Before having a pletora of the best HBO series, this top satellite and television network has existed since 1972. Only in 1997, HBO launched its first original show, Oz, and created a trend that modified the scenery of TV series. Then a couple of years later, The Sopranos brought HBO the first Emmy Prize gathering 111 nominations and 21 awards.
What follows is what we consider the top ten most incredible series made by HBO, such as The Sopranos, along with nine other shows that are outstanding.
10. True Detective
The series follows two investigators from Louisiana, played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, on a 17-year look for a murderer. Novelist and author Nic Pizzolatto has written the award-winning HBO show True Detective. Pizzolato is from the southwest regions of Louisiana and taught literary works at several colleges before going into screenwriting.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and having as executive producers Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, the first season of True Detective uses several timeframes to present the two detectives’ long search for a serial killer.
The series is incredible and will probably go down as Harrelson’s and McConaughey’s best acting of all time.
The first season was broadcasted in the beginning of 2014. Just like FX’s American Horror Story, it uses an anthological structure, with each season presenting a different story and characters.
Pizzolatto said that its second season will have three new lead figures. Season two will be located in California, involve eight episodes and will feature Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell. Pizzolatto will continue the screenwriting and every episode will have a different director.
Filming started in California in the autumn of 2014. The second series is predicted to air in the summer of 2015. No question about it, the first season of True Detective is one of the biggest TV shows ever made. If you have somehow skipped this series, you should see it now. You will not regret it.
9. The Wire
Rather than utilizing a score and soundtrack, The Wire mainly uses songs that hail from a detail within the scene, such as a stereo system or jukebox. The Wire was released in 2002 and led until 2008. The gritty show had 60 episodes divided in five seasons. Even if the series obtained regular scores in plenty of reviews and was not selected for significant TV awards, experts and fans as well consider it to be one of the best TV dramas of all-time.
Praised for its genuine expression of city life and its discovery of governmental and public themes, the display seemed unflinchingly regarding all factors of Baltimore: its drug business, seaport, political, educational and press problems.
The cast collection was composed almost entirely of unknown actors who defied the expectations by introducing a wide range of humankind. Many of these people went on to have further success in TV and movies.
The Wire was thought and mainly created by former police and writer David Simon, who declared that, despite its label as a crime drama, the series is “really about the United States’ cities, and about how we stay together. It is about how organizations have an impact on individuals. If one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug supplier, a politician or an attorney, all are eventually affected and must deal with whatever organization to where they are affiliated”.
This show is strongly suggested for anyone who views himself or herself a lover of quality TV.
8. The Sopranos
The Sopranos is considered by many as the biggest TV sequence of all-time. Envisioned by David Chase, The Sopranos is centered on New Jersey Italian-American gangster Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini (A Civil Action, 12 Angry Men), and his battle to have a stability between the personal and illegal lifestyles.
The series was released in early 1999 and finished its sixth and last year in 2007. Following its incredible success, the series was distributed and transmitted on the A&E networking in the US and worldwide. Lorraine Bracco (Rizzoli & Isles, Goodfellas) is Jennifer Melfi, the doctor Tony starts seeing after his anxiety disorder starts interfering with his life.
Tony’s spouse Carmela, who is played by Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, Oz) and Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), who is Tony’s relative and protégé, are a couple of points of interest in the mobster’s life. He usually spends much of his time having difficulties to sustain his marriage while pushing his inefficient relative to rise up in the organization.
The series features a lot of extra close relatives, illegal co-workers and competitors in popular arcs throughout the shows’ 86 episodes. Created by HBO, Chase Films and Brad Grey Television, the series was mainly filmed at Silvercup Companies, New York and on-locations in New Jersey. Matthew Weiner (from Mad Men) was one of many skilled professional producers engaged in this groundbreaking show. It certainly took television to its next level, modifying the way in which we watch TV permanently.
7. Boardwalk Empire
Steve Buscemi playes Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in this show, a Prohibition-era drama series taking place in Atlantic City, New Jersey. With a budget of $18 million dollars, the first episode was filmed under Martin Scorsese’ guidance. The series was grabbed for an extra 11 episodes in 2009 and four years later HBO brought Boardwalk Empire for its fifth and last year which was broadcasted in late 2014.
It obtained 40 nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards and took 17 of them. It also had a Golden Globe with two Screen Actors Guild Prizes. In addition to Scorsese and creator Terence Winter, Tim Van Patten and Mark Wahlberg are among the series’ six main producers.
The show has gained extended popularity for Buscemi’s acting and those of the other traditional characters (Lucky Luciano, Al Capone and more), as well as its genuine visual styles.
Nucky Thompson is created based on the famous Enoch L. Brown, a governmental figure who managed Atlantic City during its Prohibition era. He communicates with traditional figures from all parts of society, such as mobsters, govt agents, celebrities and the common individuals who adore him.
Prohibition started the foundation of organized crime in US and Boardwalk Empire is a powerful view of what led up to a crucial time in American history.
Written by David Milch, the series is an US TV show set in a gold-mining camping of the same name in Southern Dakota. It was broadcasted from 2004 to 2006, with its 36 episodes stretching over three seasons. The series presented an ensemble cast, many of them appearing as historical figures (Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickock, George Hearst, Wyatt Earp and many others).
Timothy Olyphant (Damages, Justified) plays Seth Bullock, a Marshall from Montana that goes to Deadwood to set up a hardware company, along with his associate and buddy, Star (John Hawkes).
The show follows Deadwood’s progress from exploration camping to an official town, with topics of Western capitalism and its fringe-style police that are associated with that time.
Milch investigated the facts, reading historian Watson Parker’s work: Deadwood: the Golden Years. He was specialized in history of Black Hills and the series’ production team later had many of Parker’s other documents and guides as sources for the show.
Milch has continuously mentioned in interviews that his purpose with the series was to research the way in which a society comes together from disorder, by planning itself around signs (i.e. gold). The show touches a wide range of problems, such as state policies, migrants, ethnic background, prostitution, misogyny and assault. This show is really one of the biggest history series ever made and is based on traditional facts, along with its reasonable proportion of stories.
5. Bored to Death
Bored to Death has of the most hilarious actors to appear on TV screen: Ted Danson (Damages, Cheers), Jerr Schwartzman (in almost every Wes Anderson movie), and Zach Galifinakis (The Hangover, Reno 911!). Written by Jonathan Ames, the series follows a Brooklyn-resident author (also known as Jonathan Ames but who is played by Jerr Schwartzman) that moonlights as an unofficial private eye.
After sweetheart Suzanne is breaking up with Jonathan, he finds himself with a lot of free time. As his profession as an author starts to flounder, he puts an ad on Cragislist, offering his services as private detective.
He easily includes his friends, George Christopher and Ray Hueston, to be a part of these alarmingly and very funny maneuvers. Simultaneously bumbling his career through unusual moneymaking techniques and trying to have his girlfriend returning to him, Jonathan is enclosed by goofy figures with their own delayed goals and desires.
HBO terminated Bored to Death after 24 episodes in 2011. Luckily for all of us, they started making a TV film in 2013. If you are a fan of dark comedy and satire, you have to watch this show right now!
4. Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones has an extensive fan base following it. While some experts say the series overuse violence and nudity, overall it gets wide world popularity. Based on R.R. Martin’s sequence of fantasy books, Game of Thrones was tailored for TV by D. B. Weiss and Bob Benioff.
The show was released in America in 2011 and the fifth season was aired earlier this year. Game of Thrones is shot at a Belfast studio room and on place in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Morocco, The island of Malta, France and Iceland.
The show is set in the imaginary regions of Essos and Westeros during a period just like the Middle Ages. The tale interweaves several lines along with a main war among some noble houses for Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, the aggressive populations of the Northern areas and the exiled patriarch of a deposed ruling empire to recover the throne.
Game of Thrones was selected for and won several awards, such as Outstanding Drama Series for the first three seasons of it. Peter Dinklage (Nip/Tuck, Death at a Funeral) won two awards for his part as Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf and participant of one of Westeros’ powerful family members. Also, in the amazing ensemble cast are Lena Headey (Dredd, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) as Queen Cersei or Sean Bean (Ronin, GoldenEye) as Eddard “Ned” Stark. If you are a fan of the fiction genre, then this magnificently designed show is definitely worth watching.
3. John Adams
The seven-part mini-series presents Adams from the role as an US founding father to being president. Just as fascinating as his spouse Abigail’s story, while she battles with the difficulties of living in the 1700s.
John Adams chronicles the career of the second American President and the essential aspect he had in founding the nation. Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave, Sideways) remarkably plays John Adams with Laura Linney (The Truman Show, The Big C) playing his wife and confident, Abigail Adams, the lady behind the powerful man.
The show follows Adams at the Massacre Slaughter of 1770 then through the years as ambassador in European countries and then the term as vice-president and then president of US. Just as interesting are the story lines including his spouse and close relatives as they deal with small pox or other difficulties of the time. Directed by Tom Hooper, the miniseries is in accordance with the John Adams book by David McCullough and made for the TV by Kirk Ellis.
This biopic of a first half century of American history with John Adams’ private life was broadcasted in seven episodes in 2008. It obtained great popularity and won many awards – 13 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes, more than any other miniseries in TV history. Watch this spectacular part of US history, as well as those awesome roles from some of Hollywood’s top figures.
Created by a worldwide group of English, American and Italian producers (William J. MacDonald, John Milius and Bruno Heller), Rome was broadcasted for two seasons beginning in 2005 and finishing in 2007.
Set in the first century BC, the series start with Julius Caesar’s defeat of Gaul, during the Ancient Rome’s transformation from Republic to Empire. The season finishes with Caesar’s notorious killing and the ascending of Emperor Augustus or Gaius Octavian.
It was filmed in Italy and has an ensemble cast, many of them are created on traditional fisgures. The primary protagonists are two military who are described in Julius Caesar’s own Commentarii de Bello Gallico: Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson).
The imaginary Vorenus and Pullo observe and affect many of the historical activities represented in the show, even if some of these are not precise. One of the series’ strong points, however, is how it follows not just the wealthy and powerful people, but also the lifestyle of typical individuals.
James Purefoy (Resident Evil, The Following) plays the famous Marc Antony, and the show follows his adventures to Alexandria, where he knows the great Queen Cleopatra. For those of you who are fans of professionally designed historical props, add this stunning series to your collection.
1. Generation Kill
Despite the preliminary questions, Marine commanders gradually motivated officers of the 1st Reconnaissance to study Wright’s work to obtain a deeper understanding of the truth of war.
Written in 2004 by Evan Wright, a Rolling Stones reporter, Generating Kill is based on Wright’s reports about his life as a news reporter with the first Reconnaissance Battalion of the USMC in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The extreme mini-series was filmed over six months and shows realistically a year in the tough experiences of young Marine Corps major ready to enter into Baghdad.
Initially released as a three-part sequence in Rolling Stones, its first article, The Killer Elite, has won a National Magazine Award for Excellence in Reporting back in 2004. Wright’s written facts shows the reality of military. Marines battle with insufficient provides, inadequate communication and bureaucratic problems in the starting weeks of the Iraq war.
Originally broadcasted in 2008, the how was filmed in Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa. The story is gritty and genuine and the show starts with the Marine Recon group traversing into Iraq during the starting of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Evan Wright wrote the episodes with David Simon and Ed Burns (both of The Wire series). Lee Tergesen (Desperate Housewives, The Big C) plays Wright, while Alexander Skarsgård (Battleship, True Blood) is Sgt. Kaira ‘Iceman’ Colbert who drives the automobile with news reporter Wright. Audiences may also identify James Ransone from The Wire or Treme, who plays Cpl. Josh Ray Person.
You owe it to yourselves to watch this part of notorious recent history, and learn from a number of important things concerning the disaster of war.
We are now living in a fantastic age of TV, with quality composing and performing on cable, professional systems, and public TV. These HBO shows are just a few of the excellent illustrations of scenarios on the small screen. After watching them, you will surely find a favorite one (or even more) from the list above. HBO has already made a name for itself with its great display of rich props and famous start assembled in its casts over the years, so it is sure that you will not regret even a minute of watching these incredibly and interesting serries all together.