HBO have, over the years gained a reputation as the frontrunner in terms of producing great TV shows, and indeed, some of the very greatest TV shows have been broadcast on the network. HBO have commissioned numerous Emmy and Golden Globe winners and in 2004 The Wire, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sex and the City, Deadwood, Entourage and Six Feet Under were all featured on HBO’s schedule in what is arguably the finest line up in television history.

Other networks such as Showtime and AMC are catching up with HBO with shows such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Californication and Homeland but HBO still possesses a formidable schedule that includes Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Treme and True Blood. HBO possesses an entire back catalogue of great shows which means AMC and Showtime still have some catching up to do. HBO’s dedication to sport is also exceptional with the reality series Hard Knocks being great entertainment for American football fans and their boxing coverage still remains untouched by their competitors.

HBO produce numerous incredible shows and will continue to do so in the future, so here are ten shows that made and continue to make HBO the benchmark for television.

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