Top 25 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 25 list of the best original shows on HBO, using the power of Rivr and its users.
This list was last updated on Jan 25, 2021.
25. 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.
8.1 ⭐ | Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Released: Dec 20, 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
23. 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.
7.3 ⭐ | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Released: Oct 18, 2020
22. 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.
8.4 ⭐ | Crime, Drama | Released: Mar 9, 2008
Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.
7.5 ⭐ | Comedy, Drama | Released: Jun 14, 2020
20. 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
19. 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 20, 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.
8.1 ⭐ | 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.
6.9 ⭐ | Comedy, Drama | Released: May 24, 2020
16. The Undoing
Grace and Jonathan Fraser are living the only lives they ever wanted. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.
7.7 ⭐ | Drama, Crime, Mystery | Released: Nov 29, 2020
15. 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
14. 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
13. 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
12. 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.
8.2 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Aug 21, 2005
11. 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
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.
7.8 ⭐ | Drama | 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
8. 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
7. 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.
8.4 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery | Released: May 19, 2019
6. 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
5. 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
4. 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.
7.6 ⭐ | Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama | Released: Aug 24, 2014
3. 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.
7.6 ⭐ | Drama, Mystery | Released: Dec 17, 2020
2. 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.
5.8 ⭐ | Mystery, Drama, Comedy | Released: Oct 9, 2020
1. 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.
8.1 ⭐ | Drama | Released: Nov 2, 2020