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The Best Dramas On HBO Max

List RulesVote up the best dramas currently streaming on HBO Max.

Complex storylines and high stakes moments make the best dramas on HBO Max worth watching. Some dramatic TV series streaming on HBO Max feature drama in historical settings while other HBO Max drama shows are thrilling procedurals. Some of the best dramas on HBO Max right now are even fantasy or sci-fi.

Which shows will you find on this list of drama series streaming on HBO Max? Game of Thrones has to be near the top. Dominating drama rankings of every kind, the fantasy setting amps up the stakes of the show. Deadwood is a good historical show on Hulu for those who like to enjoy the drama of decades past. If you are looking for a more traditional kind of drama Succession, Big Little Lies, and Euphoria are more great options.

Vote up your favorite dramas on HBO Max to help other subscribers know what to watch and vote down any drama series that left you unmoved.

  • Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
    • Actors: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen
    • Premiered: April 17, 2011
    • Network: HBO
    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble families
  • James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco
    • Actors: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese
    • Premiered: January 10, 1999
    • Network: HBO
    The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deals with personal and professional issues in his
  • Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston
    • Actors: Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Rick Gomez, Scott Grimes, Frank John Hughes
    • Premiered: September 9, 2001
    • Network: HBO
    Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks,
  • Dominic West, John Doman
    • Actors: Dominic West, John Doman, Frankie R. Faison, Wood Harris, Domenick Lombardozzi
    • Premiered: June 2, 2002
    • Network: HBO
    The Wire (HBO, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created and written by David Simon. The series features the Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law
  • Zendaya, Maude Apatow
    • Actors: Zendaya, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie
    • Premiered: June 16, 2019
    • Network: HBO
    Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and violence.

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  • Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård
    • Actors: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley
    • Premiered: May 6, 2019
    • Network: HBO
    Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by Craig Mazin. In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes one of
  • Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff
    • Actors: Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff, Carmen Ejogo, Josh Hopkins, Scoot McNairy
    • Premiered: January 12, 2014
    • Network: HBO
    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.

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  • Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt
    • Actors: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham
    • Premiered: September 19, 2010
    • Network: HBO
    Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 2010) is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter, based on the non-fiction book by Nelson Johnson. During the 1920s Prohibition era, a
  • Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong
    • Actors: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook
    • Premiered: June 3, 2018
    • Network: HBO
    Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When the aging patriarch (Brian Cox) of a global-media conglomerate decides to delay retirement, a power
  • Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton
    • Actors: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson
    • Premiered: October 2, 2016
    • Network: HBO
    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild
  • Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane
    • Actors: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Powers Boothe, Jim Beaver
    • Premiered: March 21, 2004
    • Network: HBO
    Deadwood (HBO, 2004) is an American Western television series created by David Milch. Set in 1870s South Dakota, residents of Deadwood are involved in all sorts of corruption, crime, and secrets.

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  • Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney
    • Actors: Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney, Harold Perrineau, Eamonn Walker, Kirk Acevedo
    • Premiered: July 12, 1997
    • Network: HBO
    The lives of prisoners held in an experimental unit.
  • 13

    The Night Of

    Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp
    • Actors: Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Peyman Moaadi, John Turturro, Poorna Jagannathan
    • Premiered: July 10, 2016
    • Network: HBO
    The Night Of (HBO, 2016) is an American crime drama television miniseries created by Richard Price and Steven Zaillian, based on the British series Criminal Justice. After a night of partying with a


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  • Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall
    • Actors: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths
    • Premiered: June 3, 2001
    • Network: HBO
    Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001) is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. A dysfunctional family attempts to run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles who has a new
  • Helen Mirren, Andrew Rothney
    • Actors: Helen Mirren, Andrew Rothney, Antonia Clarke, Clive Russell, Gina McKee
    • Premiered: October 21, 2019
    • Network: HBO
    Catherine the Great (HBO, 2019) is a British-American miniseries directed by Philip Martin. The life and times of the Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren), the woman who reformed the Russian empire.

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  • Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman
    • Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz
    • Premiered: February 19, 2017
    • Network: HBO
    Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) take

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    Regina King, Jeremy Irons
    • Actors: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson
    • Premiered: October 20, 2019
    • Network: HBO
    Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof and based on the comic book series of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Set 34 years after the events
  • Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson
    • Actors: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, James Purefoy, Tobias Menzies
    • Premiered: August 28, 2005
    • Network: HBO
    Rome (HBO, 2005) is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by John Milius, William J. MacDonald, and Bruno Heller. A down-to-earth account of the lives of both

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  • Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman
    • Actors: Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Julianne Nicholson, Mare Winningham, Marc Menchaca
    • Premiered: January 12, 2020
    • Network: HBO
    The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. A police procedural that shifts to a horror novel, the story follows multiple characters in a
  • Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown
    • Actors: Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown, Clea Duvall, Amy Madigan, Michael J. Anderson
    • Premiered: September 14, 2003
    • Network: HBO
    A carnival travels across the Oklahoma Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
  • Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney
    • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, David Morse, Stephen Dillane
    • Premiered: March 16, 2008
    • Network: HBO
    John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams' political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Paul Giamatti portrays John Adams.

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  • Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer
    • Actors: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley
    • Premiered: September 7, 2008
    • Network: HBO
    True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan Ball, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Telepathic waitress

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  • Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman
    • Actors: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Chris Zylka, Carrie Coon
    • Premiered: June 29, 2014
    • Network: HBO
    The Leftovers (HBO, 2014) is an American supernatural mystery television drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, and based on Perrotta's novel of the same name. After the
  • Ashley Johnson, Ernie Hudson
    • Actors: Ashley Johnson, Ernie Hudson
    • Premiered: July 20, 2019
    • Network: Cartoon Network, HBO Max
    Infinity Train (Cartoon Network, 2019) is an American animated series created by Owen Denni. The series follows 12-year-old Tulip (Ashley Johnson) and her two-in-one robot companion One-One and corgi

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  • Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer
    • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Joivan Wade
    • Premiered: February 15, 2019
    • Network: DCUNSTR, HBO Max
    Doom Patrol (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series based on the DC Comics superhero team created by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, and Bruno Premiani. Led by Dr. Niles