Home Box Office (HBO) is the oldest and longest constantly operating subscription television service in the United States. HBO is a network that has given us too much good for our own good, from worst to best when it comes to entertainment. This means that it’s time—right now, in the year 2022—for us to review the best offerings from HBO.
Game of Thrones may have been HBO’s most popular show ever — but 2022 saw the majorly anticipated return of Game of Thrones with the prequel series House of the Dragon. So here’s the rundown, best as we can fantasize it: the best 5 top-rated HBO TV shows you must watch.
5 Best Top Rated HBO TV Shows Worth Watching
We’ve rounded up the top five best HBO series and TV shows to make a list to fill your binge-watch calendar into next year.
- House of the Dragon
- Game of Thrones
- Silicon Valley
- The Newsroom
1. House of the Dragon (2022– )
Created by: Ryan Condal, George R. R. Martin
Stars: Otto Hightower, Rhys Ifans, Ser Otto Hightower, Alicent Hightower, Olivia Cooke, Alicent Hightower, Young Alicent Hightower, Emily Carey.
House of the Dragon is the prequel to Games of Thrones, taking the show’s fans about 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen. The series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.
So how do House of the Dragon’s main characters relate to each other, and how many generations elapse before we get to the events in Game of Thrones? Here’s the House of Targaryen family tree to show what the Targaryen dynasty looked like, up until it was overthrown and replaced by House Baratheon, with Daenerys Targaryen attempting to reclaim the throne.
2. Game of Thrones (GoT) (2011–2019)
Created by: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen
Game of Thrones (GoT) has a fan following unlike anything else in recent memory, as well as some of the most intense scenes we’ve seen on our screens at home. This HBO geopolitical drama is based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series and is so epic in scope that it made the Lord of the Rings feel like Cliff’s Notes. Game of Thrones has garnered its fair share of criticism for its nudity and its portrayal of a couple of brutal rape scenes.
3. Silicon Valley (2014–2019)
Created by: Mike Judge
Stars: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr
From the offbeat mind of Mike Judge and HBO comes this comedy series set in the outrageous world of Silicon Valley’s tech industry and start-ups. In each episode of Silicon Valley, the HBO series follows introverted programmer Richard and his friends who are going nowhere fast–until his website’s exceptional compression algorithm becomes the subject of an extreme bidding war.
Running for six seasons, the comedy continues to draw critical acclaim, and few fans, even now several years after its finale.
4. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Created by: Aaron Sorkin
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, Sam Waterston
The Newsroom is an American political drama television series created and written by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO and consists of 25 episodes over three seasons.
The series chronicles behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel and revolves around anchor Will McAvoy, his new executive producer MacKenzie McHale, together with his staff.
5. Succession (2018– )
Created by: Jesse Armstrong
Stars: Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong, Matthew Macfadyen, Alan Ruck, Sarah Snook
Succession can be slow-burning when it comes to building an audience, but after three seasons, a sardonic-comedy show about a famous media family that is a dark and addictive view of wealth and power.
HBO’s Succession, by creator Jesse Armstrong, is dressed up as a popular drama, but it’s actually one of TV’s most acidic shows. Once you accept this, Succession unfolds as an endless struggle for power and prestige with an ancient king who is also wonderfully aware of the absurdity of this type of story.
So, the above-mentioned HBO TV shows are some of the best TV series which you can watch this year. I would definitely recommend you to watch House of the Dragon if you have already watched Game of Thrones.