I watch too much TV. This much is clear. But recently realized that I'd watched almost every scripted series HBO has ever put out (it's not TV, it's HBO). And so I've set out to complete the mission and watch everything. The idea was to rank the shows definitively, eat some sea-salted pita chips, and go on with my life.
But HBO keeps putting out new ones, so my work is never done. This update behaves the way it always has, and the way my Netflix originals ranking does: Programs are ranked on overall quality, dialogue, originality, influence on culture, and my subjective preferences. I've tried to make this list exhaustive, but there are a few omissions for shows I couldn't track down, like the 1984-1991 sitcom 1st & Ten, featuring O.J. Simpson. I include some miniseries in here (I've marked all miniseries with an asterisk), but not all. I've left out HBO films (like Angels in America), sketch and topical shows (e.g., Mr. Show with Bob and David, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), and anthology series (Tales From the Crypt, etc.). This update only series who have completed at least one full season by April 17, 2017.