The ol’ Home Box Office, better known as HBO, for decades now has been responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed and popular television shows ever made. Picking out the ten best HBO series of all time is pretty much an impossible and thankless task that will absolutely annoy most of the people that read this article. Still, that’s not going to stop us from attempting to take a crack at it. Ranking things are fun after all!
The only rule is that we’ll be focusing on shows that have completed their initial runs at least. We need a way to weed out some shows lest we’ll be tortured with having to decide between some of the great shows that are not yet done telling their stories at the time of this writing, with classics that are all wrapped up. This task is hard enough! Without further ado, let’s break down our picks for the best HBO shows of all time starting with something a bit more modern.
10. Boardwalk Empire
Best HBO Shows of All Time
Boardwalk Empire, among other more recent hits from HBO, proved that the network still had staying power even after its first golden age in the late 90s and early 2000s.
The historical drama is set during the prohibition era of the 1920s in Atlantic City and stars the legendary Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, a corrupt and shrewd politician that is able to remain popular with the public, while secretly working alongside criminals and other unsavory individuals to benefit from the bootlegging that went on during that era.
Behind the scenes, the creative team of legendary director Martin Scorsese and acclaimed writer on The Sopranos, Terence Winter was able to capture the imagination of an audience that wanted a peek at what life was like during the glamorous but corrupt roaring 20s. Winter and the rest of the Boardwalk Empire team wrapped up a critically acclaimed five-season run that kicked off the 2010s for HBO the right way.