This is a discussion on What is your favorite HBO show? within the Entertainment forum, part of the General Chit-Chat; I have HBO Go and I was curious if anyone can recommend some good shows.
I have watched all of ...
Nah seriously, don't do that... My favorite show right now is Boardwalk Empire, but since you've seen it I can't suggest anymore.
I say watch
Curb Your Enthusiasm
All of those are great series'. Also watch some of their mini-series The Pacific, Band of Brothers, Generation Kill, and John Adams as well.
Six Feet Under The Wire
Also as Kid says, those mini series are great (Band of Brothers, The Pacific and John Adams). But really Six Feet Under is head and shoulders above the rest for me. But the others were really good and some of my favourite series of all time. Be warned there is quite a bit of explicit mushroom tip exposure in some of them (Oz, Rome).
When I used to work at Blockbuster I got asked so often to recommend a good TV show that I decided to create an HBO section. I took everything HBO and put it in its own section. The rents on those titles became so high I started ordering in some of the more obscure titles to really push the section.
Here are my top 10
In my opinion the greatest show ever made. This show is written by an ex-Baltimore Sun writer and an ex-BPD homicide detective. It starts off as a look at drug war in Baltimore but as the seasons progress it starts to showcase all the ills of modern society and how one thing leaches off of the next until we are all just a bunch of pawns playing out our turn in the game.
in Treatment is a show about a psychiatrist's week. Every day is a different patient that we follow through out the season. The show is just a half hour therapy session and it is some of the most riveting drama you have ever witnessed. What is neat about the show is if you wanted to, you could just watch all the Monday episodes and you would an entirely different show than if you watch all the Tuesday or Thursday episodes. You see Paul act differently depending on what patient he is with and that is the key. The acting is some of the best I have ever seen and Gabrielle Byrne deserves all the accolades he gets.
Six Feet Under
A show about life and death. SFU follows the lives of a family running a funeral home in California. They all have their different quirks and stories and that is what makes this show so amazing. Besides in Treatment no other show has shown me character arcs like this one has. One of my biggest pet peeves with Television is you get very 1 dimensional characters that never grow or expand. Alan Ball brings the characters to life until you feel you are part of this family. I have no shame in admitting I cried for the last 3 episodes and without spoiling anything I can say that I felt a real loss when certain things happened. I would also like to point out that this show has one of the most real feeling relationships I have ever seen. Keith and David are not just the best written homosexual couple in movies/TV, they are also the best couple in movies/TV. You believe their relationship and you want to see things work out for them.
Not much I can say on this show that hasn't been said already. An amazing show and one that helped catapult HBO to the forefront. James Gandolfini had a tough job ahead of him, making a stone cold gangster a likeable character but he succeeded with Tony. Nothing sums that up more than the scene where we see Tony choke a guy with wire, then goes to pick his daughter up from University. Once again (like the others mentioned) this show is built around it's fully diverse characters and interesting stories.
I actually hated this show on my first watch, but then I decided to give it another chance and I am glad I did. Al Swearengen is among the best characters ever and he alone makes this show worth watching. On top of that, though, the show is a fantastic look into the gold rush scene. What I love about HBO shows (or at least the ones I have mentioned) is that they are about one thing, but they aren't about just that one thing. Deadwood looks into all the aspects that made this time so exciting. We get gun fights, relationships, gang wars, the building of a new town and all the goings on with that. It is a shame that Deadwood got cancelled due to HBO having too many expensive shows going on. This is one show that I wish had a more concrete ending (but the ending we got wasn't so bad).
Speaking of great shows getting cancelled due to budgets Carnivale only lasted 2 seasons and I wish (oh how I wish) they could have kept going. This show is so low on this list just because of how it ended. Daniel Knauf had planned out 6 seasons and it would have gone all the way into atomic blast bringing about the end of the world. Carnivale is essentially Revelation played out as a traveling carnival circus. The Avatar of Light has to over come the Usher. This show is creepy, sadistic, playful, fantastical and I wish it could have continued . I wasn't even all that mad, because the ending we were getting wasn't too bad...until the corn started dying and then I literally swore at my TV when the credits rolled (makes more sense if you have seen the show). If you like David Lynch this show has a real Twin Peaks feel about it and even though it ends as badly as Twin Peaks, it is still worth a look.
I feel bad putting this show so low on the list, but that is how good the rest of the shows are . This show deals with the prohibition era and I am pretty much repeating myself here but once again it is the story telling and characters that make this show so fascinating. I think what I really love about this show is the fact that I am a huge Steve Buscemi fan and I am glad he finally gets a main role he can sink his teeth into.
Flight of the Conchords
Before Glee started stinking up the airwaves there was FotC. A show that follows the 4th most popular Folk band in all of New Zealand make it in New York. The show is built around the music of FotC in a musical sense. They are managed by the New Zealand consulate and have a total of one fan. The show only lasted 2 seasons (mainly because the band didn't want to keep coming up with songs to fill the shows) and is some of the funniest TV ever produced.
Hot off of The Office, Ricky Gervais came out with his new hit show Extras. Extras follows Andy who is an extra in movies. Each episode features a major star (playing themselves) and it showcases what life is like for the person behind the star. By the end of season 1 Andy gets his big break (thanks to a hilarious performance by Patrick Stewart) and we are now showed the world of Ricky Gervais' nightmare...the Sitcom. A very satirical, witty show that deserves a viewing from everyone (at least check out Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart's parts on Youtube.)
It was hard picking #10 but I have to give credit to the show that pretty much started it all. Oz gave HBO it's look and feel. Nothing was like this at the time. Extreme violence, obscene language, vivid sexual scenes (often between two men) nothing on Television could compete with this. This is why it is not television it is HBO. Guys getting nailed to floors, anal rape, carving JEW into an upside down body...this is one of the most gruesome shows ever conceived. It was loaded with colourful characters...but it has a few downfalls. The stories left a lot to be desired. They were still good, but you had to disband disbelief quite often, also season 6 is so abysmal I have never gone back and rewatched it (and I own the DVDs). That being said OZ is worth the visit.
Like I said HBO has so many great shows and these are all worth checking out.
3. Band of Brothers
4. Angels in America
5. Tenacious D
6. Generation Kill
7. The Corner
8. K Street
9. Tanner 88
11. John Adams
And finally the first show ever show on HBO
13. Fraggle Rock
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Just because a show is a HBO show doesn't make it good . Boardwalk Empire is really awful and Steve Buscemi is as usual really badly miscast how he won awards for that show is beyond me. Series 1 In Treatment is excellent but series 2 is awful and really outstays it's welcome. Carnivale doesn't make any sense and drags on forever. The Wire has dated really badly and is unwatchable today. However The Sopranos is wonderful except for the badly miscast (yet again) Steve Buscemi. Oz is the greatest television show I've ever seen and Chris Meloni as Keller is my favourite character in any TV show.
1. Curb Your Enthusiasm -My favourite show, it's brilliant. I find absolutely nothing unlikeable about it. 2. Flight Of The Conchords - The absurdly normal nature of the situations coupled with the musical numbers make this awesome. 3. Game Of Thrones - Only started watching a few weeks ago but my, it's compelling. 4. Band Of Brothers - Absolutely loved this, it's amazing how many acting nobodies in this became somebodies afterward. 5. Oz - In England, this came on at 2am on Channel 4 which was my peak viewing time back then, i'd never seen anything like it, it held nothing back.
Probably the Wire mate , the reason is there are loads of amazing HBO shows but normally one season is poor in a series but the Wire for me starts well and gets better and better till the end Epic shit , if you not seen this get it 10/10
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