Home Box Office: The Best Shows on HBO
9. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
With Last Week Tonight, John Oliver continues to occupy the throne that was left vacant with Jon Stewart’s departure. Last Week Tonight is a current events style comedy news show that deconstructs the week’s events in an attempt to make sense (and fun) of them.
The show is poignantly written, impossibly hilarious, and unrelenting. Whether he’s taking down big pharma, the state of American infrastructure, or predatory lending, John Oliver pulls no punches. You may not agree with his political views, but John Oliver is a man of the people and boy do we need him.
It may be relatively new — currently one season long — and impossibly strange, but if HBO’s Westworld isn’t on your radar by now than you’re hopeless (or don’t have an active Twitter account). Don’t worry, FilthyRich has your back.
Based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name, Westworld explores the nature of consciousness, artificial intelligence, and humanity’s penchant for evil deeds. It centers around the Westworld theme park, an elaborate vacation destination full of artificially intelligent androids. Guests are encouraged to go on adventures, drink all they can drink and well, kill all they can kill. It’s worth the watch just for Anthony Hopkins’ incredible performance alone.
7. Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under is dark humour at its absolute finest. The series follows a Californian family that owns and operates an independent funeral home. Though largely overshadowed by smash hits like The Sopranos and Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under is regularly celebrated as one of the greatest television shows of all time. Having a cast including Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, and Frances Conroy may have something to do with it.