It’s not television; it’s HBO. There may have been a time when HBO’s signature slogan didn’t exactly ring true, but not anymore, as the premium cable provider continues to distinguish itself from your regular scheduled programming by providing high production value content that is legitimately some of the best television ever made. While the premium cable industry has become far more crowded in recent years with the rise of networks like Showtime and Netflix, HBO still reigns supreme when it comes to producing content that keeps people talking and keeps people talking. With that in mind, we’ve wrangled up the 10 most exceptional HBO series of all time and talked a bit about why exactly you should spend some time watching them (if you haven’t already).
10. Flight of the Conchords
We’re sneaking a shocker into the number 10 spot on this list, but we didn’t have much of choice here. In all the years we’ve been watching television, we can honestly say that we’ve never seen anything quite like Flight of the Conchords, the often strange and always hilarious series which follows the misadventures of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, “New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based Digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo,” after they move to New York City in an attempt to gain fame and fortune. Flight of the Conchords, which also starred Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal, and Arj Barker, was a critical success that has achieved a massive cult following since the series ended (it only ran for two seasons). While we were forced to leave a number of legitimate drama series such as Oz (which you should also watch) off this list to accommodate Flight of the Conchords, we felt it necessary to highlight this incredibly quirky and insanely lovable show (and don’t worry, there’s dramas aplenty on here for you to read about).