Founded by what would eventually become Time Warner, Home Box Office (HBO) started as a pipeline for unedited, commercial-free movies when it launched in 1972. Itâ€™s safe to say that HBO has evolved over the years. That evolution can be traced back to the 1980s, when the network began producing their own original series. And what a brilliant decision that would turn out to be.
Decades later, HBO is synonymous with top-shelf, serialized entertainment. Ground breaking ideas, A-list talent, captivating characters … HBO pioneered the TV-drama revolution. They set the bar (very high) for what audiences can expect from writers and actors. And we, for one, are grateful.
It was very difficult to whittle the HBO canon down to anything less than a top-100. And we are not about to list them in order of importance because, well â€¦ thereâ€™s never a right answer. All you need to know is that if there is a show on this list that you havenâ€™t seen, you should probably cancel your weekend plans and get on it!
So, without further ado, FilthyRich presents the very best of HBO. Letâ€™s go!
12. The Sopranos
Itâ€™s only fitting that we start this list with the show that started it all: The Sopranos. This legendary TV series follows mafia kingpin Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) as he struggles to strike a balance between his family life, his violent way of life, and his troubled past.
The showâ€™s popularity inspired a surge of spiritual successors, many of which youâ€™ll find on this list. Widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, The Sopranos won countless awards and made millions of dollars. If youâ€™ve never seen it, close your browser right now and turn on your television. You wonâ€™t regret it.