It’s not TV, it’s HBO.
HBO has always promised us bigger and better quality of television, and over the past 20 years, it has definitely fulfilled that.
The channel has produced some of the most ground-breaking and critically acclaimed TV series of all time, including The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood and Six Feet Under. And, one of their most recent projects, Game of Thrones, has become possibly the most popular TV series of all time.
Over its ambitious projects, the channel has always aimed for a more sophisticated viewing experience, giving us a richer quality of writing, more skilled acting performances and often channelling, ambitious subject matter.
And, with recent hits like Barry, Succession and Watchmen, the channel shows no signs of closing down. Even with the rising prominence in streaming services (like Netflix and DisneyPlus), the channel is still going strong and always producing hits.
There are always new projects in the works, and with the added competition, HBO is looking to prove themselves more than ever. All of the following should be on your radar and, you never know, one might end up being the next Game of Thrones.
10. The Gilded Age
A new period drama to take the place of Downton Abbey could be HBO’s new drama, The Gilded Age.
Much like Downton Abbey, the series will follow a particular period in time, following “The Gilded Age”, starting with the 1880s right through to the 1900s.
It will be created and written by the Oscar and Emmy-winning writer, Julian Fellowes (who also created Downton Abbey), and will have a huge ensemble cast, including Christine Baranski, Carrie Coon, Cynthia Nixon and Taissa Farmiga.
Considering it's to be broadcast on HBO, the series could have a little bit more bite and edge to it that Downton Abbey, which let’s face it, was just a glorified soap opera.
Let’s not be so cynical about this one, as it could end being quite good.