The Best Shows on HBO Go Are Worth the $15 Subscription Fee

Updated 03/01/18
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If your television-watching habits are anything like ours, then Sex and the City probably tends to sit at the top of your recently watched queue too. While we'd happily rewatch every episode of Carrie Bradshaw navigating life as a single woman living in New York City, we're always on the lookout for new (or new-to-us) shows to add to our watch list. In a recent effort to expand our horizons, we scrolled through HBO Go's offerings in search of binge-worthy shows to diversify our queue. Spanning a critically acclaimed series that delves into the narcotics scene in Baltimore to a side-splittingly hilarious political satire set in the West Wing, these are the 11 best shows on HBO Go right now.

If You're Looking for a Show That'll Make You Laugh (and Cry)…

insecure

The Show: Created by Issa Rae (known for her popular web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl), Insecure follows Issa as she navigates life in Los Angeles, grapples with difficult romantic relationships, and connects with her best friend Molly.

The Cast: Issa Rae (Issa) and Yvonne Orji (Molly) offer a realistic portrayal of friendship that hasn't been seen on television in decades. "The authenticity of their relationship harkens back to such nineties shows as Living Single and Girlfriends, series that feel like artifacts of what black-female friendship can look like onscreen if written by people who know what they're talking about," praises The New Yorker.

The Details: Stream seasons one and two on HBO Go now.

If You Loved the First Season of Serial…

the night of

The Show: Although fictional, HBO's procedural drama, The Night Of, watches like a piece of investigative journalism coming to life. As in the popular podcast, Serial, the HBO show delves into a single murder case—and it's not clear if the accused committed the crime.

The Cast: Riz Ahmed delivers a heart-wrenching performance as Nasir Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants who is locked up on a murder charge after a night he can't quite seem to remember.

The Details: Watch the one and only season of the limited series on HBO Go.

If You're a Fan of Crime Dramas…

the wire

The Show: Frequently praised as the best television show of all time, The Wire delves into the nuances of the drug trade, examining it from the points of view of drug dealers, law enforcement officers, politicians, addicts, and nearly every other facet of society affected by the industry.

The Cast: The show is filled with memorable characters that you'll genuinely grow to care about, but don't get too attached to anyone. Consider yourself warned.

The Details: Start streaming all five seasons of this critically acclaimed series stat.

If You Want to Find the Humor in Politics…

veep

The Show: Veep, unlike Aaron Sorkin's popular political drama The West Wing, is a raunchy, laugh-out-loud funny political satire that centers around a hilariously incompetent staff attempting to run the nation.

The Cast: Although the always-brilliant Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as the title character (Vice President Selina Meyer), it's the quippy supporting cast that will have you tuning in each week for their side-splitting jokes.

The Details: Watch seasons one through six now, and then impatiently await the premiere of the last and final season (premiere date TBD).

If You're in the Mood for Something Provocative…

westworld

The Show: Westworld takes its title from its setting: A futurist Western-themed amusement park where strikingly realistic robots cater to visitors' whim. The provocative science-fiction thriller quickly developed a cult following after just a few episodes.

The Cast: Featuring a star-studded cast with the likes of Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, and James Marsden, you'll be tuning in to watch this HBO original every Sunday.

The Details: Watch season one ASAP in preparation for the season two premiere on April 22.

If You Love a Good Coming-of-Age Story…

girls

The Show: Girls follows four twenty-something friends as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood, navigate life in New York City, and get into increasingly messy romantic entanglements.

The Cast: Show creator Lena Dunham stars as Hannah, a writer who's trying to be the voice of her generation. The talented Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet make up the rest of the ensemble cast.

The Details: Watch the entire series, spanning six seasons, on HBO Go.

If You're Into Dark Comedies…

six feet under

The Show: Six Feet Under tackles the topic of death through a family who operates a funeral home in Los Angeles. The series, produced by Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball, is often lauded as having one of the greatest season finales of all time.

The Cast: Fans of Parenthood will recognize Peter Krause as Nate Fisher, the eldest Fisher who inherits the family business after his father's sudden death.

The Details: All five seasons of the series are available for streaming now.

If You're a Fan of Murder Mysteries…

true detective

The Show: Spanning two stand-alone seasons, True Detective is an American anthology crime drama that delves into gruesome murder cases and the complicated lives of the detectives trying to solve them.

The Cast: Each season features a new set of detectives. Season one stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, whereas season two features Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams.

The Details: Watch seasons one and two now before the season three premiere, which will be sometime in 2019 (the exact date has yet to be announced).

If You're Comfortable With Uncertainty…

the leftovers

The Show: The Leftovers, based on Tom Perrotta's book by the same name, explores the events following the sudden disappearance of 2% of the world's population. The supernatural drama was described by The New York Times as "a powerful expression of the ways people soldier on through the unknown."

The Cast: Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Amy Brenneman are just a few members of this show's standout cast.

The Details: Binge-watch all three season on HBO Go.

If You're Not Put Off by Awkwardness…

curb your enthusiasm

The Show: Seinfeld co-creator Larry David stars as a (somewhat) fictionalized version of himself in this HBO comedy. Curb Your Enthusiasm is "a series centered on the petty irritations that blister an idle, privileged life—and they keep getting pettier," praises The New York Times.

The Cast: Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, and Richard Lewis are some of the familiar faces who reappeared in the show's recent season nine reboot.

The Details: Watch seasons one through nine while you await the forthcoming tenth season of the series.

If You're a Fan of the Fantasy Genre…

game of thrones

The Show: HBO's runaway hit Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's best-selling book series, garners an audience of over 30 million viewers every Sunday night. Though the medieval fantasy setting might sound niche, the show's widespread appeal can be attributed to its dynamic cast and politically driven plot.

The Cast: Spanning a formidable queen played by Emilia Clarke to reluctant king brought to life by Kit Harington, the show features a large ensemble cast of characters you probably shouldn't get too attached to.

The Details: In anticipation of the eighth and final season, add all seven seasons to your watch list now.

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