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 to stream right now.
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. 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 '90s 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.
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The Night Of
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. 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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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. This HBO original series features a star-studded cast that includes Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, and James Marsden.
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. 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.
Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under tackles the topic of death through a family that 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. Fans of Parenthood will recognize Peter Krause as Nate Fisher, the eldest Fisher who inherits the family business after his father's sudden death.
Spanning three 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. Each season features a new set of detectives. Season one stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, season two features Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams, and season three stars Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff.
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." Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Amy Brenneman are just a few members of this show's standout cast.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
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. Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, and Richard Lewis are some of the familiar faces who reappeared in the show's recent season nine reboot.
Game of Thrones
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. 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.