The 50 Best HBO TV Performances, Ranked

“It’s not a TV. That’s HBO.

It was the slogan of the premium cable network that single-handedly changed the television landscape forever, and ushered in the Peak TV era. With the Home Box Office turning 50 this week, different is celebrating its golden age by ranking the 50 best performances in its history.

Disclaimer: We include only dramas, comedies and miniseries that are not on air. So don’t expect this current roster to include Zendaya (“Euphoria”), Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong (“Succession”), Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”), Bill Hader (“Barry”) or Larry David (“The White Lotus”). Curb Your Interest”).

Now a member of Warner Bros. Discovery, HBO is the oldest subscription television service in the United States. Launched on November 8, 1972, over the past 50 years, HBO has produced some of the best things on television – even while breaking into many categories and genres. himself – along with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

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HBO holds the record for the most Emmy wins in a single year, for “Game of Thrones,” with 12, which it received in 2015, 2016 and 2019. The show also won big most for a drama series in history with 59, and the most wins for one episode – “Battle of the Bastards,” which won six, tied with “Boardwalk Empire.”

For individual roles, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ turn as Vice President (and Madam President) Selina Meyer in “Veep” has the honor of winning multiple awards for a single role with six for the musician. In addition, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage is tied for the most wins in a supporting actor for his role as Tyrion Lannister (with four).

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HBO has made us laugh (Garry Shandling in “The Larry Sanders Show”), cry (Michaela Coel in “I May Destroy You”) and panic (John Kassir in “Tales from the Crypt”). We are treated to suspense (James Gandolfini in “The Sopranos”), a state of anxiety (Carrie Coon in “The Leftovers”) and great confusion in how we feel about a character (Jeremy Piven in “Entourage”).

We hope HBO continues to build on the television format. But what is on the horizon for the premium cable network, and the home streaming of HBO, HBO Max, together with Discovery +, how will its legacy grow?

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We are surprised, but hopeful: And when HBO continues with series like “Succession,” “Euphoria” and “Hacks,” the brand will remain on fire.

Reading Different types list of the 50 best performances from all of HBO’s television series below.

Respectful words: Gabriel Byrne (“In Treatment”); Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”); Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”); Frances McDormand (“Olive Kitteridge”); Mary Louise-Parker (“Angels in America”); Anna Paquin (“True Blood”); Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”); John Turturro (“The Night Of”); Kate Winslet (“Married of Easttown”); Dominic West (“The Wire”)


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