
51. Catherine the Great
This four-part historical drama follows the end of Catherine the Great's reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.
7.1 ⭐ | Drama, War & Politics | Released: Oct 24, 2019
Tremé takes its name from a neighborhood of New Orleans and portrays life in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. Beginning three months after Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and other New Orleanians struggle to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture.
8.2 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Dec 29, 2013
49. High Maintenance
Jump into the daily routines of a diverse group of New Yorkers and how they light things up. “The Guy” is a nameless pot deliveryman whose client base includes an eccentric group of characters with neuroses as diverse as the city.
7.0 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: Apr 3, 2020
48. From the Earth to the Moon
The story of the United States' space program, from its beginnings in 1961 to the final moon mission in 1972.
8.2 ⭐ | Action & Adventure, Drama | Released: May 10, 1998
47. The Pacific
Track the intertwined real-life stories of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie, John Basilone, and Eugene Sledge – across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater during World War II. A companion piece to the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers.
7.7 ⭐ | History, Drama, Adventure, War, Action & Adventure | Released: May 16, 2010
The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where ingroups - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.
8.1 ⭐ | Crime, Drama | Released: Feb 23, 2003
45. Sharp Objects
Reporter Camille Preaker confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls.
7.7 ⭐ | Drama, Mystery, Crime | Released: Aug 26, 2018
44. Six Feet Under
A darkly comic look at members of a dysfunctional L.A. family that run a funeral business.
When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as challenging as--and far less predictable than--the one inside.
8.3 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Aug 21, 2005
43. VICE News Tonight
VICE News' half-hour nightly newscast. We now interrupt your regularly scheduled worldview.
6.9 ⭐ | News | Released: Aug 27, 2020
A hit man from the Midwest moves to Los Angeles and gets caught up in the city's theatre arts scene.
7.9 ⭐ | Comedy, Action & Adventure | Released: May 19, 2019
The assorted humiliations, disasters and rare triumphs of four very different twenty-something girls: Hannah, an aspiring writer; Marnie, an art gallery assistant and cousins Jessa and Shoshanna.
6.0 ⭐ | Comedy, Drama | Released: Apr 16, 2017
40. Big Little Lies
The tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.
7.8 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Jul 21, 2019
39. The Young Pope
Lenny Belardo, the youngest and first American Pope in the history of the Church, must establish his new papacy and navigate the power struggles of the closed, secretive Vatican.
7.6 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Nov 18, 2016
The lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their aging father begins to step back from the media and entertainment conglomerate they control.
7.7 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Oct 13, 2019
37. Sex and the City
Based on the bestselling book by Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City tells the story of four best friends, all single and in their late thirties, as they pursue their careers and talk about their sex lives, all while trying to survive the New York social scene.
7.3 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: Feb 22, 2004
36. Real Time with Bill Maher
Each week Bill Maher surrounds himself with a panel of guests which include politicians, actors, comedians, musicians and the like to discuss what's going on in the world.
6.1 ⭐ | Comedy, Talk | Released: Oct 23, 2020
35. Boardwalk Empire
Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition is a place where the rules don't apply. And the man who runs things -- legally and otherwise -- is the town's treasurer, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, who is equal parts politician and gangster.
8.0 ⭐ | Drama, Crime | Released: Oct 26, 2014
34. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
A half-hour satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.
8.0 ⭐ | Talk, Comedy | Released: Oct 25, 2020
A look into American politics, revolving around former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about.
7.5 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: May 12, 2019
Looking at the lives of former and current football players, the show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football.
6.4 ⭐ | Drama, Comedy | Released: Oct 13, 2019
Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, “Watchmen” embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.
7.9 ⭐ | Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Released: Dec 15, 2019
Carnivàle is an American television series set in the United States during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching story depicts the battle between good and evil and the struggle between free will and destiny; the storyline mixes Christian theology with gnosticism and Masonic lore, particularly that of the Knights Templar.
8.1 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery, Drama | Released: Mar 27, 2005
29. My Brilliant Friend
When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship.
8.0 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Mar 2, 2020
28. Murder on Middle Beach
A four-part documentary series revolving around the case of single mother Barbara Hamburg, who was brutally murdered in 2010 near her home in the upper-middle class enclave of Madison, Connecticut. The series presents first-time filmmaker Madison Hamburg’s complicated journey as a young man determined to solve an unspeakable crime and absolve the people he loves, while looking for answers within his fractured family and community.
0.0 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Nov 15, 2020
27. Avenue 5
40 years in the future, space captain Ryan Clark and the crew of the luxury space cruise ship Avenue 5 navigate disgruntled passengers and unexpected events after experiencing technical difficulties onboard.
6.7 ⭐ | Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Released: Mar 15, 2020
26. How To with John Wilson
In a uniquely hilarious odyssey of self-discovery and cultural observation, documentary filmmaker and self-described “anxious New Yorker” John Wilson covertly and obsessively films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on relatable topics. The awkward contradictions of modern life are eased by Wilson’s candid, unpolished commentary. Building upon Wilson’s previously released “how to” short films, each episode takes wildly unexpected turns but is grounded in John’s refreshing honesty.
1.0 ⭐ | Comedy, Documentary | Released: Oct 23, 2020
A diverse group of young women navigate their lives through the male-dominated world of skateboarding in New York City. Inspired by the critically acclaimed film Skate Kitchen.
7.4 ⭐ | Comedy, Drama | Released: Jun 4, 2020
24. The Righteous Gemstones
The story of a world-famous televangelist family with a history of deviance, greed and, yes, charitable work, all in the name of Jesus.
7.1 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: Oct 13, 2019
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
8.3 ⭐ | Action & Adventure, Drama | Released: Mar 25, 2007
A team of young superheroes led by Nightwing (formerly Batman's first Robin) form to combat evil and other perils.
8.1 ⭐ | Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama | Released: Nov 29, 2019
21. Silicon Valley
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Partially inspired by Mike Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ‘80s, Silicon Valley is an American sitcom that centers around six programmers who are living together and trying to make it big in the Silicon Valley.
8.1 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: Dec 8, 2019
20. Perry Mason
Set in 1932 Los Angeles, the series focuses on the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason. Living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage. L.A. is booming while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression — but a kidnapping gone very wrong leads to Mason exposing a fractured city as he uncovers the truth of the crime.
7.5 ⭐ | Drama, Mystery, Crime | Released: Aug 9, 2020
19. Band of Brothers
Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company parachuting into Normandy early on D-Day morning, participants in the Battle of the Bulge, and witness to the horrors of war, the men of Easy knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear - and became the stuff of legend. Based on Stephen E. Ambrose's acclaimed book of the same name.
8.3 ⭐ | Drama, War & Politics | Released: Nov 4, 2001
18. Game of Thrones
Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.
8.3 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery | Released: May 19, 2019
17. Justice League Dark
A new HBO Max series from J.J. Abrams adapting the DC comic-book of the same name.
0.0 ⭐ | Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
16. The Third Day
A unique story told over two distinct halves, "Summer" follows Sam, a man drawn to a mysterious island off the British coast where he encounters a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost. "Winter" follows Helen, a strong-willed outsider who comes to the island seeking answers, but whose arrival precipitates a fractious battle to decide its fate.
6.6 ⭐ | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Released: Oct 19, 2020
15. Raised by Wolves
After Earth is ravaged by a great religious war, an atheistic android architect sends two of his creations, Mother and Father, to start a peaceful, godless colony on the planet Kepler-22b. Their treacherous task is jeopardized by the arrival of the Mithraic, a deeply devout religious order of surviving humans.
7.7 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama | Released: Oct 1, 2020
14. Hard Knocks
An inside look at NFL training camps. From the top coaches to the rookies trying to make the team, Hard Knocks showcases what it takes to be in the NFL.
7.1 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Sep 8, 2020
13. True Blood
True Blood is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality.
7.5 ⭐ | Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Released: Aug 24, 2014
12. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Robert Durst, scion of one of New York’s billionaire real estate families, has been accused of three murders but never convicted. Brilliant, reclusive, and the subject of relentless media scrutiny, he’s never spoken publicly—until now. During interviews with Andrew Jarecki, he reveals secrets of the case that baffled authorities for 30 years. In 2010, Jarecki made the narrative film All Good Things based on the infamous story of Robert Durst. After Durst saw the film, he contacted Jarecki wanting to tell his story. What began as a feature documentary ultimately became a six-part series as more and more of his incredible story was revealed.
8.1 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Mar 15, 2015
In the cutthroat world of international finance, a group of young graduates compete for a limited set of permanent positions at a top investment bank in London. The boundaries between colleague, friend, lover, and enemy soon blur as they immerse themselves in a company culture defined as much by sex, drugs and ego as it is by deals and dividends.
0.0 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Nov 9, 2020
10. The Flight Attendant
Flight attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes in her hotel room hungover from the night before in Dubai with a dead body lying next to her. Afraid to call the police, she continues her morning as if nothing happened. In New York, she is met by FBI agents who question her about her recent layover in Dubai. Still unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer.
0.0 ⭐ | | Released: Nov 26, 2020
9. Room 104
An anthology series set in a single hotel room, where every guest who comes to stay reveals a unique set of circumstances and quirks.
5.9 ⭐ | Mystery, Drama, Comedy | Released: Oct 9, 2020
8. We Are Who We Are
Two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy explore friendship, first love, identity, and all the messy exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager.
7.2 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Oct 26, 2020
7. A World of Calm
A timely antidote for our modern lives, this revolutionary series takes audiences on an immersive audiovisual journey designed to help you relax and transform how you feel. Each episode is brought to life by narration from some of the smoothest voices in Hollywood.
0.0 ⭐ | Documentary | Released: Oct 1, 2020
6. Zack Snyder's Justice League
The four-hour-long director's cut of the 2017 American superhero film Justice League.
0.0 ⭐ | Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Sixteen contestants, ranging in age from 12 to 15, are taken completely off the grid to solve puzzles and overcome physical challenges, with the laws of karma setting the rules.
0.0 ⭐ | | Released: Jun 18, 2020
4. Search Party
A dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.
6.6 ⭐ | Comedy | Released: Jun 25, 2020
3. Selena + Chef
Since social distancing at home, Selena Gomez has been spending more time in the kitchen than she ever imagined. But despite her many talents, it remains to be seen if cooking is one of them. In each episode, Selena will be joined remotely by a different master chef.
7.8 ⭐ | Reality | Released: Aug 27, 2020
2. Love Life
A romantic comedy anthology series which follows a different protagonist each season on the journey from first love to last love, with each half-hour episode chronicling one of their relationships.
7.7 ⭐ | Comedy, Drama | Released: Jun 11, 2020
1. Doom Patrol
The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities — but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence — and to protect Earth from what they find.
7.5 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure | Released: Aug 6, 2020