Home Box Office: The Best Shows on HBO
3. The Larry Sanders Show
If The Soprano’s is The Beatles of serialized television than The Larry Sanders Show is Elvis. The Larry Sanders Show was way ahead of its time, winning 24 major awards and lasting 90 episodes over its run from 1992-1998. The show follows fictional talk-show host Larry Sanders (Gary Shandling) as he and his staff work to build an entertaining, celebrity-filled hour of television.
If you want to pretend you’re an OG TV hipster and impress all of your friends, mention The Larry Sanders Show and relish in your new-found coolness. Because, though the show was a revelation at the time, it hasn’t exactly resonated with the millennial masses.
2. Curb Your Enthusiasm
Seinfeld co-creator Larry David sheds the restraints of network censorship and gets into a whole lot of trouble on HBO’s hilarious original series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Curb Your Enthusiasm follows Larry David (as himself), and his band of famous and neurotic fans.
The show builds on the “nothing” concept of Seinfeld with most episodes hinging on a few misspoken words or a bad parking job. It’s also won a ton of awards, is chocked full of celebrity cameos, and it even helped Juan Catalan beat a murder charge.
1. Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers isn’t a TV series per-se, technically it’s a 10-part miniseries, but this is our list and we make the rules.
Band of Brothers reunites Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg (as executive producers) to tell the true, harrowing tale of Easy Company, a parachute infantry regiment fighting in the Second World War. Band of Brothers picks up exactly where 1998’s Saving Private Ryan left off. The characters are well developed and raw, the battle set pieces are awe inspiring, and the story will leave you on the edge of your seat. If you like history, superb acting, and war, Band of Brothers may be for you.