Best Shows Streaming On HBO Right Now
HBO’s longtime slogan has been “It’s not TV, it’s HBO,” and while technically, yes, HBO is a TV channel, there is some truth to the adage. HBO is renowned for its high-quality shows, many of which have pushed the boundaries for what’s possible in scripted television. And now, with HBO Now and HBO Go, you can watch HBO anytime, anywhere, even if you don’t have a cable subscription.
Game of Thrones
It’s one of the most popular shows airing at the moment, and if you aren’t watching it, your friends have probably scolded you for not doing so. They’re telling the truth – this show is great! Don’t let the fantasy aspects turn you off, as there’s stuff here for everyone. From politics to action to soapy romances, this show does it all, and with its huge budget, looks good doing it, too.
“True Detective” made big waves a few years ago when it aired and was met with huge critical acclaim, all seemingly out of the blue. The show is a crime anthology series, with each season taking place in a different time and place and with different characters. The first season revolved around the odd couple pairing of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, who are tasked with getting to the bottom of a mysterious murder in Louisiana. While viewers panned the second season of this show for lacking the chemistry between the first season’s leads, the first season still holds up on its own for prime entertainment.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
HBO’s long-running comedy, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, comes from the mind of Larry David, the co-creator of the classic “Seinfeld”. Much like “Seinfeld”, “Curb” is a comedy of errors taken to the extreme, and in this case, very awkward levels. The show is a comedy masterclass, and despite its frequent cringeworthy material, it’s light and airy watching.
Flight of the Conchords
If you prefer your comedies a little less awkward, well, “Flight of the Conchords” is still pretty awkward, but lead stars, Bret and Jemaine, make it adorably awkward. The series, which follows “New Zealand’s fourth-most-popular folk duo,” mixes dry humor with fanciful musical sequences that are both catchy and hilarious. While “Flight of the Conchords” only made it to two seasons, it’s a perfectly bingeable show to space out over a few weekends.
It’s the cult TV show considered by most who have seen it to be the best TV show ever. “The Wire” follows the wide reaches of crime in Baltimore, from low-level drug dealers to the politicians who rule the city. While the show is fictional, it’s been praised for its near-documentary treatment of serious problems that face every large city in America. While “The Wire” is mostly a cop show, consider it less “Law & Order” and more Shakespeare. Just don’t go in expecting tons of happy moments.
These are indeed some of the best shows HBO has to offer, but it’s in no way all the great shows that are out there. HBO has been around for a few decades, and in that time, has produced some great television. Dig in yourself to see what TV gold you can find!