This is not TV; this is HBO. The respected network has been providing quality content for over thirty years, producing some of the best, most innovative and highly influential shows on television today. From Soprano To successionHBO can’t miss.

The network is also a real star when it comes to limited series. HBO has produced more acclaimed miniseries than any studio or streamer, from political thrillers such as Chernobyl to subversive thrillers like sharp objects. Many of these projects have received high ratings on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, solidifying HBO’s dominance over the competition.


10 “Sharp Objects” (2018)

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Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%

Amy Adams arguably gives the best performance of her esteemed career at the end Jean-Marc Vallee2018 mini-series sharp objects. Based Gillian Flynndebut novel, shark Objects, The story centers on Camille Preaker, a self-harming alcoholic and reporter who returns to her hometown to investigate the murder of two young girls.

Adams’ performance is based on the tour de force, sharp objects an impressive entrance to the HBO library. Always reliable Patricia Clarkson and newbie Eliza Scanlen also provide powerful support, but the show belongs to Adams, who plays Camille as an open, bleeding wound, festering from the traumas of her dark past. Slow to the point of frustration, but thought provoking and rewarding, sharp objects is one of the best and most famous mini-series on television.

9 “This City Belongs to Us” (2022)

Wayne Jelkins being chased by a cop in We Own This Town
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Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%

We own this city stars massive ensemble, including Joe Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, David ConswetAnd Treat Williams. The story follows several characters as it explores the concept and eventual downfall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Weapons Tracking Task Force.

The show has drawn several comparisons to HBO’s famous Sunday night show. The wire. We own this city received critical acclaim, praising its non-linear structure, acting, writing, and direction. His scathing denunciation of law enforcement also attracted significant attention from both sides of the dispute.

8 “Night” (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%

Riz Ahmed And John Turturro star of the 2016 crime mini-series Night. The eight-episode show tells the story of Nasir Khan, a Pakistani-American college student who is wrongly accused of killing a woman in New York City. Turturro plays John Stone, Khan’s lawyer.

Night received critical acclaim. Ahmed and Turturro received widespread acclaim for their performances and received 2017 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series; Ahmed won. Night also receive positive reviews for their social commentary and lyrics, receiving 11 Emmy nominations besides Ahmed and Turturro.

7 ‘Olive Kitteridge’ (2014)

Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins at the dinner table at Olive Kitteridge.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%

Four-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand joined the Oscar nominees Richard Jenkins And Bill Murray in the 2014 miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Based Elizabeth StroutIn the 2008 novel of the same name, the series follows the twenty-five years of the life of Olive Kitteridge, a retired misanthropic schoolteacher.

Reviews about Olive Kitteridge were very positive. McDormand received rave reviews for her performance as the protagonist, earning Critics Choice, SAG, and Emmy awards. Jenkins and Murray also received Emmys, and at the 2015 ceremony, the show received five additional statuettes.

6 “Mare from Easttown” (2021)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Mighty Kate Winslet leading the cast Brad Ingelsby2021 crime mini-series Easttown mare. Winslet plays Mare, a seasoned small-town detective investigating the murder of a young girl and the disappearance of another. Gene Smart, Evan PetersAnd Guy Pearce also a star.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Winslet showed the best game of her career. Easttown mare. The actress delivers a compelling and subtle portrayal of heartbreak and struggle, aided by stellar supporting work by Smart and Peters. Winslet and Peters received Emmys for their work, and the show received universal acclaim from critics and fans.

5 ‘Chernobyl’ (2019)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Jared Harris, Emily WatsonAnd Stellan Skarsgard star in Craig Mazin2019 mini-series Chernobyl. The show fictionalizes the infamous Chernobyl nuclear disaster and subsequent cleanup efforts. Oscar nominees Jessie Buckley And Barry Keoghan play significant supporting roles.

Chernobyl received universal acclaim from critics, calling it one of HBO’s best and most ambitious projects. The show’s raw recreation of the disaster was praised, with commentators praising its realistic and uncompromising portrayal. However, its depiction of Soviet officials was strongly condemned, with many accusing it of villainy in their villainy in the interests of the “good versus evil” narrative.

4 ‘Irma Vep’ (2022)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Oscar winner Alicia Vikander stars in Olivier Assayas2022 miniseries Irma Vep, based on his groundbreaking 1996 film of the same name. Vikander plays Mira Harberg, an actress looking to shake up her career who agrees to star in a modern remake of the classic silent film. However, her life is turned upside down when she begins to mix the personal with the professional.

Irma Vep received critical acclaim. Vikander has received acclaim for her performance, considered by many to be one of the best of her career. Assayas’ direction and smart writing also received positive reviews. However, the show has largely gone missing due to the awards and has received no nominations from any major guild.

3 ‘Watchmen’ (2019)

Sister Knight is standing in an open field with the cops behind her in Watchmen.
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Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%

Oscar Winner Regina King hosts an impressive cast Damon Lindelof2019 mini-series watchman. Continuation Alan MooreA seminal graphic novel, the show focuses on corruption within the Tulsa Police Department, the rise of race relations worsened by the emergence of a white supremacist group, and the legacy left behind by the vigilantes known as the Watchmen.

watchman received universal acclaim, many considered it a worthy successor to Moore’s masterpiece. The show has been praised for successfully expanding on the ideas of the original and updating it to reflect current topical issues. watchman earned twenty-six Emmy Award nominations and won eleven, including Best Actress for King.

2 “Brothers in Arms” (2001)

A group of soldiers pose for a photo from the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%

Hollywood icons Steven Spielberg And Tom Hanks united to create Brotherhood. Set during World War II, the miniseries tells the story of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Brotherhood starred a massive ensemble including Ron Livingston, David Schwimmer, Damian LewisAnd Michael Fassbenderamong many others.

The show has received international acclaim and is considered one of the best made-for-TV miniseries of all time. The cast, writing, direction, and production drew universal praise, and the show received twenty Emmy Award nominations, winning seven.

1 “I Can Destroy You” (2020)

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Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

Mikaela Coelmasterpiece I can destroy you is one of the best, most raw and emotional depictions of trauma. Coel plays Arabella, a powerhouse-turned-writer who struggles after being raped in a club restroom.

I can destroy you received universal acclaim from critics and the public. Coel’s writing and performance drew rave reviews, earning her an Emmy nomination for acting and writing; she won the latter. I can destroy you has been noted as one of the most explicit depictions of sexual assault trauma, with commentators calling it a bold, honest, and important work in today’s society.