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15 Greatest HBO Characters Of All Time

The very best characters from some of the best TV shows of the modern age.

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There's quality TV, and then there's HBO. The American PPV powerhouse has been the number one name in searing drama, gratuitous violence, and boundary-pushing nudity on the small screen for two decades now. Although the competition is more fierce than ever, it's still the content producer to beat.

Its slogan may be “It's not TV, it's HBO”, but it's the network's commitment to long form, patient, classical storytelling that truly sets it apart. With no commercial breaks and no sponsors to appease, they have the time and the freedom to develop characters over many episodes, and explore the darker faucets of humanity that other networks may balk at.

HBO didn't invent the antihero, of course, but the recent glut of televised bad men doing bad things who you can't help but root for takes its cue from HBO's ability to conjure characters you ought to loathe, but simply can't. From hard drinking detectives to faded sports stars to magical unburnable dragon ladies, you'd be hard pushed to find a more successful and influential run of creations - and these are the absolute best of them.

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Joshua H. Mills likes Milhouse Van Houten, Tom Waits, and A Confederacy Of Dunces. You can find his content at www.twotownsover.com, and enjoy his 15 tweets @jharrymills